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2017 SGDHS Valedictorian address

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2017 SGDHS Valedictorian address

(**Check out this week's (July 12) print issue of the Prescott Journal for complete graduation coverage in local schools!)

Today is an important day in all of our lives. As we gather here to celebrate more than a decade of hard work. We've learned a lot over these past years, for example: a sweater is a much better pillow than a binder and if you join a bunch of clubs you'll always have a reason to get out of class. Of course we've also learned how to write essays, some life skills and some mathy and sciency stuff but I thought I would spare you those details. You're welcome.

Now I couldn't for the life of me write a valedictorian speech. I finished putting the last touches on this, this morning. This has been probably the most infuriating thing I've ever done. I managed to write about 20 completely different speeches, and that is way too much thinking about school for one person. Now I quickly realized however the reason I was having so much trouble was because there was too much I wanted to say.

How do you sum up four years of experiences, lessons and memories in a five minute speech?

I mean it takes at least that long to get through one of Saunders' stories. And if I were to go by Mrs. Melko's idea of five minutes...well my time would have been up two minutes ago. And if you've ever asked Mr. Ross a question, you know it takes more than the time recommended to give this speech for him to answer one question. So to the twisted individual that came up with this idea to sum up four years of school in this short amount of time...thank you for that. Now that I've used up a quarter of the time to complain about the little amount of my time I have I will move on.

First, we have much to be thankful for. Here at South Grenville we have received a great education thanks to our awesome administration and teachers. There is so much South Grenville has to offer as long as you seek that is, you will find. I mean I don't think there was ever I time when I was struggling that there wasn't a teacher, staff member, and even a friend who wasn't right there wanting to help. You just had to ask. Surprisingly teachers aren't actually mind readers, or so I'm told.

We can also be thankful for our families. These past four years have presented us with a lot of ups and downs and it is good to know that we had our families in our corner, supporting us along the way even if they had little choice in the matter.

Finally, we can be thankful for each other. The friendships that we have made here will last a lifetime or until at least the end of the day. However don't worry, even if we do lose touch ,we will probably run into each other at the grocery store one day and make awkward eye contact so we can always look forward to that. Though we really have supported each other and helped each other succeed in these years at South.

And Over the coming years you may forget some of the science facts or calculus formulas you've learned. Sorry Mr. Baird, Mr. Waring. What you cannot forget however is that when individuals work together, the whole group is raised up and the impossible become possible. Achievement becomes inevitable. So where ever you go after today, really do maintain some connections and make new connections because when an amazing group of people come together we achieve so much more. So what you've taught me most of all is as separate individuals we are, at most, mildly effective. But together we are able to combine our talents into a force to be reckoned with.

Anyway, there is a universal truth we all have to face whether we want to or not, everything eventually ends. As much as I've looked forward to this day, I've always disliked endings: last day of summer, the final chapter of a good book, parting ways with a close friend. But endings are unfortunately inevitable. Today is one of those days for us. Today we say goodbye to everything that was comfortable. We're moving on. We will soon be "adults", which is a scary thought for most of us maybe more so for our parents. But on a high note, as high school graduates, your chances of being in prison drastically decrease.

But just because we're leaving, and that sucks, there's some people who are so much a part of us, they'll be with us no matter what. I think it's safe to say South Grenville will always hold a special part in all our lives and that's thanks to all of you in this room now. So thank you all for making the past four years school a little more bearable.

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

Bailee Portieous

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