My Valedictory Speech. (AKA everything you shouldn’t say in your valedictory speech.)
I’ll never know why they picked me to be the class 10 valedictorian. Honestly, nobody knows who the hell i am, i don’t even get good grades (failed physics, yo) and i’m as good a public speaker as Sunny Deol is at dancing.
Trust me, he ain’t too much of a dancer.
Bah. Here’s the speech:
Good evening, respected principal, headmaster, headmistress, teachers, parents and my dear friends.
So ends 12 long years of school.
As I stand before you, I experience a heady cocktail of emotions. Sadness, at the bitter truth of parting ways with FAPS, and yet a sense of accomplishment and pride, because everything that I am today is because of my time spent in this wonderful institution. It is ironic, how we spend our school days waiting to graduate, and our remaining days getting nostalgic about our school days. Looking back, I can’t help but say- “The last 12 years have been a rollercoaster ride of sorts!”
I believe a few ‘Thank You’s are in order.
Thank you teachers. You have made winners out of ordinary people, through your guidance. Your lessons will help us turn any stumbling block into a stepping stone. I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom. Sure, you might say “Goodbye, good luck and good riddance,” but I know that deep in your hearts you’ll miss us.
Mum and Dad, we are forever indebted to you. You’ve handled our tantrums with patience comparable to that of a Shaolin monk. We don’t always show it, but you should know that we appreciate how much the both of you have helped us with our lives. To you I say thank you, thank you, and thank you.
And of course, my friends. Thank you, for making this journey as memorable as it could have been. We have laughed together, we have cried together. We laughed so much we were crying together. You have been there for me when I needed you most, and I for you. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.
As far inspiring quotes go, I particularly liked this one by Dr.Seuss; not only because of it’s simplicity, but also because it rhymes."You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.You’re on your own,And you know what you know;You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”He couldn’t have said it better.
Congratulations, class of 2011! Let’s show the world what we can do!
My word of advice to you future valedictorians is, don’t quote Dr.Seuss. Chances are your Principal might have the same quote in his speech.Yeah, i went there! >:[Also, pleasepleasePLEASE be original. Let everybody know how really feel about school.Unless you’re trying to beat Cho’s high score. Then, by all means be as unoriginal as you wish.
That day was full of Kodak moments. Except during the speech.