Graduation Speech

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I am extremely proud to be given the opportunity to address you all during this wonderful and momentous celebration. Each and every one of you deserves the greatest congratulations. You have paid a price to be here; put sweat, frustration, anger, effort, tears, blood and now triumph into your years at Napier High School. You all should be incredibly proud of yourselves. You know that you make your life whatever you want. And what you put in, you get out. Like the cross country girls' motto: "Where you find success you find sacrifice," if you give, you shall receive. But don't expect results right away. Some things take time. And don't expect your goals to come easily. Life is filled with adversity; expect obstacles at every corner. Why? Because chances are they're going to be there. But it's not what happens when you are faced with adversity, it's how you react to it. Be classy through triumph and failure and if you get knocked down or stepped on. Get up, brush yourself off and start running again - no wait, that's another story. Nevertheless, you will face obstacles; the key to moving past them is to never give up.

Determination is a virtue that I've seen a lot of in track and cross country. When you see an athlete churning towards the finish line on the brink of muscular collapse and you marvel from the sideline at how she's able to will her legs to move when you can see willpower is all she has left, that's when you know the meaning of determination. When your coach, in front of the whole track team, tells you that you will never run on a varsity 4 x 400 meter relay team. Then to make that a goal and run, not only on a varsity 4 x 400,...

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