Well guys, we've made it. We've made it through four years of one of the most highly involved times in our lives. We've seen all, we've done all, and at this point in the year, most of us have probably had enough of it all. If you think about it, four school years is really a long time. four years of high school is equal to 720 school days, 4,320 class periods, and if you're a busy guy like me and you tend to count things by the minute, then it might surprise you to know that we've been in class for about 237,600 minutes. Class of 2006- are you ready to graduate?
There's a term I like to use to describe our high school experience: metamorphosis. As high schoolers, we metamorphosize; we change over the course of four years. We start as nothing and eventually we become something.
When Terrace's doors opened in the fall of '98, we were not the same class that we are today. Something happened to us. Something made us change. That something was our hard work. It helped us to develop our talents, to accomplish great things, and to become the unique individuals that we are today. What, do you think that Brandon Gibbs began freshmen year as a varsity basketball player and a top runner? Did Mat Montgomery just walk into the school one day prepared to lead the Jazz 1 trumpet section? Would Sarah Abel, Keola Awana, and Chris Potts have been ready to serve on the top positions in ASB our freshmen year? What about guys like David Johanes and Tim Lehman, two of our great bowlers here at MTHS? Have you ever heard of an all-freshmen sports team winning state? I haven't. Four years ago, before I had anchored for morning announcements, I could not have imagined myself speaking to thousands of people. I would have been too scared to get up onto this stage, let alone speak from it. Can you imagine if we were no better today than the class that entered Terrace in '98? Oh, we would still have things to be proud about. "Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to say that we are the greatest high school in the ENTIRE CITY of Mountlake Terrace."
Earlier this week, I made a promise to myself. I promised that I would be positive throughout this whole speech...I lied. I figured that if there ever a time to voice a few complaints, this would be it. Think about it. We have the staff listening, the administration is here, our parents are here, and we the students are in control of the microphone. When we were freshmen beginning our metamorphoses, we were seen as the larvae, the little worms that crawl around at the bottom of the food chain. The...