Chelsea Gruber, daughter of Darrell and Lori Gruber, was the valedictorian for the McLurg High School Class of 2014. We thank Chelsea for sharing this photo and her speech with us!
Good evening teachers, staff, friends and family of the graduates of 2014.
It is an honour to have the opportunity to speak to you all on behalf of my graduating class. Three years ago, when we began high school, graduation seemed so far away. The past three years with my classmates have come and gone in the blink of an eye, and here we are, ready to find our place in the world.
When we came to McLurg after completing Grade 9 at St. George, we were welcomed with open arms. It didn’t take long for us to stop feeling like the new kids and to start feeling like one of the gang. I feel so blessed that I have been able to spend my high school years with such an inclusive, funny, caring and close group of people.
We’ve grown so much since then. Not only have we grown closer as a class, but we’ve acquired many skills that will take us far in our lives. We’ve developed work habits, learned to work well alongside others, and most importantly we have a better understanding of who we are as we head out into the world.
Much of what we learned would not have been possible without a little help. The teachers and staff at McLurg put in countless hours to help us get to where we are today, with tutorials, career guidance help and being positive examples in our daily lives, and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for preparing us for today.
Of course, nothing we have accomplished so far could have been possible without the constant love and support from our parents. You are amazing; thank you for helping us see our potential and for starting us on the greatest journey of our lives, which begins tonight.
Each graduate on the stage tonight has something very valuable to offer the world. As a diverse group of people, it is our differences that make us stronger together as a whole. Now that our time in high school together has finished, we are faced with the challenge of discovering how to use our special talents to make the world a better place for everyone. Whether we are continuing on to higher education or joining the workforce, we are given the chance to accomplish whatever we put our minds to.
It is important to remember, as we begin the next chapter of our lives, that in order to have a happy and successful life, you must be doing something that you enjoy and that you find important. Every one of us has the potential to make the world a better place if we set our mind to it!
I leave you tonight with one of my favourite quotes, from Dr. Seuss himself. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
I hope the world is ready for us, because we are certainly ready for it! Best of luck to you all wherever life takes you, and thank you for making high school full of fun, memories and laughter.