A school valedictorian is traditionally the student with the highest GPA in the graduating class and he or she delivers the farewell speech at the graduation ceremony.
In our Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony, we were proud to have our student Michael Fan share these words with everyone.
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Dear teachers, parents and students. Good afternoon! I am so excited to be here as the valedictorian of the graduates. I would like to make a brief speech to summarize what we have learned at CIS and to show my appreciation for those who have supported us this year.
Here at CIS, my fellow graduates and I have learned a lot. Mr. Marshall and Ms. Gu taught us how to master the magic of trigonometry. Mr. Stone engaged us with the tangled relationships in the Great Gatsby, and Mr. Keltz, our drama teacher, taught us how to film our own musical videos. These experiences will no doubt be valuable as we go forward in life.
But I think the most important thing that we have learned over the past 3 years is that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s a part of success.
Last semester was a difficult time for all of the graduating students. Every student in G12 had tried their best to prepare for the English diploma exam, but we failed, terribly. It was almost like having our heads crushed on a cold, hard wall. We were devastated. Then, we were presented with another opportunity to write the English Diploma exam. Undeterred by our past failures, we did not hesitate and grabbed the chance as soon as we saw it. We studied with Mr. Stone every day during 4th period, reviewing all of the practice questions, and going over every mistake we made on the exam. It should not be surprising that with all of this effort, combined with the experience we had gained from our previous mistakes, we achieved much better results on the retest.
We have learned that the failure of one exam is not the end of the world; life moves on, so long as we choose to keep learning. Just look at what we have accomplished today: most of us have received offers from top-ranked universities from all over the world. Failure is temporary, but the lessons we learned will benefit us for the rest of our lives.
Next, I’d like to take a moment, on behalf of myself and my fellow graduates, to thank the people that have brought us here.
Firstly, I’d like to thank all the teachers that taught us this year: you guys are so caring and always there to listen to our problems. I’d also like to thank all the administrators for operating our school so well. Next, I’d like to thank all the members of the student council for organizing such interesting events. Lastly, I’d like to thank all the custodial staff for keeping our school clean and cooking decent food for us.
Now we have come to the time to say goodbye. However, no matter where we will be in the future, I wish we will always remember our lovely school memories, and realize that we will always be a part of CIS.