Graduation Speech

So, I was the honor graduate speaker for my high school. I think it’s the same thing as a valedictorian, but I may be wrong, since I don’t have the clearest concept of what a valedictorian is. At my school, everyone with a GPA above 4.0 could write a speech and go for the position. 18 people sent in speeches, and 6 of those were chosen to audition. I won, which surprised me, since I felt like I’d botched my audition.

I wrote the whole speech in one night, and then tinkered with it right up to graduation. Ironically enough (and you’ll see a similar story in the description of the video, which you should absolutely visit and like/comment/subscribe!), the rest of the speech stemmed from me wanting to have that apology as the first line. I knew it was bad writing, and indicated a lack of confidence, but I felt so attached to it that I ended up orienting the entire thing around it. Looking back, I find it hilarious, since that completely contradicts the message of the speech itself.

Giving this speech was one of the most magical moments of my entire life. High school graduation is momentous enough, but to spend it onstage as part of the ceremonies, and give a speech to thousands of people… there’s nothing else like it. If you watch closely, you’ll notice that I start glancing up at a particular point. That’s when I realized I could see myself on the Jumbotron.

Here it is!

The Speech

I think that’s everything. Thank you for reading and viewing! A transcript of the speech (or, more accurately, the original text) is available on request!

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