When they try to find some one to give this speech they first asked the most intelligent, formal person they can find. But he turned them down so they gave this slot of time to
me. Now I pondered what to say for a long period of time, since I’ve only shared half the amount of time here at MSK compared to most of the students standing here with me today. Even though my
time here was limited I’ve made some great friends, some life long memories, and gained knowledge that will last me a life time.
January 16, 2009. My first day here at Middle School of the Kennebunks. Of course you walk into school thinking everybody’s going to make fun of you, but by the end of the day I think I had about 30 invitations to hang out the following weekend. Trust me when I tell you, that made me want to go to school a whole lot more. The teachers welcomed me into the class as if I had been there all year. Willing to assist me with any problems I was facing transferring schools. With a marvelous first day under my belt I knew this school was going to escort me through many different experiences.
One day about two months ago I was sitting in history class taking a test. You know the question that shows up on the test and the only thing that runs through your mind is ‘I studied every paper but this one!’ so you feel that if you look around there might be a poster hanging up with the answer on it? Welcome to my mind at that point and time. My natural instinct was to scan the room for something that could help me. I never did find the answer to the question, but I did find something I would remember for life. On the back of my wampum was a quote reading ‘Do not go where the path may lead you; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail’ And I know this class left our own trail at MSK. We’re leaving these teachers with a million moments that they’ll look back on thinking ‘I can’t believe they did that!’ ands thats how this class is going to continue the rest of their lives. Following no path but leaving a trail as the first class to graduate as Maine international Baccalaureate Middle school.
Then comes that day you walk in to into school at the beginning of the year, when for the first time you ask ‘How many more days do we have left!?’ normally that day falls on the day you happen to have your first test. But as we sit here today come to find out they all lied to us. It wasn't ‘just 37 more days’ it was 37 more days until you hit the next stepping stone. Let’s be honest; we’re no where near done. All this time teachers have just been preparing us. Today was our last day to walk around like we run the school because starting next year we’re at the bottom of the food chain again.
Today for us is kind of like mid night. Its the end of our middle school years, but also the beginning of our high school life. Some people would stand here and tell you how our life is now beginning. Everything we do is now counted in life. I don’t find that true at all. We’ve worked hard through our middle school years to get us to this step just so we can take the next one. We still have a lot of knowledge to gain, a lot of friends to be made and a lot of growing up to do.
High school is something you can’t wait to experience. As we get ready to move up and teachers ask us ‘Do you know the answers to high school yet?’ everyones answers differently but the real answer is ‘We don’t even know the questions.’ No one is the same, just like no ones high school encounter will be the same. The future always comes one day at a time and thats how we have to approach high school, one day at a time.
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