"Ever since coming to RHP, I have been surrounded by some of the most interesting and inspiring individuals who have not only pushed me to do more academically but also morally. High school can be a pretty rough ride and I’m very glad that I had you beautiful people around me to bring out the best in me..."
Senior Speeches 2019-2020
"Knowing that human beings cannot always share common sorrows or joys is important. When we know that others cannot appreciate what you are going through or where you have been, we will have less disappointment for knowing that in the first place, also that is a reminder for all of us that we all have the ability to succeed on our own."
"I was able to find a way that works best for me so I don’t have to give up parts of my social life or my sport. With time management skills, I have been able to reduce my stress levels and produce quality work, while also having leisure time."
Despite all the pain and suffering, I would not take back this year if I could. It has helped define who I am and who I want to be. I still am working on my faith each and every day as well as my ability to let go of my painful past, and I am strengthening my ability to trust even more because I have now realized that I am bruised, but I will never be broken.
Through all of my volunteer work, I have learned that the gift of giving back to others is incredibly rewarding. Even our smallest acts of kindness or help or support can have an immense impact on others.
The friends made at RHP are some of those who deserve to be recognized for their patience and kindness as I finish out my high school years and in the time after. I thank you for being people that I can rely on in making me smile and for being understanding during a variety of situations.
Challenge the ideas that you’ve been taught in school. Ask why you should believe something, or ask why things have to be the way they are. We are all just clumps of stardust, united under the abstract definition of “life.” But we are the most self-aware clumps of stardust that may ever exist.
So, if you’re thinking of joining a club or a sport, try it. If your friends are joining a club, join them. Find new experiences that you can’t have at any other time in the world. What I recommend is that you make memories that last. In the end, that's all you’ll have from high school.
I decided to make more of an effort to engage with my classes and activities, and grow the friendships that mattered to me. Since then, I’ve started two clubs, pushed myself to improve my grades so I could join the National Honors Society. As a result, I’ve been a happier person, and feel more comfortable in my own skin. I’m excited for what the future will bring.
No matter how down in the dumps you may be, a positive attitude can make the situation seem even better. On top of attitude, the people you surround yourself with will influence how you deal with hardship. I was lucky enough to have people around me that knew how to cheer me up in times of need, and for that I’ll forever be grateful.