Principal Chaney, members of the School Board, teachers, parents, friends, and most importantly the Mountain View High School 2010 graduates; it is an honor to speak in front of you all today. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives, but before we leave and go our separate ways. Let us remember and thank those who were so helpful in getting us here today. A little over twelve years ago I started my first day of elementary school at Duluth Junior Academy. I clearly remember standing in front of the double doors holding onto my pink book bag and Barbie lunch box. My parents were there with their camera taking pictures and wishing me well. Today, I can say that I managed to get through my school career with only few difficult struggles. I was able to obtain good grades and still find time to spend with friends and family, as well as continue with my interests in music and art.
One struggle I had to overcome included transferring to a different school. The transition from elementary school to middle school is different for everyone. For me, transferring from a private elementary school to a public middle school was a big step. Because the private school I attended was very much focused on religion, I got behind in certain subject areas such as math and reading. With a lot of outside tutoring and extra practice I managed to get my grades on track and be on the honor role all three years.
Along with honor role I also managed to have perfect attendance. That changed once I got to high school, especially my last two years. By then, waking up early became a hassle. Slowly I began to struggle on tests and quizzes. I saw many of my friends get there license revoked or get suspended from school. I did not want to be that person. I knew that if I ever got involded with the wrong people only bad could happen. Slowly I managed to get my act together, bring up my grades and not get involved with the wrong kind of people.