Good afternoon [name of members of the head table], teachers, parents, students, fellow graduates and distinguished guests. I must first and foremost thank God for this blessing and honor to stand before you today as Valedictorian of the Class of 2011. Yet, today is not only my day to shine. Every graduate present here is deserving of high praise and recognition and I would like to congratulate each of you on reaching this milestone in life. I think I speak for my fellow graduates when I say that this is a moment we have always imagined and one we will remember for the rest of our lives.
I come from a humble family where the values of hard work, persistence and drive are never overlooked. I never forget their many sacrifices for our family and took to heart their philosophy about the value of education, their teaching that while one can lose his riches or popularity over the course of his life, education is enduring and is yours to keep for the rest of your life.
My time here at J.C Chandisingh secondary will forever be etched in my heart. The many opportunities I was given both inside and outside of the classroom contributed to my growth, as a student and individual. It was here, under the guidance of supportive teachers, that I became aware of issues, realties, and perspectives that I hardly gave a thought to before.
I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all the teachers who have taught, for their endless support, patience, and guidance. I owe a debt of gratitude to all of you for guiding me throughout my five years at this school and also for sharing your fountain of knowledge with me which I admire and for inspiring me to be just as great in the career of my choosing as you are. I would also like to thank you all for helping me find my voice, sharing with me refreshing perspectives that challenge everyday norms. I must also say thank you for passing along many opportunities my way,