Good evening everybody. Today is a memorable day for all of us students. We have worked so hard to get to this day. Some of us have achieved everything we wanted in the classrooms, while others have achieved everything they wanted to in extracurricular activities.

As an eight year old girl growing up in Mexico, I wasn’t even thinking of graduating high school, never mind graduating in another country. Coming to the United States when I was nine years old was not easy for me. It was a whole change of lifestyle. Fortunately, I came to a town where people accepted me and helped me through my school years. I remember when I was in fourth grade I used to read Pre-K reading level books because all other books had a very advanced language I could not understand. However, I never gave up and kept striving for the best. I also remember when I used to dislike reading in front of the class because of my accent or when in the middle school I got a D-hall for running down the hall. We all have good and bad memories we remember.

God blessed me with a great family that has helped me through all these years of frustration, happiness, and achievement. My dad would always tell me, "Eres inteligente. Siempre haz todo lo que puedas. Nunca te des por vencida," that translates to, "You’re intelligent, always do everything you can. Never give up." Thank you mom and dad. Mamá y papá gracias por todo lo que me han dado. No sé qué hubiera hecho sin ustedes. Me enseñaron todo lo necesario para ser una buena estudiante e hija. También me enseñaron a luchar por lo que quiero para no darme por vencida y no conformarme con cualquier cosa.

No matter who we are, we have gathered together here in the James B. Abraham Stadium to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2013. We have finished a chapter of our lives. Congratulations Class of 2013.