Good afternoon. I would like to start off by saying welcome and thanking the administration for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the senior class of twenty-eighteen. I would also like to take the time to thank our friends, family, teachers, and our parents for helping through this phase of our education.

In forty-seven A.D., Caesar Augustus wrote a letter to the Roman Senate in light of his victory in present day Turkey. IN this letter, he expressed his swift victory with the phrase “Veni! Vidi! Vici!”, which translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

Today, I believe this phrase fits the group that sits before you. The graduating class of 2018 came to the Carlisle School district at different times in our education. Some having been here since pre-school, while others have only joined us more recently. Although, it may not have been our choice to attend Carlisle Schools, but the memories, the relationships, and the struggles will not be forgotten. These experiences have molded us into those you see before you. Not only did we come, we also saw. We saw the physical changes of the school building, such as the high school moving to a larger, better building. WE watched as some teachers left and new ones arrived and we have seen ourselves grow up and mature to the point that we are at in this moment.

But, we cannot say we conquered. We did not fail to achieve our goal to graduate, but we did not conquer high school in the way that those of the roman empire would have. Instead, I propose, rather than we conquered, that we lived, or in latin, vixit. We gave it our all, even when it appeared we would not see victory on our own terms. And when those we cared for suffered loss, we came together to support each other and our community.

Therefore, I leave with these last few words of wisdom and, hopefully, a phrase that you can use to light your path onward. Veni! Vidi! Vixit!. For these last thirteen years, we came, we saw, and we lived.