Good evening, friends, family, and faculty.

It is such an honor to be speaking on behalf of our class today.

To my classmates, we finally made it. We have gone from wooden to mechanical pencils. From plastic pen holders containing several different assortments, to losing every single pen we own and begging everyone around us for one. We have gone from picking out the most beautiful backpack to show off, to not even carrying one by your senior year. We have all gone through a lot of changes together since Primary school, some we even wish we could go back to. We all crave that nap right after lunch that we used to get, even though some of us still seem to accomplish it now. We have gone from field day, to class day, to graduation day all in one.

There are several memories that we all hold near and dear to our hearts, and we all will remember them forever. The past thirteen years of our lives have seemed to be a mirror image of the inflatable obstacles courses we used to gladly run through at field day. In the beginning, you are really excited to go through it. You cannot wait to go as fast as you can and beat the person next to you in line. You are full of adrenaline. As you start to go through the course, all is right in the world, until you hit the punching bags right in the dead center. I would describe this as freshman year of high school. As you get hit by the bags and land flat on your face, you feel like you won’t ever recover. Your competition has passed you and you feel like everyone is against you. However, once you finally get up, you regain your confidence and you climb the rope to the very top. Your hands are sore from the climb, but you are smiling.

I would describe this as senior year.

It is the downward slide and you are almost done with the entire course. You feel accomplished. You feel on top of the world, and that is the feeling we are all experiencing at the moment. We all feel accomplished. We all feel like we have done something really important and we cannot wait to get our first-place ribbon and move on to the next game or activity. We all cannot wait to move on from here and officially start the rest of our lives. We are excited, ready, and anxious about this next move, but we will be just fine through the next obstacle course.

Speaking for the class of 2018, we would like to say thank you to all who have helped us reach this point and to all who have coached us through the course. Our friends, family, and teachers that have been there from the beginning. From field day, to class day, to graduation day. We did it. Congratulations class of 2018; I could not be prouder of us. I would like to leave you with this verse from 1 Timothy 4:12, “Do not let anyone else think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Thank you.