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Valedictorian Speech
Good evening parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers and most importantly Cedarwood’s graduating class of 2013. Today is Monday June 24th, 2013. Please stand for the singing of oh Canada and a moment of silent reflection. –Oh Canada plays-. Please be seated. The graduates for today are all the students in Mr.Malo’s class, all the students from Mr.Sasaki’s class and the entire grade 8’s from Ms.Schopp’s class. If you are graduating today please come up to the podium for a special something. Today the grade 8’s will be graduating Cedarwood and then in September become grade 9’s. Here are the announcements for today. My name is Sujaniya Kailasapillai and, my name is Vikash Gopal. And what an honour it is to be valedictorians for this year.
Dr. Seuss says (change your voice) you’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way! Grade 8’s, today is the day we have been waiting for since kindergarten. It seems like just yesterday the girls were in the play house having fake tea and biscuits while the boys were busy running around like Spiderman-wink and put hand to the side of mouth- (more like the Joker) trying to torment the girls. Forward 8 years, we sit on our couches eating a bag of Doritos chips and watching the newest episode of SpongeBob square pants with math homework Mr. Malo assigned us that day. Students, this is just one step into our journey. We have a long staircase to go. We are the leaders of the world. What we must not forget is that there is strength in numbers. Teamwork. Together everyone achieves more.
You could kind of say we are like trees in a forest, started from a small seed that develops into a twig. The twig gets bigger and looks like a young tree, and soon spreads its branches like a Willow tree. Trees and forests also have a brilliant feeling. Each tree is unique and very beautiful in its own way. Sometimes trees have to live in the shadow of others, and this may affect the growth of these trees. Yet, the trees keep rising, continuing to grow and maybe one day to look over the top of the forest. A tree with strong roots will have a great future. Cedarwood has provided us with these roots, our parents have watered us with love, and our teachers have given us the sunlight to grow beyond that. Trees are spectacular and possess unique features once they are all grown up. But the journey for a tree to reach is similar to us, each tree will be different. Some branches will spread further or some will be stronger. Some will be tall and some small. Although these differences exist, I believe that our roots were built by our wonderful school… Cedarwood. When we move on to high school, we to, will begin to grow differently just like a forest full of trees. Some of us will get taller (I hope!), some of us will stay together and some of us will go off in new directions.

Do you remember that day when Atugain got his head stuck in a chair. I learned something new that day. Don’t listen to your friends! That was so pathetic it wasn’t even funny… actually it was pretty funny. I walk into the office and see him with a chair on his head, and I’m thinking to myself “oh my goodness what on earth was on his mind.” And harry… oh harry. I’m telling you a life lesson here and now, you should hand in all of your work 2 weeks before it’s due because boy I’m telling you… you still never handed in that French test.

(Different voice) “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself. Any direction you choose.” Dr.Suess. This September, we won’t be joining together for the first day of school, as we have done year after year after year. We won’t be excited to see our new schedules or meet our new teachers. We will instead head off to a new place. (Be serious) Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Cedarwood dream. I have a dream that we all take pride in our own cultures, Promote pride in all cultures, and strive to hear all voices. I have a dream that we are all inclusive, welcoming and respectful and that we are committed to a continuous circle of learning. I have a dream that we all strive to build and sustain strong relationships with all our community.
That is all the announcements for today have an excellent evening.
I would just like to take this time to extend my sincerest thank you’s to my aunt, my grandma, and of course my cousin Thusha without whom I could not have made it this far. (Vikash puts his thanks) we really appreciate the guidance and support you have given us all these years. Furthermore a sincere thank you to all the teachers and staff, parents and family and importantly the graduates of 2013 for making this a great experience for me.

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