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Valedictorian Speech Good evening fellow graduates, teachers, family members, friends, and distinguished guests. It is a tremendous honor to be the valedictorian of our graduating class. My job is to somehow be the voice of the entire graduating class, and take five minutes to say a few words on behalf of all 539 of us. Like most valedictorians, writing this speech was not an easy task for me. Not because I did not have anything to say, but because I was overwhelmed by how much I wanted to share with you all on this day. Tonight, we have one common purpose, to celebrate. We are here to congratulate, to look towards what the future holds for us, to wish each other well, and to, most importantly look back on our time spent here. So, I would like to start by saying 'well done' to my fellow graduates, who have all worked hard during the past several years to reach this milestone. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the graduating class for selecting me to speak here tonight. Ever since the news broke, many people, some who've I've never really met before, have come up to me and have wished me well. Perhaps this speech would be incomplete if I don’t say something to the teachers. On the behalf of my entire class, I would like to thank all my teachers: thank you. Thank you for teaching us, for leading us, for building us up as adults. I know that we have not given back to you the respect you deserve. I know that we have not told you how much we appreciate you taking time out of your schedules to help us. And I know that we have not said thank you for giving us a wonderful education. So, I hope that as I say thanks, you can forget our shortcomings and remember us for who we are and not from the mistakes we have made. ...

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...enry David Thoreau once said “Tomorrow's success begins with today's dreams”. This short quote perhaps contains a great wealth of wisdom. Here is the essence of my advice: Take what you can of the good parts of the past, and make it part of your present, your future, and others’ futures as well. How can you do this? Tell stories of your late grandfather to a young cousin. Recommend a good book. Pass down a family recipe. Give others your favorite parts of the past, for them to cherish and distribute as well. You can also take the best parts of yourself and add your own voice to the minds of the future. How do you do this? Discover something. Invent something. Create something. Don’t be afraid to dream. It will be a part of you passed down to future generations. Your voice will have helped the forest grow to new heights. Thank you for your politely feigned attention.