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Erin's Speech

Welcome families, friends, and community members. Thank you for joining us here today to celebrate the future of the class of 2020. I am so incredibly grateful that we finally got to have a “normal” graduation ceremony, even though nothing about our situation is normal.

Change. Change is what brings us here today. Not only are we graduating, thus leaving high school and most of us leaving town, but we are also graduating in the middle of a pandemic. Graduation is today, at this specific time and location because of change.  

Change is what makes us who we are. Change is inevitable, but Growth is optional.  Everybody has to go through change. We don’t always want it to happen, but it happens anyway, so we have to find a way to accept it or to adjust to the change.  

When asked to describe how the class of 2020 would be remembered, I told Mrs.Breth: 

The class of 2020 will be remembered because of our perseverance. We never gave up and we never will. We were born between 2001 and 2002, right in the middle of terrorists attacking America. We already lived through a large economic recession in 2009.We graduated through a pandemic while a major virus infected the world. Every senior in our graduating class was involved in something, whether it was sports, academics, clubs, technical classes, fine arts, or community activities. Many of my peers also worked during the school year. We didn't give up and pout because our senior year ended abruptly. Instead, we continued working hard, pushing through and reaching for our goals. The class of 2020 is a force to be reckoned with.

My advice to younger classmen is to be involved in something. My advice to everyone is to be involved in something. Don’t be scared to try new things, and NEVER be “too cool” for any activity. Find something that makes you happy, something that keeps you busy, and something that you are good at. 

First I would like to thank my amazing family who has supported me everyday for the past 19 years. They have not only helped me, but also attended every concert, recital, ceremony, banquet, ball game, events and more. My family has developed and strengthened my faith in God. 

Next, I would like to thank all of my past and present teachers. You have put up with me for countless hours. You have taught me and prepared me for college, even though I am still very nervous. I would especially like to thank Mrs. Breth for answering all of my questions, whether it was in class, in the hallway, via email or a text message. Thank you also for saving my life many years ago. Thank you to Mr. Bricker who I bothered every single day to get help with my homework. He was available before school in the morning, and late at night when school was online. He helped me to develop a better understanding of physics. 

Thank you to my friends, especially the friendships I’ve grown this year. You know who you are, so I don’t have to say much, but I appreciate you all. Thank you to my teammates and coaches. Sports wouldn’t be the same without the encouragement, hard work, dedication, and family mindset. Thank you also to the community who has supported the DCHS sports’ teams, along with the arts programs, which I have also been very involved in. 

Although I am not even close to being physically or mentally prepared for college, I know that this change is the right step for my future, as those graduating with me have found their next step also. Thank you again for coming and congrats to the class of 2020. We actually did it, and it’s finally over!!!



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