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Class of 2012 Valedictorian Yiwen ‘Jennie’ Wang Speech

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Good morning!

Thank you for coming to the graduation of the Class of 2012!

In two days, I will be back at home with my parents in China, just like every previous summer. But this time, I am not excited at all because I do not want to leave my home in the United States, the Miller School.

For the past three years, I have eagerly anticipated going to college; but for the past three weeks, all I wished was that time could slow down because there is so much about Miller that I am not ready to let go.

I still want to take a look at every beautiful scene of the landscape that surrounds us; I still want to watch another intense and exciting basketball match or another funny and fantastic drama production; I still want to talk with my friends and teachers like we are still going to see each other every day.

I haven’t heard enough of Mr. France’s insightful speeches; I would still like to have a chance to convince Mr. Spivey that just because my backpack has a drawing of a cat next to the word “hello” does not mean that it is a knockoff “Hello Kitty” backpack; I still want to argue with Mr. Gottlob about his theory that the best way to a girl’s heart is through her stomach; even though I know this theory works perfectly well on me.

But today, I have to say goodbye to all of these memories. We, as a whole class, have to say goodbye to this wonderful place that helped us live, learn, and flourish.

Graduation is a bittersweet moment. But we shall graduate with pride and smiles because the Class of 2012 is a special class as worthy of celebration and remembrance as any class that has come before. Of course, our class is special not because a rare earthquake took place at Miller at the beginning of this year, not because we survived in the year that had been rumored to be the end of the world, but because Miller School and the Class of 2012 grew up together like brothers and sisters.

As a welcoming and warm community, Miller has not only helped us grow from shy and scared underclassmen to confident and mature young adults, but also influenced each one of us to learn to respect, trust, and care for others. In the accepting but competitive field of Miller, we have gained recognition for our great talents and hard work through amazing performances, intense sports games, and meaningful service.

I believe that for the Class of 2012, Miller School has been a family where we can truly be ourselves, a friend who always supports and encourages us, and a mentor who points out the right path and lights up our future. Miller has not only prepared us to deal with any challenges that lie ahead of us, but also helped us build upon Miller characteristics of caring and respect that will influence others we come across in college.

Just as Miller witnessed every little transformation of the Class of 2012, we witnessed every significant change about Miller School. We welcomed many more cute new babies to our faculty community. We were fortunate to enjoy the improvement of the dining system and Alumni Gym that provide us with better access to health. A variety of new sports such as Badminton, Endurance Team and Dance Fitness and new community service groups such as Morningside Eldercare increased our value of being part of Miller.

The loss of our beloved faculty member, Mr. Joe Spivey, made each one of us fall apart individually, but also made our community much closer and stronger.

Miller and the Class of 2012 both went through many significant transformations for the past four years. No matter how much we have changed and will change, our love and gratitude for Miller will only increase and our wonderful memories will never fade away.

After all the happy and sad moments, the successes and failures, our memory of Miller now is more than just a photo, a video, or a yearbook. What we have experienced at Miller has indeed, become part of our souls.


Written by Miller School of Albemarle

June 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM

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