Continue to change the world by simply being ourselves

By MADISON MESSICK
Class of 2024 Salutatorian

Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed faculty, proud parents and, most importantly, the extraordinary graduating Class of 2024, here we are at the end of a monumental chapter.

I would like to start my remarks by quickly thanking every person who has supported all of us today. Personally, I would not be where I am today without my show stopping teachers, like the amazing Mrs. Saunders, the unwavering support from Jessie, my best friends, Addi and Gill, my wonderful boyfriend, Ryan, and last but not least the best family I could have ever asked for, my little brother and sister who I will miss driving to school every day and to my mom and dad who are my biggest cheerleaders and my role models that I am forever grateful to. 

Now Class of 2024, over the past four years, we have navigated through a whirlwind of experiences, challenges and triumphs and despite every hardship, we persevered.

Being here with all of you today fills me with immense pride and hope for the future. The strength and courage I see in all of you is exactly why I was never fond of the phrase “I was born in the wrong generation.”

Personally, I am honored to be a part of this generation. We may all be slightly addicted to our phones and have short attention spans but in all seriousness, we are the changemakers of the world. 

Yoko Ono once said, “You change the world by being yourself,” and our generation has never been scared of being authentic.

We are continually unafraid to challenge the status quo, confront injustice and drive positive transformation. From advocating for social justice and environmental sustainability to promoting inclusivity and equality, we have proven time and again that our voices are not only heard but also heeded.

I have personally seen how each one of us possess a unique set of talents, passions and perspectives that, when unleashed, can create meaningful change and inspire others to do the same just within our small community.

As we continue onto the next chapter of our lives, let us always remember the authenticity and the courage to be ourselves in a world that often demands conformity. Let us challenge the norms, break down barriers, and build a future that reflects the values of compassion, empathy, and equality.

To my classmates, who I have had the pleasure of growing up with, I urge you to never underestimate the power of being you. We are the champions of progress, the agents of change and the guardians of a brighter tomorrow. Embrace your individuality, harness your passions and let your true self shine brightly for all to see.

Congratulations, Class of 2024 on this remarkable achievement. May your futures be as bold and brilliant as the people I know you are today. Together, let us continue to change the world by simply being ourselves.

Thank you!

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