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Schreiner: We made it

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Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 1:15 pm

Welcome and thank you to the friends, faculty, and family that are present to witness this incredible event. And congratulations to the Campo Verde Class of 2014.

For my speech, my friends wanted me to start rapping “We Made It” by Drake but I'm not sure if the administration would be ok with the lyrics, so let me start by saying that I will miss high school. Even after many long nights of doing tedious homework and taking tests on concepts that I may never use, I am going to miss high school.

I'm going to miss being able to see all of my close friends five days a week. The people that we bombed tests with and complained about teachers with. The ones that we all went through that awkward stage with. The people that we probably got a little too comfortable with and learned some stuff about them that we really didn't need to know.

The people that we have grown up together with. The connections we have made in high school will last us well beyond our time here.

We will always have the memories, but I am going to miss experiencing the moments.

I'm going to miss the football games like when we made it to the playoffs this year and we had that wild comeback against Mesquite and Austin Wells kicked that outrageously long field goal that sent us to overtime only for us to later be heartbroken.

I'm going to miss the pep assemblies like when Hayden Wallace started running around and singing with all of the toy box kids or when the swim team took off our sweats and we had our Speedos underneath.

I’m going to miss the basketball games like when we finally beat Williams Field and all of the students rushed the court after.

I’m going to miss the moments like when Jon Holt was elected prom king.

I'm going to miss the lunch hours, the sports events, the dances, and many other things.

And what do all these moments have in common? They brought our school together. For each of these moments we weren’t the cool kids of Campo Verde or the nerds of Campo Verde. We were the senior class of Campo Verde. We weren’t any classification. We were the Campo Verde class of 2014. We were part of something that was a little bit bigger than ourselves and our social circles. And this moment, right now, that we share together tonight is the last of these moments. This is the final opportunity for our class, the senior class, the class of 2014, to share one last moment together.

And after all of this ends, we have to cross the void into "the real world." We leave high school with a dream of success and prosperity. But soon, we’ll we actually have to start paying taxes and working and cooking our own food, and paying for our own house and doing all these things that sound like a little bit too much responsibility for a group of 18 year olds to handle right now. And our nation is in incredible debt and the environment is on the brink of ruin and it's seems like the world is going to end and we have nothing to look forward to and a bunch of problems to fix.

By the looks of it we can only go up from here. So let's stick to the positives for a short moment. Right now, we are at a turning point in our lives where we have the opportunity to make something out of all this. There is so much for us to look forward to and so many milestones ahead. This moment is just a landmark on the long road of success and prosperity that awaits us. The greatest nation on earth has given an opportunity to the Class of 2014, the greatest class Campo Verde has ever seen. I know that this class makes the most of its opportunities.

And now amidst all that we have done and all that we have to look forward to, we have a short moment to reflect on our achievement and be proud of it. I definitely want to be able to remember this moment. Even though I didn't get up here and rap like my friends wanted me to, I still think the words of Drake fit perfectly right now: Campo Verde Class of 2014, we made it.

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