At Lufkin High School, we are dedicated to producing college ready students, lifelong learners, and good citizens. LHS students are challenged and enriched through a vast array of course offerings that meet their needs, interests, and abilities. Administrators, faculty, and staff work cooperatively to build positive relationships through academics and extracurricular activities. I am honored to serve as the instructional leader of Lufkin High School and encourage all students and teachers to challenge themselves to be the best they can be.
SEBASTIAN ORTIZ SPEECH
Sebastian OrtizBefore I even begin the introduction to the introduction of my speech, I have to mention that never did I believe I would be standing here today before you giving a valedictorian speech. In fact, I was so against the idea that I jokingly promised some friends if I ever did have to give this speech, I would give them a shout out, but now they're holding me to my word, so here's to you Nikki and Molly . I hope you're happy now.
Good evening to all. Arriving to the point where we are today is not something that happened overnight. Over a decade of schooling has led us to this moment , and over all those years, there were many people who helped us along the way. So before I begin, I'd like us to take a moment to appreciate all the people who made tonight possible. From our parents , our families, our friends whose unceasing support guided us through life, to our dedicated teachers, coaches, and mentors whose wisdom molded our minds. From our good friend Google who was always there for us when we needed him, to the cast of the Jersey Shore, who showed us the type of people we shouldn't grow up to be. And finally, to the weather for actually allowing us to be in this grand stadium tonight.
After all, I believe it is altogether fitting and proper that our graduation take place in a football stadium. Lufkin has been, for as long as memory serves, a town where a love for sports, especially for football, is deeply ingrained . I myself attended my first ever football game this year , and the experience was pleasantly surprising. Sitting in this stadium then, I learned that the passion for sports in Lufkin truly brings people together and fosters the spirit of community, and it's that kind of atmosphere that prompted to attend the rest of the games. Well, that and the fact that I like cheerleaders. But while at the football game, I observed that the game being played on this field reflected a much larger game; it reflected the game of high school. Much like a football game, there were times over these four years when we were winning, and others when we were losing yards. Some days we were doing the tackling, and others we were being blindsided. But through all the up and downs of the years, we made it to the end zone. Literally.
We gather here today to celebrate the fact that now is our time to spike the football down and do a victory dance. Metaphorically of course. They won't allow us to dance on stage. I asked. Apparently the moonwalk was inappropriate. However, before we do, I have to perform my duties as valedictorian. I've been made to speak tonight because they think I'll be good at inspiring you with some wise words. Well they 're wrong. I'm not good at that, but nonetheless I'll try, so bear with me.
For the sake of brevity , I have but two ideas I feel I must impart to you. The first is the idea that we are all in fact different. We all come from different backgrounds,
we all have different ideas, we all have different dreams, and we all want different things out of life. Looking out I see a class of people so diverse in every way. Whether you play a sport or play an instrument, whether you perform a dance or program a robot , you are one unique piece of a large puzzle . You have your own shape, your own color, your own purpose. Many people will say that the next few years will be the time to find yourself. I disagree with that notion because it makes the process of developing one's character seem passive and out of our control. Instead , I like to believe that the next few years will be the time to create yourself. You will determine your purpose , you will determine where in the great puzzle of life you will belong . Whether you 're a comer piece, and edge piece, or one of those pesky middle pieces , you belong in the puzzle , and it's up to you to define where that will be.
You're the one that matters : be the best you can be. The second idea I want to discuss now is that of your worth. Over the coming years, when most of us flee the nest and seek to discover the world, we will find that the world is a large place with many people. Out of those people that we encounter, we will find that some are smarter, some are faster, some are prettier, some are taller, some are funnier, some are better at writing speeches, and that might make us question how good a person we truly are. Whenever those days come, whenever you feel inadequate, whenever you feel you're not good enough, remember that your worth is not determined by others. You are your own person, and for the rest of your life, the one person that you want to impress, to make proud, to make happy, is yourself. Harry Hart from the movie Kings man: The Secret Service addressed the idea best when he quoted Ernest Hemingway , saying: "There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." So my friends, as long as you try your best in all that you do, and you become the best that you can be, you can hold your head high and be proud of the noble person that you are. Growing up in a small, tight-knit town like Lufkin has had its advantages, but perhaps it can sometimes make us forget that there is a bigger world out there. Many lands, many peoples , many culh1res lie outside the borders of this place, and even if we forget about them, they'll still be there. They'll be there with all of their beauty , and with all their problems. As we go out into our future lives, we must try to remember that we are not only citizens of Lufkin, or of America, but of the world. We all live on this planet, we all share this planet, and only together can we all thrive on this planet. So, I'm not telling you that to have an impact you have to go out, put on a cape, and call yourself Batman- because that's my future job so leave it to me. But what I am saying is that I encourage everyone here to make a difference in life because you all do have the potential to do so. The world could always use more heroes- go out and become them. Thank you, and as my friend Katie would say, ya'll have a good night now, ya hear!
MAHNOOR NAZEER SPEECH
STAAR EOC TESTING SCHEDULE FOR JULY
FOR THE JULY 8TH TSI TESTERS, THE TEST WILL BEGIN AT 8:00 AM IN ROOM C211. MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR ID!