If you are interested in being considered as a speaker for the Transition Ceremony, you can see these previous speeches as some examples for how to approach it. Of course, be unique and creative in your own style!
Sara Lawler – Class of 2019 speaker
Each of us, teachers, parents, and students, are individuals with different memories, perceptions, and stories to tell. However, As Mitch Albom said, “Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.” All of our stories can be woven together to form the story of this grade, our journey through middle school, and discovering ourselves. Three years ago, when middle school began, we were scattered about, living lives and stories that were yet to connect. But as time has passed we’ve grown together. We’ve said goodbye to friends who have stretched our story to new corners of the earth, and said hello to new friends, welcoming in their stories, weaving the chapters together to form one epic saga. The impact and expanse of our lives is incredible.
When I began middle school, I was so focused on getting straight A’s that I didn’t pay attention to the story I was writing. It was all about what I could do to raise my grade that extra 2%, bring my average up from a 96% to a 98%. Not how I could make a positive impact. SAS has taught me that we as middle schoolers are more than the papers we turn in, the grades on our tests, and the people we sit with at lunch.
As my time at SAS has continued, I’ve seen more clearly how I, and our class, impact others. At Microcampus, when I saw how I could make such a huge impact with something as small as a smile, it was life changing. As this year has unfolded, I have continued to see how we are inserted into the lives of others. Whether you went to Qatar to debate the worlds biggest issues, traveled to Shekou to sing in the AMIS Choir Festival, or stayed here in Shanghai to bring music to the hundreds of people who watched our production of Annie, you have spread our story all over the world.
Over these past few years, I’ve learned that what we do in middle school is not important because it will bring us to high school, but rather, it is important because with each day we are writing a chapter in the world’s saga. It doesn’t matter what activities you participated in, what math level you completed, or what language you speak at home. You are an editor in this story, our story. And I’m sure that together, whether at SAS, or on the other side of the world, we will continue to write a beautiful one. Thank you.
Kevin Yang – Class of 2018 Speaker
Parents, teachers, and classmates
Thomas Edison once said, “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work,” Sometimes, we’re lazy. Sometimes, we as students often miss how privileged we are to have education, to look past the tests and homework, and see how lucky we are to have teachers, facilities and opportunities to improve and learn. But I also know that more often than not, we see this, and take advantage of it. Right now, all the doors are still open for us, waiting. In 10 years, even in 5 years, we won’t have this luxury. We won’t have this same clean slate to draw on.
In the sixth grade, I watched with envy as I saw young actors and actresses performing in Honk, the middle school production of the year. I was planning to audition, but I told myself it was easier not to. 7th grade came, and I was part of the pit band, one of my favorite experiences, but still I didn’t audition. I was slightly scared, and way too nervous. In my 3 years of middle school, the decision I made to join the Wizard of Oz was one of the best. I was lucky enough to be with the funniest, kindest, sometimes weirdest, but most talented people as I worked towards finally getting on the stage, wondering what my sixth grade self would have thought. We were only able to do this because we took the opportunity that was given to us, albeit not without support and encouragement from parents, friends and teachers.
In these three years, we have been able to do so much. We have been able to see invisible photons, learn quadratics, express ourselves through poetry, and become connected, global minded citizens. We have been able to earn first place, dance, sing, play our instruments. We didn’t ignore opportunity. We saw it everyday and grasped it before it ran away from us. If I were any of you, I would be proud. After summer we’ll be freshmen in high school, where scary seniors roam the hallways. But, whenever I think about how we’re all going together, it makes it all look a lot less daunting.
These next 4 years we as a group, and you as a person will only do more. Become the class president, team captain, exec, learn how to collaborate, how to be curious, how to become the person that you want to be. Every one of us has the ability to take whatever opportunities that will present itself, and I know that each of you will do that, because we’ve done it already.