Friday, June 29, 2001
'How we will live'
Many of us came to this school as kindergartners. We didn't really know each other, we didn't really know what to expect, and in fact we hardly knew anything at all. Now we are sitting here at this graduation ceremony and looking back upon nine incredible years. We look back upon all the growth we have gone through both mentally and physically. We look back upon all the experiences we have shared and the memories that we have kept. We also look forward to everything that is in store for us. Our teachers here have opened up many roads to us and have shown us many new horizons. I believe that each and every one of us is unique, but one thing we have in common is that we all have the potential to make a difference.
I believe that teaching kids how to make a positive difference and how to lead successful lives is one of the goals at Carlisle. We have been taught to be a team player, to share our things, to keep our eyes on our own paper and these are important not only to our education, but more importantly, they are life skills that we will need to have. Righteousness, Honesty, and Humility are some lessons that I believe the teachers here have been trying to drive into us as much as math and science. Many of the activities we have experienced have helped prepare us for the real world... I think that this school has equipped us with the proper knowledge and wisdom to really make a difference.
The reason I believe that standing up and making a difference is so essential is that it helps make this world a better place. We have to use our voices as individuals and as a whole to make a positive influence. We can't just live our lives in an enclosed neighborhood. It is important to be involved in everything that happens around us. We have to speak up if we think the government is wrong. We have to speak out if we see problems with our country. Even if the difference is just doing a few random acts of kindness each day. I believe our generation can really have a positive influence on this world.
When we grow up and go our separate ways, there are things we will not remember and things we will remember. We will not remember acing our DTUs. We probably won't even remember failing Tree's Impossible Sludge Test. None of these things will matter to us. What we will remember is the time we helped out our friend when he was in need. We will remember when we went out of our way to do the right thing. We will remember the time when we were the rescuers, and not the bystanders. Making a difference in this world does not mean we each need to make a world-wide impact. I think that if each of us can make a difference in even one life, and one person, then our time here in Carlisle will have been well worth it. In conclusion, I leave you with this quote, "The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live."
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