Valedictorian Speech – Madeline Sencion

On behalf of the Cristo Rey Boston Class of 2012, I am honored to welcome you all to to this momentous occasion and thank you for being here to celebrate with us on this joyous day. I promise not to bore you with a long, verbose speech; those of you who know me know I am a woman of few words. There are just a few things I would like to say.

Senior retreat we sat together, crying, reading letters from our loved ones, be it family, friends, or faculty. How did we get to this point in which we could be completely vulnerable in a room surrounded by people who four years ago were strangers? I realized, over the years we have become a family.

Not in every school will you find students in the building anywhere from 6:30AM to 7:00PM, sometimes even later. Freshmen year we would all show up as late as possible and leave as early as possible. But, senior year I have seen many of us sitting in Ms. Searby’s room an hour before school starts, many of us spending the entire afternoon, night, and even vacation days, in Ms. Theo’s room. I have seen many of us sitting with Mr. Harkins while he eats lunch and staying at checkout talking to Mr. Daye or Mr. McNicol. I have seem many of us stopping in the hallways to chat with Mr. Trapani or rub Mrs. Wagner’s belly. I have seen many of us going to Fr. Colombo’s room during free blocks and after school and stopping by Fr. Medina’s office at any point in the day just to talk and get out whatever is on our minds. How many of us have come to school at 6:30 in the morning or stayed until 7 at night and have been able to find an adult available to help us with whatever it is we need? Our great faculty and staff has enabled us to transform school into a second home.

But, this unity wasn’t just created because of our faculty and staff . It was created by every single one of us through all our happy moments and rough ones as well. Now, I won’t lie and say that we have all become the best of friends, but I am almost positive that each one of us can look around and see at least one person who we truly consider a friend, one person who has been there for us through our ups and downs. I know I can. We have made strong bonds here along with great memories that we will always take with us, such as winning spirit week two years in a row and sitting by the campfire at retreat with Mr. Horgan singing. If I could reminisce on them all now I would, but we would be here for days.

After four years of creating these strong bonds, our time at Cristo Rey Boston has come to an end. We leave here knowing many things but still with much more to learn. All of us know a little something about quadratic equations, how to write the perfect English essay, or the causes of the Revolutionary War. Our most important lessons, however, cannot be recited or written down and turned in for a grade. At the time, all of the essays we wrote, the tests we took, the projects we did, they were all cruel burdens. Looking back, staying up all night writing a 10 page paper taught us more than just about the media’s impact on society. It taught us important lessons involving hard work, resilience, and dedication.

Now we begin a new journey. We go to being nervous, excited, uncertain freshmen once again. We will no longer be in the comfort of a familiar environment. Now we must learn and adapt to a completely new system. It is like a new beginning, but I believe we are all equipped with the right tools we need to succeed and overcome our obstacles. Never forget the lessons learned throughout these four years and always remember your Cristo Rey Boston Class of 2012 family.

To our parents, thank you for guiding us and always giving us the love and encouragement we need. We would not be here today without you. To our faculty and staff, thank you for providing us not only with your knowledge and wisdom, but also with your care and attention beyond the classroom. Thank you very much for working so diligently to get us to this point. And finally, to the graduating Class of 2012, congratulations to each and every one of you, and thank you for all of the memories. We have achieved things not everyone has and all have very much to be proud of. No matter where we are headed in the future, I am certain that we can achieve anything. In the words of a great philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; live the life you have imagined.”

Congratulations Class of 2012!

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