Amber Hollis gave the salutatorian speech at Pettus High School
Jun 03, 2009 | 3508 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amber Hollis
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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, seniors, family and friends of the senior class of 2009. I would like to take this opportunity to thank God, the parents of the seniors, and also all of our teachers. Our parents’ and teachers’ constant guidance has molded us into the young adults we are today. Their persistence and patience in teaching us to do the right thing has paid off. Every individual of this class is going to be influential in whatever realm of society they choose to settle into. We are all very different, but our differences add to our personalities and the way we interact with the world around us.

The age-old example used at countless graduation ceremonies is the metaphor of the road. I believe it is as good as any. As seniors we should not look at graduation as the end of the road, it is only a transitional point on the road of life. Life is unexpected and you can never know what is going to happen based on the decisions you make. Yes, our decisions ultimately influence what our outcome is to be, but whether or not those decisions are good or bad, there is always a purpose for what we do. Bad decisions should not be regretted because they teach us what not to do and help us grow into better people.

I am very sad to say that not all of our senior class is here with us or will ever be able to make decisions again. My classmates and I would like to take a moment to remember our dearly loved friend, J.D. Gomez. I am sure that he knows we miss him and that we will always love him. He is as much a part of this senior class as all of us here tonight.

Seniors, I hope you never regret anything you did or didn’t do throughout high school. It is part of who you have become and who you will always be. Olivia likes to say, “Never regret anything that once made you smile.” Though there have been some bumps in the road through high school for all of us, ultimately we have been happy and we should not regret anything that made us smile. Right now, we are thinking that we cannot wait for this graduation service to end so we can officially be out of high school. For many of us we feel like we’re ready to be adults, but all of us should know that we will miss our time in high school.

As an endnote, I would like to once again thank everyone who has been there for all of the seniors through all of our trials and tribulations. Without our parents, teachers, friends and relatives, you would not be looking at this great class that will absolutely make a difference in the world, no matter what road in life they choose. But, most of all, seniors, I pray that God will guide each of you on your road to success and happiness.

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