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Paige Fox gave the valedictorian speech at Pettus High School
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Paige Fox
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Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the graduation ceremony celebrating – the greatest senior class that has ever walked the halls of Pettus High. There are 25 reasons why you are the greatest class sitting right in front of me. I am so honored to give the valedictorian speech on behalf of these graduates and J.D. Gomez. There is nothing that I can say that can make this moment in our lives less surreal. Thank you to all the parents who have made this possible. I love you Mom and Dad. Thank you to all the teachers and administration who have stuck with us through thick and thin – especially Mrs. Rackley and Mrs. Lara for making us learn all that fabulous math, Mrs. Staples for always caring about us, Ms. Warnix for always supporting us, Mr. Proffitt for always knowing everything and if he didn’t, finding it on Yahoo, Coach Garza for making Spanish and track fun, Mrs. Francis for all the extremely difficult reading assignments and always expecting more of us, and of course Mr. Norvell. On behalf of the senior class we are sorry to hear that you are retiring. You have been such a wonderful person, present in our lives and we hope you aren’t retiring because of us. I could go on forever about the great people who have touched our lives, but I have a time limit.

First, I would like to tell you all about the great years we have had here at Pettus High. We have had four years to live, learn and laugh together. I have had the privilege of making so many new friends and making so many memories with them. Gosh, haven’t we changed from the immature and crazy freshman we once were. In fact, Sarah and I used to dance around my house pretending to be Beyonce. We were crazy but mostly immature. We entered our sophomore year, and we gained a great friend, Tori. Our athletic program was awesome. Our football team beat Shiner for the first time and our girls basketball team had the most amazing come-back and win I have ever experienced.

Our junior year came and I have to say, we were the most spirited in the school, winning the spirit stick pretty much every time it was up for grabs. Cayla and I spent countless nights staying up all night preparing our costumes for the Friday Spirit Days. We were ready to rock Pettus High with our enthusiasm and all our dreams. After last year’s graduation ceremony all the upcoming 2009 seniors in our class received a text message and it started our famous senior hand signal! Senior year started that August and we were all ready, until we heard the change in the tardy system. This tardy change really made the race to school, a real race to school.

I literally ran to school from my car every morning and C.J. was such a gentleman. When he would hear me running down the hall he would open the door for me so I could run straight into class.

All the pep rallies were a blast; the funniest was Ashley eating that chocolate covered onion. Our senior year has brought us all closer together. We all rejoiced when Michael passed his TAKS after all his hard work and studying.

We have all grown year by year losing a little bit of immaturity as we experienced more. We had our ups and downs. We had our crushes, our loves and our heartaches. But the great memories of Pettus High will always be deep in our hearts.

I would now like to talk about the present place we are at today. All of us are at a fork in the road. We are able to choose any path we want to. We can go anywhere. Our success is our own definition and we can make that success possible by just taking the first step. Every one of us is capable of it, I know that deep in my heart. I can see all the possibilities of success written in all of our dream filled eyes. Our parents have taken us this far. We have traveled in the back seat long enough. It is time for us to become the drivers.

We all have looked forward to the future and the future is here. Take every step with a reflection of where it will take you. And on that note, I will end my speech with the last part of a poem by Robert Frost, that Ms. Simon taught us our freshman year.

“I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a woods, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

Congratulations to the class of 2009! I love you all!

I only have one more thing to say,

We did it!

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