MEGAN FER­RARO

Bishop Mcnally High School

Calgary Herald - - THE CLASS OF 2020 - To read this speech in its en­tirety, please go to cal­gary­her­ald.com/ grad2020

... Here we are — our fi­nal year of high school. When se­nior season was fi­nally upon us, we des­per­ately needed that “2020” vi­sion. We were fi­nally the “big kids” that we dreamt of be­ing since ele­men­tary. Our fu­ture was com­ing at us like a truck and we had to start making life-chang­ing de­ci­sions ...

We bonded, making our classes louder and Ka­hoot be­came way more in­tense. We started “Break­ing Free” from our shy selves and started fig­ur­ing out who we wanted to be.

Take a look around. The peo­ple around you have shaped you into who you are to­day. The peo­ple around you have cre­ated an im­pact on your life — whether it be big or small. The peo­ple around you have been with you through good and bad, the wins and losses, the happy and sad tears.

We have sup­ported one an­other from the mo­ment we met ... some from ear­lier in our lives and some from ear­lier to­day. No mat­ter what, we could al­ways count on our friends to be there for us.

And now, as the cur­tains close on our years to­gether, we head “Into the Un­known.” How do we know that our life will turn out ex­actly how we planned? ... The an­swer is: We don’t.

Life is un­pre­dictable and we don’t know how it will turn out, like how we didn’t know about that back page on a unit test.

But we do know one thing: We can­not give up on our dreams.

I don’t know “How Far I’ll Go,” but no dream is im­pos­si­ble and we have the po­ten­tial to ful­fil any­thing we de­sire. We are ca­pa­ble of so much more than we give our­selves credit for and should al­ways strive to reach higher.

Never lose sight of your goals and let them mo­ti­vate you to do bet­ter for your­self.

We should never try to be any­thing but our­selves. No mat­ter what we end up do­ing and how­ever long it takes us to get there, we should be happy.

Our paths are start­ing to divide and we “Gotta Go Our Own Way,” but we know that we will al­ways be con­nected by our roots at Mcnally.

We have grown into com­pas­sion­ate and strong in­di­vid­u­als to­gether. Sure, there will be never end­ing chal­lenges that we have to face, but we will al­ways be able to con­quer them. We will al­ways be able to over­come any ad­ver­sity that life throws at us.

We will al­ways have each other. “We’re All In This To­gether!” ... I wish you all hap­pi­ness and suc­cess as we head off, into In­fin­ity and Be­yond!

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