2017 East High School Graduation

2017 East High School Graduation

October 21, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


welcome all attendees all guests are
asked to rise as our combined choirs under the direction of mr. Luke robots
Tedder sing the star-spangled banner followed by the Pledge of Allegiance Oh I pledge allegiance to the flag of the
United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one nation
under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all thank you you may be
seated welcome graduates families and staff
graduates take a moment to look around there are teachers seated in the back of
this auditorium and around the room other staff security and family members
whose guidance and dedication helped you to arrive here and now giving people
good people and they are here tonight because you gave good things back to
them purpose in preparing you for what comes next in your lives satisfaction
and efforts rewarded and hope for the future they see in you the good they see
in you look next to you down the rows to the seats nearby some of those people
pulled you to class when you didn’t really want to go they sweated through
long projects and planned for hours on presentation teams with you explaining
things and learning things from you helpful people good people among you the
class of 2017 our brilliant future engineers talented artists writers
craftspeople politicians and educators masters of mathematics physics and the
written word but these contributions won’t mean much if you haven’t learned
the value of being a good person the importance of listening to an aging
grandfather stories and the worth of saying thank you to the cashier who
hands you your change at the Walmart and today you all wear a small round pin and
it reads for max it speaks volumes about who you are as people
former east student max Peterson who left this earth on July 21st 2015 will
be graduated posthumously tonight with you the classmates he loved so much and
you are and you honor him by wearing that pin which bears his name yes
members of the class of 2017 you know how to be good people and whatever is
left for you to learn in this life remember you already know how to be good
people and take to heart George Washington Carver’s predictions how far
you go in life depends on your being tender with the young compassionate with
the aged sympathetic with the striving and tolerance of the weak and the strong
because some day in your life you will have been all three congratulations
class of 2017 before I start my remarks I just like to
take a moment to thank all the parents teachers coaches mentors and friends
here with us today as well as those who are unable to be with us we couldn’t
have done it without you East High class of 2017 we are finally
here at graduation for a couple of weeks near the end there I like many of you
thought the end would never come despite our doubt we’ve reached the culmination
of our childhood I think that I speak for all of us when I say we did not get
here without a hitch for some of us it was a mis assignment here there may be a
failed test or even a broken heart we pushed through and now going to walk
across the stage make the final transition from East student to East
alum for me high school wasn’t about learning how to calculate the
circumference of a circle or memorizing the periodic table of elements or
discovering that words ending in ing are gerunds East high school taught me many
lessons but the two most important are perseverance and perspective let me
start with perseverance this is the part where I could tell you all about
successful people in this world who overcame a conquered but I don’t really
think that any of you need to hear about someone else’s story because you’ve all
proven your capability of doing just that by being here today
well I think that perseverance is a skill that has learned throughout all
high schools perspective is pretty unique to East when asked what makes
East special most people would say diversity some of us have probably heard
that word so often that we tend to zone out a little when we hear it I can
relate to that but when I thought about it a little bit more in the context of
my education I realized just how important this diversity has been East
honors our individual backgrounds and cultivates a range of well-formed
opinions this lends itself to great class discussion and by extension
perspective to me having perspectives means having the ability to see beyond
your personal point of view to be open to really hearing and learning from
others on some levels the concepts of perseverance and perspective clash each
of the place that allows both skills to meld together learning to be steadfast
in your own opinions despite what others think and also
and understanding where others are coming from perseverance of perspective
what you choose to do with these tools is now completely up to you there are no
longer any guidelines to follow no Mel Khan format to fill in it’s a reality
that I’m sure is weighed heavy on all our minds lately for the first time we
are the masters of our own destinies some are understandably ecstatic for the
change sleeping in every day going out every night and a strictly pizza based
diet does sound nice others are more logically terrified do I know how much
detergent to put into my laundry can I live off a mac and cheese because that’s
all I know how to cook and what am I going to do with my life most of us
probably feel a bit of both no matter how you feel about this turning point
your life remember that no road is without its fair share of cracks
potholes and pebbles there were people or things in your life that will knock
you down or get in your way sometimes you can’t see the progress
that you are making but he says given you two gifts to help you when you can’t
see the road ahead perspective and perseverance someone once said look at a
stone cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without so much
as a crack showing in it yet at the hundred and first blow it was split in
two I know that it was not the last goal that did it but all that had gone before
class of 2017 I hope that you keep your perspective continue to persevere and
remember all that is gone before congratulations class 2017 that people will come into bringing
something we are to the most to grow if we let them and we help them in return I
don’t know if I believe that’s true but I know I’m Who I am today it may work that we will never meet
again into some time let me say before we were one I learned you will be with
me Oh I do believe I have been changed for congratulations class of 2007 17 stars
for finally making it this far many of us believe this day would never
come yet here we stand today we the seniors
of East High are people of different religions races genders and backgrounds
yes we have been united in the walls of East High School
for the last 4 years we are one school one heart one East High through the
years we have grown closer as a community we have fought together cried
together laugh together and celebrated together during our short lifetime we
have had many life-changing events and these has shaped who we are in recent
years there have been cases of violence including shootings at schools across
the country and more that have been answered with marches supporting the
environment science women immigrants and rallies at our state capitol with junior
union workers rights police brutality and politics we lost several close
members of our community including Tony Robinson Jayden McRaven and max Peterson
many of you were involved in impacted in some way by these you listened stood up
walked out spoke out cried and cheered I commend you for tuning in questioning
believing that things can change for the better and taking a sense of stand when
you thought in justices and inequalities together we walked side by side in the
halls of our school and our city streets we have seen and felt the strength of a
unified voice even as youth we have incredible power for positive change in
the world today we graduate from Madison East High School but it is crucial for
us to continue to pay attention and to stay engaged to events that not only
affect us locally but across the nation it is time to continue to work for the
peace the fight for equality and justice each one of you is unique you all have
something to contribute and have the power inside yourselves to do great
things we have had many friendships among us
some of us some of you have known each other for many years as we’ve gotten
older and become young adults some of us have become grown apart while others
have developed deeper closer friendships these friendships and years together
have been formative after this today you will no longer be a student of East High
you will no longer reach for a doorknob and find that there is no doorknob there
you will no longer start off the day right with David’s quotes or colors of
the day and best of all you will no longer be on the no path list some of us
will stay in Madison while others will move away we may go to school find work
meet new people and develop new friendships beyond defy we will continue
growing and exploring though we will always be a part of the East Side
community do not forget about these friendships and the community that has
supported you your families coaches mentors and friends all the people that
have contributed in some way so the person you are you will have joys and
struggles fortunes and misfortunes roses and thorns along the way I believe that
this school these teachers your family friends and community has helped you to
have the courage and confidence be a positive force in the world I believe in
each one of you together and miss our diversity and differences we must have
hope together there is hope for you there’s hope for our school our nation
and our future it doesn’t stop here this is only beginning thank you and and now please join the song we just
selected as our senior song believe in yourself it’s a simple message can it come from
the heart just believe in yourself pass away start good evening I’ve opted to be deep and
philosophical tonight we live in tough times I like to share with you one of
the ways I deal with life’s many difficulties perhaps these thoughts will
help you in the coming years I view my life as living in three different worlds
the first one is the world as it is the world we experience every single day
people homeless people with mental and physical illnesses that don’t get the
help they need people hungry when we look around we see the poverty standing
right next to the incredible wealth of the United States in the world that is
we accept the fact that some people have more than they could ever use and others
go without the basics they need to make it through the days the weeks the years
a kid in the United States has a better than 20 percent chance of growing up in
poverty Tony Robinson died in the world as it is drug and alcohol abuse people
numbing themselves so they can deal with this real world
cellphones television video games distractions that fool us into thinking
that everything’s all right when we know in our hearts that it isn’t and then
there is environmental collapse mass extinction ecosystem destruction
poisoning of our air land water the second world
is the world that I imagine living in the world as it should be this is the
realm of dreamers visionaries people who refuse to accept the in justices of the
world in my idealism I envision communities where all are respected and
needs are met where nobody carries a gun and nobody cowers in fear most of our
institutions including education look very different in my mind as I see
beyond the limitations that shape our daily lives those of us who live in the
world as it should be changed the world since I left high school I’ve seen LGBT
youth rise up and become active proud members of the communities because many
people fought the bigots I’ve seen families leave oppressive regimes to
migrate to the United States places like Eastside I have grown in diversity while
realizing a high degree of unity unfortunately as you venture into the
world you will find the world is not as it should be the fires of racism sexism
climate change war hate are all still raging and some very angry people are
trying to chase liberated people back into their closets across the borders
they brave to come here into nightmares where these powerful people think they
will feel more comfortable these same people are gutting environmental laws
that protect all of us and the bountiful nature that we turn to for solace the
chopping down rainforests strip mining the land killing the pollinators and
fracking the rest of the country the third world
is the world as it can be whether it looks more like the world that is or the
world as it should be is largely up to you you get to decide as the great jazz
artists Unruh often said it only takes a moment to make a decision do you want to
live on your cellphones or do you want to look up and see the stars do you want
drugs alcohol and ignorance to run your life or do you want to take the steering
wheel and work towards building a healthy society who gets to shape the
world you or the garlic mustard and the billionaire’s
if you decide to strive for a better world be ready for a lot of frustration
as a lot of people with a lot of money and power stand in your way you will
need to strategize about how you’re going to realize a better world you’re
going to have to follow in the footsteps of Malcolm X and do a lot of reading and
you’re going to have to work together and work hard as you step out of the
arena tonight I want you to recognize the progress you’ve made in
understanding the world as it is and how it should be look into your hearts and
answer one question do I want to be part of the problem or part of the solution
if you want to be part of the solution band together and help each other forge
a brighter future for your kids and all the generations to come if you need help
finding a direction I’ll be here thank you we’re almost done I’m extremely honored
and humbled to stand in front of you as your former Madison East High School
Principal over the past two years I’ve had the privilege of watching you grow
into some fine young adults I’m excited to see where your future holds and where
you’re going to be soon I hope my hope is that you remain true to yourself and
you continue to strive for greatness I also want you to know that the East
doors my door will always be open if you ever need anything I get to do some
pretty cool things my job this one this moment is one of those it is my pleasure
to introduce you all to several members of the Madison metropolitan school
district leadership team superintendent Cheatham chief of schools rail and board
member days I hereby certify that the students before you the Madison East
class of 2017 have met all the requirements for graduation as set forth
in board policy and are ready to receive a high school diploma from the Madison
metropolitan school district it is with great pride and love that I
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represents one step in the process of completing our education not the end to
it we all have more obstacle to conquer more adventure to experience and our
education will continue for the rest of our lives please join me in moving the
tassel from the right side to the left side symbolizing the end of high school
and the beginning of the rest of our lives congratulations class of 2017 graduates
please read along to our senior farewell found in the back of the program look to
this day for yesterday’s bought a dream and tomorrow is only a vision but today
when I live to make every yesterday in the dream of happiness and every
tomorrow a vision of hope we’re gonna have another hunter at this time we
invite the Eastside community along with our graduates to join in singing our
alma mater the lyrics can be found in your program my crazy well
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