2018 Capital High Graduation

2018 Capital High Graduation

November 16, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Good evening everyone. Students, families, guests, thank you so
much for being with us here tonight. We are gathered together to celebrate the
Capital High class of 2018. Let’s give them our first round of applause. To our wonderful graduates I speak for
all of your Capital high team when I say that we feel truly blessed to have been
a part of your journey to graduation we have walked beside you every step
cheering you along as you named and claimed your identity as a scholar as a
high school graduate and as a college student and if you struggled to see the
promise of your future we pulled you forward so that you could get a better
look thank you for inviting us into your lives graduates and to the parents and families the
Mamas and the Papas and the aunties and the uncles and the cousins who are here
tonight and the sisters that’s right and the brothers and the grandbabies yeah
yeah thank you thank you so much for trusting us to teach your children thank
you you have every reason to be puffed up
with pride tonight so we celebrate you as well all right so let’s get this
party started could I please have miss Jalen McNair
come to the podium Wow okay good evening students families
staff and guests welcome to the Capitol high graduation for the class of 2018
we are grateful that you are able to join us this evening for a very special
celebration the journey to this moment has been tough for most if not all of us
our dedication and hard work even when we were so highly doubt it speaks to who
we are as scholars whether big or small all of us have faced and conquered
challenges the students we proved that we were strong and determined enough not
to give up we proved that we were not quitters we proved that above all else
we have grown to know and to show our exceptional guests every single guest
who is here with us this evening has been a contributor to our success your
words and your deeds let us know that you believe in us we will not be here
now without all of you thank you for all of your support so we invite you to sit
back and enjoy as we celebrate the Capitol high class of 2018 please join me in welcoming our guest
speaker miss Sabrina Madison can we get like a collective egg cuz y’all here at
the end and y’all look good too yes okay y’all like get up you know dust
it off a little bit a little stop y’all made and I was expecting swag sorry for
something to come on for y’all you know I’m just somebody please play before the
end of the day before y’all wrap y’all days up okay so the poet in me loves to
stay on time so who are the family members up in here who the girlfriends
and boyfriends and you know like the you had a child by somebody okay who the
friends who just the friends like the besties up in here
yes hey who the siblings I got four of those and I siblings
really hold it down for us right yes okay so I’m going to set my timer
because I really want to be on time for y’all and I want to keep you out here
all night so I want you to take about 10 seconds graduates y’all hear me this is
probably one of the most important things you can do for yourself right now
when you walk out of here tonight you should be able to complete this with no
sort of thinking too much about it so take about ten seconds and think about
the person if you had to thank one individual person right now for getting
you here to the end who would it be so you’ve named that one person mama
who’s got you here for some people it might be grandma it might be the teacher
it might be a counselor what for there but let me ask you a
question but let me ask let me ask the graduates
a question have you written that person a thank-you letter have you written that person a thank you
letter it is that somebody’s like no he did not no she did not
it’s the night that is the thing that you do when you get home write it by
hand not typed up not a text message on your phone you get a pen and a paper and
you write this handwritten note to them I’m not gonna give you the answer as to
why I’m saying and when you write and were you sitting there with yourself
with your thoughts you’ll know why I’ve actually to write the handwritten letter
then you contact me and be like hey progress this is why you told us to
write this letter I’m like look six oh eight three eight one and then you can
beat me over here to get the last four okay here we go
title of tonight just start just start just start so I’m gonna give you a
couple points for my life and tell you everywhere that I just started and how I
got here today are y’all with me boom I’m in Milwaukee anybody else in
here from Milwaukee oh don’t act like look I bet everybody from Chicago right it’s always like that that’s okay though
cuz my mama in them from Chicago I was born in Chicago but I will always rep my
walk because that’s where I starved that’s where I ran away that’s why I got
pregnant that’s where like you know I did it all that’s where I finished
school so anyways I’m in Milwaukee I grew up on
34th and center it is like super rough I don’t know man I just wanna let y’all
know Madison has no real hood so if y’all could just stop please stop no no
real hood and if you think you heard I will drop you off in the hood and then
you come back we can reevaluate with hood so anyways I’m going up on 34th the
Center in Milwaukee our house has just gotten shined up you know I just found
out that I’m pregnant all of my brother brothers are either in and out of prison
or on their way to prison so boom I’m this 15 year old kid it’s my sophomore
year in high school I’m at Washington thinking I’m everything but knocked up
now and my brothers you know I catching synthesis and I’m like man what am I
gonna do I’m about to have this kid this is about to change my life but the one
thing that I knew that I can do is just start I can just start figuring out how
to be a mom I can just start figuring out how to stop cussing out my mom I can
just start figuring out how to be a better person so I have this kid my son
who’s who else came kind of through West high school so my son graduated West
High School in 2013 now his dad has never been a participant in his life you
want to guess where his dad is that today he’s in prison you want to guess
what my brothers are at today they’re mostly in prison one just came home from
doing 13 years and he’s still ain’t found a job so that’s how life sort of
transcends when you start catching cases so boom I have this kid where Milwaukee
life is just wild even though I have him I’m struggling so anybody else in here
was a team parent it ain’t easy it ain’t easy but you figure it out everyday
right you just started I’m like I’m a figure out how to make a you know some
meals off of this three dollars that I’m a thing
so that’s what I did for about 10-15 years before we got out of Milwaukee so
the next thing I’m like I gotta get out of this dysfunctional family anybody got
dysfunctional families my mama I love her to death she’s my heart she gave
birth to me my mama is crazy my mama loves drama
my brothers loved catching cases my auntie’s loved talking about our drama
and not helping us out of the drama so I said I gotta get out of here so I came
to Madison in about 2007 2008 with my son I just wanted a better life for us I
had no clue about anything here and you guess what I did not know I didn’t know
a soul here didn’t know anybody but my new boss and my new landlord but I was
like you know what if I want a different life for my son
I gotta start somewhere so I just started by getting on 94 coming up here
looking for a job in a place that we moved without me knowing anyone period
and it worked like we were we didn’t you know it still works out I was able to
feed them and play my rent and all that good stuff and still work so boom we get
to Madison and I figure I’m not going to be working at Goodwill forever making
$12 an hour anybody else in here either right now went $12 an hour or you trying
to get out of your dollars an hour it is a lot it is tiresome it is like
overburdening you carrying it you trying to make you trying to pay rent buy food
buy clothes off of $12 an hour paying $1,100 in rent
it’s madness you can’t make it so I go to MATC want to know how much I went
from $11 or $12 that good will send me to see my first job over there just
guess $19 an hour I was like hey I can get a car now so I get to the college my
first job in is that $19 an hour and I had a good time that I worked at the
college for about ten years after I was a student and I loved it I actually
loved it I love students I love helping folks through they stuff I loved working
with single parents but the thing that started biting at me was I was the only
sister or black person in the office I was good with that and Here I am
now being booked as speakers across the country outside of Wisconsin and when
I’m out anybody been Atlanta so you know we you didn’t land especially was in
Atlanta last year your spirit gets filled right you feel this like sort of
connection this community that sometimes we missing here so here I am I’m getting
booked in Atlanta and I get back to Madison and you know you be like I was
gonna take today off black and that’s how I felt
I was getting tired of that feeling so I’m like you know what I’m just going to
quit but before I quit I got booked to do a talk here and I walk into the room
there were all white women looking back at me and Here I am I’m talking about
leadership opportunities so missing in that room where women who looked like me
so that made me think do these mugs even think about me as a potential leader or
people who look like y’all as potential leaders and the rule told me no they
didn’t so right there at that point I created what would become the sold-out
black Women’s Leadership Conference on a sheet of paper just like this I just was
on a break I was tired of looking at them they looking at me I’m like I’m
gonna do something for us so I quit my job after putting on or putting up an
event on Facebook so I created this event cause the black women’s leadership
comes you want to know how long it took for that even to sellout under I think
it was like five days if that and it sold out Noah’s woman got into a space
and it was beautiful and I’ll never forget a woman told me I’ve not
experienced this in 14 years in the lifetime she’s lived in Madison so that
told me I needed to start creating spaces in which we could thrive does
that make sense I needed to do something for us and desperately saw the issue
that we were having here in the city so go let’s see three four or five years
I’ve created these conferences I’ve created black businesses exposed I
traveled the country and other folks think I’m lit other folks think I’m woke
and I wake up one day and someone sends me this Facebook message and it’s like
congratulations girl you own essence is 100 100 lists I’m like what is she crazy
so I quick I Google myself and boom I’m anybody read SS magazine don’t trip it
is like the black woman’s Bible so I’m in this magazine I’m on like on page 95
light and bright my face as one of essence magazines 100 list not going
backwards I’m 15 I have this kid his pops is in jail my brothers are about to
catch cases that range from 7 to 13 years
my mother’s in and out of mental health complexes my sister and my brothers in
Chicago we barely have a relationship my pops past when I was saying he
overdose cuz he was doing crack cocaine and so I moved here not knowing any damn
body but my new boss and my new landlord but everything in my life
I simply just would started so I want you to take from what I’m sharing with
you today because it is less about me and my starts but more about you and
your starts so where did you start think about it right now so we’re in what 20
18 so that means you’re you know you started high school couple years ago
wherever you come into capital capital you know your high school that where did
you start think about that for 10 seconds where
were you at when you first got here what were you doing what was y’all doing was
everything good was everything lit was you on point what you just messing it up
you see what I’m saying and then now think about what got you to
just start here what was the thing maybe it was oh mama was like this is it fam
you wanted to isn’t it so simple I wanted to pass high school anybody else
want to share some child share now why did you start what made you start
whatever it is I made you start you wanted to be successful in life but you
started so when you’re done today anybody else who’s going to school after
here who’s finishing on going to school who’s hoping to catch a job right out to
here who’s yep see we want to work we want to go to school and so this is the
thing and I’m gonna wrap up here and everything that you do after here you
have to remember that at one point you had to decide to start here and then
there was an ending you ended here this is like one of the biggest things I’m
telling you y’all I got brothers who never will walk across the stage I got
family that I’ve buried I got homeboys at home girls out there they would never
see a stage because they’re buried literally so you have really
accomplished something great because I’m guessing that your families look a lot
like my families right I’m guessing we’re gonna been through some of the
same stuff right I’m guessing we probably didn’t so some of the same
stuff right I’m guessing we probably caught some similar cases not me but my
brother’s right so what I’m telling you is when it comes time when you’re back
up against the wall remember why you started here and remember that you had
an ending here and now it’s up to you to sort of just start tomorrow and so when
you figure out you like man I can’t do this no more I ain’t got enough money my
car broke down my people tripping with me remember that you already got
everything that you need does that make sense
you already got everything that you need even if you ain’t got no job you ain’t
got no college degree you ain’t got no scholarship you ain’t got nobody like
hyping you up you ain’t got the hype men in the morning no more you still got
yourself does that make sense so you don’t need I just want a job take if you
don’t take anything away after just 30 remember that you don’t need nobody but
yourself cuz literally my son and myself are the
only two people in a family without criminal backgrounds who finished who
are working who are doing some positive and it’s not that because we were
extraordinary we ain’t special just because we made it
we’re especially because we remember all we needed was ourselves so if you don’t
take anything else for me today remember that I believe in you I feel nobody else
believed in you but I want you to know that you already
got everything you need and then if you ain’t getting what you
need remember there’s always somebody you can call up if you can’t cut anybody
else call me cuz I’m for real for real the people over here sitting next to me
no I’m for real I am a fan of calling people out so call people out of they
supposed to have your back call people out who was supposed to show up for you
but at the end of the day remember that you all you got what you need alright
y’all good that’s it and then don’t forget the swag serves tonight because
that’s like customary I’m you know swag serve tonight all right miss casaya terry come on up good evening families and friends as dr.
su says be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter
and those who matter don’t mind and capital hi we get to live we get to live
these words every day I first want to give a big thank you to all the capital
hairstyles for helping push all of us class of 2018 to succeed our personal
reflection in the graduation program shows just how much we have all grown
because you always believed in us it is my pleasure to have the honor to speak
to you on behalf of Capital high a little over two years ago I thought I
would never make it to where I’m standing right now I had to face many
challenges changes and moves in the middle of my sophomore year I needed a
different educational environment so I went seeking for help to find a better
pathway my sister kyeshia appointed me into the direction of Capital high
starting at Capital high as a junior has proven to be a life-changing decision
when I first started I was that girl who always said alone never talk to anybody
even thought I’ll even though always had a smile on my face very quickly almost
like a snap of the finger school became like a natural hobby to me before a
Capital high I never liked going to school because the but the teachers
welcomed me with open arms to help me see my the HEVC my mini gifts I was
encouraged to use my voice and become a leader even if we didn’t see eye to eye
we made it to every day together because my future was what mattered most of all because students and because students
and teachers at Capital high and get to know one another you never felt alone no
matter how hard the essay is to write or how many times we have to work to meet
the benchmarks you know that people care about your success this year we have
taken college courses and learned what it takes to write a good paper through
research and organization we learned that we are scholars capital
high also helped us see beyond graduation to college and careers before
before Capital high many of us didn’t see ourself going to as a college
student by teacher never doubted us they might they motivated us to see that we
we too can go to college and support us through the whole process of applying
many of us many of us has been accepted to Madison College for career pathway
and cosmetology architect technology surgical technology early childhood
education nursing silver silver engineering and liberal arts transfer
program I wish the best for all of us and hope our dreams come true one day as
I close I personally want to thank yo vine Greg re Christina with a C merry
mama starts loving and last but not least mr. Rick all you all you guys made
me feel that I wasn’t alone dr. Martin Luther King said if you can’t fly then
run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl but by all means
keep moving the young men’s and women’s at Capital higher class of 2018 are on
the move congratulations to all of us all right please join me in welcoming
our next student speaker mr. Aryan right is it all okay
all right okay I’m not going lie to all y’all I’m pretty nervous right now so um
I’m gonna need oughta do it deep breath in with me and out all right all right
let’s do it all right let’s get this show on the road first and foremost I would like to
introduce myself my name is Airy all right and I’m proud to be standing as a
Capital high educated student honestly I’ve never seen myself coming here there
are so many stereotypes out there and I just not wasn’t about it about what I
met with my counselor I realized I had to come pretty sucks right when I first
came to Capital high I was convinced that I needed to be hard and stayed to
myself my teacher and classmates made that impossible
there is no opting out here you are part of the community no matter who you are
where you from you are a royal no questions asked no prejudices in this
place no assumptions made like I said I’m proud to be standing here as the
Capitol hi Kade before you all Capitol high royal Capital high royal in this
entire class of seniors will calmly say the same when I think of this group of
accomplished young scholars who have overcome a lot of stuff like bias
diversity Montrose I mean a mantra I have
is choose your friends with caution playing your future with purpose from
your life as faith as I stand here today I have a deeper understanding knowing
what I meant by that let me break it down for you
1 choose your friends with caution this is a hard life left in that all of us in
this room has had to learn at some point in their life we often find ourselves
surrounded by friends that lead us away from our goals when it comes to my
classmates however I can only say they don’t we are so supporting of one
another and I will love keep them and I would love keeping them in my life we
are so supporting not just school expect someone to snapchat you Facebook message
you like texting action where you at or saying come to school sucks right
feeling unmotivated expect everyone to check in with you give you a pep talk I
have never experienced being in a school where everyone is lifting of each other
and encouraging everyone in it to chase their dreams and goals this leads me to
my second point playing your future with purpose you know your future is very
important right every single one of us sitting here today has they planned for
the future we did not think it was possible for before coming here last
year if you asked me where I was planning I wouldn’t say college but now
I’m a college-bound student I’m not getting it though almost all of us here
is in similar situations we all came to Kaplan I we all came the staff here truly see us as college
capable students and believe and believe in us and I rubbed off on us they
believed in us so much that I didn’t made us believe in ourselves and our
futures are forever changed now the enemies of our stories are being
rewritten and the chapters are being added that we never thought was possible
this brings it to my last point from your life with faith faith in yourself
faith in others faith in humanity go out in the world and achieve your goals and
set them if you have to live your life in a way that makes you proud a yeah
allow yourself to be a role model for future generations continue to change
the statistics and shows they close the achievement gaps every single one of us
sitting here is affected by change on a level that is greater than ourselves we
are going out there and proving to the world that we could take charge of our
lives and that we could change our stories big changes right we’re
graduating guys we’re graduating we’re going out show in the world that young
people of color and non color well actual eyes their hopes their dreams and
we will not let anybody stand in our way we are Capital high Royals we’re gonna
take the world by storm Thank You mr. Aryan all right so I would
like to invite capital highs good friend Miss Mary Burke and a member of our
Board of Education to come on up and we are gonna confer some certificates of
graduation first row please stand up milord Eklund yasmin Adams white Sasha Alan Alan Ida
balusters kayvon banks Casey Brandon Karina caldera Herrera Tyshawn Caldwell David capito Alison Castillo Oscar
Castillo Guadalupe Serpa Bastida austan Chapman thank you congratulations Valyria de la
coruña ulysses Diaz Gonzalez Mariah driver Thank You Ike here echoes deandre action a second grow Nicholas Farrington ilan Galan Reyes Shailja hatchet Alex Jacob Antonia Jones William Coomer Milagros Ledesma Sean McGill Malita ma’am jacquez McAllister jaelyn McNair Isaiah more div Olsen Donovan Parisi Madeline Perez hey Zeus Ruiz Trajan Siller don’t know otherwise they’re very Trevon
Smith Josiah Terry Rajan a Turner Tyson William Michael Winstone arjan rights and finally Araceli Zapata all right if we could give our graduates
one more big whooping round of applause so before I call up our last speaker to
close out the evening I wanted to share with all of the graduates here and their
families that Capital High has been blessed truly blessed with a gift and
the gift is for each of our graduates this year who’s going on to college in
the fall will be given a gift of $1,000 each so I wanna I want to echo what Miz
Supriya Madison said to you earlier just start people believe in you and there’s
a little seed money to get you going all right miss Yasmin Adams wait come on
up sweetheart close this out okay I’m a little short can y’all see me okay Witcher chem bling once said the
strength of the path is the loss in the strength of the wood that is back this
quote really resonated with me because of our phenomenal graduating class of
2018 is like a wolf pack on so many levels a wolf pack has leaders to guide
the pack in the right direction and to keep the pack focused I see so many of
us stepping up and leading when it needs to be done in fact each and every one of
us has been leader at some point throughout this year but we are not just
leading each other we are bigger than us graduating class we are also leading the
way for our future generations of students who that who did not see
themselves as college brown or even graduation about we are showing them
that you can and will achieve whatever you set your mind to wolf packs also
have many unique individuals who no matter what stick together and have each
other’s backs when you join the pack you join the family and instantly feel at
home it is as if you have been with them since the beginning when I came into the
school my senior year I didn’t expect to be a part of community with such a
strong bond we are honestly like a little family and we stuck with each
other through everything
we’re always pushing each other to be our best selves and never give up on
each other through our shared experience we are now have a bond for life as if
our pact finishes this chapter we are looking forward to towards the next one
every single one of us has plans for the future and for many of us this includes
an attending Medicine College in the fall as of today 37 of us has been
accepted to our program of choice at Madison College two of us has been accepted to an
operation Fresh Start strive program and 100% of us has changed our future
outlooks we stand before you future nurses engineers welders social workers
psychiatrists physical therapists cosmetologist carpenters videographers
music producers editors architects and so much more
our futures are calling and you know what they say if you call one wolf you
invite the entire pack congratulations with automation we made it you’re right area and this is kind of
nervous up here right okay at this time we’re going to wrap things up seniors
please stand and face your friends and family so the significance of turning the
tassel means the closing of one chapter and the starting of another at this time
please congratulate our seniors / graduates class of 2018 Capital High
graduates as they change over their tassel from the right to the left at this time seniors go ahead and please
process out families and friends if you could just Stacy that that would be
great