2018 East High School Graduation

2018 East High School Graduation

January 14, 2020 0 By Stanley Isaacs


On behalf of the class of 2018 welcome
you to our graduation ceremony classes media CEO Cho Lamas la bienvenida Nostra
ceremonia de grado shown at this time our graduates and guests are asked to
rise these are combined choirs under the direction of mr. Lucas robots Dadar
sing the star-spangled banner followed by the Pledge of Allegiance en este
momento LSP de todos los Bravos invitados case a fungally p.m. interest
group for coral Baja de dirección de Lucas can tulino nacional de
star-spangled banner’ seguido por la promesa de Alta a los Estados Unidos
America 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 purgolders family to the 2018
graduation ceremony my name is Megha Zwicky one of the assistant principals
at East and I’m so excited to be here with you tonight as we slow down and
spend some time together to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing
accomplishments of the young people here before us on behalf of our entire
leadership team I would like to especially welcome parents families
friends and teachers who have shown up tonight and every day for the East Side
community and these students we are grateful for your partnership in
supporting our graduates in meeting and exceeding their high school goals there
are a few times in life that loved ones gather for milestones like this one
thank you for being here tonight graduating seniors we want you to know
that you will always be an important part of this purgolders family and you
will always be our kids when I look out at you now however you don’t look too
much like kids anymore you are in fact young adults who undoubtedly will move
forward to do bold and important things in true Eastside style my hope is that
you spend tonight reflecting on the persistence grit and hard work it took
to become the East High School graduating class of 2018 and find some
moments to thank those who have helped you along the way it is my pleasure to
now introduce a very special young lady the senior class president
Jennifer Zhang all right thank you good evening family
friends east staff teachers and most importantly class of 2018 we are finally
here it is truly an honor to be speaking on behalf of the graduating students
sitting before me many of whom have been looking forward to this day for the
longest time let’s be honest having the opportunity to sum up the past 13 school
years into a speech husband tough words should not serve much justice when it
comes to describing the class of 2018 we are artists athletes nerds and hipsters
activists and revolutionaries among many other things and a mere speech cannot
fairly cover what we’ve been through individually and as a class now that we
are in our final moments of being high school students I would like to share
what I have personally observed and learned in high school the members of
the class of 2018 are beyond courageous and powerful we have pulled all-nighters
to complete our work we have worked late night shifts and don’t get home until
the late hours of the night and we deal with many responsibilities at home
ranging from household chores to babysitting to being the family
chauffeur in addition we’ve also developed our passions and interests
which have manifested in our artistic expressions our podcast shout-out to the
Jarrett cast in addition many of our students have made outstanding video
compilations and they founded student associations dedicated to bettering our
communities the students sitting here today have managed to fit thousands of
work hours of work of miraculously into 24-hour days we have always found ways
around a closed door and we will continue to pay our way through hardship
and I commend you all for your dedication from these experiences I’ve
learned the importance of being one’s own biggest supporter your own support
will be the greatest kind of support you will ever have especially when it comes
to advocating for yourself in addition I’ve also learned
is okay to feel frustrated her confused or even pressed if you need to cry then
cry if you need to scream to the world then scream if there’s anything I have
learned while memorizing terms and theorems and formulas it said it feels
really good to just let those emotions release always keep an open mind and
view the difficult situations in life as a learning opportunity most importantly
however we in addition to students all over the country have shown the world
how powerful students are we’ve marched for Tony Robinson for the day without
Latinos for human rights and for gun control to save our students class of 2018 know that we are the
future the world is going to be in our hand it is our inheritance as we step
into adulthood as the character Thaddeus that’s from the film Atlantis the lost
Empire said our lives are remembered but I guess we leave our children by the
next school year we will be a part of many different programs we will be in to
our four-year educational institutions apprenticeships in the army working a
full-time job and as you build your life wherever it is you go and whatever it is
you do I implore you to also build a world for
future generations to flourish and challenge yourself and society
experiment and explore life because life is so finite and time is so short
however although time flies I encourage you to always positive my little moments
of life I’d now like to thank these staff and teachers specifically those
who have greatly influenced us to be who we are today thank you for all little
things you do that makes East more unique such as the Pinkie Pie mascot in
the band room the travelling pig in the math department and the intense annual
competitions between the world language and social studies departments during
spirit week getting to know each table has been one of the greatest parts of my
high school career and I have been fortunate enough to work with an East
educator who once told me a teacher’s purpose is to share their knowledge it
is to excite students about learning it is to help students see their world and
themselves differently thank you East staff and teachers for sharing your
wisdom your experiences in life hats and for pushing and inspiring us to pursue
our interests and for helping us see the world and ourselves through different
lenses next I’d like to thank the friends and families who have supported
us in every way possible you have taught us the
or values that we have as individuals today and your unconditional love is
priceless friends families and to the late loved ones who are here with us
today in spirit words cannot thoroughly express our gratitude for having you in
our lives and finally thank you class of 2018 I am so grateful to have been able
to grow with you I cannot imagine how different my life would have been had I
not been a part of this community after we walk across the stage today we will
each embark on our own paths and some of us may never walked the same paths again
and so I wish you all happiness success and the best of luck in your future
congratulations and thank you for everything the people come into our lives for making something we must – those will help us match to grow if we
let her and we have that’s true but I know
today in change because I know you it will man
now we will never meet again so let me save it’s because I do
because I knew I do believe I have been changed for the
better because I knew you because I knew for years it’s somehow simultaneously
seems that it would never end and that it was over before we knew it
I’ve had the pleasure of representing the class of 2018 as their vice
president for all four of those years within those four short years I’ve made
many friendships most notably with Google as I frantically tried to figure
out the answers to a 12-page packet due next hour I’ve had my heart broken by
four-and-twenty when they were closed on those rough Monday mornings I’ve grown
apart from some like my freshman wardrobe I’ve gone closer to some like
my relationship with sleep deprivation and caffeine dependence I’ve laughed
through the times when all I’ve wanted to do is cry because a door handle fell
off as I was trying to avoid an awkward social interaction all of these weird
but oddly relatable experiences have allowed us to grow together and have
more inside jokes than we can count together we have learned never
forgetting that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell and no matter how
many times it happens dropping a bowling ball out of a third-floor window will
never not be cool but other than the random bits of knowledge that seem to be
ingrained in our minds we have learned so much more we have learned that there
is power in numbers we have learned to stand up for our peers when in Justices
occur we have learned that we are more than just a number and more than
whatever box they try to confine us to we leave now with so much more than we
ever signed up for we leave now with the characteristics to become active
citizens within our communities no matter where the future takes us from
the White House to center stage on Broadway to our own classrooms we will
always be one the class of 2018 as the class of 2018 we choose a student
speaker who represents the ideals we hold true it’s my pleasure to introduce
the class of 2018 student speaker Carrie woods hey y’all the future belongs to those who believe
there is power in the dreams that they would hold as one of your fellow
classmates I have seen that that power has developed in all of you although we
have done well with the beginning part of our lives we still have so much more
to do obstacles we have yet to face and heels
that may be unbearable to climb we have worked hard but now it’s time to work
even harder we cannot stop striving for greatness it has been a very bumpy ride
for the class of 2018 but here are some lessons that will make the next ride run
a little smoother to you I give the ABCs of life appreciate the differences
within others because it would absolutely suck if we were all the same
continue to paper will pave the way for the younger people we are all role
models to be do not be afraid to say no consent is your given right execute your
plans don’t push them to the side and settle for I’ll get to it later focus on
the beauty in your future not on whatever ugly struggle you are facing
right now go ahead do your thing the sky’s the limit for you and me H is for
the highly educated person you have always been those standardized tests do
not determine your greatness I am somebody and don’t let anyone tell you
otherwise believe that joy is something we feel
when we allow ourselves to see the good and very tough situations killing with
kindness violence is not always the solution let them hesitate while you
continue to appreciate many people would love to be in your shoes so don’t take
your privileges for granted nobody should be allowed to tell you who to be
opposites attract so don’t judge a book by it’s cover you never know
who you’re going to meet people have the power to change the world just please be
one of the many to do so queer people are people too so if you can’t accept
that back hit the road jack remember that black lives matter does
not mean that your life doesn’t matter it just means that mine is just as
equally worth living stop saying yes to things that make you uncomfortable this
is the beginning of the rest of your life make this part count unplanned
situations are bound to happen but you are able to push through it
voice your opinions no matter what kind of reaction you think you might get up
because of doing so we are young wild and free so let’s enjoy it why we can X
out the negativity and main sources of stress in your life they don’t matter
anymore you will have bad days and Z because something sometimes things are
hard to find in life like a good word that starts with Z so I leave you with
this a very famous quote from a very wise man who said now they only say
congratulations work so hard forgot how to vacation and they never had the
dedication people hate and say we change and look we made
yeah we made it these places are some have I know I’ll never lose affection
for people in 20 feet stop people mr. Kent wanna bow is the ap Literature
and Composition teacher at East he has taught in the Madison metropolitan
school district for 24 years spending the past 20 at our school mr. Juan Tabo
has described the past couple years as the best in his teaching career because
he has been able to listen more and speak less as well as spend more time
connecting with different students and considering different styles of learning
as the class of 2018 we decided to elect mr. Juan Tabo as the commencement
speaker because of his investment in the education of his students his promotion
of an open and active learning environment his encouragement of
discussion between students and the genuine care he has for each and every
student who is lucky enough to walk through his door overall I can best
summarize mr. Juan Abbas impact on students both as an English teacher and
a role model in the building with a quote I obtained from a student when she
spoke about how he effected her eyes her high school career he teaches good not to worry she followed this statement
with grammatically correct praise it is my great honor and pleasure to introduce
mr. Juan Tabo as a commencement speaker for the class of 2018 do class of 2018 to the class of hope
and protest one of my students this year Jennifer’s Jean suggested that when this
day came I should just speak from the soul so that’s what I tried to do when I
sat down to prepare this speech and perhaps the most resounding thought that
stuck with me was this one the world could be a better place if better became
better than the best you see when I think of how we evaluate the best I
think of test scores medals ribbons trophies we celebrate and recognize the
best athletes the best grade point and the best schools best can be measured
but how well has that been working for us I wonder if it became better to focus
on being a better student than it was on being the best student what might change maybe instead of worrying about how we
can be the best we change our focus to how we can become better and of course
I’m not talking about making better than our top priority we spend far too much
time worrying about how we can be better than him or better
her or better than them we could spend less time on better than and more time
on what it means to be a better friend or kindness or forgiveness or letting go but better at first glance appears to be
less than the best right there’s good here and there’s better and then there’s
best so better second place but upon closer inspection we might find that
maybe persistently working on getting or being better it could actually one day
make us better than the best I know we don’t all think alike what a terrifying
place it would be if we did but maybe as we move on to college or work or
parenting we might consider this the world might be better if WNBA players
were paid as much as NBA players the world might be better if nobody ever
noticed the thing when brown-skinned married white skin the world might be
better if our young women didn’t have to fight to prove their worth and could
expect and demand safe campuses communities and workplaces our country
would be better if all borders were friendly and treated fellow travelers
immigrants and refugees with the dignity and respect all we all deserve as human
beings our country might be better if it ran like East High School Muslims have a
safe prayer space gender identity is respected there are real consequences
for racist behavior and we’re valued as being part of and more than our gender
test scores race religion creed and socioeconomic status and we would be so
much better if we learn to treat our children is more than data points our city madison is better we are voted
representatives listen carefully to our superintendent when our superintendent
listens carefully to our principals when our principals listens carefully to our
teachers and when our teachers and our parents listen carefully to our students
sons and daughters they are why we are here and who were paid and promised to
protect serve and educate and East High School might be better East High School
would be better with a dedicated committed and more active recruitment of
minority teachers in the classroom we may not be the world’s definition of
the best but we are certainly at East High School better than the best some
may argue with this but that is because the outside doesn’t get to see the
goodness on the inside especially when the world we live in
consistently prove its proves itself to value the appearance of virtue over true
virtue we know better don’t we I do not and have not wanted to teach anywhere
else because while other schools may claim to be the best I know without a
doubt East High School is better I’d like to conclude by reading a poem
entitled winter that I wrote many years ago when I was going to school here and
that wasn’t too much older than you graduates are now I wrote it as a young
college student coping with heartbreak and loneliness trying to figure out what
I wanted to do with my future life friends and family who I hadn’t met yet
while dreadfully missing the place and people of my past in literature winter
is often seen as a quiet season often representing sadness pain and suffering
or even death in class we this year we read and memorized the poem called the
Snowman by Wallace Stevens the speaker in the Snowman tells us that one must
have a mind of winter in order to see things that others can’t it can be
difficult in times of strife and conflict to see that a season of pain
and hardship can actually teach us to see the difference between as Stevens
puts it the nothing that is not there and the nothing that is our struggles
teach us the wisdom to distinguish what matters from what does not finding and
making a better way matters I wrote the poem winter knowing that I was saying
goodbye to my old friends my old home and the only family I had ever known but
it also served as recognition that a new season was coming and that I should
prepare myself to be better for my future beloved whom I hadn’t met yet
Lisa Brett Bri Bryn and of course all of you before I read
winter to you I just want to mention that another student of mine sitting in
the front row Gwyneth Alvarado wanted me to read this poem to all of you in a
Yoda voice did you catch that Yoda voice you know like Star Wars Yoda but do that
I will not winter our love is the pale glow of Sun on the Fox River
the violet dusk barely warms the ice that has spread like Iceland moss and
hardened the waves which nothing could restrain only months ago remnants of you
jut out from memories surface in chunks of rose quartz but Frost has fingered
its way across the moisture behind my eyes covering them with the white silk
of December Windows our long winter in Wisconsin is finally over the class of
2018 and I wish you the happiest of all summers because you deserve it go be 18
class of 2018 enjoy it 18 doesn’t last forever and
winter will come again it will get cold out there there may be tears from time
to time every day will not be your best day but seek out a better day and a
better way and do not lose faith you are and always will be my hope for better hold on your dreams believe them believe
in yourselves and believe in each other and we’ll make the world better we need
you and I know you will and I will miss you the way I miss the pale glow of Sun
and the Fox River but I’m those long summer days in the
sunshine I may even from time to time be nostalgic for the frost because without
the frost there is no white silk of December windows and there are no
snowmen and no snow women and who better to teach us the difference between the
nothing that is not there and the nothing that is then the cold dark
winter nights remember that you are all beautiful and you are the light you are
the light on those cold dark winter nights and never forget the Stars come
out at night goodbye stars I will look up at the sky
and think of you often happy graduation it’s not fair following mr. Juan Tabo so
I’m one of the luckiest people in this building every day I get to come to East
High School and get to learn from some amazing individuals I’ve been blessed
with the opportunity to interact with both the staff and the students on a
daily basis today we are here to celebrate your graduation from high
school I want to take a few moments to remind you of a few things life life is
about to get much busier for you as you enter the next stage of your life we are
all busy but sometimes we need to be reminded to slow down and just say thank
you we Lent we let people who have made our lives better walk around without
knowing it as adults we need to get better at modeling this behavior every
single one of you has been the catalyst as an inspiration to somebody you’ve
made someone’s life better by something you said or something you’ve done I
witness acts of generosity and kindness on a monumental scale but I’ve also
witnessed acts of grace and courage on an individual basis and you know what
I’ve learned over these last two years they all matter so I look around this
room at people who have either achieved or you will achieve great things and I
offer this reminder don’t wait don’t wait until you make your first million
dollars don’t wait to make your first million dollars to make a difference if
you have something to give given now serve food at a homeless shelter clean
up a neighborhood park stand up for what you believe in be a
mentor or just be the difference superintendent Cheatham chief of schools
Phelan board member Howard Lee I hereby certify that students before you the
Madison East class of 2018 have met all of the requirements for graduation has
set forth in the board policy and they are ready to receive their high school
diplomas from Madison metropolitan school district it is with great pride that I present to
you the Madison East High School class of 2018 Jennifer Zhang Emily pap sir Lilly Anderson Madeline
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bleep house mainly and arianna yard when Sam Isiah Dahman graduates please rise the moving of the tassel simply
represents one step in the process of completing our education not the end to
it we all have more obstacles to conquer more adventures to experience in 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 relations graduates please read along with us our
senior farewell which is found in the program look today yesterday is what a dream and
tomorrow is only a vision but but today why live makes every yesterday the dream
of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope 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 well for DVD copies of this program go to
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