Class Secretary’s Farewell
June 2, 2018
My four years at Miami High have been the best. The 14 year-old girl who I was then didn’t know that this school would make such a major impact on my life. These were the best four years I could have asked for, but the bittersweet moment has come. On June 4th, I will be moving my tassel from left to right and becoming a Miami High graduate. I’ve never been prouder.
The first time I stepped through those double doors, I knew that MHS was home. My freshman year, although quite blurry, was better than I ever expected. I entered with my one group of friends, and I was so convinced that it would stay that way and that I really didn’t need any new friends.
Thankfully, I joined clubs, and I made a ton of amazing new friends from all different schools and
backgrounds. As a freshman, I never really thought about the final moments of high school. I just knew that I wanted it to last for as long as possible.
The beginning of my sophomore year wasn’t so great. I wasn’t surrounding myself with the right people, my grades were dropping, and I wasn’t really taking care of myself.
Luckily for me, I was able to remove myself from the negative situation I was in, get back on track with my classes, and start to care about how I felt mentally and physically, which motivated me and strengthened me for one of the most difficult years of high school, junior year.
Eleventh grade, although very challenging, turned out to be one of my most memorable years. I completely immersed myself within the school. I started helping with BETA and even performed with the club in the homecoming parade. I became a writer for the Miami High Times. I ran for senior class secretary. These were all things I would’ve never expected myself to do or be a part of back in 2014.
Senior year, the one I had been waiting for ever since I saw Troy and Gabriella experience it on High School Musical 3, although not exactly like the film, it was amazing, maybe even better than what happens in the movies. I was a princess on the homecoming court and saw our MHS football team make it to the State-semi final game, something they hadn’t done in years!
As class secretary, I got to plan and experience all the senior activities, saw Drake film a music video on our field, built bonds with my advisors, and left my mark within the school.
They say, “It’s good people that make good places,” and I have had the pleasure to sit in the classrooms and offices of those who make Miami High such a great place. I’d like to extend a thank you to all of my teachers, because you have inspired me to do what I love without fear. You are the true heroes and leaders, because you wake up to make a difference in our lives and to motivate us to be the change we wish to see in the world. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you do.
To my advisors, thank you for believing in me, for always pushing me further and further out of my comfort zone. You have made me a better person. I couldn’t have asked for better “school parents.” Thank you for your wisdom, humor, love, and trust. I hope that I have made you proud.
For those that stay behind to hold up the fort: get out of your comfort zones, lose your voices at pep-rallies, cheer on our sports teams, and join as many clubs as you want. Change is good.
Never let that Miami High spirit fade, for it separates us from the rest. There are two types of people in this world: those who graduated from Miami High, and those who wish they did. You are the next generation of Stingarees, who live not by words, but deeds.
To my alma mater, thank you for teaching me everything I need to know in order to make it, and more. You are one of Miami’s hidden gems, rich with history and full of love. I will carry you in my heart forever and take everything I have learned with me. There is no other place in this world that comes close to Miami High. I am fortunate enough to call myself an alumna and will always bleed gold and blue.
Once a Sting, always a Sting!