VALEDICTORY ADDRESS (April 1, 2011)
Our energetic principal, Mr. Venancio C.Pimentel,beloved teachers,proud parents, fellow graduates, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant afternoon to everyone.
Graduation comes once in a lifetime. It is the actual proof of all the sacrifices that we've been through in our four years of existence in high school life;and as we receive our high school diploma, we are partly expected to be fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to face the challenges as we enter college life to take our college education and eventually to face the fast changing character of Philippine society in the near future. However, education does not end when we leave the portals of this institution, for it is the lifetime preoccupation of a man. And to succeed in our own target profession, we have to keep abreast with the ever growing body of knowledge and innovation in our field of endeavor. To do otherwise, is to fall into the trap of intellectual stagnation and future opportunities, for a better life will pass us by.
Our high school education represents years of hard work and our perseverance has been amply rewarded. Graduation, however, is not the end of striving for knowledge and skills-education is a lifetime process by which we continue to learn as we enter the world of facing trials and exerting efforts just for us to overcome the commitment given to us. And as we go about in the pursuit of our chosen profession, if ever, in the near future, always bear in mind the principles and ideals of our Alma Mater. The real measure of success is not measured by the material things we have acquired but by the service we have given to make the world a better place to live in.
As this year's class valedictorian, what I would just like to reiterate is the significance of knowledge and skills, that as young ones, we are very lucky for having ample time to grab all opportunities that may come along our ways. Let us utilize these chances not only for ourselves, for our families but of course the knowledge we have acquired will be the best contributory factor in the pursuit of national economic and social development of our nation.
To our mentors, who have molded us to become a better human and social being, who have also shared their know how just for us to learn more not only in terms of academics but also in some aspects of mankind, Thank You so much for all the effort, courage and patience. We'll always cherish the memories that we had all together.
To my fellow graduates, keep it up. Let us continue what we have just begun. Someday, somehow, some of us may become a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher, an engineer. But whatever profession we may become, let us not forget the camaraderie that we have had within four years of being together. Thank you for all those moments we all have shared.
And most importantly, to our parents who are always there to guide us, who work hard just for us to acquire the relevant and quality education that we all deserve. Thank you for every single moment of your life you've shared with us.
Without your guidance, moral, and financial support, everything to us would end to nothing.
May the Lord guide and bless us in all our undertakings.
RAUL F. NORBERTO, JR.
Batch 2011 Class Valedictorian
SALUTATORY ADDRESS (April 1, 2011)
Distinguished guest of honor, Congressman Luis R. Villafuerte, the principal of this institution, Mr. Venancio C. Pimentel, faculty members, parents, co-graduates,friends, visitors, ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
As I see faces of graduates, smiles of parents, and relax breathing of everyone, I feel a mixture of emotions. I can't determine if this is due to the triumph that we all thrived or to the happiness we feel or to the excitement for the celebration that is planned afterwards. Indeed, it's hard to explain, rather, it's hard to express my words of gratitude-for words of gratitude simply mean AN END. This speech really describes how much I feel tonight, not only that I'm happy I got the chance to salute big persons in my life, but also saddened for the same honor also gives a chance for me to express that I'm missing everyone who has become part of my high school years.
Our four-year stay in this school is a big part of us. We have changed. We have grown, lived, loved, lost and learned. We learned to soar high amidst our never-ending assignments. We conquered our fears as we became the protagonists of our own play. We have fought our enemies-the financial constraints, sufferings, pains, heartaches, longings and challenges. And tonight, we beat our antagonists.
Now we reached the end of Secondary education through a pail of perspiration and numerous nosebleeds. As we receive our diplomas, let us not forget the persons who stayed behind us and served our shining armors.
Like in Oscar Awards, we, the big winners would like to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude to everyone who in one way and another, shared anything good that has contributed to our success.
We give thanks to our ALMA MATER, San Isidro National High School where we sweetly dwelt. We thank you for the cradle, to us, whom once became young ones,who have needed your guidance and education. We thank you for teaching us to do well and become a better Isidorean ready for the toughest competition in the survival of mankind.
We give thanks to our TEACHERS, whom we considered as second parents. We learned to value every hard work and challenge to be worth rewarding. From them, we understood the word "respect", "determination","self-reliance", and "confidence'. To our teachers, OUR BIG SALUTE!
To my classmates, thank you for the wonderful time we had. We were brought here together by an essential common bond. Because of that bond, our differences did not become barriers. Rather, we had better appreciated the individuality of one another's responsibilities.
To our FRIENDS, who healed our scars through our laughter also deserved to be thanked. In times of sorrows and downfalls, they were the persons who would not leave you behind, instead share their helping hands in easing the pain of failures.
Above all is the ALMIGHTY GOD who is always there for us. For without Him, I would not be standing here in front of you saying these words of gratitude. God has always protected us and freed us from any misfortune.
Last but not the least are my PARENTS. May parents have been my armors. They protected me and served as my shields in overcoming my obstacles. My mother stood still amidst our hardships. My father has not stopped in inspiring me to believe in my own skills and capabilities. Despite our hardship, we were able to make it and surpass the challenges of attaining an education. Thank yous would never be enough in expressing the gratitude for the sacrifices and toils you have made for us. Indeed, you are the best parents I have.
Tonight, the smiles I see on the face of my parents are my triumph. This is for them
Again, ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
VERONICA A. AUREUS
2011 Class Salutatorian