Compiled by: Brian Ong (H4B),
Stallion News Editor
The following are valedictory speeches written by David Gotianun, Dan Caw, and Christopher Cua, all from H4B. They belong to the English class of Mr. Jake Aragon .
Even if not everyone will get to be a valedictorian or a Xavier Awardee, the HS English Department thought that it would be good to give each one the chance to at least experience writing a graduation/valedictory speech and delivering it in front of an audience. Thus, as part of the H4 4th quarter activities, the seniors wrote and delivered their valedictory speeches to their class.
David Gotianun (H4B)
Dan Caw (H4B)
Christopher Cua (H4B)
David Gotianun (H4B)
Gentlemen, teachers and parents of the class of 2006, Good Morning. If there was one thing that I would leave with this batch of people it would this: “be an artist.” When I say this, I don’t mean it in the literal sense but instead by being one who improves his life just like how a real artist would on his masterpiece.
An artist is one who constantly grows as a person in numerous aspects in his life. This growth is reflected upon his artwork. As he grows, his ability to create something from his mind grows too. Whenever he looks at his masterpiece, he may feel that there is always something, which he can improve on. As time passes, the artist matures and new methods and techniques open to him. Because of this, he grasps this feeling of dissatisfaction with his current work; and as a result, some parts of the old image are covered with a new coat of paint, which improves it.
After sometime, the painter may look at the portrait and again thinks of what he can do to improve his masterpiece. But before starting on his masterpiece, he first sketches what he wants on the masterpiece. And today, we artists are at that point where we are ending the stages of sketching our ideas unto the board, and now beginning the stage where we paint over it.
Today a new chapter unfolds in our lives. This is one crucial point wherein we are called to act and renew our masterpiece for our mind has numerous things in store for us. Right now, we see sketch marks that will forever lie in our masterpiece, which contains all of our fond memories here in Xavier, from our first steps in nursery all the way to all to the Days with the Lord and to the good times and bad times here in high school. All though we may cover these memories in our masterpieces, these will always be a basis of who we are and where we came from. And I’m sure that we will never forget our stay here in Xavier for it truly left its mark in each and everyone of us.
At this point, I would like to congratulate the batch of 2006 for attaining knowledge that can only be learned here in Xavier. But aside from the graduating batch, I would also like to thank the teachers, parents and the friends who have helped us finish this long journey, this journey that is sometimes called the best years of life. However, the race isn’t done yet, the masterpiece isn’t finished yet and there are still indefinite things to do with it. And in the succeeding years this is the challenge to everyone. What’s next? What do we do now with our lives? The answer I tell you lies within you. For each person, this goal varies for we have varying strengths and difficulties. At the end of the day, you will realize that life isn’t a competition with others, but instead a competition against yourself. If you thought problems were just like solving math questions, you are yet to learn that the real problems are things that you are yet to cross in your life. Do not be intimidated for these obstacles will only make the end product even better. After several coats of knowledge and experience, I’m sure these will help and contribute to a one of a kind piece of work. And I hope that when you’ve finished your masterpiece you will do what true artists will do. You’ll share it to the world and show them what knowledge you’ve learned and empower them to succeed too in life. Thank You for everything, congratulations and Luceat Lux!
Dan Caw (H4B)
There was once a time when I didn’t care for my grades, when each day was just a day, and when each class was just a class. I remember just breezing through subjects, just waiting for recess, or lunch, then, eventually, dismissal, so I could go home and forget about school. Looking at this assembly today, I realize that that person could have never stood where I am today. But what have I done really? Me being in this spot right now doesn’t really mean anything, if I wasn’t here, someone else would. Sadly, it is not me who is required to speak; it is the valedictorian who is required to brandish a speech.
I am the epitome of this school’s standards. I am this school’s vision manifest. I have persevered against all difficulties, passed through every trial, and rose up above everyone. I am the best, I am the school, I am the valedictorian.
I am not this, I am not just a flag of the school, I am not this year’s copy of excellence. I am not just the combined effort of the faculty and staff, nor am I just my own creation. If perfection had a name, it would not be mine. There may have been many reasons and causes for me to be here, but so many others have been given the same opportunities. But, as I digress from our batch, to my own view of the honor of this position, I cannot help but think of all the others who could have stood, in this place, in my stead. They too, have tried. But they too, could have been replaced.
Why do I keep coming back to that point? That this spot is just a spot, and that anybody can fill it? Because it is. Each one of you can replace me, it’s just that none of have chosen to do so.
I have chosen to let the valedictorian within me flourish, and perhaps, that is the only reason I am standing here today. I have guided myself into this position, but this position is no limit, no frame, no case in which to put me in. I stand before you as a person, not just your valedictorian. I do not wish to be just an annual body, which comes and goes every year. I am not. I refuse to be put into a frame, just to be admired. I am more than that. I am a person.
But it is impossible to belittle this position. I do enjoy being here. For one, I get to rant to my peers. Within me, I gained the power to just reach out for my goals and achieve them. I need not claw. I am recognized as a model student, which makes me an unorthodox teacher. One can even say, I am the light that penetrates the darkness of procrastination, laziness, and obscurity. I empowered myself to attain my position and the journey here was a lot more meaningful then simply standing here. I have heard his call, I have walked his path, filled with bramble. We may call a rose a rose, and a thorn a thorn, but they are still of one being. Keep calling a thorny rose a thorny rose and you will forget that it is a rose.
I ask you to listen to yourself, to push as far as you can outwards and inwards. Walk your path and see what the world looks like from his side. I may make it sound that this position means nothing, because it means nothing. I ask you all to go on a journey, try your best, even if you don’t get to be on top, it doesn’t matter. If you do win, you are put into a frame and set aside as a trophy of an institution. I ask you to go on a pilgrimage to your soul and find out what your limits are. I tell you, as a person who has trodden that path, the steps you take to get there are more valuable to you than the land itself. You will guide yourself, the path is yours to make. All you have to do is rouse the person within.
He is within all of you, listen to him, and you can stand with him, as I do now.
Years That Gone By
Christopher Cua (H4B)
A long time ago, a man once said that it is not the years in a man’s life that matters, but it is the life in his years. My fellow graduates, what does thirteen years of Xavier education mean to you? Is it just time that has come and gone? Is it the years that have finally come to an end? Or is it more than just that? My brothers, if that is all what they mean to you, then I am sorry that you have failed to reap the fruits of your labor.
These thirteen years are filled with more than just months and weeks of experience and learning. The last four years I have spent studying in Xavier with you, my fellow classmates, makes me truly say that I am better than what others say I could be. In fact, we all are, whether we know it or not. As a class, we may have gone through many difficult trials, events that shattered our unity. There have been many fingers pointed and many backs stabbed for a multitude of reasons, but all this led us to where we are today. People have suffered and left, and there are some who even joined us, but we, as a whole, remained the same entity. We are one body that grows in heart and soul as the days go by.
Four years has done to me what took a lifetime for some. I stand here today speaking to all of you as a monument of what this class has become. I assure you all that we make others envy. I cannot but express pride in being a member of this class, my second family.
My friends, the future holds limitless possibilities. Most of us would probably get into the world of business. Some perhaps would enter the realms of engineering. Even more maybe in literature, but one thing I believe is a good outcome for us all. We are not men of failure, and together, we shall rise and overcome.
In the end, no other word expresses my feeling more than community. It is the binding force that links us to each other. We are one growing community, and let’s all keep it that way. 4B for life!
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