When I was young, I was told that I could never be able to walk; well today I walked across the stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center and received my high school diploma. I walked across the stage where some of my favorite performers played like Maroon 5, Train, Sugarland and Bruce Springsteen. The Beach Boys will be performing this weekend. I even walked across the same stage where my dad walked across when he graduated from High School. Last year when I saw Maroon 5 and Train at SPAC, I felt like this day would never come, boy was I wrong, this year flew by. We spend twelve years in school, waiting for this
moment thinking we were stuck in a small town for the rest of our lives, but now we don’t (well I don’t) want to leave.
I would like to dedicate a paragraph to my parents. Without their continuous love and support I would have never made it to this day. So Mom and Dad, thank you for everything you have done for me, not just throughout my education career, but for my early stage where I don’t remember but always being by my side at the hospital. Today was not just my day, it was our day. I love you both so much.
I was so lucky to attend Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Schooldistrict and be a Spartan. I know most people cannot wait to get out of high school, but Spartans are something different. We are a community and that may sound stupid but it’s the truth. We have been together for the past four years and longer together and been through a lot together. We lost some on the way and we helped others go through a tough time. We are not just academically a good school but in the sports department were not so bad either, if you consider volleyball state champions for girls and football state finalist. So to my fellow Spartans of class 2012 who are reading this, Congratulations, we did it! I wish everyone the best and to follow your hearts. I couldn’t have made it through the past four years without this class, who accepted me for who I am. So thank you, to my fellow 2012 Spartans.
I couldn’t help to be proud of myself; I made it and proved everyone wrong. If you asked former doctors when I was three if I was ever going to see my high school graduation, I guarantee you that they would say no. Although I would like people to believe in me, I loved that I got to prove them wrong today, even though they weren’t in the audience, all of my former and present doctors where with me today. Everyone who made this possible was with me; I never would have made it without them. My grandpa was telling me today how important today was, not just because I worked
my butt off in education, but to me this is an important milestone. He told me a story about how he was bagging me for 20 to 30 minutes, while my parents were in the hallway crying. He told me about how my doctor said that they were so close to losing me. So today to me was not just about my education it was just another hill that I climbed but I’m not climbing yet, I won’t stop not just yet.
P.S: Do you get the “you wish you were one-too,” see 1-2, class of '12. It took me a while too, don’t worry (: