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   On top of my goodbye speech that I wrote to my class I decided that I would wish everyone a goodbye and give them a little bit of advice as my time at Newman comes to a close.


   Congratulations you did it. Your first year of high school is coming to its end and you are officially free of your freshman title. However, you still have three years here so don’t get too far ahead of yourselves. To be honest these next three years will probably be some of the best in your life. I can tell you that for every bad experience you may have there will be five other things that will remind you why you love it here. So for those of you moving on to sophomore year at Newman here’s what I have to say it’s time to step up. School will not get any easier from here. Your work load will increase and you’re going to have a lot more responsibility. However, I don’t want to scare you but just be honest you are more accountable now so get ready for it. That aside there are a few things that you should try to remember as you go on with your class. #1 talk to the people outside your friend group and make new friends. Trust me if you don’t you’ll be at the end of your senior year like me wishing you had talked to people sooner. #2 if you don’t play a sport here, you should. I would not be where I am today without participating in athletics and I would have missed out on a lot of friendships as well. Finally, #3 question everything! Expand your thinking beyond a Newman classroom and you will be amazed at what you discover. So Class of 2020 I wish you the best of luck.


   Congratulations Sophomores you are halfway there. You have long since passed your freshman awkwardness and now know all the ins and outs of being a Newman student. So now with all this knowledge you are stepping into your Junior year and let me tell you… you know as much as you think. I am sure you have already heard this a million times but I am going to go ahead and say it again Junior year is the most important year of your high school career! Your work load is going to be the higher, you have several standardized test to take, and now APs & CBSL are a part of your curriculum. However, in light of all that will be added to your plate I want you take a deep breath and focus. Each of these things no matter how daunting they seem can easily be tackled and managed all you have to do is set your find to it. You have plenty of resources at your disposal and I know you’ll all be successful. So the three pieces of advice I have for you is this…#1 GO TO TUTORIAL! Even if it is not to study but to talk with a teacher, it will help you so do it. #2 Put your heart into your CBSL project. If you find something you're passionate about, you can take your CBSL much farther than you can imagine. Also CBSL is a graduation requirement so DO THE WORK!! There is an amazing faith staff here who will go above and beyond the call of duty for you all you have to do is put in the effort and ask. Finally, #3 Do not rush to get out of here no matter how much you might tell yourself you want to leave you are going to miss it. I know I will. So Class of 2019 it is time to get to work.


   Congratulations Juniors you have reached the top of the food chain. You have taken all of your standardized tests, worked hard in class, and you are ready to start looking for colleges. You have one foot out the door and I know you are all excited, however for those of you that are under the impression that senioritis as a junior is a thing, it’s not and to be honest you can’t afford it. Getting into college is hard work and granted you have done a majority of it which is a huge accomplishment in itself but you have far to go. As my classmates and I have learned college applications will not fill out themselves no matter how bad you want them to. You still have classes to complete and yes colleges do check those grades. But most of all you still have a CBSL project to complete. I truly hope that all of you are working on a project that you are passionate about. I know that it is hard to see it now but these projects will open your eyes and hearts in many different ways. My CBSL project taught me about a whole other part of the world that I would have never known about had I not taken the opportunity to serve one of its many communities. So future seniors #1 finish your CBSL project and finish strong. Each of your projects makes a huge impact in the world and will teach you a great deal. #2 Get your college applications done and get them done early. I cannot tell you how stressful it is to write a college essay at 11:30 at night when its due at 11:59. Trust me it is not fun especially when you turn it in and realize that you spelled the word here wrong 3 times. So get them done! Finally, #3 Enjoy what time you have left here I know another year feels like a lifetime but it will go by way faster than you think. So let go of your drama, ask somebody how their day is going and do it in person, don’t snapchat them, and make as many memories as you can because once you’re standing here in your cap and gown you want to be remembering what you did, and not what you missed. So Class of 2018 I hope the odds are ever in your favor.


   Then there was my class. Many of you have already heard my goodbye speech so I’ll make this brief. I would like to sincerely thank all of you for making this school my home. When I transferred to this school in my sophomore year I was leaving some rather unfortunate circumstances that I would rather not revisit. Newman was my fresh start, the place where I could rebuild myself for the better. It is where I met my best friend who has saved me from myself time and time again and I honestly don’t know what I’ll do without her next year. It is where I joined my first sports team of Cross Country and learned what it means to be a part of a family and run three miles with no breaks which trust me was a challenge. It is where I found my love for science and why I am on a path for med-school. Cardinal Newman High School saved my life and I owe it everything for that. So Class of 2017 in the immortal words of Rascal Flats…My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. I hope your dreams stay big and your worries stay small and that you never need to carry more than you can hold and while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to, I hope you know that somebody loves you. Congratulations class of 2017 we did it.

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