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Good evening, My name is Lauryn Gross, and today I stand before you with mixed emotions. It seems as if just last month, I was having a wrestling match with my parents in the parking lot of City Academy, pleading not to have to walk into the double doors and face once again that stamp on the floor as I walked into the foyer area. But today, I also stand before you proud and with much gratitude. “What I have, What I’ve learned” is what I call my sentimental speech that shares my experience through my years here at City Academy, and the perseverance I’ve acquired, will be the same perseverance I will take with me to Villa Duchesne in the Fall.

City Academy has been great to me. Through the years I have learned many things. But I would be remorseful if I didn’t acknowledge my parents who have also taught me, many things. For example, the little math shortcuts they used in the 80’s as children themselves that helped me tremendously with my math challenges, and the funny but confusing southern expressions passed down from the family that don’t make sense to the kids such as “Who shot John?” Leaving us to wonder, Who is John? And What does John have to do with the situation at hand?

We all learn something in life. We may learn it from our parents, teachers, siblings, or sometimes even ourselves. I always loved learning something new, because no matter what it was, I was one step closer to being a veterinarian, an interior designer, or an orthodontist. Everything I have learned, I’ve taken advantage of it, whether it was how to make slime, how to cut open the gut to a foul smelling, slimy frog, or even learning a new combat to roast that “meanie” in your class. Everything we learn today, must be taken advantage of, because those bits of knowledge and lessons that we are learning, leads to a very valuable opportunity, and no matter what I have learned, it was a key to something great.

I’ve learned that when you worry about something, it usually never turns out as bad as you expected. I have learned that using quizlet to study for a vocabulary test is a guaranteed gateway to being able to celebrate an 80% average or higher. I’ve learned that reading a novel like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, is easier than reading the “Hunger Games”, so I was sure to get my hands on that Six Flags ticket. I’ve learned that spreading the peas out on your plate appears as if you’ve eaten more and brings you one step closer to getting dessert. I’ve learned that adults make algebra sound harder than it actually is. I’ve learned that when getting in trouble with your parents, crying doesn’t make them empathize with you, it just makes the situation worse. I’m learning that your friends will be with you no matter how far away they seem. And most importantly, I’ve learned you can learn something from everybody.

What I have, what I’ve learned, is what I have shared with you this evening. I can’t wait to see how all that I have learned thus far will bring me one step closer to triumph.

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