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PCHS 2013 Salutation
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2013 Salutatorian speech
by Duncan Coffey

Good evening. Friends, family, faculty, friend of friends, friends of family, family of friends, friends of friends of family, friends of faculty, and family of faculty. I would like to welcome all of you to the graduation ceremony tonight. Congratulations Class of 2013! We started from the bottom and now were here.
First, I would like to thank my family, teachers, and coaches who were all a big influence in shaping who I am today. I would also like to thank my counselors, Coach Carter, and my grandfather for all their help with my acceptance into college. And a big thanks to my parents, because if it weren’t for them, I would not be here right now.
As I think back on the last four years and the greatness our class has exuded, I think of all our accomplishments. Sophomore year our basketball team went to state play-offs. Our football team went undefeated all four years in every district game we played. A lot of the students did well in TSA/fbla/Sills USA competitions. Our class stands as the highest percentage of students to pass the state writing exam. And not to mention we’re the 100th graduating class of Polk County High School.
Today your families are extremely proud of you and they are even experiencing a sense of relief. This day is a culmination of four years of hard work, with many days working on projects, school work, and so much more. We all have endured a lot of class time to get here today and now we’re minutes away from receiving our diplomas.
For many students, this day signifies the ending of childhood and the entrance into adulthood. High school was a great experience, but homework, lack of sleep, and essays are not the best four years of your life. God says it best in the book of Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Life is all about choices. Some of us will choose to further our education for a career later, others will choose to go to work. Follow your dreams and be the best you can be, because I’m sure later on down the road you will look back and remember, “Hey, my high school salutatorian told me to follow my dreams, I think I’ll do that now.” Anyways, the possibilities for us graduates are endless. Here sitting among us are future soldiers, doctors, teachers, and Wal-Mart executives.
Now, I would like to mention everyone that paid me a dollar to say their name in my speech: Nikki Nolen, Eddie Cheek, Stephen Bain, Coach Davis, Andrew Aldridge, Daniel Hall, Ross Sneed, Ross Sneed, Chance Firestone, James Jones, Ms. Hargrove, Nicole Nolen, And Larry Jenkins.
I would like to thank everyone again, and good luck with whatever you choose to do after graduation.

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