Upon receiving the news that I was the valedictorian, my first thought was, “Oh, no! I have to make a speech.”

While I am immensely thankful for this privilege to address my class as a whole for last time ever, I was initially at a loss for what to say. Having the highest GPA may have put me in this position, but it does not equate to having years of life experiences to pull insightful advice from.

After all, I’m only 17, and the majority of my life experiences have occurred within the same walls of Arab City Schools we have all walked for the last 13 years. So, I’m choosing to not speak from a place of hindsight since my experience in the real world is so limited.

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