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Where is that stupid thin- A HA! It’s on the back of this paper. Silly me! Wonder how that got in there. *ahem*
Today, I will be graduating from high school and entering the adult program. This also means I’m going to be leaving Karen’s class for the first time since Byram. Sure, I spent those two years at Hunterdon, but I’m not going to count those. I’ve been in and out of CTC for many years.
When I went to Byram, I was in sixth grade, lost and confused. I was scarred by certain experiences in public school and only had a cartoon character for support. The class I was originally placed in wasn’t challenging enough for me. In addition, many of my friends were in Karen’s class. To solve this dilemma, I took my chair one day and climbed up three flights of stairs. That’s what you had to do back in the day, barefoot, uphill both ways in the snow.
Karen’s class was originally a bit too challenging for me, but I got used to it. Some days, it’s still too challenging, but that’s okay. I’m been getting much better at managing the tough stuff, especially this year.
I also learned that I could have human friends without sacrificing my fictional ones. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see them as much now that I’m moving to the adult program. I will miss them all. Luckily, I will still attend some of Karen’s classes, so this isn’t goodbye forever. That’s going to come when I’m twenty-one, so save your tissues.
What else? I loved working on the Spring Concert with you guys, especially this year. I was more involved in this Spring Concert than any other. Everyone came together and made a great skit involving singing bananas and huge Mickey Mouse puppets. Next year is probably going to be even busier because I’ll be helping with not only my new class, but Karen’s class if possible. Working with you guys is just that awesome.
So yea, that’s about it. I guess I might as well wrap this up. Thank you Monica for starting this wonderful school. Thank you Mom and Dad for not giving up on me. Thank you Sophia for being an awesome sister. Happy Sweet Sixteen! You got the power! Thank you Karen, Crystal and all of the staff and students in your class for an incredible school experience. Thank you to any CTC staff I forgot to mention but who are cool anyway. And thank you Tai and Sora for always being there for me. You two are very dear to me (despite being fictional) and deserve a mention in this speech just as much as the real people do.
Okay, I’m done now. Congratulations to all the graduates and I’ll see you next year!
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