Thank you to our friends and family who have traveled here today to cheer us on one last time. My name is Ashley Yong and I am your Master of Ceremonies. You may also know me as a varsity football manager, Illinois Journalist of the Year, yearbook Editor-in-Chief and that girl who shaved her head for St. Baldricks. I am honored to welcome you all to an evening of celebration and new beginnings.
Tonight let us commend not only our long-standing tradition of excellence but more importantly the students who have shown dedication and perseverance in their hard work. Tonight, let us relish in the past four years we’ve spent pulling all-nighters, driving to TCD classes, putting in extra hours in the weight room and waiting in the panini line.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a high school journalist is that people will always have a story they need to tell, and the world always has stories it needs to hear. I want to share the story of the Hinsdale South class of 2015.
But I am just one student. One of 408 incredible students. I, alone, could not possibly represent an entire graduating class’s sentiments. So, I took to the hallways and asked seniors, “What will you miss most about hinsdale south?” Here’s what you said.
“The one-ply toilet paper that you need at least 3 feet of to use effectively” - Claire Ma
“Everything.” Hannah Nodus said. “Sports. Teachers. Friends. Clubs. Everything.”
“How security at the local state prison has nothing on the Hinsdale South librarians.” - Laura Gomez
Abby Rees said, “how Mrs. Lewis is like everyone's second mom.”
“Running into Brian Thelen and pretending like I'm not actually terrified of him.” – Haley Gilke
“O’brien. Period.” - Anonymous
Morgan Majcen said she’d miss “all of the close friendships that I have made over the past 4 years with my teachers”
“My mentors.” Anonymous said. “They have taught me a lot.”
“How my locker will get jammed with nothing in it” – Paige Trzupek
“The unbelievable support and love throughout South athletics”. – Natalie Lyster
Mika Deshmukh said, “the people who somehow saw friend potential in my awkward freshman self and supported me through insanity of junior year.”
“Getting my daily cardio from sprinting to class to avoid getting a late pass” - Dione Sun
“Getting chased by Mr. Moneka in the student parking lot,” Mario Bryand said. “as I dismissed myself from school after third period.”
“Coming to school and flexing in my clothes” - Katiki Lipscomb
Joe Simpson will miss “that everyone was free and open to be who they are, no matter what race, sexual orientation, or gender.”
Thank you, seniors, for the stories we will always cherish. There’s no one I’d rather share this story with, and I know we can’t wait to read the next chapter. Congratulations once more, Class of 2015.