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Tec-Voc’s 2019 Convocation ceremony celebrated the achievements and successes of the graduating students of Technical-Vocational high school. From Sir Edward Elgar’s familiar Pomp and Circumstance music to the wonderfully moving Valedictorian Speech to the moment when each student moved forward before our eyes, across the stage and into their future – it was certainly a night to remember. Let us not forget their remarkable achievements which culminated in this moment of their lives; a moment cheered on and supported by countless guardians, siblings, teachers, and staff who shared in the experience of June 27th, 2019.f Winnipeg campus.
Convocation Program 2019.pdf
Valedictorian Speech - Mercy Mastura
Welcome families, friends, teachers, special guests, and my fellow graduates. My name is mercy Mastura and I am honored to be speaking on behalf of the graduating class of 2019 as we celebrate this important milestone. Before I begin, I would like to recognize a classmate who is no longer with us, Jaime Adao, you were a kind soul, who was always ready to lend a helping hand. You should be here celebrating this moment with us, but something tells me you are.
Reminiscing about our high school years sends a bittersweet feeling through my veins as I'm sure it does for most of you. Tonight, we close a chapter of our lives that shaped us into the young adults that we are today. But we do so with grace and confidence knowing that the tools we have been provided are the ones that will carry us through to the next chapter. We have laughed, we have grown, seen both failures and successes, most importantly, we have risen above, and we made it!
A lot of us entered the doors of Tec Voc as wide-eyed 9th graders each with our different opinions of what high school was like. I remember asking my brother for advice the night before my first day and he responded with expect the unexpected. I didn't expect to meet such amazing friends then lose them halfway through junior year. I didn't expect to learn as much as I did or explore all the school had to offer but I did, and in doing so, it made my high school experience 10 times better.
If there's one thing Tec gave us, was the ability to explore our own creative individuality. Yes, we might have come here with presumptions of our future careers solely based on what our parents wanted for us. But we opened ourselves up to trying new vocations and joining sports teams and great things came from that. Our varsity girls' basketball team won provincials, for the fourth time in a row. We competed at skills and came out with golds and silvers. Each year we put on productions by our talented actors, we held concerts to showcase our talent. We used dance to share our stories and music to unite us.
Although we learned everything the curriculum set out to teach us, the greatest lessons went beyond the doors of a classroom. In 10 years from now, knowing the quadratic formula and Avogadro's number isn't going to be of much use to us. What we will remember is how we dealt with balancing the stress and challenges that came our way. We'll remember showing up ready to dominate each year at the gym blast ignoring our past failures because every season was our season. We will remember the courage it took to get on that stage and sing karaoke and the support our classmates had for one another. We created an amazing culture and long-lasting memories during the past four years.
There are 3 key supporters that I'd like to acknowledge for getting us here today, SparkNotes, google and photo math, Hamlet and algebra would have been a blur without it. All jokes aside, the support we received went beyond peer to peer, it was comforting to be surrounded by caring educators who wanted to see us succeed. Teachers who were willing to stay with us after class to make sure we fully understood the material, those who always had their doors open and their ears ready to listen. These teachers became like family to all of us, Mr.G thank you, for seeing potential in me, and all you've done for us.
To my CEDA family, you always kept me on the right track and challenged me to push myself and regardless of how tired and overwhelmed I was. I would like to extend my thanks to the friends and families sitting in the crowd today, the love and support you've continuously provided us with have not gone unnoticed. And to my mother, my amazing beautiful mother, I am so blessed to have been raised by such a powerful woman, I love you more than words can explain. Thank you all for being with us every step of the way.
With all the disasters happening around us, I truly believe that the class of 2019 is the class of change. When others look at us, they see us as the class with their eyes glued to their phones that google their way out of everything. In grade 9 social studies, we studied about the government and tracked the election. Many of us felt discouraged about our inability to vote but we quickly learned that we can make changes in our everyday lives that didn't require checking off a ballot box. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" We have taken our dreams and turned them into a reality. This is the group that made our school a fair trade because we believed in supporting workers overseas. When I look at the seniors today, I see artists, engineers, mechanics, technologists, I see passionate individuals who are going to change the world.
Lin Manuel Miranda in the musical Hamilton once sang " get your education don't forget from whence you came and the world's gonna know your name" As we go forth in our separate path, my fellow graduates, may we never forget our time at Tec Voc and how it has shaped us into the fine individuals that we are today. Every test, every exam and every lesson we spent, was all worth the piece of paper and handshake we'll be receiving soon. So, whether you are headed to university, college, working or you haven't found your purpose yet, go into the world and change it the best way you know how. Let the world know your name, but don't forget where you came from. As I look at us right now it fills my heart with joy to see how far we've come., we have a lifetime of growth still left in us but a big part of it was spent in high school. So, As the iconic artist and philosopher, Arianna Grande once said, thank you, next!