Derek Maiolo: ‘We are fighters’
As part of the Moffat County High School graduation ceremony, students will be speaking about their time with school, as well as their thoughts on the future.
Derek Maiolo, Class of 2014 president and valedictorian, shared a portion of the speech he will give during the commencement address:
“This is it, and it’s passing by so quickly I can hardly grab it just to savor the smallest bit. We are fighters: raw, strong, and ready for anything.
We have survived lunch detentions, speeding tickets, broken hearts and last goodbyes.
My advice to you is to stop being so afraid. We are young. We’ve told each other things we could never dream of telling our parents, been through more than teenagers should have to survive and held each other through it all.”
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