The Art of the Valedictorian Speech

Seymour High School class of 2018 valedictorian Molly Schiffer assured her fellow graduates that "they will succeed, indeed, 98 and ¾ percent guaranteed!” Her Dr. Seussian remark earned thunderous applause. 

She doesn't know how lucky she is to have been able to deliver it. Valedictorian looks to be the next thing on the PC chopping block. 

Until then, here are some other great ones over the years: 

James Hillhouse High School's 2017 valedictorian, Coral Ortiz, went with, "We — a class mostly made up of minority, low-income and first-generation students — have had the odds stacked against us. But here we are standing at this graduation with three state championships, several college acceptances, and one of the largest increases in graduation rates in the state. Because we didn’t let the inherent inequality stop us from achieving our dreams. They said we couldn’t, so we did, and when they say we won’t, we will."

Wilton High School got a rousing one in 2017 from valedictorian Jackson Walker. "As JFK said, we choose to shoot for our moon, not because it is easy but because it is hard, because we know the Wilton Public Schools have prepared us to be successful in our post-secondary pursuits. To reach your moon, to keep striving for your own excellence, is a quest that all of us are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone and one that all of us plan to win."

Oxford High School Valedictorian Zoe Olbrys delivered this one on June 15, 2017.

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