IWHS Valedictorian’s Address

Good morning, I would like to welcome you to Iroquois West High School’s  Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2021. Congratulations graduates. I am grateful that we are here today, in person and all together, for one of the last times. I think it is safe to say that the global pandemic has affected each and every one of us since the moment we heard the news of the first case reported in the US. For my classmates and I, it meant that we missed the fourth quarter of our junior year. It started out with an extra long spring break - which we were all happy to have - but that was just the beginning. Fast forward more than a year, and we still hear about COVID on the news everyday, in the car on the radio, and read about it on our phones. 

We are some of the first students that have had to adjust to the demands of a world health crisis. We had many questions and even less answers. We doubted that we would have any traditional senior year experiences. Despite this, we have persevered through so many changes this year. Thankfully, we had the opportunities to participate in the events that we love; including music, sports, and extracurricular activities. Ultimately, we ended our senior year having learned to be flexible and roll with the punches. I could go on and on about the resilience and determination that everybody here today has shown, especially my classmates. And if nobody has told you, let me be the one to do so; Class of 2021 and their families, teachers, and staff members, we should all be proud of ourselves for the accomplishments we have achieved during this difficult period of our lives.