Good evening my fellow classmates, teachers and administrators. My name is Hara Nekkanti, and I stand before you as a graduating student of Kleinburg Public School, and a resident of Kleinburg. No matter how much solace and gratitude is shown towards these teachers, staff and even my classmates, it will never be enough. Graduation is one of the most important parts in life because it fills up the empty chapter in my book of life, so it can stay with me forever as a memory and so much more. This evening is not only about graduation but, it is about recognizing accomplishments from the past and commencing further no matter how much the struggle.
Being accompanied by family undoubtedly helped me become the person I am today. Encouragement was one of the many nice things they have done for me. They have encouraged me to study harder when I did not want to, and push to the limit until my aspirations and dreams in life are reached. Kleinburg Public School is not an ordinary school, it is a school everybody dearly loves and is filled with years of memories. Although this was my first school year here, there is already many great memories that will be remembered. Being part of many clubs in this school, and being active on sports teams really shows how much love is shown towards this school. I would like to specially thank Ms.Anile for dealing with my nonsense throughout the year, and not sending me to the office when you should have. That’s where my next point comes in perseverance and respect. Perseverance and respect are the two things that have been learned by me to follow and use this whole year. One of my favorite quotes is “your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs. This quote is followed by me because it relates to another quote “don’t be a follower be a leader”, which tells you to be what you want to be and create your own path not somebody else’s.
The art of listening and being inclusive are still two things that still need to be mastered by me. Listening is key for everything in class, outside class, sports and so on. For all the sport fans out there, if there was 5 seconds on the clock to hit a game winner, the coach would call timeout to tell you the play, but you would have to listen to facilitate that play. Even if you have no interest in what you learn, listening makes you the key to success in the future. There were always people yelling at each other about who gets the basketball court at recess, but if we all played together there would be no problem. That is one thing everybody needs to improve in their lives. We need to stop looking at each other as different people and view each other as one. We are all one and as long as we stay united, nothing can break us.
Last but not least, there is a lot of appreciation shown by me towards Ms.Anile, Mr.Herbert, Ms.Mischenko, Mr. Morandi, the custodians, staff and everybody else for bringing me joy this year. These honorable people helped me build on my mistakes and be a leader following my own path. There is also tons of appreciation toward to my friends by not changing me as a person and being true to yourself by being the people you are. Overall, this year was full of ups and less downs, and this year will never be forgotten in my life.