Sacred Heart School Valedictorian Address
Eric Goretzki - SHS Valedictorian
Well guys, here we are, graduating from Sacred Heart School about to start a new journey into high school life. Before I get started I would like to mention that all you girls look very nice tonight and guys, well you look like you did yesterday. At least you brushed your hair. Anyways, we have had quite the experiences getting to this point. One thing’s for sure, we could not keep a teacher this year. Thankfully Ms. Cospito took on the challenge of teaching the beast that is our classroom, but in all seriousness, I would like to thank all of the people in this building, Father Mike, all of the family members and teachers who have gotten us all to this point in our lives. I may not have been here since kindergarten as I moved away at a young age and came back in grade four, but in the five years that I have spent with my classmates, I have met some really amazing, kind, talented people. Whether it's the artists, the athletes, or the mathematicians, we all have a gift and that's what this class has really shown me. Over the years, we’ve all gotten to know each other very well as we've gone on a couple of really fun trips together. One trip that really stands out to me is our grade six Winnipeg trip. It was an exciting, interesting time. We got to sleep in a museum; not every day do you get to do that. Sometimes I try not to remember some of the weird things we did with the pizza from Boston Pizza. Let's just say to this day I have a fear of pepperoni flying through the air and hitting me. Another trip that I will never forget is the one we just got back from, the Toronto trip. Early on in Toronto we had the honour of going to one of Canada's most famous places, Niagara Falls. We went to the Falls early in the trip and I think it will be something we all will remember for a long time. Even the air around the Falls is full of mist from the power of the water crashing down. The next day we had the honour of visiting the L'Arche community. For those of you who don't know L'Arche is a community of people who are considered to have special needs. But to be honest with all of you, I would like to say, and I think everyone that was there will agree with me, when I say that I have never met a group of people who are just so happy to be in that moment. They did a dance routine for us and they all looked so happy just in that moment. Nobody was nervous or afraid and I think we all felt that we all learned something that day; and that is no matter what happens in life there are always ways of looking at things in a positive light. In my opinion, those people were not special needs. Those people were inspirations to everybody who was there. As much as we had a great time at L'Arche, later that day we went over to Canada’s Wonderland. They had some very fast, powerful rides at Canada's Wonderland. Rides that would make anyone scream. That's what I hear anyways. I was a little too chicken to go on those rides. What I can say though is the bumper cars were pretty good. Another fun experience we had was at Medieval Times, where our class proudly cheered for our valiant green knight. Unfortunately, he had been taken down by the red knight mid-way through the show. But in terms of the cheering, the green knight won 100% for sure. Many of us had trouble speaking the next day after all of the screaming we did. Well I shouldn't ramble on about the trip for too long, but I will say that the Jays’ game on Friday was a very exciting, well-played game right until the end with the Jays pulling off the win in a 6 to 5 victory. Our class did get on the jumbotron and everyone went wild. As well as having a really fun trip to Toronto, I think it's fair to say it's been a crazy couple of years; but one of the craziest was the year that some of us spent in the portable, or as we liked to call it, the tin can. There was a lot of very hot and very cold times in that portable. The temperature sure changed when winter came along; from blistering heat to having to wear a winter jacket in the classroom. Another thing with the portable is every time we wanted to go to the bathroom we would have to run all the way around the school to the front doors and wait to be let in. Although there were some annoyances with the portable there were also some really great times. I remember the time we were testing the bridges we had built for science. We were piling dictionary after dictionary on those bridges watching them bend and just hoping that they wouldn't fall. Even though that was a year that not all of us were in the same class, there were years that we were. As soon as grade seven came along they put us all together. I bet they regret that decision. From that year the cycle of teachers began. On the bright side, in high school we will be meant to have multiple teachers. I am so glad that we got one that stuck with us until the very end. I have had some amazing experiences with all of you over the years and I can't wait to make some more memories in high school. I'm excited for later tonight when we get to put on our fanciest clothes.... and play some sports. Well, that's all I've got. Thank you everyone!