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Andre: Once a Warrior, always a Warrior

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Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:30 pm | Updated: 12:35 pm, Wed Dec 3, 2014.

Today, we leave this field as educated young warriors ready to take on what the world will throw our way. Every day we ask ourselves, “Are we really ready for this?” Are we on the right track? Is this what we are meant to do with our lives?” To be honest, I don’t think anyone will have the answers to these questions. The answers are something we must search for within ourselves. Digging deep, we come across the person who we are today.

Four years ago we stumbled into the high school lifestyle. Then, we were only mere kids with minimal knowledge of the real world and how it works. This wisdom had come from our parents and even our teachers, not necessarily from our own experiences. Thank you to the teachers and mentors along the way that instilled in us how to be capable individuals that develop and express our own thoughts and opinions articulately. It is because of you we are walking across this field tonight and receiving our high school diplomas. In the beginning, not a single one of us knew the impact being a Westwood Warrior would have on our expedition to adulthood. But here we are today.

Attending Westwood High School has given the diversity of our population, a common connection point. Our outstanding love and pride of orange and blue being forever true, brings us together as one senior class undivided. Tonight we leave the football field as Westwood Warriors for the last time. Essentially, we’ve packaged ourselves in our blue and orange natures and climbed into a time capsule. Our faces frozen in our yearbooks, our voices haunt the halls, and our memories are forever engraved in our souls. A warrior has found its way into our hearts, providing strength and encouragement for all we will do. No one knows how our experiences in high school will affect our lives from here on after. But yet, we have confidence we are prepared to battle the wars and embrace the victories we have ahead of us. So, here we are today.

The class of 2014 leaves behind a legacy worth remembering. This year we had our first winning varsity football season in three years, our first-ever robotics team, and even the first cultural festival. We leave behind in hopes of them continuing: the Adopt-A-Family Program, Relay for Life, international student travel opportunities, and the pristine ROTC program. The abundance of success we have brought about is tremendous. Students have gone above and beyond in all areas of high school expectations. For that, I could not be more grateful for having attended Westwood High School.

Tonight is a night of reminiscing the good, the bad, the in-between, and even the most awkward of moments. These moments, have made us the people we are today. Without them, we would be lost as individuals.

W have matured. We have changed. We are about to embark in living completely different lives. I am convinced our warrior pride will carry on through it all. We are here today to honor the warriors of life we have become and will continue to be.

Westwood is a part of our identity that may fade, but never disappear. Tonight our lives have intertwined momentarily. This is our closure to high school. Another chapter of our journey finally filled. So, here we are today.

As you leave tonight, remember your warrior within: Once a warrior, always a warrior.

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