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June 13, 2014

Valedictorian Anna Novicheva’s graduation speech

Hello everyone and congratulations to the class of 2014 for making it this far. Over the last seven years, I can honestly say that we have grown to be one big dysfunctional family.  Even though we didn't realize it as much during our time at Salem academy, I feel that we are all connected in so many ways and deep down, we couldn't imagine this night without every single one of us here. Screaming "sacs" to get on Good Morning America in NY, dancing to Get Low at Junior Prom, and beating the juniors at kickball are just a handful of countless memories that we have shared. If it wasn't for the support, the love, and the motivation that I got from my classmates every day, I would not be here right now.

The last four years have been especially difficult. Various outside factors have made us all feel like we were ready to quit, and that there were no resolutions in the near future. There have been a lot of tears, but what has made everything worth it are the people sitting to the right and to the left of you. We've loved, we've lost, but we've survived.

We know that we truly are a special class. We started our first day here as 10 and 11 year olds, and the journey to graduation seemed like a lifetime away. Now that we are actually here, I don't want this night to ever end. We have seen each other grow up, as our teachers have seen us grow and change, and that is something that we will always cherish. It’s crazy to realize that some of us have been together since elementary school, and now were all adults, going off on our own.  In the same hallways that we said we never want to see again, we've shared our teenage years together and some of the best memories that I have to this day. I will forever have stories like David breaking Dominic's nose, adventures with a certain chemistry teacher, and our casual senior sit time to retell over and over again.

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