by Sofia Carmona
” A smile is the universal welcome,” according to Max Eastman.
Therefore, here I am Spartans, with a smile from ear to ear. I want to welcome you to a new school year.
I not only wish you a great academic year, but I also want to show you that working hard can be fun and rewarding to you, whether you have just begun, are halfway there, or are almost done.
To my dear freshmen: a new door just opened. Walk in with pride and ambition. You are the only person that can show who you are and who you want to become. So, take these next four years as a learning experience to work a little harder every day and think a little smarter. Remember that you only fail when you stop trying.
To my sweet sophomores: stay humble and open your eyes to the fact that you still have a lot to learn. As Henry David Thoreau said,“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams,” and don’t let distractions get in the way. A little advice that I can give to you is that when my circle of friends got smaller, my vision got clearer.
To my jovial juniors: you may have heard that this year is going to be the hardest. I can’t tell you it’s not true, but I can say that you will be the difference between struggle and success. If you’re tired, learn to rest and not to quit. You will make it through, and the satisfaction that it gives you will make it all worthwhile.
To the stunning seniors: this year is the year of our last everything, our last game, pep rally, or even our last chance to get involved and have school spirit. Aside from all of that, take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. You are the future; you are the ones that can see and understand the events that are happening around the world and make a change. I believe that every single one of you will be successful, and I look forward to see your names on TV, Time magazine, on the radio or even the big screen. Make yourself and those who were always there with you proud.
One last thing, thank you to all the adults in our school. You are and will be our role models and a great help to us. Thank you for nurturing us, because that is the reason why we flourish.
Make this year and all of those to come count. Good luck, Spartans.