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Hi, you!


I officially finished high school today. For real… It really happened. Wow! So much to learn throughout the years and so much to live, good and almost good :)), so many beautiful moments with my friends and so many awesome people around.
Do you know that Cité-des-Jeunes, my high school, was founded during the Quiet Revolution of Quebec? Yeap, in the ’60s. We had a big whole campus just for us, with a pool and an arena which still, to this day, is the vastest in the province in terms of land. I just learned that myself, too.
Proud to say the next thing, hmm: I was part of the establishment/direction council and I ended up as the student council president in the 5th year.  It was awesome! Some of the projects have my name on them! hi hiiii .
I was very happy and surprised when I received the Lieutenant Governor Medal of Youth, handed personally by the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, Honourable J. Michel Doyon. I, later on, received the prize for “leadership and social implication” from Peter Schiefke, our Vaudreuil-Soulanges elected deputy. It was an honor and something I will always hold close to my heart.
Last but not the least, I was asked to give the speech for graduation. Because of the big number of graduate students, we were split into groups so my speech was filmed as a video that was presented to each of the groups.
If you wanna hear it, just swipe left until the end of my  Instagram post, and if you want to read it, scroll down a little bit.
“Dear headmaster Genovesi, faculty members, fellow students, families, and friends. Welcome! I never thought this day would come, we prayed for its quick delivery, and cross days off our calendars. Counted hours, minutes, and seconds, and now that it’s here, I’m very sorry because it means leaving friends who inspire us and teachers who have been our mentors. So many people who have shaped our lives.
I thought I would sneak away today, escaping from my speech. I wanted to tell my mom to call Mme Gingras to say that I’m sick, but since this is a recording, it’s a little harder to do that.
So I will start by saying “we had a few glorious years!” And maybe two not that glorious. I’m referring to Covid-19. But we are here now, and we can finally take the mask off, and see the smile behind it.
We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. Nothing is permanent. We are not indefinitely stuck. We have choices. We can think new thoughts, and learn something new. We can create new habits. Remember, you are who you choose to be. No matter the difficulty, you have to try, because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.
Five years of secondary school, don’t they go in a blink? I hope we all stayed here long enough to take some beautiful pictures with us that we can look back fondly onto. Look at us. Every face we see is a memory. It may not be a perfectly perfect memory. Uh. sometimes we had our ups and downs. But we’re all here together. I wish that you will all have a life one day where you can wake up one morning and say,  I’m happy and I don’t want anything more.
It’s hard to let go, isn’t it? Life is a journey, see you in the next chapter!”