Since they were unable to make their speeches in front of all of their classmates, friends and family, we asked valedictorians — and one class historian — from south Island schools to share them with us. This is an excerpt from one of the submissions.
Keagan Tait, valedictorian, Belmont Secondary, Langford
Next Year: Working in the House of Commons page program and studying political science and public administration at the University of Ottawa.
Even though people like to joke that the grad class of 2020 had the best vision, none of us saw COVID-19 coming. This life-altering event has tried to define our graduation class, or perhaps even our generation; however, I don’t see it this way. To be defined by an event that was out of our control would be to strip us of the recognition we all very much deserve.
While COVID-19 is currently taking away some of our headlines and attention, I believe that the grad class of 2020 will become the group who pushed the boundaries of what was previously known to be possible.
As the true lasting effects of COVID-19 are yet to be seen, the student community will need to stay positive and be there to support each other.
The uncertainty of the future right now may seem scary, but it is also an opportunity for us to shape our lives and the world around us. Hard times make strong people with creative solutions.
With the future in our hands, it is up to us to begin making the positive changes we see as necessary in our own lives, our own communities and our own country. This may seem like a daunting task, but I know we’re prepared for the job.
We are the class that had a vision — or, it might even be said, the best vision.