Senior Speeches

This I Believe is a movement encouraging people to share, in essay format, their core values guiding their everyday lives. The movement began in the 1950s with radio host Edward R. Murrow.

When This I Believe was conceived, one of the goals was “to facilitate a higher standard of active public discourse by inspiring people to reflect, encouraging them to share, and engaging them in a conversation about personal values and beliefs that can shape a life, a community, and a society. By inviting Americans of diverse backgrounds to participate in the series, we hope to create a picture of the American spirit in all its rich complexity.”

This year, seniors and a few faculty members will be delivering their own This I Believe essays in our Monday assemblies. The videos on this page will be updated as each member of the senior class delivers their speech.

Addison Wand

Good morning, everyone. If you don’t know me already, my name is Addison Wand, and I believe in finding and conquering fears in life. So to start off, when I was little, I, like many of you, was scared of the dark. For years I slept with the lights at a dim and even my light switch had a night light
Posted by kswartz on Monday April 2
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Yuki Xu

I believe in happiness. Today, I will share the ways that I believe you can achieve happiness.

The first way I want to mention is kindness. Kindness is not doing everything that people tell you to, not pleasing everybody, and not always agreeing with somebody’s idea, it is not covering up for the …

Posted by kswartz on Monday April 2
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Haoyang (Gary) Zhang

I believe that art is one of the best ways to express ourselves to other people. As a student who has been doing art for more than ten years, I strongly believe that art’s main purpose is to connect us all together, through evoke our emotions, share our culture, and appeal to our senses. Art is a …

Posted by kswartz on Monday March 19
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Chanel Quashie

I believe in taking photos. It’s not necessarily about how a picture looks, I believe that taking photos is an art of memory keeping. I love the way a photo can capture a moment before it is gone.

When you ask people what personal items they would rescue from their house if it was on fire, one of the…

Posted by kswartz on Monday March 19
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Nicholas May

I believe in being self-centered. A recent debate I had with someone about whether or not self-centeredness was a good thing or not is what made me decide to speak about this topic. Now don’t misinterpret that as saying that I believe in being a narcissist or being selfish, because I don’t. I think …

Posted by kswartz on Friday February 23
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Harrison Zumbrun

I believe we need to understand one another. Yes, that is a “we”: everyone should try to understand one another. Surprisingly, I don’t know everything. Neither does anyone in this room. There is one piece of information that each of us has that another does not. This could be a particular feeling to
Posted by kswartz on Thursday February 22
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Abraham Miller

I believe in failure. We have all failed, whether that be failing a small homework assignment, test, or making first period class on time (we have all done it). We learn from failure, and it makes us stronger. Let me clarify: I don’t believe in failing, and I don’t think anyone does, but rather I …

Posted by kswartz on Friday February 16
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Quenelle McKim

I believe in the comfort of a hug. Especially the kind of hug when the other person takes me into their arms, making me feel safe and that everything is going to be alright.

I remember returning back to school after holiday break last year having torn my ACL. I tried to put on a smile that …

Posted by kswartz on Friday February 9
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Luke Greisler

Good morning! My name is Luke Greisler for those of you that don't know, and I am a lifer here at York Country Day. I started in Mrs. Lears' kindergarten class, which does indeed seem like yesterday. The elderly...many of our parents aren't kidding when they say that time flies.

Sports have played an…

Posted by kswartz on Monday February 5
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Jacob Azriel

Hello, everyone. When I was asked to give a “This I believe speech,” I first thought that there is nothing I can share with my peers that I believe in. I have spent the better part of two months on and off pondering about what my topic could be. I started writing a speech about education, but I didn…

Posted by kswartz on Monday December 18, 2017
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