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 on it. Eventually, over time I guess; I began to like the dark, it was peaceful and I can play games without glare. Though most fears you can’t just grow out of. Many fears take time and effort to not let them take over your life and make you worry. Having fears isn’t bad it just might inhibit things in the future.

One of my biggest fears is the fear of heights. It makes sense from a primitive survival standpoint of not liking to be at great heights since humans don’t do the best at falling. But it does not make sense to tremble and sweat whenever I go on a glass elevator or look over a balcony. After realizing it was impossible to overcome this fear through time, I decided to do something about it. I decided to push my comfortable limits and extend my reach to go higher by finding a passion in climbing. Though it is scary being 60 feet up on a rope, the only way is down, so after a few climbs it becomes normal and helps me understand how it’s not a big deal. This certainly doesn’t fix all the issues of being afraid of heights, but it helps. Without climbing I would have passed up many opportunities where I created memories while pushing my fear of heights.

Fears can be more complicated and challenging, such as going on long trips or doing new things. For instance, when I went to Philmont, New Mexico for a Boy Scout trip, I was terrified of being away from home, but by isolating one fear at a time I pushed through it. Though there were scary parts, I survived, and it became one of my greatest accomplishments. Two and a half years later looking back at it, the experience shaped my life to what it is now.

Lastly I have a fear of public speaking. I’m not very good at it, and I try to avoid it. The only way to get better at it is to do it more often. Though my legs may shake and I may stutter, the only and best way to counter my fears is to push through them and not let it slow me down in life. I believe in pushing through fears.

Posted by on Monday April, 2, 2018

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