National Honor Society Speech Analysis

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In past years, others have stood at this podium on this night and spoke about the importance of education and achievement on the future of the young people awaiting induction to the National Honor Society — Gateway’s brightest and best. When I was asked to speak at this year’s ceremony, Mr. Whelan did not provide specific parameters or subject matter, but he did mention speaking about “success”. As I was preparing this speech, I paused several times and asked myself “am I successful with that point or topic”? You see, to me success isn’t about “finally” reaching an ending point, or being the conclusion to a set of objectives and goals – it’s much more than that. I believe “being successful” demands a constant re-evaluation of one’s commitment …show more content…
They overcame obstacles and made YOU a priority. They shaped who you are and got you ready for school. They ingrained in you the importance of education, and encouraged you to do well. They read to you, and gave you a love of books. They structured your playtime, and worked with your teachers, who were given the task of expanding your knowledge. They got on your case to write the essays, helped you fill out applications, meet deadlines, apply for scholarships, and basically, keep you on track. And they’ll continue to do that for the next few years. One difference between you and many other students stems from THEM, your family. You are indeed fortunate. You are set up for success. You have the skills, talent, and the passion.
If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but INTEGRITY is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to do anything that would damage your