Orators Messages

so many skilled orators...

Fadi Chahine
Gr.12E, Al Mawakeb Al Barsha

When I heard I was selected for the 2nd tryouts, I felt ecstatic to receive an opportunity as big as this. This opportunity allows me to do many things, namely to describe the days I lived at Al Mawakeb as a student, but, most of all, it allows me to paint the experience I’ve undergone the past 5 years. I came to Al Mawakeb Al Barsha in 8th grade, and, having just moved from Lebanon, I was as nervous as a child can be. I remember walking into the conference room to be greeted by Mr. Haitham, who would go on to be my principal in my junior year. As a child, I’d moved schools a lot, so I was accustomed to these meetings, which usually all went the same. The interviewers would ask me about my grades, and then they’d ask about my old school as a way of introducing their own organization’s values. This interview was nothing of the sort. Mr. Haitham shook my hand with a big smile, said “Hello” to my mom, and asked us to take a seat. For the first time ever, an interviewer asked me what I did in my free time and what kept me happy. It feels and looks like a simple question, but I still recall it to this day because it simply shows how our school operates. Al Mawakeb wants to provide for its students and give them what makes them happy, not the other way around. In literal terms, I want to make this speech to thank AMSI for every opportunity it’s given me and hopefully make the school happy and proud this time because I, too, have been a proud and happy student for the past five years.

John Khoory
Gr.12E, Al Mawakeb Al Barsha

When I first heard that there were tryouts, it lit a fire in my chest, so imagine the feelings that gushed through my body as I found out that I was accepted for the second tryout. I recall I was anxiously doing my English exam. I was a bit stressed out and not in the best of moods, but then came Ms. Rania bearing the wonderful news… news that turned my mood upside down and made me ecstatic for the rest of the day. It was the thought that I was getting closer to represent my class and our achievements that led to a happiness not only on the day of the English exam, but in all exams that followed. I felt this sensation because it meant I would have a chance to actually represent my class and grade at graduation, an honor I had dreamt of for years, for I’ve been raised at Al Mawakeb, and I have grown with this family over the years. Who could better represent them in the graduation than the person who started and is ending his school journey here? Throughout the years, a bond has been forged between us, and I will cherish it for a very long time. I also want to speak in the ceremony, for I believe that I have witnessed my school’s growth and evolution. I have witnessed and experienced the school’s influence on every student, and for that I am very grateful.

Karen Kandalaft
Gr.12A, ISAS

When I was told that I made it to the second round, memories rushed through my mind and my palms at a speed of 200 km/hr. I pictured an anxious little girl, frightened by the opinions of others, scared of what the world would say when she spoke. I recalled a girl, silenced by the excuse of her youth and molded into a puzzle piece to fit the convenience of others. And I thought of today. How I would stand in front of you all with the breath to say these words and the heart to feel present. When I was told I was chosen, I felt the skin I have grown into, and the bravery it has taken that little girl to become me. I am so grateful that I have been given a chance to bid the final farewell and to show everyone who nurtured me, my parents, my teachers, my friends, that if it weren’t for all of their tough love and hard work, today would only be a fleeting dream. I wish to speak at graduation to say that where we come from says a lot about us but is not nearly as significant as where we go from there. At this point in time, our future is infinite; the only thing that unites us is the sense of family we have found among ourselves and among the walls of our school corridors. The past fourteen years have been vibrant, exhilarating, so here’s to fourteen more years, to more memories, to more mistakes, and to a lifetime of unapologetic adventure.

Michel El Khoury
Gr.12A, ISAS

Though confident in my abilities, the news of moving forward to the next stage rendered me confused. To be up against a group of skilled orators and be chosen was an expected turn of events for me as I felt like I could’ve done better in my first trial. But here I am, standing in front of a new set of judges, ready to present myself as this year’s speaker of all the achievements and memories we, the senior class of 2019, have created. I feel nothing but honor, pride and gratitude as I am one step closer to proving my worthiness of presenting an unforgettable speech at this year’s AMSI Graduation Ceremony.
The graduation speech is a once in a life time opportunity. Being chosen to present such an important monologue which will remain engraved in our establishments’ history is more than just a privilege. It is the induction of my second family into the next chapter of their lives which would make for the utmost cherished memory and proudest moment of my entire high school attendance. I only hope I am able to ensure that my parents are as proud as I am to be their son by representing them as well as my friends in the most fulfilling stage of our senior year, the graduation ceremony. I intend to touch the hearts of the thousands of esteemed guests expected as well as the hearts of all my friends moving forward with me towards adulthood.

Mouhamed Fouad Jaber
Gr.12E, Al Mawakeb Al Barsha

When I first heard that I was selected for the 2nd tryout, I was overwhelmed and had a feeling that was hard to explain. The feeling was a mixture of happiness and sadness. It may sound odd, but it’s true. It makes me feel happy because I have the chance to express something special, something magical that I experienced with the ones that I shared my life with, the faces that I have known for a long time, my brothers, my family; however, it brings with it a feeling of sadness for one simple reason: it foreshadows a time that is coming, a time where I have to see the people that I have grown with for the last time. I want to speak at the graduation of 2019 because I want to share something unique with the families and friends of my classmates and friends. I want to share that they are part of something big; they are part of a fascinating community that has its own culture, traditions, and flavor. I want to share that they are part of a team that sticks together in times of hardship just as we did with every obstacle that life has thrown at us. Even though we experienced troubles, it seemed more bearable when there was someone on your side to help. Finally, I want to express how all students, teachers and members of Al Mawakeb are supporting one another and how they dedicate their time to ensure the success of every individual. That in itself is worth more than any education.

Rachid Kadoura
Gr.12E, Al Mawakeb Al Barsha

I was overwhelmed by feelings of joy and contentment when I received the news that I was selected for the second phase of the graduation speakers’ tryouts. It was during exams, and specifically English. I started thinking about what I was going to write and how I was going to accurately and genuinely express myself. Ideas started flowing, but I thought to myself that there was too much to say. For example, what can one say about our teachers, our supporters? They taught us that every failed experiment is one step closer to success and that failure is not the opposite of success but part of it. Our teachers were the ambassadors of our souls. I feel that the biggest impact that my school has had on me was the memories that will stay in my mind forever. They will guide me toward the right path. They will push me forward whenever life knocks me down. I would like to speak at the graduation ceremony and thank all those who have supported me. They are all such valuable people…. people who have taught me the difference between gift and choice… that cleverness is a gift but kindness is a choice. They taught me that life extends far beyond books and numbers. I always sat there filled with excitement as I watched students from previous years giving their speeches. They were so inspiring! I have always imagined myself addressing everyone at our graduation, students, teachers, parents… I hope that I get this opportunity, for I feel I that I have so much to say and show gratitude for. I’d like to end my scholastic journey with a comma and not a full-stop.

Reem Hazim
Gr.12C, Al Mawakeb Al Barsha

To me, the most unique characteristic that sets Al Mawakeb apart is its welcoming and compassionate atmosphere. When I look at my school, I do not see a building or an establishment; I see a home. When I look at the people around me, I do not see students and faculty members; I see a family. It is thus with great exhilaration that I received the news that I was chosen for the second tryouts. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak on behalf of my class on one of the happiest and saddest nights of our lives… a night where we bid farewell to the past and welcome the future with open arms.

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