At my church, a senior banquet is held to recognize them. During the banquet, the seniors get to say an appreciation speech. This year, a representative from the senior guys and the senior girls was picked to say the speech. I was chosen by the senior girls because a majority of the speech was written by me. However, all of the girls got a chance to edit it or at least read over it before I gave the speech.
We, the ACC Senior girls, collectively wrote this for you all.
To the parents who invested all their time into their children, thank you. We’ve been through many challenges, achievements, setbacks, and painful arguments, but we’ve managed to make it. (That doesn’t mean the arguments will end though). Thank you for cooking great food that we take for granted, because only when we stay at college for a week will we realize that we should have appreciated every meal that was cooked with love. Thank you for being our chauffeurs to all our lessons, practices, concerts, recitals, competitions, and a whole lot more that aren’t listed because that will take forever and listeners to the squeaks and squawks of our instruments. Thank you for constantly teaching us important life lessons and for your patience when we forget what you taught us. Even when we do stupid things, assume we know better when in fact we don’t, constantly ask for money, push you away in annoyance or anger – you are always there for us with open arms. We can never thank you enough for your sacrifice and unending love.
To the ACC community, for many of us, our roots began here. Thank you for taking care of us, instilling important values and morals, and being a second home. Amidst the chaos, ACC has remained the anchor in our lives. Thank you to Pastor Kevin, Dean, DJ, Pastor Jason, Pastor Edward and our Sunday school teachers Teacher Allison, Teacher Brenda, Teacher Emily, Teacher Sunny, Mrs.Li, Teacher Grace, Teacher Willis, Teacher Catherine, and Teacher Frank for blessing us immensely with the resources you have given us to become examples of Christ.
From eating way too many snacks to dodging and occasionally getting hit by the balls the guys throw when they’re being too hardcore about their game, from discussing applications of lessons in small groups to helping with the Rainbow Express at Mission Arlington, we thank the youth for being a lovely and rambunctious group to grow up with. Don’t be afraid to step up into a leadership position and set an example for the others around you. Becoming more mature and independent can be daunting, but know that you are not alone. Just like you, we also faced the task of taking on the roles that the seniors left behind. You will never truly feel ready, but there are so many supporters behind you, whether parents, friends, or church family.
To the ones that we consider friends today, thank you for sticking by our sides and making life a bit more bearable and enjoyable. Thank you for listening to our rants and helping us pick ourselves up when L’s just keep on coming. The moments spent with you all will be some of the best memories kept for life. Though the physical distance between us is approaching sooner than we would like, if we are meant to stay in each other’s lives, it will happen. If not, so be it.
Sadly, everything has its time and season. We complain for more time (especially when we are procrastinating on our homework). However, we have the memories and the experiences that have made us who we are today, which will help us in this next chapter in life. We thank everyone who has influenced us. Without you all, we wouldn’t be the people we are today.