Good Morning, my name is Lucas Williams. The time is here and I could not be more ecstatic to stand before you today. I know it may not look like it, but in the inside, I feel amazing. I have spent 9 long years here at City Academy and these 9 years have been some of the best years of my life. One thing I possessed during my time is the value of “ common sense”. Common sense isn’t so common, but common sense has gotten me far through the years.

We all know education will take you far, but good ole common sense will surely keep you from making poor choices. For instance, common sense taught me, if Mr. Speed uses the phrase “lil boy”, all while his bald head is dripping with sweat, then we know to stay clear because he’s had enough of our foolishness. Common sense has also taught me that not completing homework could backfire, which could lead to something even worse than you thought and something you will regret later, AND common sense taught me that paying attention in class will prepare you for that time when you may not appear to be paying attention when the teacher calls on you.

Common sense is seeing things as they are and doing things how they ought to be like treating everyone with fairness and equality. To be empathetic to others because you never know when you might need them. Common sense has taught me to avoid sarcasm in Ms. Oteng’s class because she is guaranteed to hit with a tissue box or give ME “extra” homework (don’t worry she doesn’t actually hit me).

All in all , common sense has allowed me to evolve. I have grown in so many areas over the years. My evolution will take me far as I begin my next journey at Chaminade Preparatory College School in the fall. Thank you teachers for teaching me the value of “common sense” and to my parents, thank you for being there and helping your amazing, mature and very responsible son “Lucas” to not get off track. Thank you!

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