To all of you who enrolled in French classes – TRAVEL. It will open your eyes. It will take you out of your everyday routine and give you a new perspective. You will experience other cultures and ways of living. Travel – you won’t regret it.
A culture change must begin with a paradigm shift from within each of us. We as leaders throughout life can not expect the culture to change without first changing ourselves. Our language, manners, behavior patterns, and beliefs are passed on to all we come in contact with. As we change ourselves for the better, we will create positive change in others. This change begins by keeping the end in mind and making pro-active decision. Our response to the countless demand put upon us each day determines the type of day we will have. God’s blessing on you as you go forward in life.
“One day, you’re 18 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” – John Green
Congratulations on this great accomplishment you have earned! While you will undoubtedly earn more accolades throughout your life, earning a high school diploma is something to be quite proud of. The diligence, persistence, and determination you have displayed in earning this achievement are special attributes that will serve you well far into the future.
I am sure I don’t need to tell you that your life is about to change dramatically. After you walk across War Memorial Stadium on the evening of June 12, you will officially have completed your compulsory education requirements. No more will a teacher mark you tardy to class, no more Saturday School, or after-school detention. No more off-campus permits.
Now the real fun begins! Take the plans, the hopes, the dreams, and the skills that you have and use them all to reach your truest potential! We will miss you. Always remember to be humble about your accomplishments, thankful to those who have helped you along the way, and willing to share your talents with others. And always, always, remember to come back and visit PRHS!
Congratulations Senior Class of 2015! Your freedom begins now! You are my heroes. Remember our senior college essays? What you have done for this school and this community is unparalleled! You are amazing and you have inspired me since you were sophomores. You make me feel young every day just being around your enthusiasm. Being a teacher is easy with students and friends like you; you, make all make it the best “job” in the world! When you feel that you are in the clutches of fate and you have no control over your destiny, remember Siddhartha’s magic; you can think, wait, and fast. Love is the strongest power in the world. Class of 2015, this year has been magical. Don’t lose the songbird in your heart.
Love Forever, Arnette.
Seniors- I know it’s hard to accept but high school is over. All the sleepless nights pointless tests and endless lectures replaced by a tiny piece of paper. Be prepared, a lot of things in life work like that, others don’t. My advice- seek out the ones that don’t. Find the ones that reward your soul, the ones you’ll be truly proud of. Friendships, accomplishments, family, children, doing things that you know make the world better. To all the seniors who have come through my room, make me proud. To all my AVID kids who have shared four years with me, don’t forget to give back and come back and visit. I can’t wait to watch you give advice and guidance. Then I’ll know you understood my biggest lesson.
It’s impossible to speak highly enough of the power of shared compassion and care. I am most humbled to have spent time with many of you during your Junior year, and I treasure the support many of you forwarded to me during my recovery.
Thank you, and to quote Sappho (a Greek poet): “What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon also be beautiful.” Go be beautiful, seniors.
Sincerely, Mr. Wood
As you leave this wonderful institution we call Paso Robles High School, I would like to pass along some things I have learned in my life. They have served me well.
1. Be nice: Humans are social animals. You will be remembered more for your relationships with people than your intellect or the amount of money you make.
2. Do not underestimate the power of a smile or a kind word. It may not change the world, but it certainly will make it a better place. I have never seen it simpler than on a bumper sticker…”Wag more, bark less”.
3. Pursue excellence in every aspect of your life. Note, I did not say achieve excellence. Be the best spouse, parent, employee, and person you can be. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
4. Work at making things happen rather than finding ways to say no.
5. Be part of the solution… not the problem.
6. While you are young and single, travel throughout the world. Do not put this off, before you know it, you will have a job, spouse, children, and debt. Those things do not travel well.
7. You will face adversity in your life. Be remembered more for how many times you got back up than how many times you fell.
8. When you have children realize the word Parent…is a verb.
9. You can be stupid or angry…but not both.
10. One of the best gifts you can give your child is the gift of disappointment. Life is not fair nor equitable. Spend time preparing your children for life, do not waste time preparing life for your children.
I wish you the best in your future endeavors.
Tom Harrington, Athletic Director/Assistant Principal
To the fantastic group of foreign exchange students that I had this year- Nora, Isa ,Clara, Arthur, Erika, Tip, & Riho- you brought this broader perspective to the subjects being discussed in class. I enjoyed getting to know you and learning about your countries. This was the best group of exchange students I have ever had the pleasure of having in my class. I wish you the best in your future travels, your education, and in your future adventures. Best Wishes
To My Beloved Seniors of the Class of 2015,
You have one final passage to analyze. It’s from Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film, Interstellar. In the excerpt, the central characters face the ultimate existential crisis: individual and planetary extinction. As they contemplate their next moves, Brand and Cooper have the following discussion.
Cooper: You’re a scientist, Brand.
Brand: So listen to me when I say love isn’t something that we invented. It’s observable. Powerful. It has to mean something.
Cooper: Love has meaning, yes. Social utility, social bonding, child rearing…
Brand: We love people who have died. Where’s the social utility in that?
Brand: Maybe it means something more – something we can’t yet understand. Maybe it’s some evidence, some artifact of a higher dimension that we can’t consciously perceive. I’m drawn across the universe to someone I haven’t seen in a decade who I know is probably dead. Love is the one thing that we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space.
Please consider what Nolan is saying in the film and then in a thoughtful, well-developed life, analyze the merit’s of Nolan’s message and the degree to which your existence accepts, qualifies, or refutes the theme of the film. Avoid superficiality.
Instead of giving you “sage,” middle-aged advice,
Which almost every teenager wisely rejects,
I thought it might be nice to give you one last slice
From each of your junior YOUTOPIA projects:
Contributopia reminds us, we’re “together as one”;
Soleil says, be patient for your moment in the sun
Because “greatness [comes] from small beginnings.”
“Winning” isn’t measured by your wallet’s wad of dollars:
“Progress, Sustainability, and Happiness” are the keys to Valhalla.
Pentapolis insists that “the source of all strength and unity is 5.”
Teleios tells us what we must do to feel more alive:
“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, and drink the wild air.”
OOOtopia agrees: “Go outside and take care
of it.” Conduct “an experiment in freedom” and carry a
Picture in your mind of Mason rapping about Libertaria.
Remember: Treedom is your freedom, and,
As, Agritopia says, we must “get out and experience the land.”
Hufftopia offers this advice: “Dream. Live. Explore.”
Find “a place where you can live life,” a place like Aelmoor,
Or Eftychia, which is like “heaven on earth,”
Or Equalitopia, where they “work for the better, not for the worse,”
Or Temptopia, “where your dream vacation becomes your reality,”
Or You-We-Ville, where “Me makes we,”
Or ASO, where people are “happy to be healthy,”
Or E Cubed, where there’s “Enthusiasm, Energy, and Empathy.”
Find a place where they treat you like a V.I.P.;
Where they “get out there and dance,” like they do in Raville;
Or Socratesia, “where Your Potential Can Be fulfilled,”
Or Greenville, where they “live long, live happy, live protected,”
Or P.U.I., where imperfect people come to be perfected.
Wherever you go, be “a beacon of revolutionary living,” like Tethys;
And remember what we learned from Growthtopia:
“Where there is growth, there is happiness”;
And don’t forget the optimists of Discopia:
“Discovery is in our midst.” But if your life becomes a mess,
And you find yourself clinging to the end of your rope,
Find your way back to Elpizo, the Greek word for “hope.”
And even if this world seems hopelessly defective,Thank your lucky stars you’re not stuck on Bellemundus,
Or, Ford forbid, assimilated in The Collective!