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To the Graduating Class of 2021

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These last two years of your schooling at JCS will go down in history, and quite memorably at that.  Some of you will remember, or try to forget, those Covid rules, the uncomfortable mask wearing, the one cohort that you saw and talked to all day long, and the unfortunate cancellation of sports, grad trip, dances, and socials.  Grade 8 is the entitled year when you have the bragging right to “rule the school”, to flex your weight and power and tell the little kids what to do, and the only place you ruled was in your own classroom.

But, you all learned to adapt, persevere, be more flexible, innovate, and collaborate.  All of these qualities that you exemplify will more than support and guide you into the future. 
Many of you have been here for 10 years, and some less.  I am sure that you are all filled with ambivalent feelings – happy that a certain segment of your life is finally over and yet sad that you are leaving a time of many wonderful memories.  But you will continue to make memories in fact, many, many more memories.  

Graduates you all leave Josyf Cardinal Slipyj School with a great deal of wisdom, but remember, you have much more to learn in the years ahead.  Be willing to keep on learning – from your teachers, coaches, parents and friends.  Wherever your path leads, continue to work hard and persevere, smile and maintain a positive attitude, and be the best person you can be. Above all, never forget your past, where you came from, your Ukrainian Heritage and Eastern Rite Traditions.  Continue to learn all you can in the present, and use this knowledge to guide your future.  

I’d like to read you part of a book that I came across in my years as an educator that still resounds in my heart and I love reading to the graduating class. It is entitled, “Oh, The Places you’ll Go!”  And yes, it is by Dr. Seuss.  So please listen to just a bit of it…

Today is your day.
You’re off to great places
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any direction you choose
You’re on your own.  And you know what you know
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go
You’ll look up and down streets, Look them over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
You’re too smart to go down any not so good street
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down
In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town.
Oh! The places you’ll go!
You’ll be on your way! You’ll be seeing great sights.
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have speed
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest
So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact
And remember the life’s a great balancing act
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And never mix up your right foot with your left
And will you succeed?  Yes, you will indeed!
98 and three forths percent guaranteed!

Graduates, you’ll reach your stars,

So, be you…

Nazar, Danylo, Oleksandr, Emma, Dimitri, Daniel, Markian, Christian, Christina, Sofiya, Elana, Daria, Lev, Maxym, Christina, Richard, Roman, Melania, Mira, Alexander, Nicolas, Pavel, Peter, Yuliana, Anhelina, Mark, Maxym, Sofia, Daniel, Alexander, Mykhailo, Julia, Sophia, Veronika, Antonina, Adrian, Alexander, Victoria, Julia, Vanesa, Katya, Kevin, Nicolas, David, and Michelle.

You’re off to great places! Today is your day!

Your stars are awaiting.  So get on your way!

Впродовж усіх років вашої праці у школі, ви не раз чули гасло нашого покровителя, Йосипа Кардинала Сліпого: 

“Per Aspera ad Astra”, " Через терни до зірок".
І хоч не завжди було легко,  ви продовжували працювати і йти до своїх зірок. А на сьогоднішній градуації ви самі стали зірками, зірками нашої школи, а найголовніше - зірками у серцях батьків і вчителів. " Через терни до зірок".  Памятайте це гасло, візьміть його з собою у життя, продовжуйте працювати, щоб діставатися своїх власних зірок.

На закінчення, я бажаю, щоб ваші справедливо заслужені літні вакації були наповнені сміхом, радістю та задоволенням, щоб ви гарно відпочили і з новими силами почали 9-тий клас. І хоч ваші дороги розійдуться в майбутньому, ваша Віра буде тримати вас разом як частину Божої родини. 

Бажаю всім безпечного та щасливого літа і нехай Бог благословить вас усіх!

Thank You, and God Bless the graduating class of 2021!

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