S e n i o r I s s u e
The Senior Issue
What do you think makes a good graduationspeaker?
Honestly? I have noidea how to answer this question. Myimmediate, instinctive/gut would be:someone who’s involved in many extra-curricular activities, or “bleeds Warrior blue,” or is generally known as an in-credibly powerful speaker, leader and so-
cial buttery (or something along those
lines). But then I got chosen. Which still
bafes me and clearly shows there’s no
“traditional” mold or criteria. I mean, inmy entire high school career, I’ve been
to one football game (though it was a
homecoming game); I do one extracur-
ricular (but in my opinion, the best one):newspaper. And I’m terried of class presentations (I literally start to shiver
and my teeth begin to chatter during
them). However, I’m ercely passionate
about my speech’s topic, and I’m a reallygood writer. I had genuine enthusiasmwhen I spoke, and could craft my wordswell enough to evoke the same in my au-dience. So to answer your question basedoff my own experience: Passion. Think Ms. Woolley’s level of passion. That’swhat moves the audience,and therefore makes an ef-fective grad speaker.
How have your ac-complishments and expe-riences throughout highschool shaped you to givesuch important insight?
Another hard ques-tion. I’m really not sureif anything within high school walls hasgiven me “insight.” To be honest, my ini-tial inspiration for my speech’s topic came
from my watching Ratatouille (as I men
-tion in the speech). I will say, however,that there have been many times through-out this particular year that I have been re-minded of my speech’s message. Whether it’s sitting in a class I really love, workingon a graphic design for newspaper, or sim-
ply walking down the halls, I nd myself
taking mental pictures of moments I knowI’ll wish I’d appreciated longer.
What encouraged or inspired you to put in the effort to beat the other contes-tants for the honor?
Gilmore girls plus inspiration plusmy love for writing equals my motivationto audition. In middle school and the begin-ning of high school, my mom and I wereaddicted to Gilmore Girls largely becauseour relationship and our personalities wereso similar to theirs. So, in 8th grade, when
I watched Rory (the daughter) give her
graduation speech, I started thinking thatmaybe that was something I could do too.It’s silly. But that plus already having theinspiration for my speech’s topic plus actu-ally having the desire to write it equaledmy “putting in the effort.”
Don’t give us any details, but couldyou elaborate a little on the big ideas dis-cussed in your speech?
My speech is about savoring a mo-ment; absorbing yourself in it. I remind people to try and eliminate the trivial, un-important-in-the-long-run distractions thatwe often let ourselves get caught up in, andthat often distract from events that deserveour full attention. It’s essentially about en- joying every moment –big or small– and
not letting yourself get caught up insigni
How will you carry on the Sherwoodlegacy next year?
I am going to NYU next year. I’ll be in the Gallatin School of individualized
study (you craft your own individualized
major around seemingly unrelated inter-ests. It’s the “hippie” school for indecisive
kids.) My interests will be (I think) Adver
tising, Art (especially graphic design), and
Philosophy. I hope to get into the advertis-ing industry and be the one both concep-tualizing the ads and then also creatingthem. I’ll be sure to try and give Sherwooda good name in the Big Apple!
WithOlivia SnyderGraduation Speaker
The NFL has been under re recently
with the 2011 lockout that threatened tocancel football for that season, the player
bounty issue, and numerous lawsuits led
all over the country by former players al-leging concussion injuries from their
time on the eld. On the other side, at the
forefront of representing the professionalfootball players of the NFL, is DeMau-rice Smith, Executive Director of the Na-tional Football League Players Association
(NFLPA) and Sherwood’s 2012 graduation
speaker.Smith was elected unanimously to the NFLPA position in March of 2009 after working nine years as a lawyer with theU.S. Department of Justice and in the pri-vate sector as a trial lawyer and litigation partner representing important corpora-tions. “The private practice was extremelyengaging and mentally rigorous. I got to