Good evening teachers, schoolmates and fellow graduates. It is my honor to accept the Student of The Year Award tonight, and to speak on behalf of the graduating students.
Many of you might think that today is the end of a journey for us, but actually, I see today as a brand new start of our next journey which is going to be exciting and yet, more challenging. But I am not afraid, because W.I.S.E has prepared me for the bumpy roads ahead. I will use the knowledge I have learnt from my teachers here and the skills I have honed to face the challenges and take on every opportunities to make myself shine on the next page of my life. I know I can, because I learnt one very important thing at W.I.S.E, that life is a fair game, you will be rewarded eventually for all the extra miles you walked.
To be able to reach where I am now and receive the offer of admission to my dreamed school, University of Toronto, I have made my efforts, following the guidance while receiving so much support from my teachers and the staff at W.I.S.E.
Our school is not only a place where we learn knowledge, achieve academic excellence, build inter-personal skills, but it is also our home away from home. The dedicated teachers and the staff team have provided us with the caring and support that we will not find at any other school.
Taking myself for example, there is a direct connection between my achievements and what the school has done for me. Before I came to W.I.S.E, I had been studying at a public school in Toronto for half a year, at where the teachers were difficult to reach for help due to the large class size, and the local students did not necessarily interact with the international students, which made me feel like being isolated as an out comer. I gradually lost my confidence under the learning environment there. But all of this has been changed since I transferred to W.I.S.E. It is a whole new different experience of studying at W.I.S.E. In every class, the one-on-one attention given by my teachers encouraged me to ask questions and express my opinions freely. In addition to that, I have been given many opportunities to practice my leadership skills and communications skills, which have trained me to become who I am today. Now, allow me to take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to my school and all the teachers and staff again. This big family is our strongest support.
And among all the excellent teachers I had at W.I.S.E, I would like to give my special thanks to my ESL teacher, Mr. James. With his rigorous training held at high standard, my English language skills has improved so much in one and half a year. I passed the Ontario literacy test and IELTS English language test with little effort.
Last but not least, as fast as the world surrounding us changes, we can get lost sometimes. But what matters the most is that we learn from mistakes, and keep improving ourselves until we reach our goals. I believe that many of you are fans of Marvel movies, in where superheroes live in the parallel worlds, but we need to know that, in real life, everyone can be their own heroes. As being a student, the process of developing healthy life style and overcoming bad habits to achieve individual goals are all steps of becoming a hero of your own.
Like Henry, our principal, often said, it is the choices we made make who we are today. Wherever we want to go, whoever we want to become, is all depending on the actions we take little by little, each every day.
Huiqing (Ashlyn) Jiang