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Unformatted text preview: a hopeful positive direction. As he read the poem, he was emotional and had captured everyones attention and respect. There were times during the speech that the audience was laughing and other times they were crying. After the conclusion of the speech, he received a standing ovation. The speech gave me as sense of renewed hope for the bright future that college, adulthood, and independence would bring. Sam did a great job delivering the speech because he included the specific personal experiences he had encountered, and he also thanked all of the teachers and parents that had given all of us support and encouragement to help make our journey a little easier along the way. He made everyone in the audience from classmates, parents, and grandparents feel special about the part they had played for making the future brighter for all....
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- Spring '10