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Guy Olguin

Another Year Almost Complete

Dear Middle School Families,

Just one last opportunity to say thank you to a wonderful class of 8th grade students.  Enjoy you summer!!!


Promotion Speech 2012


Good afternoon… and, again, welcome to the Corona del Mar middle school class of 2012 promotion Ceremony. Greetings to our Honored Guests…students… and of course you the proud families.

Class of 2012…I am pleased to be able to make a few remarks today, and share some of my thinking with you on this, your last day as a Corona del Mar Seaweed.   

As we prepare to promote you to become Seakings and SeaQueens, it is natural to think a little bit about your experiences in middle school. You have worked hard and accomplished much in your two years here.

You have learned how to read and to write more critically; you have become more skilled at math, learned how to think like scientists, and have become familiar with many of the world’s regions, customs, and history in your social studies lessons. You have created beautiful pieces of art, learned to speak a second language, learned much about physical fitness and wellness and have won many athletic championships.

Along the way, you have made new friends, and have been taught by many outstanding teachers.

Most importantly, I think, you have learned what it means to be a responsible and respectful people – good citizens of your school and your community. 

No matter what subjects your teachers taught you these last two years, what they were most concerned about was helping each one of you to become the best person you could be.

Our job here is done – we’ve taught you all that we have the time and the days to teach you and – for the most part – you have learned our lessons well. Before we let you go, however, I hope you will allow me this one last opportunity to give you some advice to take with you to the high school:

1) Work hard in high school. Things won’t always come easily to you, and they shouldn’t. What is worth learning is worth working hard for. Don’t let frustration get the best of you – persevere, ask for help, keep trying. The payoff will be great.

2) Be humble. Yes, you are smart. You are talented. You are athletic. You are a lot of great things. But so are a lot of other people. Be humble about your accomplishments and be quick to compliment others’ on theirs. You will be respected and appreciated by others for this attitude.

3) Be courteous and respectful. Towards adults, towards your peers, towards yourself. Good manners and a respectful attitude will take you far in this world.

4) Demonstrate Character. If there is any one thing that is evidenced by your daily choices it is your character. I truly believe what Thomas Macaulay said, "The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out." What do you do when no one's around? Imagine the teacher steps out of the room for a moment while you are taking a test after school. You know exactly where in your notes the answer to question 23 is. There’s minimal chance of being caught! Do you look? The answer to this question is the key to your true character. For while being honest and honorable when others are watching is important, being true to yourself when no one is watching is even more important.

5) Follow the “golden rule” – do unto others what you would have them do unto you. There is no more important rule to live your life by. It is also a very general rule, so here are some more specifics to help you as you continue your journey:

If you open it, close it.
If you break it, admit it.
If you borrow it, return it.
If you value it, take care of it.
If you make a mess, clean it up.
If you move it, put it back.
If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.
If it’s none of your business, stay out of it.
If what you have to say will brighten someone’s day, say it!
If what you have to say will hurt somebody, don’t say it!
If you think you know it all, look around and see how little you really know.

Eighth graders, you leave here having learned a lot, but you have much more to learn in the years ahead. Be willing to keep on learning – from your teachers, coaches, parents and friends. Maintain a positive attitude, a helpful disposition, and a willingness to try new experiences. Keep reading, be helpful, clean your room, and be good to each other.

So…class of 2012, as you become the high school class of 2016 Make all of us proud. Be the best version of yourself you can be.  Thank you for the privilege of being your middle school principal."

And now I would like to have School Board Member Karen Yelsey provide closing remarks to the promoting class of 2012.