June 9 2015

BHS Class of 2015 Students Leaders Inspired at Graduation

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington High School’s Class of 2015 graduated under a sunny sky on Varsity Field on Sunday, June 7. 


Before receiving their diplomas and heading off into the world to pursue college, military service or the workforce, the graduates were addressed by leading members of their class. 


Class of 2015 President Thomas S. Bezreh told his fellow graduates that though the world may seem like a scary and depressing place, mostly because of what they see in the media and online, it is something they can handle. He also suggests they go forward into the adult world with same enthusiasm they had as children. 


“I am here to tell you that it’s okay to be a kid again in the real world. Live life the way you lived it when you were having fun as a kid, simple and without worries,” he said. “Will there be roadblocks, yes. Will there be people telling you what to do and what not to do? Of course, we just went through 12 years of it, we’re used to this now. Now you can fend for yourself. Be the person that you want to be, and have a blast doing it and have a smile on your face.” 


Class of 2015 Co-Valedictorian Michael Seleman started his speech with the normal list of thanks; parents, teachers and the faculty of Burlington Public Schools. He ended by thanking his fellow graduates for helping him becomes the person he is today. 

“Each and every one of us receiving a diploma today is a product of the people around him and the experiences to which they’ve contributed, a product of every hallway exchange, every lunchtime conversation, etc. Every graduating class shares a certain unity, not because each and every member is necessarily in love with the person on either side of him, but because without them, he simply wouldn't be the same,” he said. “So last but not least, I’d like to thank the graduating Class of 2015, for making me the person I am, and I’d also like to congratulate you for being the beautiful people that you are.”

Class of 2015 Co-Valedictorian Ansh Bhammar said that no matter who his fellow graduates did in high school, even if they never accomplished very much, the future is theirs for the taking. 


“High school was only a stepping stone, and whether you chose to excel or not in high school will not stop you from excelling in the future,” he said. “You may have done nothing in high school, but if you go out there, take action, and reach your true potential, I can confidently say you’ll become more successful than half the kids at these top tier universities. College, high school, work, they’re all mediums. They’re all platforms for us to become successful and live a happy life. But they are all interchangeable.”


Finally, Class of 2015 Salutatorian Shivesh Shah ended his speech with a look to the future and the a call for his fellow graduates to follow their dreams and help change the world. 


“And now is the time to begin realizing your dreams,” he said. “Yes, we all have memories of the glories and failure of times past, and these are the foundation upon which we will be building a new world for ourselves. Opportunity awaits us so let’s stop dreaming and get on with life, and begin doing!  For in the words of Mother Teresa, ‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’ Together, let’s change this world in whatever capacity we can, whether directly or indirectly.  It doesn’t need to be a grandiose feat.  The smallest change can have the largest impact.  As Dr. Seuss so eloquently expressed in The Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.’” 

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