Here are some speeches and comments of some of our 8th grade graduates. Have a look and hear what our students have to say!


Salutatorian Speech, Benjamin H. - 2012

Honored guests, faculty, staff, Board of Christian Education members, friends, and family, on the behalf of the Class of 2012 of St. John's Lutheran School, I welcome you to our commencement exercise.  At this time I would like my classmates to join me in saying the St. John's Mission Statement.

St. John's Lutheran School exists to help families pass their faith in the Lord Jesus

to their children through a Christ-centered education program

and to help the children fully develop their God-given gifts.

In my mind, St. John's has fulfilled all of this during my time at this school.  St. John's helped us grow in our faith, and it immensely helped us develop our God-given gifts.  This Christ-centered educational program allowed us to be open about our faith, and talk freely of our Savior in the classroom.  Our teachers helped us build our character, making us our own individuals by teaching us new things and helping us be the best we can be.

The theme of the Class of 2012's Recognition Dinner was "A Leap of Faith".  In many ways, we are about to take "A Leap of Faith" into high school.  Without the guidance of the teachers and staff at St. John's, we would have gone in blindly, scared to jump, but with our teacher's help, love, and inspiration, we can take this leap of faith head on, knowing Christ harnesses us to Himself as we zipline into our future.

The class verse is Colossians 2:6-7.  "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."  The Holy Spirit worked through St. John's to have us receive our Savior, and he also worked through our teachers to root, build up, strengthen, and be thankful for our faith.  We can confidently move ahead into high school taking all of these gifts with us!


Salutatorian Speech, Stephanie I., 2012


Thank you for coming here today.  I would like to thank you all for everything that you have put into this school year.  As parents, teachers, siblings, and friends, you have helped make this year better for us.

First, I would like to thank our parents, who paid for our education at a Christian school.  They love us and only want the best for us.  I would also like to thank our teachers, Miss Bahr, Mr. Benedict, and Mrs. Borrasso for all they've put into this year, all they've taught us, and all they've cared.  They put in their time, care, and love to teach us.  They never gave up on us, even when we seemed hopeless.

I would also like to thank the other teachers who put their everything into this year.  Mrs. Rocans, the fifth grade teacher and my volleyball coach.  You actually got me to hit the ball over the net.  Mrs. Heinz, our music teacher, who we could not have done the musical without.  Mrs. Mayrens, my chapel family leader, Frau Dr. Fiedler, our German teacher and science club leader, and all the other teachers.  You've all helped us succeed and made this year great.

Now, I would like to address the class.  Sir Winston Churchill once said, "Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."  I want you all to remember that whatever happens in high school, never give in.  Don't let people take advantage of you, and don't give in to peer pressure.

I would like to end with another quote from Sir Winston Churchill.  "This is not the end.  It is not even the beginning of the end.  But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."  Remember, even if it seems that we have worked hard these past years, we still have much more to learn.  It is not the time to give up.  It is actually time to start working harder.  Thank you.


Valedictorian Speech, Amanda J. - 2012


To the parents, teachers, families, and everyone else here in rejoice and celebration of the graduating students of St. John's.  It is my honor to share with all of you a moment of reflection, and a vision for the future of the Class of 2012.

When I first stepped through the doors of St. John's, I was a shy, fragile, and luckily an impressionable little girl.  Mrs. Spike took me in under her wing and began to build me up as the person I am today.  I don't know where I would be if she, or any of the other teachers I've had, hadn't reached out to me.

To this very day, my classmates and I have been surrounded in a Christ-centered education, nourished in God's word, and encouraged to share our talents with the people around us, no matter how ridiculous that talent may be.  Due to St. John's welcoming nature, we all are able to be ourselves, and shine our light wherever we go.  Even as we move on to high school, we must still maintain our undivided trust in Jesus.

What will be most memorable from my experience at St. John's is the extraordinary education I received.  We covered hundreds of topics, conducted bunches of experiments, and watched tons of movies; but what we can all agree on is that the best times were when we would all get the teachers to pull away from our studies for "just a few minutes".  We must have spent hours goofing off instead of learning the many aspects of Algebra 2.  Most of all, if there's anything we pull away from what we learned this year; it is, "Be the Broccoli".

If anything, the people at St. John's have always been able to lend a helping hand.  Whenever one of us needed a PB&J sandwich for lunch, Mrs. Fasshauer would gladly oblige.  If one of us got hurt at recess, Mrs. Wheeler would be ready for us with a Band-Aid in one hand and an ice pack in the other.  If any of us got sick in class, Mrs. Pesole would have your Mom of the phone for you in 10 seconds flat.  If you were in need of a good dose of discipline, Mr. Markworth was always there for the job.  Although not all of these things were good experiences, they all have set the standards for how we should be.

 Once we walk out these doors, it is a new beginning.  We are no longer middle school students.  We are high schoolers.  With this change, we must all become more responsible and must represent who we are, and where we come from.  We must all let it be known that we are God's children and behave accordingly.  We will be representing St. John's as a school and church, and what our former school stands for.  Most importantly, we must stay strong in our faith despite judgment, temptation, and persecution from others.

Although St. John's has brought us all together as a class, it is allowing us to leave as a family.  Many of my classmates and I have been here for most of our lives.  Some of us can barely believe that our time here as students is over.  I myself even wish we had a few more weeks together.  On behalf of the entire Class of 2012, I will close by saying that as we leave here today, no longer 8th graders, but high school freshmen; that this is not goodbye.

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