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How do I write a Valedictory speech?

  1. Jan 28, 2014 #1

    sheldonrocks97

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    I know this is a little bit off-topic, but I need some academic advice:

    I was officially named the valedictorian of my high school class today so now I have to start writing my valedictory speech. I honestly have no idea where to start. I was just wondering what I should say and where I should start.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2014 #2

    berkeman

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    Congrats! That's impressive. :smile:

    Valedictorian speeches can be over a broad range of topics. I've heard motivational ones, "looking back at the best times in high school" ones, addressing current events, etc. I think it can be a mix of your passions and memories of HS, as well as encouraging your fellow classmates to carry on and do great things in their next few years...

    You should be able to find some good ideas with Google. Also, be sure to check with your teachers to find out what the rules are about the speech content. They may not allow controversial issues to be brought up, for example.
     
  4. Jan 28, 2014 #3

    sheldonrocks97

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    Thank you! I suppose I possibly could address a couple of topics in the speech. That'll work if it's allowed.
     
  5. Jan 28, 2014 #4
    We were given specific instructions in our salutatorian/valedictorian speeches. Salutatorian should reflect back on what has already passed and valedictorian should speak about the future and things to come.

    You could always ask your school administration for suggestions if you are lost.
     
  6. Jan 28, 2014 #5

    sheldonrocks97

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    That makes things pretty clear, thanks!
     
  7. Jan 28, 2014 #6
    Don't feel pigeonholed into that suggestion, though. That was just my school's instruction.
     
  8. Jan 28, 2014 #7

    sheldonrocks97

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    Okay, I'll see what they have to say.
     
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