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


Class of 2014 Valedictorian

VALEDICTORIAN SPEECH by Joseph Iovescu, Class of 2014

                A family, that’s what I believe this class is.  We quarrel.  We laugh.  We fight.  We rejoice.  We go through valleys and over mountaintops.  But we find a way to get through our problems together, as a group of determined individuals fighting for a final goal.

                I remember at the beginning of the year, I was really excited to go to high school.  It was new.  It was different.  It was fresh.  It was something we had never done before.  I believe our entire class is ready to go to high school.  The thing is, now, I don’t know what I’ll do without them.

                How can I go to school without Alexis’ random questions?  How can I go to school without Charlotte paying for everyone’s every need?  How can I go to school without Albert and Katie bickering like an old, married couple, even though Albert is technically engaged to Charlotte?  How can I go to school without Alex’s stupid, inappropriate jokes?  Well, I can live without that one.

                I believe that we will get through life.  We’ll make new friends.  We’ll have other things to laugh about.  We’ll come through.  But now is the time when our paths part - some of us in one direction, some in another, and others by ourselves.

                I remember in 6th grade, our class was very segregated.  We divided ourselves into a hierarchy, sometimes not to our liking.  The boys never hung out with the girls.  There were the Minecraft addicts and the so-called “cool” kids.  But now, in just a measly two years, we’ve broken down those walls.  We can now look each other in the eye as equals and individuals instead of stereotyping to a group.

                Probably another very important part of our education here at St. John’s was the teachers.  I mean, they are the ones that taught us everything, right?  But they weren’t just teachers.  They were our friends and our coaches, the people that put their heart and soul into teaching us.  They weren’t like a machine, taking in our class and spitting us out as educated people.  Instead, they took the time with us, connecting with us, mentally and spiritually, sculpting us into mature, young adults.

                I’ve only been here for three years, but we had plenty of teachers in that short span.  I just want to thank each one of them for something important or special they did for me and my class.  To Mrs. Borrasso, for putting up with us when we sometimes acted like brats, completely out of hand, which happened quite often in 6th grade.  To Mr. Benedict, for personally teaching me to love and appreciate writing.  To Miss K, for showing us that even though you may be tough on us, it’s really for our own good.  To Mrs. Uffenbeck, for pushing us, even when we thought we had given it our all.  To Mr. Markworth, for making us do a majority of his manual labor.  And to Miss Bahr, for always being there for us in our tribulations and in our joy.

                Last but not least, to our parents.  They were the ones that paid for our education.  They were the ones that pushed us to do better.  They were the ones that raised us, that cared for us, that loved us.  We all love our parents, and I thank each parent for everything they have done.

                Even though we’re leaving each other, we’re leaving as family.  I will always remember the people in the Class of 2014, every single one of these crazy 12 people in front of me, and all these wonderful teachers.  C. S. Lewis once said, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”  These people aren’t just my classmates and my teachers.  They are my friends.  They are my family.

                I’m sorry I’m leaving these marvelous people here at St. John’s, but the future is waiting.  This isn’t the end.  It’s just the beginning.  I wish you all the best of luck, and may God bless you all.


Class of 2014 Salutatorian 

SALUTATORIAN SPEECH by Nathaniel Krok, Class of 2014

                I’d like to thank everyone for coming here on this very special occasion – all of the students, parents, teachers, friends, and family.  Welcome to the graduation of the Class of 2014.

            It’s been a great year – definitely the best school year I’ve ever experienced.  I’ve grown very close to all of my classmates who have made this year extremely enjoyable.  I’d like to thank my friends, family, and teachers for existing in my life to help me prosper as a student at this wonderful school – St. John’s.  Because of the great experiences, memories and all of the blessed things that I’ve received from being a student here, I know that it will be tough to leave forever and move on to high school.

            I will never forget all the crazy things that made this year so enjoyable:  Alexis’ random questions, easily getting off topic in some classes, the ridiculous comments from people like Sam, Albert, Alex, and Jake.  Anything like that which made me laugh quite so hard or feel so intrigued is completely unforgettable.  In the future, I’m sure I’ll remember these things and it’ll make me really miss this class.

            It’s notably necessary to give proper thanks for all of the support I’ve received in my life here at St. John’s.  I feel I should definitely thank all of the parents who helped with everything throughout the years, and I know that I should also thank the teachers here for being such great teachers who were willing to give me and my classmates a proper education.  There were so many people that helped me through so many times who definitely need to be thanked, like Mr. Markworth, Pastor Heinz, and much of the staff and faculty at St. John’s.  I’m very grateful for all of these people.  And with all due respect, it is necessary to thank this school for the number “three”.

            I feel that God has really led me and my classmates forward this year.  Yes, sometimes it seemed as if we weren’t getting anywhere and the maturity level was a bit too low… But overall, I really think that we all improved a lot.  Even through tough times or bad experiences that many of us may have had, God sent us in the right direction.  As long as we would choose to follow the good path that the Lord set for us, we would succeed.  This shows that it is very important to make good choices and live God-pleasing lives.

            St. John’s is definitely a great school.  Where would I be without it?  I seriously don’t think I would have had such a “fun” yet good education that I had here at this school.  My experience at this school with all of my friends and all of the different teachers has been a very good experience – an unforgettable one.  It’s not going to be an easy trip to leave this place.  I’m going to miss it a lot.

            To close my speech and give one last remark, I’d like to say this:  “St. John’s, thank you for being such a great school.”


The Class of 2013 - "What They Are Thankful For"

Below are excerpts from papers the students were asked to write, regarding things they are thankful for in their lives.

"I am thankful for my school that I attend.  They provide me with good education and good leadership.  They teach me to follow in God's footsteps and walk in His ways.  I am thankful for what they have taught me."  <protected>

"I am thankful for my school and all the teachers there because, they have given me a good education for all the years I have been at St. John's.  I'm thankful they guide and support me through my education.  They make my faith in God stronger every day I am at school.  I'm very thankful that they are always there for me in everything I do."  Hannah Nosalik

"Finally, I am also thankful for my school.  I could not ask for a better school to go to.  I'm so thankful that I get the opportunity to learn in a Lutheran private school.  The teachers are so understanding and helpful.  One thing I love the most about my school is that there is no such thing as not fitting in and that was one of the things I was scared about going to a new school.  But my school just makes you feel so welcomed and not judged."  Alyssa <protected>


Valedictorians - Class of 2013  

Valedictorian – Class of 2013

Name Withheld

We welcome you today friends, family, staff, teachers, and most importantly, the graduates of the Class of 2013. Welcome to graduation.

Parents, we would like to thank you for bringing us here today to this special moment in our lives. We thank you because you have helped us get to this point in time. You have supported us going to this school, helping us with our homework, and encouraging us to do better.

Teachers, we thank you for helping us understanding our school subjects better and helping us be better prepared for high school. You have worked tirelessly to make the best of us, and helped strengthen our faith as Christians.

It's amazing to think that this Class of 2013 started with one kid in 3 year-old preschool 11 long years ago and has now grown to 12 kids many years later. We've all worked hard to get to this point, we've had a few kids come and go from us, but we enjoyed our time together.

This is a very special occasion in our lives because this only happens 3 times: once now, then in high school, as well as in college. This is a rare moment, so we must make the most of it in this time we have today. Because after today, we will all be high school freshman, no longer little kids in grade school at St. John's Lutheran School.

Since I am a man of few words, I'm going to wrap up this speech. Thank you everyone who is here today for contributing something to our lives that has helped us get to this point.


Class of 2013

Valedictorian  Lynsey (Last Name Withheld)


 I would like to start out by saying thank you to the families and teachers for joining my classmates and I on this memorable occasion.  St. John’s has really helped me grow as a student, Christian, and person in general.  Without the help of my teachers, friends, and family I wouldn’t be standing here today.  All of you have helped me to persevere and always try my best.


 St. John’s was only the first chapter of our lives.  Though our years here are coming to an end, I would hope that none of us forget the very off topic science classes, hilarious inside jokes, and all the memories we’ve created as a class.  Also, I hope we never forget the many things we have learned.  Joshua 1:9 says: “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Moving on to high school is a big step that we are afraid to take alone.  Most of us will not be attending a Christian school.  As our class song says, “I know who goes before me and I know who stands behind.  The God of angel armies is always by my side.”  We do not need to be afraid because God will always be with us, we are not taking the step alone.

Being at this school for the past nine years has really helped me develop into the young Christian woman I am today.  Growing up in a school with small classes and strong student-teacher relationships gave me an opportunity to really be my own person and allowed me to get help whenever I needed it.  Because St. John’s helped me to become who I am today it will always hold a special place in my heart and I’ll never forget where my education started.

St. John’s has become like a second home to many of us.  It’s a place where we can be ourselves, speak our mind, and most of all feel safe, loved, and cared about.  After we walk out those doors today we will no longer be Miss Bahr’s eighth grade class, we will be high school freshmen.  We can always look back at this place and remember the memories.  This is only the end of the beginning, not the final chapter.  Let’s hope we never forget our lives at St. John’s.  Remember no matter where you are do not, under any circumstances, let anyone dull your sparkles.




Salutatorian - Class of 2013 - Alyssa

Salutatorian, Alyssa (name withheld)

Class of 2013

There is the one who is obsessed with Halo, the one that is covered with sparkles, the next Albert Einstein, the one that never shuts her mouth, the fierce friend, the future prom queen, the two that play hockey, the Miss “Straight A” student, the one with the many “What Ifs…”, the one with the contagious laughter and, of course, a little bit of this is what makes the St. John’s Class of 2013 complete. Twelve very different people, but throughout our time together, we have grown to create one amazing class.

Our class verse is from Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” God has made each and every one of our paths cross so that we would be here today together. However, our paths are not at an end and I pray that each of you trust God as He continues to lead you along your path.

I would like to thank everyone that gathered here today with my classmates and me to celebrate our time at St. John’s and, more importantly, our future. Always remember that with every end there is a new beginning.