Reylon Yount Valedictorian, International Baccalaureate
Iam humbled to be here in front this amazing community, speaking on be- half of my beloved classmates, who have been through so much with me, and whom I will miss very dearly in the future. We have learned so much at this school: we have learned how to think critically, we have learned how to express ourselves in different ways, we have learned to look past he surface, and we have acquired global perspectives in everything we do. But I think one of the biggest lessons we have learned, which I would like to explore today, is the importance of breaking rules.
Consider this: when we learn to think critically, what exactly are we doing?
We are learning how to push our own reasoning. We are learning how to break
through the constraints of superficial thought processes, and how to bend the
rules that we have constructed in our heads to discover new perspectives and
new meaning. This school has given us an innate edge, it has developed our
ability to break the many rules and barriers that compartmentalize the world,
and it has given us a thirst – not only a thirst for knowledge, but also a thirst for challenges and for change.
This school gave me a platform for pushing musical boundaries. I feel like our school does this all the time. Our
students and teachers like to push the envelope, to go to the edge, because it is only there, at the cusp, that you can
expand upon what exists and effect change.
So, if there is one thing you should remember from this speech, remember this piece of advice: Know exactly what
the rules are first, then, break any rule you want, but ask yourself beforehand, is this what I really want for myself? And
is this what I want for my family, for my community, and for society?
This is one of the most valuable things International has taught me, and this lesson of boldness and innovation has
enabled me to continue doing what I love, despite the unconventional nature of my passion, and I know I am not the
only one who has had this type of experience.