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Class of 2023 Caps Senior Speech Season in Style

Rudy Brandl

Five members of the Class of 2023 delivered their senior speeches within the past week in the Berry Performing Arts Center to complete this year’s senior speeches. Congratulations to Ariel Wang ’23, Matthew Faust ’23, Angelina Vargas ’23, David Flatau-Jones ’23 and Nick Vargas ’23 (pictured) for ending the senior speech season on a high note.

Ariel shared vivid descriptions of her struggles with vertigo and how the affliction has created additional stress and difficulty in her life. Despite these many obstacles, Ariel has continued to be resilient and she thanked her teachers and friends for their support and understanding.

Matthew mastered brevity with a quick but impactful message that began with a question about restarting one’s life or living it all over again. He encouraged his peers to do things that are worth doing again and concluded with quote by George Eliot: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” 

Angelina examined the definition of friendship and how friends come and go because many don’t always have each other’s best interests at heart. Her perception of friendships has changed over the years and she’s learned that “you will know when a quality friend comes into your life.” 

David spoke about rejection and how it shapes everyone in various ways. After sharing some personal examples of rejection with a humorous touch, David explained how rejection became redirection for him the college process and led to an acceptance at a school that is better for him.

Nick provided a heartfelt and witty look down memory lane in his 15 years as a lifer at W+H with recollections of embarrassing moments, interesting class projects and long-standing friends. Nick has always considered W+H his home away from home as the only school he’s ever known.