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Page 182 text:
Today I have the pleasure of addressing the entire
St. John's student body. . . I am very glad to have the
opportunity to formally express my gratitude to all of
the members of my class. However, I would also like
to share my personal observations with the Fresh-
men, Sophomores, and Juniors so that they might
profit from four years of experience.
I can remember sitting in these bleachers while
various administrators, faculty members, and former
students stressed the importence of involvement in
out-of-school activities. However, for a long time I
paid no attention to this advice. I was telling myself,
"I'm not smart enough for that," or "l'm not athletic
enough for this," or "I don't have the popularity
which that requires." It turned out that I was only
deceiving myself. So I decided to change that. I be-
came more willing to open myself up to other people
and other things, and, only then, did I realize the
importance and beauty of St. John's.
We are all individuals. We are subject to many
different lifestyles which will have an effect upon our
perception of our high school careers. I know that my
view of St. John's has changed over the years.
For me, St. John's is the dedicated faculty mem-
ber who works to improve this facility. He has been
witnessed painting the classrooms, fixing the lock-
ers, sweeping the parking lot, cleaning the windows,
and laboring over other tasks which we so often take
St. John's is the teacher who returns to this build-
ing long after school hours to decorate the cafeteria,
referee an intramural basketball game, attend a
Model U.N. meeting, direct the stage crew for the
show, or chaperone a dance.
St. John's is the person in the guidance office who
is always availble to speak with or offer help when
St. John's is the administrator who promotes the
general welfare of the student body.
St. John's is the coach who helps us develop a
spirit of competition and makes us realize the impor-
tance of fitness of our physical selves.
St. John's is the theology teacher who helps us
achieve an awareness of our religion and instills in us
a spirit of Christian unity.
And, just as important, St. John's is all of you sit-
ting here today.
I would ask all of you to seek self-fulfillment and try
to achieve a sense of satisfaction with yourself, a
feeling that you are doing all that you can do to make
yourself a more complete person. Whatever you de-
cide to participate in, make sure that you approach
your endeavors with a spirit of eagerness and deter-
From all different walks of life we have gathered
here to form a union, and each individual sitting in
front of me is special. You stand for the intelligence,
strength, honor, and charity which always have been
a part of the tradition of this fine school. I now realize
that there is nothing more important than this sense
of Christian unity and accomplishment you have pro-
vided. Good luck. - Peter J.Fi. Massarelli, Senior
Class President, May, 1981
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