The following is ASB President Kate Jones’ speech that she presented at our Welcome Back assembly, on the first day of school. Her speech summarizes our vision for this year. This speech is printed with Kate’s permission.
Joel A. Baker once said,”Vision without action is merely a dream, Action without vision just passes the time, Vision with action can change the world.”
My name is Kate Jones, and I am your ASB president for years 2019 through 2020 and welcome to your first day of school! Before I continue I would like to give a special welcome to all of our 6th graders who are starting a whole new year in a completely different school. I also want to thank our WEB leaders, ASB students, and the teachers who helped to organize the amazing year ahead of you.
In our game, No Vision, No Decision you might have noticed some of the participants were blindfolded and then they were given obstacles that they had to overcome or get through without the ability to see. As you could tell, it wasn’t as easy to get through the obstacles when you were blindfolded, compared to if you could see. This ties to the theme we will all be focused on for this school year: vision.
Vision can mean many different things. It could mean the ability to see or perceive something that others may not. It could mean having ideas or dreams of the future. When we say we want you to focus on your vision, it may mean you need to focus on your attitude – having a positive outlook on the future. Maybe it could mean seeing people beyond what meets our eyes. Vision could mean actually seeing someone who needs support and then having the courage to reach out and help them.
I hope that by the end of this year, we will all have 2020 vision. “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others,” by Johnathan Swift. We all struggle with our vision sometimes, but this school year, I encourage you to work harder to see things that others don’t, and to envision our future school year with a positive point of view, because if we all strive to see ourselves and each other in the best possible way, this school year will be one we will never forget.