This speech was given in May 2007 to all guests who attended the Trinity Open House.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Trinity High School. My name is Mathew Myers and I am a Senior. I am active in a lot of activities at Trinity, I am our Senior Class President, I am apart of Student Council, Campus Ministry, Varsity Golf, and I help out with our Ice Hockey Team. I live my life being starred at, judged, made fun of, and questioned. I’ve never gone through a day where I don’t catch a stare, or hear a little kid asking his mom or dad why I have a big head and am so short. Because of my personality, my heart, and my attitude I am respected and my height is overlooked. I like to take opportunities that are given and use it to my advantage. I will find a way to make things adaptable for me. I am given every opportunity a six foot person gets.
If I had the opportunity to start my life over from day one and be born of average height, I wouldn’t. I love who I am and what I have become. I believe I have just as much potential than the person sitting next to me. I put my heart and soul in everything I do. I know I have to work extra hard to be respected. Trinity gives me opportunities that most high school students wouldn’t get. Every door is open for me. I just have to follow my dream.
I was given a gift, to attend Trinity High School. A school that I’ve heard nothing but good things from, and heard from prior teachers that it would be a good fit for me. I was probably standing at 3’6” walking down the halls on day one of freshmen year. I’m walking down the halls heading to Mrs. Belushko’s class with a big smile on my face. I’m feeling pretty cool giving high fives to upperclassmen as a walk to class. At this point, I’m feeling like nothing can intimidate me. That suddenly changed when I look right and see big Mr. Smith standing in the doorway, saying, “Myers, tuck in your shirt.” Still to this day, Mr. Smith intimidates me, but that never stopped me from giving my high-fives.
From that day on, a school with arms wide open welcomed me. It was so easy to adapt and find new friends and keep the old ones that I would share memories with that will last me the rest of my life. Trinity has allowed me to expand and show my fullest potential. I can be whatever I want to be when I’m here. If I want to be president I can be president, if I want to help out the hockey team, I can help out the hockey team. I owe a lot of people more than I can offer throughout my life, and a lot of people on that list, have been apart of my Trinity experience. The best decision I’ve made so far in my life is attending this high school, because it was an option. I hope you enjoy these next four years and let nothing stop you from being who you truly are. You will find deep down inside who you really are and what your purpose is while you’re at Trinity, use it as an advantage.
Trinity has a well-known reputation not only in the state of New Hampshire, but throughout the country.