FINDING YOUR VOICE
Thank you Maggie!
When Toni Ponder called me several weeks ago to ask me if I could speak tonight, I told her I was not sure I really had anything to say, but she reminded me that as a lawyer I can talk about anything! I thought that Yes, that is true – I could talk to a wall – but more importantly I thought how could I say no to a place that had such a profound impact on my life and shaped me into the woman I am today. I must say that I am unbelievably humbled; and, I am truly very proud and honored to be here. So, thank you for having me.
First, I would like to congratulate each one of you on being inducted into this wonderful honor society. I would also like to thank your parents - for without them I am quite sure you would not be here this evening. The fact that you are receiving this honor tonight is proof that you have worked diligently and made the most of the opportunities provided to you by your parents, your school, your church and your community. An honor such as this is a wonderful way for the school and community to recognize and celebrate the choices, and more often than not I am sure the sacrifices, you have made to get you to this point.
I graduated from here in 1978. I can hardly believe that it was 34 years ago! I was one of the only girls from my grade school class that was coming to Rosati. To be quite honest with you, I was not too thrilled to be coming here. You see, I was the youngest of five children, two boys and three girls. My two older sisters went here as well. Both of them excelled in their time here. My oldest sister Kathy had already graduated. She was very bright – she was a National Merit finalist and was in college studying to be a nurse. My sister Peggy was going to be a Senior and her best friend was going to be my big sister. Both of them were popular and had lots of friends. Both of them were also in R-K Voices – the select choral group that I think still exists. Back...