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The Dansville Online
  • DCS salutatorian speech: Mudassir Syed

  • I remember walking in this gym earlier this year during basketball season before one the sectional games that was being hosted, probably around four or five o’clock and seeing teachers and staff members picking up trash and vacuuming the bleachers. When asked why they were doing so, their reply went something along t...
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  • Fellow classmates, school staff and community members,
    I remember walking in this gym earlier this year during basketball season before one the sectional games that was being hosted, probably around four or five o’clock and seeing teachers and staff members picking up trash and vacuuming the bleachers. When asked why they were doing so, their reply went something along the lines of this, “Mustang Pride.” Mustang Pride? What is that, you might ask? For starters, we see it all around us, every day, from the workplace to homes to our school district.
    Pride means community. As you probably all know, the Dansville School District is facing its fair share of troubles. Without ideas and help from the community, our school district would never be able to resolve these issues and for that reason, I’d like to urge community members to continue showing their support and pitching in their ideas at board meetings. Last year, students made t-shirts to support Mr. Potter and his job and wore them to the board meetings, arguably saving his job. This year, at board meetings with turnouts easily over 100 to 200 people, many parents and students spoke up and voiced their opinion about the potential changes at the school district next year. What will next year’s class do? How will they make their mark on the school district? It is the students at the Dansville School District that suffer the most in these times of financial difficulty, but it is the community as a whole who can reach out and help them. No matter what the outcome of these troubling times, I’d like to remind our community that the Dansville School District and its students will continue to find a way to be successful. Without support from parents and members of our community, my experience as a student in the Dansville School District would have been dry and boring, but thankfully, it was not. From helping organize fundraisers and showing their support at school events to organizing events such as Class Blast, parents and community members have always been involved in our high school career. Other students deserve the same, but it is not possible unless our community continues to show support for them as well.
    Pride means individual excellence. In this year’s Edge class, Coach McMullin constantly reminded our class of the fact that times change and if you do not change with them, you will not succeed. The way it’s turning out, the Dansville School District may be a very different place next year, for both students and staff. No matter the changes, our community needs to continue to recognize the good things that will continue to happen in our school district. Whether you have 30 kids to a classroom or 15, there will always be students that strive to reach the highest level of academic success. There will always be students that work hard on the court, field, pitch, whatever it may be. There will always be individuals that donate blood to the Red Cross or help out at events like the Relay for Life, or pack backpacks with food for those who are in need of them. Students and staff members that help with events like these don’t do so for recognition, they help for the satisfaction of knowing they have done something to help their community. This year, I had the pleasure of helping coach youth soccer players, from ages anywhere between 5 and 14, every week during the winter. Not only did I look forward to going to these sessions because they were enjoyable, I also knew the fact that these kids were constantly learning and I wanted to help ensure they were learning how to play soccer the right way from a younger age, whether it was in regards to basic technique to teamwork. I helped coach these young athletes for their sake, not mine. But it was not just me that helped the community in this manner; many students in the Class of 2011 were actively involved in helping the community in some way or another. The Dansville community should never forget these hardworking individuals and continue to reward them by showing their support and helping them whenever possible.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pride means passion. I’ve been talking a lot about students and the community, but I’d like to switch the focus over to the wonderful teachers we have at the Dansville School District. Teachers have the power to impact student’s lives forever, whether it be through teaching good values, life lessons, or simply the subject that they teach. Teachers like Ms. Maichle, Mr. Kewin and Ms. Jones, that are now retiring, have passionately taught at their positions for decades and I think that it is safe for me to say that they have thoroughly enjoyed it. These kinds of teachers are willing to help students in any facet of their lives, whether it be academically or something else. For this reason, I’d like to thank every single one of my teachers for doing their best in helping me reach my potential as a student and preparing me for college.
    Pride. Where ever you may go after this day, don’t forget it. Be proud of your community; be willing to do what it takes to help it. Be willing to help people on an individual basis and get your hands dirty if that’s what it takes. Take pride in what you do and pursue what you are most passionate about. Where ever you go, don’t forget what Mustang Pride has taught you.

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