By Fatima Armendariz
Graduation is the day us seniors have been working towards before we could even remember. As young children, we were always told, “do your best in school so you can become successful in life”. We have been working towards the day we walk across that stage and attain our diploma handed to us by our principal. We’re getting closer and closer to finishing our last semester in high school which only means graduation is around the corner. The ceremony marks our last memories here at Social Justice Humanitas Academy so we must make sure this ceremony is up to par. One of the ceremonies most memorable part is the national anthem sung by students of the graduating class which means we must choose the correct person[s] for this role.
For our graduation there have been many students around school addressing how having a student perform a solo for our national anthem would be the best option for our ceremony. We asked a few students who they believe should be the talented individual that should sing during our graduation. Our classmates, Itali and Luzma, both suggested that we pursue having a solo performance by Samuel Davenport. We’ve also asked Alejandro Cintora Jr. for his input on this performance, he said that the performance should be a female and male singing a duet together. Students such as Dilam Velasquez and Brian McaFee also suggested that we do a solo performance with Samuel Davenport as well. We constantly asked students their input on who should be the performer and the majority seemed to side with Samuel Davenport.
Samuel Davenport is a very talented student who many of his classmates have chosen to
be our national anthem performer because of his potential. While talking to these students many of them were addressing that they have heard Samuel sing when he is doing his work while having his earphones on. One of our classmates Samara said, “oh yeah, Samuel should definitely sing the National Anthem, he has such a great voice dude. I remember one time he sang for our mentor class and was really confident about it as well. He for sure has to sing for our graduation”. From what many of our peers have told us there is plenty of students who feel that the ceremony will be more memorable by having a talented student such as Samuel Davenport singing. When we told Samuel that people want him to be the person who sings during our graduation he could not believe it but at the same time felt happy. Samuel’s response was, “Really man? That would be so cool! I don’t think my singing is that good but i’ll be honored to do so if it’s for our graduation.” Samuel also concluded how although he does not have the best voice he will practice his singing so that he can be prepared. It is our last year of high school which is the reason for why it is truly important to have the performance be as memorable as it possibly could be.