The Rollercoaster of Life


Contributed by Agnes Mendoza-Gupana . .
Monday, June 25, 2007

My fourteen-year-old son, Kevin, was chosen to represent and deliver a speech on behalf of all the 8th graders at Jefferson Junior High School, Woodridge, Illinois, during their Promotion Ceremony, June 6, 2007. He wrote the speech himself and I heard it for the first time, together with his Dad, Ernie, and grandparents, Eul and Paz M. Mendoza.

We all felt so elated that a Pozorrubian is speaking on behalf of the a graduating class of 2007 in the United States, and we were really proud of him while he was delivering the speech.

I am sharing this speech as a very proud parent who was educated in Pozorrubio and the Philippines, and very proud of my roots — a very proud Pozorrubian at heart. Even if we had beenaway from Pozorrubio, let us not forget Pozorrubio will always be a part ofwhat we are today and what our children would be, and we should not forget togive back to our hometown in any way we can.

Here’s Kevin’s speech . . .
Good evening everyone.

Our theme for student council this year was “Ride theLeadership Rollercoaster”. Every time I think of it, I think of life. We¹ve been waiting in line all this time just to get on to the Rollercoaster. Now, we finally get to ride this Rollercoaster of life.

Throughout our years in grade school, we¹ve been patiently waiting to get on this rollercoaster. We got to meet new people and become who we are now. We’ve gone through changes and many hardships. We’ve worked hard up to this point, and I’m sure we’re all proud of ourselves. We’ve finally made it to the rollercoaster. Perseverance and taking chances are what we’ve all had to do to make it to this next step.

Our years at Jefferson have flown by. We have made new friends, had inspiring teachers, and learned many lessons that we are going to apply to our daily lives. It will be an experience that we will never forget. But now was we look toward the future, we move forward in the line. Life goes on, but at the same time, we look back to those waiting to get on the rollercoaster, we look back to the past. Then, we move on to high school.

Like a rollercoaster, we anticipate what’s ahead and the feelings that it would bring, whether it’s excitement, anxiety, or happiness. When we start high school, the rollercoaster starts going uphill and when 4 years have passed, we will have reached the top of the hill and have a new view of things. Then, the rollercoaster of life’s tracks go through a series of dips, turns, and loops, all of which we have to take as it comes.

When riding a rollercoaster, nobody is ever stuck alone; we could be with a friend or a potential friend. With a friend, we have someone to support if the future is too scary. With a potential friend, bonds can be made with the experiences we have together. The new people we have met at Jefferson, should last forever, our bonds will pull us through. However, both ends of the friendship will have to keep strong. Again, no matter what, we’re never stuck alone on a rollercoaster.

Now, as our names are called up, be prepared for the ride of your life. Take your ticket to ride, your certificate, and remember, the ride has just begun.


3 thoughts on “The Rollercoaster of Life

  1. Dear Manang Agnes and Ernie,

    I feel your pride in the achievements of your son, Kevin, as he lead his class into greater challenges of the future. As I read his speech, I was hearing you, in the august halls of SPA, delivering your own speech as one of the great speakers of our beloved school. So, I was not surprised at all that your son so confidently and adeptly developed his theme – and delivered it with such mastery. Lolo and Lola must also be beaming with pride!

    Merry Christmas ed sikayon amin ditan – pati la si Elizabeth and daughters. Mangiras-ak ya man-email tan manexplore na internet sikaton matalag so email ko. Balet natan ya labi, anengneng ko may email nen Gin, sikaton sinubukan kon lim-ma diman ed Pozorrubio site (after many months of missing it). What a pleasant surprise to find your entry – and the speech.

    Sige la siren – tan congratulations to you, proud parents, and to your young son for a job well done!

    Aay sidadayew ya kabaleyan yo,
    Danny Dingle

  2. Hi Danny,


    Thanks for your very generous feedback. I do remember myself during those good old days, not scared to talk before a lot of people. I am still the same.

    We are really very proud of Kevin. He continues to develop himself by joining the Speech Team of Downers Grove North High School. Likewise, we are also very proud of our other two sons who are both doing good in college. Eric is a college freshman, BS Biology while Joseph will graduate in May 2008 with a degree in dentistry from Temple University in Philadelphia. He opted to proceed to specialization in endodontics (root canal) and is the Number One pick of Temple Dental School of the six that they chose from 350 applicants. And we are really very proud of what the three have accomplished so far, and very thankful to God for all His blessings.

  3. hello!
    that is a very good speech! goodluck to your son’s future undertakings! with parents support, any child will have a bright future…..

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