Given at the 2004 Evening of Reflection at Westerville South High
by Erin McKenzie, a 2004 Graduate
Text of Speech
Did you love High School? I did! We had some very good teachers. And, the
best part was being with friends in class, at meetings, at parties, everywhere!
We learned new things in high school and we discovered what we were good
at or liked to do. I learned that I love Shakespeare! And Theatre! And Choir!
And Drama Club! And working with the Otterbein University Theatre Department.
We learned about different cultures and languages. I learned American Sign
Some times we needed help from other friends or adults and some times we
helped them. It is nice to help other people! We learned that some things
are hard for us. We had to study and practice. We had to be on time and
But, we have more to learn.
The character, Louisa, in one of my favorite plays, THE FANTASTICKS, sings,
“I want to do the things I've dreamed about but never done before.
Perhaps I'm bad, or wild, or mad, with lots of grief in store. But I want
much more than keeping house, much more, much more, much more!”
Go Seniors! Enjoy life!
Dedication of the Erin McKenzie Welcoming Space at Westerville South High School Media Center on May 17, 2005
Mitakuye Oyasin is taken from the Lakota/Dakota Language and can be translated, “We are all related,” or “All my relations.” It speaks to the sacred belief of oneness and harmony with the universe.
Waste' Wiyan is the name that Erin was honored with by the Native American community. Wiyan means “woman.” Waste' can be translated as good, gentle, loving, or how you see the person's inner beauty.