Hello Marshall Mustangs! I would like to congratulate all students in reaching this milestone. To the parents, guardians and extended family members that supported with countless hours in encouraging your student to get here, Thank you! Thank you to all the teachers and staff members that worked endless hours to help support all students in their learning, Thank you! It has not always been an easy journey, but you got here!
I know that this is not quite how we expected the school year to come to a close, but we are living through an unprecedented time that has seen our world turned upside down and we have had to adjust and transition quickly, regardless if we were ready or not. “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow” and I believe that each of you have the capacity to build your own strength to get through these challenging times now and in the future. You can make the world a better place. This is the time for you to think about being part of a global community, that your actions or inactions will affect the outcome of many. And I ask you this question: What kind of an impact do you want to make in this world? Who do you want to be?
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” You can do it! Believe in yourselves and you can accomplish anything. I see many great things in your future and this is only the beginning of you achieving your goals and dreams. For dreams and goals are what keep us moving forward every day. We have had some great times here at Marshall and I wish we could have had more time together. Cherish the memories you created with your friends and teachers by participating in our assemblies in the gym where it would get really warm, the dance-offs at the school dances, and food festivals with all the yummy food we could eat out on the blacktop and many other memories that you have created throughout your time here at Marshall.
You are awesome and amazing and I will miss you all. In the short time we had together at Marshall, I have had the chance to see many of you grow into the kind, respectful, and intelligent young men and women that I am proud to be part of our community of Pomona. I wish you well in the next step in your journey to high school, I know that many great things await you. In four short years, you will come to this crossroad in life and a significant decision will have to be made. If I can give you a piece of advice, enjoy the journey, enjoy the ride, and be present. Get involved and participate and I guarantee you that you’ll make more memories that will last you a lifetime. I appreciate the time we had together. It has been an honor and a privilege to have been your Principal this year at Marshall. Once a Mustang, Always a Mustang! U-KNOW!