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‘Never forget the power you have’

June 06, 2009|By Zain Shauk

“You’re not graduating from any high school. You’re graduating from Burbank High School,” he said, his voice trembling.

Although the world’s problems would make it easy for students to feel discouraged from striving to make a difference, this group had a unique source of inspiration, said Yihwan Kim, also a valedictorian.

Kim talked about a hopeful politician who had tried to run for office and personally funded his own campaign, but lost in a primary election, gaining half the votes of his opponent.

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Defeated, he was encouraged to visit his party’s convention and attended only to realize that he had used all his money campaigning and his credit card was declined when he attempted to rent a car. When he eventually arrived at the convention, he was denied a credential.

That man was future President Barack Obama, and an important example for the class of 2009, Kim said.

“Never forget the power that you have, and never forget what you can do,” he said.

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