Ryan Callari 2014 Baccalaureate Service Speech

By: Casey Robinson on Jun 9, 2014 | Categories: General, Academic

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This Year at our 2014 Baccalaureate Service we had an amazing speech by one of our own. Ryan Callari showed us self-reflection and just a little glimpse of what it meant to be at Camden Military Academy

We want to say thank you to Ryan for all his hard work

For those who missed his speech here it is.

" Well I’m sure I’m not the only one who is surprised that I am standing here right now as a guest speaker at the 2014 Baccalaureate Service. If you were to go to any student who was here during the 2010-2011 school year, which was my first year, and tell them that I am speaking tonight they would wonder if the organizer or this event really knew who they were putting up here. Lets face it, most of us had a difficult time adjusting to this unique atmosphere. Being instructed what, how, and when to do particular tasks was foreign to all of us, especially me. I specifically remember walking up the stairs of the Dallas Barracks for the first time on February 21, 2011 and seeing First Sergeant Collins and at that time LT. Rodriguez standing at the top of the stairs waiting for me. I had thought that I was prepared for this experience, until I forgot to address First Sergeant Collins as sir. At that moment I knew I was in for a rude awakening. But It wasn’t until I had to march for 2 months on PAD for telling First Sergeant Collins that I wouldn’t do a parade my second week being here that the real awakening happened. First Sergeant Collins did always say that I was the boldest cadet that he has ever mentored, and I can’t say I disagree with him. But after some time passed, and when I say time I mean the 2 months that I was marching PAD, I learned from my mistake and drove on.
Now I am 1 of the 58 members of Camden Military Academy’s class of 2014. The number 58 correlates with thousands of things. Such as in the 58th saying of the Gospel of Thomas; Jesus said: “Blessed is the man who has suffered, he has found the life.” Although we have not necessarily suffered during our time at CMA, we have gone through an experience that no one else will understand. This experience has helped every single one of us mature and build our character in some form. And there is no denying it. The hours of cleaning to prepare for a Saturday Morning Inspection, having to take orders from someone who you may feel is not in the position to do so, and so many other things defined our lives at CMA. While all of that seemed pointless at that point, it has prepared us for life outside of here.
So now the time has come. The time that the graduating class concludes their high school career and move on to the next chapter in their lives. The time for the upcoming class to fill the gaps that the seniors have left in this organization. During this time we are faced with some very difficult decisions. Will you return and take a leadership role? Or will you risk going back to an environment where the likelihood of success greatly diminishes? Will you go off to college and prioritize academics over other distractions? Or will you become another drop out statistic? The choice is in your hands now. Make sure you choose wisely and understand the effects of your choice."

Ryan Callari