I would never be the person that I am today if it wasn’t for the Mandarins.
Being around fellow corps members, staff, the parents and the many people who devote their hard work, time, and dedication to this corps has taught me social skills, responsibility, being able to work as a team, passion, dedication, loyalty, and of course pride.We all make an impact on each other’s lives, whether we realize it or not, no matter how big or small it may be.
I wish to thank you for that and for giving me the opportunity to participate with such a fine group of people.
To the returning members and new members, don’t ever take this for granted and always remember to thank the people around you. Your parents, the other parents that are always around helping, the staff and the administrative staff — remember that they are there for YOU!
Take the time to get to know them and appreciate them because that’s what they are there for. Mom and Dad, thank you for letting me do this for five years; I love you. Mr. and Mrs. Mar, I couldn’t have done this without you; you were my parents away from home! There are so many people who have helped me through the years, it would be impossible to name them all, but I am sure you probably know who you are.
Always remember, you do the things you do because you love it, you have passion for it, and it’s a part of you.
This is what Mandarins has been to me for the past 5 years and it will always remain a fond memory in my heart. It has been an honor and a pleasure; thank you so very much.