I would like to thank Gregory Weaver for writing “The valedictorian speech Bullard High didn’t want to hear.” Mr. Weaver is correct; it is often uncomfortable to hear the truth. But it is important. He points out many flaws in our current system that need to be addressed, while at the same time demonstrates through his own success that high achievement is still attainable at Bullard High School.
Mr. Weaver’s comments can be added to the choir of community members who have been yearning for years to see improvement at our community’s heart, our high school, Bullard. Improvements have been made, but much work is still to be done.
So I leave this letter with a challenge to all Bullard graduates. Go out into this world, receive a world-class education at the college or university of your choosing and have some life experiences. But when you are ready to plant roots come back to the Bullard community.
Come back and invest your time and talent into a community that helped mold you into the person you are today. Our community will only improve if enough good people stand together to demand a higher standard and a resurrection of Bullard’s commitment to excellence.
Ian LeMay, Fresno