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Hey! What's going on? Thank you all so much. You guys, that's a command — rest yourselves. We're almost at the end.
Hello, everyone. And, may I say for the last time officially, welcome to the White House.
Yes! Well, we are beyond thrilled to have you all here to celebrate the 2017 National School Counselor1 of the Year, as well as all of our State Counselors2 of the Year.
These are the fine women, and a few good men — one good man — who are on this stage, and they represent schools from across this country.
And I want to start by thanking Terri for that wonderful introduction and her right-on-the-spot remarks.
I'm going to say a lot more about Terri in a few minutes, but first I want to take a moment to acknowledge a few people who are here.
First, our outstanding Secretary of Education, John King.
首先是我们杰出的教育部长,John King。
As well as our former Education Secretary, Arne Duncan.
以及我们前任的教育部长Arne Duncan。
I want to take this time to thank you both publicly for your dedication4 and leadership and friendship.
We couldn't do this without the support of the Department of Education under both of your leadership.
So I'm grateful to you personally, and very proud of all that you've done for this country.
I also want to acknowledge a few other special guests we have in the audience. We've got a pretty awesome5 crew.
You know, as one of my staff said, "You roll pretty deep."
I'm like, well, yeah, we have a few good friends.
We have with us today Ted6 Allen, La La Anthony, Connie Britton, Andy Cohen — yeah, Andy Cohen is here,
今天在这里,和我们在一起的有Ted Allen, ala Anthony, Connie Britton, Andy Cohen。是的,AndyCohen在这里。
Carla Hall, Coach Jim Harbaugh and his beautiful wife, who's a lot better looking than him— Lana Parrilla, my buddy7 Jay Pharoah, Kelly Rowland, Usher8
Carla Hall, Coach Jim Harbaugh,以及比他好看很多的,他美丽的妻子LanaParrilla,我的伙伴Jay Pharoah, Kelly Rowland, Usher.
Woo! Keep it down. Keep it together, ladies. Wale is here.
And of course, Allison Williams and her mom are here.
当然了,Allison Williams和她的母亲也在这。
And all these folks are here because they're using their star power to inspire our young people.
And I'm so grateful to all of you for stepping up in so many ways on so many occasions.
I feel like I've pestered9 you over these years, asking time and time again,
"Well, where are you going to be?" "I'm going to be in New York."
"Can you come? Can you come here? Can you do this? Can you take that? Can you ask for that? Can you come? Can we rap? Can we sing?"
So thank you all so much.
It really means the world to this initiative to have such powerful, respected and admired individuals speaking on behalf of this issue.
So congratulations on the work that you've done, and we're going to keep working.
And today, I especially want to recognize all these — extraordinary leadership team that was behind Reach Higher from day one.
And this isn't on the script so they don't know this.
I want to take time to personally acknowledge a couple of people.
Executive Director Eric Waldo. Where is Eric?
执行董事Eric Waldo。Eric在哪?
He's in the — you've got to step out.
他在那。你要上台来,上台来 Eric。
Eric is acting10 like he's a ham, but he likes the spotlight11.
He's acting a little shy.
I want to recognize our Deputy Director, Stephanie Sprow.Stephanie.
我想要表彰我们的副主任,Stephanie Sprouse, Stephanie, Stephanie Sprouse。
And he's really not going to like this because he tries to pretend like he doesn't exist at all, but our Senior Advisor12, Greg Darnieder.
他真的不会这样的,因为他试图假装他根本不存在,但是我们的高级顾问Greg Darn不会。
There you go. Greg, Greg has been a leader in education his entire life. I've known him since I was a little organizer person.
对头。Greg, Greg在他的一生中,一直是教育上的领导者。从我还是个小小的活动组织者的时候,我就知道他了。
And it's just been just a joy to work with you all.
These individuals, they are brilliant. They are creative.
They have worked miracles with hardly any staff or budget to speak of — which is how we roll in the first lady's Office.
And I am so proud and so, so grateful to you all for everything that you've done. So let's give them a round of applause.
And finally, I want to recognize all of you who are here in this audience.
We have our educators, our leaders, our young people who have been with us since we launched Reach Higher back in 2014.
他们中有的是教育家、领者和年轻人——我们在2014年发起Reach Higher倡议时就一直跟我们在一起的。
Now, when we first came up with this idea, we had one clear goal in mind: We wanted to make higher education cool.
We wanted to change the conversation around what it means and what it takes to be a success in this country.
Because let's be honest, if we're always shining the spotlight on professional athletes or recording13 artists or Hollywood celebrities14,
if those are the only achievements we celebrate, then why would we ever think kids would see college as a priority?
So we decided15 to flip16 the script and shine a big, bright spotlight on all things educational.
For example, we made College Signing Day a national event.
We wanted to mimic17 all the drama and excitement traditionally reserved for those few amazing football and basketball players choosing their college and university teams.
We wanted to focus that same level of energy and attention on kids going to college because of their academic achievements.
Because as a nation, that's where the spotlight should also be,
on kids who work hard in school and do the right thing when no one is watching, many beating daunting18 odds19.
Next, we launched Better Make Room.
It's a social media campaign to give young people the support and inspiration they need to actually complete higher education.
奥巴马夫妇And to really drive that message home, you may recall that I debuted20 my music career— rapping with Jay about getting some knowledge by going to college.
We are also very proud of all that this administration has done to make higher education more affordable21.
We doubled investments in Pell grants and college tax credits.
We expanded income-based loan repayment22 options for tens of millions of students.
We made it easier to apply for financial aid.
We created a College Scorecard to help students make good decisions about higher education.
And we provided new funding and support for school counselors.
Altogether. Yes. Yeah, Thank you. You are welcome. Altogether, we made in this administration the largest investment in higher education since the G.I. Bill.
And today, the high school graduation rate is at a record high, and more young people than ever before are going to college.
And we know that school counselors like all of the folks standing3 with me on this stage have played a critical role in helping23 us get there. In fact, a recent study showed that students who met with a school counselor to talk about financial aid or college were three times more likely to attend college, and they were nearly seven times more likely to apply for financial aid.
So our school counselors are truly among the heroes of the Reach Higher story. And that's why we created this event two years ago, because we thought that they should finally get some recognition. We wanted everyone to know about the difference that these phenomenal men and women have been making in the lives of our young people every day. And our 2017 School Counselor of the Year, Terri Tchorzynski, is a perfect example.
所以我们的学校辅导员是这个Reach Higher故事中真正的英雄。这也就是为什么两年前我们要创办这个活动,因为我们认为他们最终应该要得到一些认可。我们希望每个人都明白这些不同,这些了不起的人每天在我们的年轻人生活中所产生的。我们的2017年度校园辅导员Terry Trzcinski,就是一个完美的例子。
As you heard, Terri works at the Calhoun Area Career Center, a career and technical education school in Michigan. And here's what Terri's principal said about her in his letter of recommendation. He said, "Once she identifies a systemic need, she works tirelessly to address it."
So when students at Terri's school reported feeling unprepared to apply for higher education, Terri sprang into action to create a school-wide, top-to-bottom college-readiness effort. Under Terri's leadership, more students than ever before attended workshops on resume writing, FAFSA completion — yes, I can now say FAFSA— and interview preparation. I can barely say it. They did career and personal — personality assessments24. They helped plan a special college week. And they organized a Military Day, hosting recruiters from all branches of our armed forces.
And because of these efforts, today, 75 percent of Calhoun's seniors now complete key college application steps, and Terri's school has won state and national recognition.
And all of this is just one small part of what Terri does for her students each day. I can go on and on about all the time she spends one-on-one with students, helping them figure out their life path. Terri told us — as you heard, she told us about one of those students, so we reached out to Kyra. And here's what Kyra had to say in her own words. Kyra wrote that “Mrs. Tchorzynski has helped me grow to love myself. She helped me with my doubts and insecurities.” She said, my life has changed “for the better in all aspects.” Kyra said, “She held my hand through my hardest times.” She said, “Mrs. Tchorzynski is my lifesaver.” That's what Kyra said.
And this is what each of you do every single day. You see the promise in each of your students. You believe in them even when they can't believe in themselves, and you work tirelessly to help them be who they were truly meant to be. And you do it all in the face of some overwhelming challenges — tight budgets, impossible student-counselor ratios — yeah, amen— endless demands on your time.
You all come in early, you stay late. You reach into your own pockets — and see, we've got the amen corner. You stick with students in their darkest moments, when they're most anxious and afraid. And if anyone is dealing25 with a college (high school) senior or junior, you know what this feels like.
These men and women show them that those kids matter; that they have something to offer; that no matter where they're from or how much money their parents have, no matter what they look like or who they love or how they worship or what language they speak at home, they have a place in this country.
And as I end my time in the White House, I can think of no better message to send our young people in my last official remarks as first lady. So for all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you — to all of you, from every background and walk of life. If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition — the infusion26 of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth.
If your family doesn't have much money, I want you to remember that in this country, plenty of folks, including me and my husband — we started out with very little. But with a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible — even becoming President. That's what the American Dream is all about.
If you are a person of faith, know that religious diversity is a great American tradition, too. In fact, that's why people first came to this country — to worship freely. And whether you are Muslim, Christian27, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh — these religions are teaching our young people about justice, and compassion28, and honesty.
So I want our young people to continue to learn and practice those values with pride. You see, our glorious diversity — our diversities of faiths and colors and creeds29 — that is not a threat to who we are, it makes us who we are. So the young people here and the young people out there: Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don't matter, or like you don't have a place in our American story — because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are.
But I also want to be very clear: This right isn't just handed to you. No, this right has to be earned every single day. You cannot take your freedoms for granted. Just like generations who have come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms. And that starts right now, when you're young.
Right now, you need to be preparing yourself to add your voice to our national conversation. You need to prepare yourself to be informed and engaged as a citizen, to serve and to lead, to stand up for our proud American values and to honor them in your daily lives. And that means getting the best education possible so you can think critically, so you can express yourself clearly, so you can get a good job and support yourself and your family, so you can be a positive force in your communities.
And when you encounter obstacles — because I guarantee you, you will, and many of you already have — when you are struggling and you start thinking about giving up,
I want you to remember something that my husband and I have talked about since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago, something that has carried us through every moment in this White House and every moment of our lives, and that is the power of hope — the belief that something better is always possible if you're willing to work for it and fight for it.
It is our fundamental belief in the power of hope that has allowed us to rise above the voices of doubt and division, of anger and fear that we have faced in our own lives and in the life of this country. Our hope that if we work hard enough and believe in ourselves, then we can be whatever we dream, regardless of the limitations that others may place on us. The hope that when people see us for who we truly are, maybe, just maybe they, too, will be inspired to rise to their best possible selves.
That is the hope of students like Kyra who fight to discover their gifts and share them with the world. It's the hope of school counselors like Terri and all these folks up here who guide those students every step of the way, refusing to give up on even a single young person. Shoot, it's the hope of my — folks like my dad who got up every day to do his job at the city water plant; the hope that one day, his kids would go to college and have opportunities he never dreamed of.
That's the kind of hope that every single one of us — politicians, parents, preachers — all of us need to be providing for our young people.
Because that is what moves this country forward every single day — our hope for the future and the hard work that hope inspires.
So that's my final message to young people as first lady. It is simple. I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don't be afraid —- you hear me, young people? Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined30. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy31 of your boundless32 promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear. And know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life.
And that is true I know for every person who are here — is here today, and for educators and advocates all across this nation who get up every day and work their hearts out to lift up our young people. And I am so grateful to all of you for your passion and your dedication and all the hard work on behalf of our next generation. And I can think of no better way to end my time as first lady than celebrating with all of you.
So I want to close today by simply saying thank you. Thank you for everything you do for our kids and for our country. Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I've made you proud.


1 counselor czlxd     
  • The counselor gave us some disinterested advice.顾问给了我们一些无私的忠告。
  • Chinese commercial counselor's office in foreign countries.中国驻国外商务参赞处。
2 counselors f6ff4c2b4bd3716024922a76236b3c79     
n.顾问( counselor的名词复数 );律师;(使馆等的)参赞;(协助学生解决问题的)指导老师
  • Counselors began an inquiry into industrial needs. 顾问们开始调查工业方面的需要。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • We have experienced counselors available day and night. ) 这里有经验的法律顾问全天候值班。) 来自超越目标英语 第4册
3 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
4 dedication pxMx9     
  • We admire her courage,compassion and dedication.我们钦佩她的勇气、爱心和奉献精神。
  • Her dedication to her work was admirable.她对工作的奉献精神可钦可佩。
5 awesome CyCzdV     
  • The church in Ireland has always exercised an awesome power.爱尔兰的教堂一直掌握着令人敬畏的权力。
  • That new white convertible is totally awesome.那辆新的白色折篷汽车简直棒极了.
6 ted 9gazhs     
  • The invaders gut ted the village.侵略者把村中财物洗劫一空。
  • She often teds the corn when it's sunny.天好的时候她就翻晒玉米。
7 buddy 3xGz0E     
  • Calm down,buddy.What's the trouble?压压气,老兄。有什么麻烦吗?
  • Get out of my way,buddy!别挡道了,你这家伙!
8 usher sK2zJ     
  • The usher seated us in the front row.引座员让我们在前排就座。
  • They were quickly ushered away.他们被迅速领开。
9 pestered 18771cb6d4829ac7c0a2a1528fe31cad     
使烦恼,纠缠( pester的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Journalists pestered neighbours for information. 记者缠着邻居打听消息。
  • The little girl pestered the travellers for money. 那个小女孩缠着游客要钱。
10 acting czRzoc     
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
11 spotlight 6hBzmk     
  • This week the spotlight is on the world of fashion.本周引人瞩目的是时装界。
  • The spotlight followed her round the stage.聚光灯的光圈随着她在舞台上转。
12 advisor JKByk     
  • They employed me as an advisor.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • The professor is engaged as a technical advisor.这位教授被聘请为技术顾问。
13 recording UktzJj     
  • How long will the recording of the song take?录下这首歌得花多少时间?
  • I want to play you a recording of the rehearsal.我想给你放一下彩排的录像。
14 celebrities d38f03cca59ea1056c17b4467ee0b769     
n.(尤指娱乐界的)名人( celebrity的名词复数 );名流;名声;名誉
  • He only invited A-list celebrities to his parties. 他只邀请头等名流参加他的聚会。
  • a TV chat show full of B-list celebrities 由众多二流人物参加的电视访谈节目
15 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
16 flip Vjwx6     
  • I had a quick flip through the book and it looked very interesting.我很快翻阅了一下那本书,看来似乎很有趣。
  • Let's flip a coin to see who pays the bill.咱们来抛硬币决定谁付钱。
17 mimic PD2xc     
  • A parrot can mimic a person's voice.鹦鹉能学人的声音。
  • He used to mimic speech peculiarities of another.他过去总是模仿别人讲话的特点。
18 daunting daunting     
  • They were faced with the daunting task of restoring the house.他们面临着修复房子的艰巨任务。
  • Starting a new job can be a daunting prospect.开始一项新工作有时会让人望而却步。
19 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
20 debuted b3e2d85131439fe8678f6628fda0ec90     
  • In late 2003 a full-size SUV, the Pathfinder Armada, debuted. 2003年末,全尺寸SUV的探路者无敌舰队,推出。
  • The album debuted at number two and quickly went platinum. 专辑一亮相就荣登排行榜第二名,很快就取得了白金销量。
21 affordable kz6zfq     
  • The rent for the four-roomed house is affordable.四居室房屋的房租付得起。
  • There are few affordable apartments in big cities.在大城市中没有几所公寓是便宜的。
22 repayment repayment     
  • I am entitled to a repayment for the damaged goods.我有权利索取货物损坏赔偿金。
  • The tax authorities have been harrying her for repayment.税务局一直在催她补交税款。
23 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
24 assessments 7d0657785d6e5832f8576c61c78262ef     
n.评估( assessment的名词复数 );评价;(应偿付金额的)估定;(为征税对财产所作的)估价
  • He was shrewd in his personal assessments. 他总能对人作出精明的评价。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Surveys show about two-thirds use such assessments, while half employ personality tests. 调查表明,约有三分之二的公司采用了这种测评;而一半的公司则采用工作人员个人品质测试。 来自百科语句
25 dealing NvjzWP     
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.该商店因买卖公道而享有极高的声誉。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的诚实的行为获得我们的信任。
26 infusion CbAz1     
  • Old families need an infusion of new blood from time to time.古老的家族需要不时地注入新鲜血液。
  • Careful observation of the infusion site is necessary.必须仔细观察输液部位。
27 Christian KVByl     
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
28 compassion 3q2zZ     
  • He could not help having compassion for the poor creature.他情不自禁地怜悯起那个可怜的人来。
  • Her heart was filled with compassion for the motherless children.她对于没有母亲的孩子们充满了怜悯心。
29 creeds 6087713156d7fe5873785720253dc7ab     
(尤指宗教)信条,教条( creed的名词复数 )
  • people of all races, colours and creeds 各种种族、肤色和宗教信仰的人
  • Catholics are agnostic to the Protestant creeds. 天主教徒对于新教教义来说,是不可知论者。
30 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
31 worthy vftwB     
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。
32 boundless kt8zZ     
  • The boundless woods were sleeping in the deep repose of nature.无边无际的森林在大自然静寂的怀抱中酣睡着。
  • His gratitude and devotion to the Party was boundless.他对党无限感激、无限忠诚。