JR Bonhomme: Students are 'excited' to go to math class

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am Jean Robert Bonhomme Jr. and I am the student body vice president of Wilton High School, well at least for a couple more hours. I am pleased to be with you tonight and to have the chance to introduce our graduation speaker, Mr. Delzell.

He has been a part of Wilton High School for the last 31 years, serving as a math teacher. He has also served as head of the math department for the last 21 years. Mr. Delzell has been one of the most vital cogs of this program for several years, and is a true standout in this field. He has a great understanding of the individuals that he teaches and a great appreciation of what it takes to truly make a student more knowledgeable.

While I’ve never had the pleasure of having Mr. Delzell as a teacher, I have heard many great things about him. A fellow peer of mine said “he’s the smartest man I’ve ever met.” Another said, “his greatness can only be matched by his height.” Students are generally excited to go to his class. Let me repeat that, students are excited to go to math class. That’s unheard of. I don’t know if he remembers this, but around the springtime I had gone to see Mr. Delzell for a quick extra-help session because I was having some trouble with how other teachers were going about explaining analysis. I expected to be in there for maybe 20 minutes. A minute later, I came out ready to conquer the world. He’s that good of a teacher.

Finally, he is also just a fascinating person and we’re all in for a treat today. Without further ado, please join me in welcoming David Delzell.


JR Bonhomme, student body vice president, gave this speech during the 2014 Wilton High School graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 21.

Read more about the 2014 Wilton High School graduation commencement here.