Hey kids! What time is it??? "It's INFO DUMP time!!!"
As well as getting the back story on Cassie's speech, we also learn that she graduated in 1998 from John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, and that she gets admitted to the University of Oklahoma in the fall of that year.
(And no, that's not where I went to school... I went to Ball High School in Galveston and did community college for a year.)
TRANSCRIPTION COURTESY OF JOSEPH HOUK - [Taking the off-ramp to Tyler] (CW) "I don't think I ever
told you the story behind my graduation speech, and how it
ended up all shot to hell." (BG) "You... might have, but go
ahead and refresh my memory." (CW) "Well, I was so busy
with all the other stuff involving graduation... [Flashback
to HS – Dixie Chicks poster on the wall, OU tank top;
voiceover] Getting my cap and gown, picking my dress out.
Not to mention all the stuff I had to do for college
admissions. The fact that I had to write a speech totally
slipped my mind. [NSYNC poster on the wall!] Then, at
midnight, I suddenly remembered that I never did write my
salutatorian address. I was up until 3 in the morning trying
to put something together – then I fell asleep at my desk.
[Fast forward – mom's nudging sleepy teen CW] It was 12
noon when mom woke me up. The ceremony was in three
hours, and I barely had time to throw something together
while getting dressed and all. So that's how John Tyler
High School's Graduating Class of '98 ended up with a
half-assed, lame Salutatorian address. I was pretty much
wingin' it up there. (Teen CW) "So... we must move
forward... and keep moving forward... Because we... have
the power to make a difference in the world. Yeah."