by Elizabeth Musselman '22
Good morning families, faculty, and students. I am Elizabeth Musselman, class president of the 8th grade. Waking up early that morning in premature September, I didn’t know what I was going to face, it being the first day of middle school and all. All I knew is that I had lost many of my friends to the ravenous void that was fate - causing our paths to be torn as we were split among different middle schools. That being said, I knew few people coming into this school other than some familiar faces. Nevertheless, that fear was lost as soon as I realized how welcoming and caring this community could be. I was welcomed in open arms of kindness and quickly made unforgettable friends here. Wherever I would turn I would be greeted with great hospitality and amazing education.
Throughout these past years we have all learned valuable lessons; no matter who you are, I’m sure of it. We all gained important parts of ourselves and are welcoming to who we shall become. It been a long road for each and every one of us, but I have no doubt in my mind that all these students have become better individuals because of the magnificent teachers and staff that reside here. They haven’t just taught us how to build math formulas, or create hypotheses, connect to our books, and become middle school students. They’ve done much more than that.
We’ve made connections with our instructors, and through those relations we have learned a great deal of life lessons. No matter who you are I know this is valid, and I know when we are all grown up and graduate high school and move on to bigger and brighter things, we´ll think about those here who helped us along on our journey and never gave up on us. This school has striven for us not to succeed just here and not just in high school but for the rest of our lives. And of course we all know that each and everyone one of us will continue to grow, to flourish but many of the feats and accomplishments that we have made up to now is all thanks to those who we might be leaving behind.
For everything they have done for us and for what we have done to help one another I thank all of you. You made this middle school experience the best it could be. Whether you’re leaving or staying just know that all of you are amazing and unique individuals and you’re going to go on to do great things in this world and everyone here will always be your family; if you need us we will be there for you. Thank you teachers and staff for all you do for us to help us improve as students and people. Thank you parents for all of the support and encouragement you provide for your daughter. And finally thank you students for making middle school, truly incredible. And I wish you much luck next year.
Before I end I would like to thank one adult out of the many that has helped us. She stands out from all the others because she is so helpful and dedicated to our class. She cares for us all no matter what. She handles our opinionated class very well and is respectful of all our feelings. She has helped us accomplish many things this year. I would like to thank Karen Suchenski for all her dedication to making our 8th grade year the best it could be. Could you come up and please accept these chrysanthemums. For all not in Karen's Humanities class we did a short stories unit and we read a story about chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums bloom in the fall so they signify joy and strength even though winter is coming. So Karen, I thought these would be appropriate because you for all of us were joyful and strong even though you had to deal with a winter storm of kids. We thank you for all you did for us.
You may view the excellent slideshow put together by the eighth graders here.