speech delivered by Sadie '23
Hello Teachers, students, families, and friends,
I’m Sadie, an SBS eighth grader and President this spring semester. I would like to take this time to close up the 2019 year for grade 8, and talk about three very important groups of people who made my experience amazing.
First, addressing my dear classmates. Wow, 8th grade. What a year it has been. I’m still trying to process the fact that I am finally entering high school because it has always felt like the years have become decades, and I repeated middle school ten years in a row. I understand that the majority of us don’t want to move up to the scary new world of grades and detention and points, but now we can look forward to no device check-ins for boarders and access to upper school weekend activities. We were so fortunate to be able to come to Stoneleigh-Burnham and experience the responsibilities and privileges that came with being an SBS Middle Schooler, but it has also been pretty hectic. There has been plenty of laughs, probably every thirty minutes, and good cries too. Thankfully we all got through it together.
Being the eighth grade president was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. It got me out of my tiny bubble and into a position where I can help the ones I truly care about. I had 13 Vice Presidents too. The Stoneleigh-Burnham mission statement is mainly focused on passion and voice, and every one of you is so spectacular, and I can see the passion in anything you are doing. Whether it is riding, speech, academics, sports, arts, even just being a hilarious or caring person, you all want something, and maybe you don’t know how to get there, but you are certainly trying. We have been doing debates in Humanities and hearing you confidently speak your mind without any hesitation is eye-opening to how remarkable you all are at leaving an impression on anyone you meet. Your voices are so powerful. You all deserve to have your greatest dreams come true. Frankly you deserve more than that. So keep fighting for it. I am so lucky to be your “leader,” classmate, and friend, though overall we make one big crazy family. Now, deep breaths. We are already so prepared, all that’s left to do is jump in.
Now, teachers! All of these adults have been a vital part of my education and well-being in my middle school years. I would like to give all of you who taught us this year an enormous thank you, Students get very lucky when a teacher also passes as a friend. It’s delightful to learn and laugh with you every single day. You have learned so much about the eighth grade while being around us 24/7 and you understand and provide us with what we may need to make our experience at Stoneleigh-Burnham memorable. We do not give you as much gratitude as you deserve, and though I’m starting to realize how little students may give their teachers thanks in the first place, you deserve each "thank you" that is given and more. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, thank you for putting up with our moods, thank you for volunteering so much of your time to make sure we are having fun outside of class, thank you for your advice, and thank you for loving what you do so much. You are the people who are so passionate that you inspire us to follow our dreams. Please never forget the impact of all that you do for us.
Lastly the SBS community. Wow, there are so many of you, and though I only know a portion of you well, I feel connected with you all. We are all the same here, and I love coming to a welcoming environment of bright faces each day. Even with all of the hard work and stress, we can fall back in each other. We all want the same thing out of this Stoneleigh-Burnham experience in the end: to feel like we belong in a community. I know I’ll have more opportunities to help our community learn and grow in the future, and I’m so happy to belong here. Thank you all for doing what you do. I hope you know that you do belong. You really do.
So now’s finally the time. I really can’t believe I’m going to high school and so is my lovely class, but nothing lasts forever, and I know it won’t be like those high schools in the movies (which I have dreaded my whole life), and I am excited, to be honest.
Lastly to end this speech, I would like to add a quote from my dear Humanities teacher, Karen Suchenski, to officially and humorously wrap up the 2019 eighth grade year. A bit of a backstory, I took the journal that she gave us to write down notes about what we saw in our trip to DC and turned it into a quote book. So here is a wise Karen quote: “Happiness runs like… small boys.” I don’t even fully understand this, but it has the word "happiness" and I like that word. You can interpret that how you want. Thank you.