speech co-delivered by Katie Kowalyshyn '20 and Melissa Ndabarasa '20, co-Heads-Elect of School, during the Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on May 30, 2019
Katie: Hello all.
Melissa: As the Heads of School for next year,
Katie: we are here to give the eighth graders some advice as new high school students.
Melissa: We’ve seen you all grow throughout this year, and we are excited to see what you accomplish in the future.
Katie: Middle school, I’m sure, has been a lot of fun. Between Bill’s bean bag chairs,
Melissa: Cat’s Dance parties,
Katie: and Founder’s Day celebrations,
Melissa: you have created strong bonds within your class and the SBS community.
Katie: I know that we aren’t alone in commending you for all of your achievements.
Katie: Now, though, it’s time for a new chapter in all of your lives.
Melissa: High school will be a time of growth, new friendships, and many new experiences.
Katie: Don’t worry. You’re all ready to take it all on.
Melissa: You all are some of the most amazing young women we’ve met.
Katie: From your athleticism, creativity, enthusiasm and kindness, we have no doubt that you’re going to achieve great things.
Melissa; Whether you’re moving up to SBS as a ninth grader
Katie: or continuing on to a different school for your next four years,
Melissa: we wish you the best.
Katie: You’ll find your place and make your mark,
Melissa: as all Stoneleigh Burnham students do.
Katie: We urge you to take risks,
Melissa: do everything to the best of your abilities,
Katie: but at the same time remember to have fun.
Melissa: Take it from a couple of soon to be seniors: time flies.
Katie: Yes, grades matter, and yes, you should put lots of effort into your academics, but make sure to enjoy each other as well.
Melissa: The people you will meet in the next four years and those you know today will have such a strong impact on you, and will be some of the most amazing people you will get to know.
Katie: Enjoy your teenage years, and enjoy high school because four years isn’t actually that long believe it or not.
Melissa: Completing middle school is a step towards your very bright future ahead of you.
Katie: All that you all have to do now, is take hold of your future and don’t let it go.
Melissa: We all can’t wait to see what you do with it.
Katie: High school is an adventure. You will have to take on the ups and downs.
Melissa: High school is filled with opportunities that will help you find yourself and show you who you want to be, so consider yourself an opportunist.
Katie: High school can seem like a puzzle at times, but you will all learn to solve it.
Melissa: High school is an adventure
Katie: with opportunities to take,
Melissa: puzzles to solve,
Both: and experiences to enjoy.