Grace Hawkins ‘19 represented her class as the student speaker at our June 7 Graduation Exercises about the importance of taking time to appreciate the LCDS experience. An accomplished scholar, artist, athlete, and leader, Grace served as president of the student council and was the 2019 recipient of the Headmaster’s Prize. Grace will begin her high school adventure this fall at The Madeira School.
Today, I think of the immortal words of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
So now, I look around at all of us, and I see all the memories we’ve made and the good times we’ve shared.
I see us singing “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” all the way to the Waterford Schoolhouse.
I see us doing the hand jive at the Decades Dance.
I see all of us banging on the tables at Medieval Times, cheering on our knight to victory.
I see us swimming with tropical fish and sharks, and playing Jenga and volleyball all together in Key Largo.
I see us sitting around Mrs. Kitselman’s coffee table in the morning, helping each other study for tests and quizzes.
I see us screaming our heads off while we ride every slide and coaster at Hersheypark.
And now, I stop. I look around. And I see us graduate.
While we are grateful for these moments we are also grateful for our teachers, who guided us through LCDS and gave us an education, which, in the words of Nelson Mandela, “is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
I know that in high school, we will apply what we’ve learned here, and like Mandela said, make an impact too, whether it is on the world stage or even just in our school communities.
We also are grateful for our parents, who supported us through all the ups and downs of elementary and middle school and encourage us to follow our dreams.
We’ve all worked so hard to stand on here and await the next adventure in our school careers. I can’t wait to see what amazing opportunities await us all in high school because each and every one of us is so talented and will succeed wherever we may go.
So, Class of 2019, I encourage you to stop and look around. Look back on your time at LCDS fondly and look towards the future with excitement.
Remember, once an Eagle, always an eagle. We did it!