Posted July 11, 2015
In May of this past school year, our seniors finished strong, and full of courage, to enter the next step in their life. The graduation ceremony, held in Manhattan, Kansas, was brilliant and was led by the conquering graduates themselves. Each one had to write a final English paper based off of a novel. They had to recognize the theme of book, the message of the author, and then write about how it could relate to their future lives. They attacked this project with enthusiasm and presented some of their work at the graduation ceremony.
Here are a few examples:
“No matter where you go and what you do in your future, remember your beginnings. Remember your childhood friends. Remember the environment you grew up in.”
“You cannot avoid it; change is inevitable.”
“Stories can help heal or mask personal pain.”
“Throughout the rest of my life, I hope to make the most of every opportunity, good or bad.”
“There have been rough situations in my life, as well as everyone's, where sometimes you just feel like giving up. But Pi teaches us here to continue fighting for what you want out of life and don't let anything get in the way.”
“Be determined and fight, even when everything looks lost.”
“Expressing oneself through writing is an important outlet for thoughts and feelings, and it can even be empowering.”
"Some say that people never change, though I believe that they can. However, you cannot force someone to do so. It must be done of their own accord."
“She comes to realize the power of words and language, and uses them to create the identity she's been searching for as a writer. Although Esperanza is able to move on as she wanted, she realizes that Mango Street and its residents will always be a part of her.”
“There is no absolute choice in life, as long as you make one."
Wow! Can you believe that these ideas came from seniors! We were so impressed with their recognition, ideas, talent, and true maturity. They certainly will go places in life . . . and we can't wait to watch them soar.
Thanks, seniors, for such a phenomenal year . . . we wish you the very best!