Class Of 2019
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” Those very wise words were spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr., mirroring the idea of the “whole child.” Over the course o the year, we’ve grown as 8th graders, and we can truly say that we’re displaying the true colors we’ve bloomed into. I may not be a lifer here at SES, but I can truly say I’ve developed the ability to use the knowledge I have been storing from my very first day on campus to today. No, being a student is not about coming to school and hanging out with your friends: it’s about accepting the challenge every single day to learn something new. From the playful, rather apathetic 6th grader I was, the teachers nurtured me to mature into a teenager who now knows the difference form right and wrong. SES taught me that being smart is not always the basis for success—it’s having the right behavior and character that really matters. I’ve developed to this 8th grader who has the confidence to reach certain goals, having respect to my teachers and my peers, and simply showing kindness to each person around me. Having confidence and respect helped me to build a better relationship with myself and my teacher because I showed that they can trust me through putting in all my effort and following what they say. Having no confidence in 6th grade is what brought me down instead of moving up along with not using the skills I was taught. From critical thinking skills and organizational skills, it’s what helped me to get through all of those challenges through thinking outside the box and being prepared for whatever’s to come. Taking the challenge to live a life of education in SES helped me to see that I have gone somewhere because I accepted the challenge to learn advanced work even when I didn’t believe in myself.
I could have not done it without the teachers, the amazing, supportive friends I have and most importantly my family. And it’s sad to see my journey end here. We’ve come a long way from strangers to supporting each other as family. Without everyone I have, I would’ve not made it this far.