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Congratulations, Class of 2022!

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
-Arthur Ashe

The final weeks of the school year are chock-full of special events. There are performances, class parties, the PTO International Fair, and more. It is a time of celebrations and the acknowledgement of transitions. Students, staff, and families who have been a part of the AAS community prepare to move on to places hither and yon. All of the celebrations and transitions are special, and some stand out: Kindergarten, Grade 5, and Grade 8 Moving Up ceremonies are extra special as they mark an important milestone in young people’s lives (as well a bit of anxiety and a lot of pride for their parents). Then there is graduation.

When 5 year olds walk through the doors in August to join Kindergarten, they have their school years ahead of them–endless possibilities. It is a huge step for them (and often a bigger step for their parents). In regard to school, they are a clean slate and you don’t know what the next 13 years in school will bring. They may seem too young to be going off to school, yet they are ready whether they or their parents believe it.

When 18 year olds walk to receive their diploma after 13 years of school, it is an even more monumental step. They are no longer a clean slate: they have over a decade of experience in school, and have shown strengths and areas for growth academically and socially. They are an integral part of the school community. They have successfully completed a major milestone in life. Like Kindergartners, they don’t know what the future will bring; like Kindergarteners and their parents, they are ready for the next phase of their lives whether they believe it or not.

Last Friday, the 2021-2022 seniors graduated from AAS and became alumni. I thought it was a great ceremony with a couple of fun surprises, but most importantly it honored the accomplishments of the AAS 2022 graduating class. Not only did they excel in all aspects of their education, they did so during challenging and unprecedented times.

If you ask a Kindergarten student what they want to be when they grow up, you will get a variety of interesting responses. I wanted to grow up to be a lion.

The 2022 graduates may not yet all know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives, but they all know what they will do next, whether it be a gap year or directly into college; and they know where their interests lie. Through the years–especially the IB years–they have worked hard to be prepared to follow their dreams beyond high school. What they accomplished is incredible. The list of universities that they have been accepted into is amazing, including top name schools and top smaller schools that many people have not heard of, but meet the graduates’ interests. Regardless of the path they take, they have worked to earn that path (with a lot of support from their families and teachers) and we are proud of them.

Yesterday afternoon the AAS graduates of 2022 returned from the long awaited cultural trip. They appeared happy yet haggard–an indication of a good trip. We received a letter from the graduates yesterday after the trip. It was a thoughtful and kind letter of thanks for everything AAS has done for them. I hope they know that they have done far more for AAS.

Congratulations class of 2022!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

 

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