Friday, June 29, 2001
'The end of the beginning'
I am standing here before you, not as an individual, but as a member of the entire class of 2001. What a great year it has been. What wonderful years all of the previous eight years have been. Not many of us have kept a diary since kindergarten, but all of us have changed dramatically. What you can see externally are the obvious physical changes, but more importantly we have changed emotionally and intellectually. Some of us were shy starting kindergarten, shy during the first and second grades, but somewhere in-between, we graduated to speaking in class, presenting science projects, and recently all of us were found singing, dancing, and acting in Fiddler on the Roof in front of hundreds of spectators. What a change we have been through...
We are graduating from our 'Carlisle School Years' to another chapter in our book. We may wonder, who will be the next great scientists, teachers, entertainers, and providers? We can only see now what is obvious, but in fact we believe that many of us will become multi-talented individuals. Already we have glimpses of the future by members of our class who are auditioning for prestigious groups in the country, competing in math league, performing in local productions, and competing physically in a variety of exciting and demanding sports. If these current accomplishments are any indication of the future, Carlisle's class of 2001 is strong and determined.
The act of graduating is a passing from one level to another. We are passing from a beginning to a greater challenge. Our class is very excited about what we expect to encounter on the next level, but first we want to thank all of our teachers and Carlisle staff who have helped us understand many complex theories, both on the intellectual as well as emotional level. We know that to do well in the new millennium we will be required to possess talents and knowledge far beyond previous generations. We are up to the challenge and believe that you have given us a very solid foundation to compete in the future. Most of us will look back at some time and realize that the Carlisle School provided us with the strength and determination to succeed. For this, we thank all of you very, very much.
To our parents, we appreciate all the late nights when you helped us finish up our many creative projects. You took the time out of your hectic days to drive us to activities, purchase the ultimate school supplies, and support us when it didn't seem as though there were enough hours in the day to finish it all. We don't often remember to say thank you and so we are remembering to thank you now.
To our friends moving on to other schools, we wish you the best of luck. I hope we can all keep in touch with each other. May we remember the famous saying, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. It is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Thank you.
© 2001 The Carlisle Mosquito