Friday, June 25, 2004
The legacy of being a student in Carlisle
"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." This is just one example of the many important things we have learned during our years here in Carlisle. Our teachers haven't just taught us about math equations and thesis statements, but they've taught us about life.
For the past nine years, this school has been my second home and everyone that dwells inside of it is like my family. I can't even count all of the memories that I have shared with everyone here. If I ever had a problem with anything, there was always someone here I could talk to.
Most of us came here in 1995 as kindergarteners, new to this thing called "school." We didn't really have any friends (but we would soon make them) and the only things on our minds had to do with recess. It's strange to think that we used to be so small! Since then, I've been on the same bus, played on the same plaza, and had lunch in the same cafeteria. I've really seen a lot of changes in our school, whether it was to new teachers or new buildings.
It's amazing to look back on the last nine years that we've spent here. We've not only changed physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. We have changed so much from the first time we walked into our "one-hallway" of a Middle School. Even if it is just one hallway, it's a hallway that we all grew up in. We all started as the "rookie" sixth graders, then went on to become "in the middle" seventh graders and finally we're the "top dog" eighth graders.
Everyone knows that the transfer from elementary to middle school is a huge change, two of the reasons being homework and friends. With all of us sometimes staggering under the weight of all our books and trying to open jammed lockers, we still manage to find time to chat with friends. Sometimes we just need someone to vent our feelings towards, and everyone has always been there for me. If I am having a really lousy day and just want to go home, we always manage to cheer each other up. With that, I thank everyone for helping me. Without you I would snap like a twig under the weight of all the pressure.
I really think these past three years have been the best that I've spent here in Carlisle. In our first year of middle school, we had the opportunity to go to Sargent Center in New Hampshire, where for four days we rock climbed, played games and got to know each other better. In seventh grade pretty much all of us participated in the annual seventh grade play, Guys and Dolls Jr. All of us have so much talent, and we really showed it off during our performances. And in eighth grade, well, what's happening right now is part of eighth grade. We've accomplished so much in eighth grade, preparing ourselves for the big transition to high school. Everyone might have hated all the papers we had to write, all the math assignments that just took forever, but in the end it really does pay off.
I'd like to thank our excellent and persistent teachers. Without them pushing us to the limit, we wouldn't be standing here. Our teachers challenged us to very high academic standards, and Carlisle is known for this, Our teachers are the foundation to our academic career, teaching us to build more of our house which we call life. They've always been there to answer our questions, or maybe just to stay after school to help us clarify what we're learning. We can't thank them enough for what they have done for us. We should all carry the memories of our teachers forever.
Everything that we've accomplished leads up to this one moment. At this point in our lives, everything is so hectic leading up to high school and this huge transit ion that we are about to make. Even with all of this going on, we can never forget our friends and our peers who have helped us through our middle school hardships, including mountains of homework, long term projects, and just having enough time to just hang out! I don't know where I would be without all of my friends and fellow classmates. I'd probably just collapse. They are the support struts to the building I have grown into.
I also have to thank our parents. We can't thank them enough for what they've done for us, and their constant support that they have given us. Not only have they picked us up at school activities and sport practices, but they've also encouraged us and pushed us to go on. Even if they do get mad if your grades are low, they help us achieve our academic goals, and the low grades are slowly and steadily pushed up (of course, also with the help of our teachers).
It's going to be really hard to leave this school. If I made a list of the memories that I've had, it wouldn't fit on one paper. We all have so much ahead of us. There's high school, college, and then life as adults. We all are different; we all are unique in our own special ways, but there is one thing that we all share in common and no one can ever take away from us. We are Carlisle's class of 2004, and we will soon become the class of 2008. Some of us move on to different paths, different high schools, but we will forever be Carlisle's class of 2004, and we should never forget that.
I won't just miss all of the teachers that are here, but I'll miss the small things too. Walking into homeroom at 7:50 a.m. and talking up a storm before school started. Wandering through the hallways during indoor recess when we're really supposed to be in the gym. I'll miss all of the familiar faces that I've seen for the past nine years. I'll miss the last day of school when all of the buses honk as they leave the parking lot.
If there is one piece of advice that I would give to everyone, it would be to try and remember everything that we've done in the past nine years. Write it down somewhere, and then ten years from now you'll look upon it saying, "I really did that?!" It may seem weird now, but you will appreciate it later. As we move on in life, we may lose touch, but you can never lose the memories that were made here.
"Four score and seven years from now, I'll look at this diploma and it will bring back so many memories of the legacy of being a student in Carlisle."
© 2004 The Carlisle Mosquito