Friday, June 25, 2010
In a class of their own: all leaders
Carlisle, Massachusetts. A place that most people have never heard of. It’s near Concord. Yes, it is in Massachusetts, and no, we are not farmers. We are a class that no one else could ever imagine. We are the eighth grade class of 2010. A class truly like no others.
Even though people have never heard of Carlisle, we are much more than they could ever expect. We have won our soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, football, hockey, tennis and basketball games, and our ice skating, swimming, dance, taekwondo and karate competitions. We are fluent in French, Chinese, Hindi and Korean. We have survived numerous surgeries, and way too many broken bones to count, whether we were skiing, horseback riding or out on the field. We have been to countless countries of the world, and lived in France and Malaysia. We have won gold medals in music, art, writing, math and science. We have performed at Symphony Hall in Boston. We play flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, bass, piano and guitar. We have been recognized nationally for writing and math. We have raised thousands of dollars to help fight poverty and hunger.
Most people you meet will have never heard of Carlisle, Massachusetts. But that’s okay. If they knew all about us, they would be overwhelmed. Our class of 2010 is definitely different than some other classes. After being together for nine years, we have come to know each other like a family. I guess that is what we are after all, a big, very strange, crazy family. If you ask me about any person in this grade, I will be able to tell you something about them, and so will many other people. He has a sister and a brother. She doesn’t like chocolate. They are best
friends and neighbors. She has been to Australia. Carlisle Public School is a different kind of school. We are given freedom and trust at a young age. Not many places do that. I think that the sense of trust has changed who we are as people. We have become responsible, and caring. Even if we have conflicts with one another, we have still learned to live together in harmony, and that is something that the rest of the world could learn from. The students in the class of 2010 have learned how to lead, how to follow, how to work together as a team, how to listen to each other’s ideas, how to state our own opinions and how to be willing to argue what we think is right, helping us accomplish important things big and small.
Although we learned these things at a young age and have years of practice, some adults in our world still can’t do these things every day. The class of 2010 is ready, and in my opinion, qualified, to be the future leaders of the world. We are the future in athletics, music, math, science, engineering, medicine, law, politics, writing and art. I wouldn’t be surprised if in 20 years some of the people you are looking at right now are famous.
There are a few things that this school has taught us through all of our nine years. To pay attention in class, not to talk when someone else is talking, to work hard, to be fair and to treat everyone equally. Although we may still need to work on not talking during class, we have mastered some of the core things that could make this world a better place.
One of the most memorable lessons for me was when we learned about the Holocaust. During the Holocaust unit, our teachers were basically teaching us what not to do if we ever gained a lot of power, which some of us probably will. We have learned about how much pain and suffering the Jewish people were put through, by reading, watching movies and even getting to meet a Holocaust survivor in class. Once you experience or learn that type of pain, it’s impossible to forget it. We have learned not to judge and not to be prejudiced. We have learned to look past stereotypes and see people’s true colors. We have learned that it is not okay to discriminate against someone for any reason.
Being a student at this school for nine years has taught me more things than even imaginable. But as we walk away from this school, we have all learned a few things that we could never forget. We have learned to respect, love, try hard and work together for the greater good. As we grow up and move on with our lives, these lessons will stay with us. We will use them, and teach them to the people around us.
Although most people we meet in the future will have no idea where Carlisle, Massachusetts is, that’s okay. We know who we are. And we know that it would be too hard to define ourselves to anyone else. We’re just us. But as you look closely, there’s a lot more to our graduating class of 2010 than first meets the eye. ∆
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