I vividly remember the first time I heard our school prayer. Everyone sat together during assembly and as the head of school began reciting the words, everyone else joined their voices in unison. It is important that I do note that the prayer does not directly tie the school to a religion. It is more of a mantra which reminds us of our values as Pirates. Regardless of religious affiliation, all students know it by heart which is why hearing it one last time during the graduation of the class of 2020 created a beautiful memory.
I still remember the first time I entered through the Pebble Beach gates, unknowingly paying the entrance fee for visitors. Then, I did not know that this campus would come to behold four-years’ worth of high school memories. Over the years, I’ve grown in both measurable and unseen ways. This blog has served as a manifestation of these measurements of my journey, and it has taught me as much as I’ve learned within the classroom.
To all the seniors who graduated this year, congratulations! You guys have worked so hard and I’m so unbelievably proud of all of the work and effort you guys put into your high school career.
This year has followed a course unexpected, but as it has carried on, there has always been a silver lining in moments that left me rattled and shaken. Whether I could see that or not at the moment has changed over this past year, and now I can say that I have developed more of an ability to find it, even if it is hardly there. No matter what, the world kept spinning, and I kept marching along with it. Sophomore year is ending, a chapter closing.
Seems like the COVID pandemic did not help slow down the passing of time at all. With only 3 weeks left until the beginning of summer, it's that time of the year to do a nice little throwback session on all the highs and lows I've been through over the past school year at Stevenson. And with the hobby of letter writing (yes, with stamps!) seemingly increasing in popularity amongst my friends, I couldn't help but join in on the fun and share my gratitude towards having the opportunity to belong in such a welcoming community, even if we're miles or oceans apart.