Something special happened at CHA. Something that cannot be described with words, with grades or with test scores. You cannot quantify it, analyze it or label it. But if you were at the graduation ceremony on Wednesday morning, you felt it.
CHA graduated nineteen eighth grade students. The Nuclear Nineteen to be exact. It was an incredibly emotional day for the students, the parents and the faculty. At a ceremony created and led entirely by the students, guests witnessed the bond between friends, the inspiration from teachers, the commitment of the parents and the connection with this place we call our school.
The 8th grade students worked together over the last few months to create a program that was sentimental, inclusive, funny and so very personal. Speeches were made as a way to thank CHA, the parents, faculty and administration for their support and guidance through their years here. They spoke about friendship and the indelible bond that they share.
A special moment was when the 8th grade students presented a gift to the Pre-K students as a way to remind them to work hard and make their mark. The Pre-K students returned the favor by presenting the 8th graders with a keychain that reminded them to have fun and play. What a wonderful display of leadership and support from one student to another.
Teachers introduced each of the nineteen students in unique and personal ways. Coach B wrote an acrostic poem, Ms. Sandler and Mr. Y teamed up for a comedy duo and Ms. Green wrote and sang a song! It was evident that these teachers made an impact on this class but even more evident that these students made a lasting impression on the teachers at CHA.
There were tears, plenty of tears. It’s hard to say goodbye to those who have been constant companions over the last 9, 10 or even 2 years. But this is life. You make friends, you work hard, you gain knowledge and you move forward taking all of that with you.
These students are moving on to pursue academics, sports and performing arts. All were accepted to their top choice High Schools and many with academic distinction and honors. They have vision, confidence, conviction and purpose. And a heart full of love and friendship. Their family at CHA will miss them and cheer them on and they will always be welcomed back.
Congratulations to the class of 2016 as you move on to “the next book in your series”.