June 7, 2018 - Today St. Anne's graduated 29 members of the Class of 2018, 10 of whom had been at St. Anne's since Pre-K. In his opening remarks to the class and before he spoke about each of the graduates, Head of School Peter Thayer shared these observations with the audience:
"They have left their mark in numerous ways with their kindness, their sense of humor, their academic, musical, and artistic talents, and their sense of athletic adventure as they vowed as a class to try new sports this year. They are willing to participate, to jump in, to speak out, and to think flexibly. They have also managed a busy extra-curricular life without sacrificing their work or their sense for what is fun and funny."
Reflections about St. Anne's Episcopal School from Our Graduates
Jiya (Dover, DE)
"As an eighth-grader, it seems as if this part of our future is a very long way to go. We have all changed so much from the young kids we once were, whose main concern was deciding which friend to have a sleepover with and just wanted to move on. I can confidently say that the class of 2018 is going to go out into the real world and do amazing things. But I can also say that the journey we traveled to get here is something that should never be forgotten."
What is your favorite memory from a time in the Lower School? I really liked reading at the Christmas concert in Kindergarten. I also loved the 2nd-grade talent show.
What sports, clubs, and activities did you participate in during middle school? What did you learn? I participated in field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, math league, and student council. I learned how to balance athletics with academics, and also how to be a good leader.
How do you want your teachers, classmates and young students to remember you? I hope they remember me as a positive, good leader. I also hope I leave happy memories in the minds of everyone I leave behind.
What was your favorite class in Middle School and why? My two favorite classes in Middle School were Mrs. Wolinski's science class and Mrs. Bromley's English class. I believe that I not only learned the most in these classes but from these two women.
What are your hopes and dreams for your future? I hope to be successful at Wilmington Charter, and then proceed to become a general, cardiovascular or neurosurgeon.
Stanley (Middletown, DE)
"Looking back at the past three years, it seemed to have been brief, too brief. It only seems like yesterday that I was launching rockets with Mr. Cooper and meditating with Mrs. Bromley. Have we really come to the end? Of course not. We are but in the beginning. St Anne's was an important, perhaps essential, stepping stone in our lives. Soon, this Class of 2018 will, upon this very stage, receive a diploma issuing the end of the beginning and declaring the beginning of a new greatness. With passion, we will strive to gain even more knowledge, as well as using what we have learned to help out others along the way. I now say, without a doubt, that St. Anne's has not only prepared us for the toughest obstacles but have also given us a place in which we have matured and grown both physically as well as mentally. I declare my journey a success."
What was your favorite class in Middle School and why? I liked all of them but one of my favorites was Social Studies because we were able to learn about the different cultures of other people on Earth.
Favorite Quote (St. Anne's teacher or published author) "Have a happy day!" -Mrs. Bromley
Describe a time at St. Anne's when you had to get out of your comfort zone. How did you feel? What did you learn? One time I went out of my comfort zone was when I ran for Student Council Secretary. I learned that it isn't as hard as I thought it would be to speak in front of over a hundred people.
Favorite book read while at St. Anne's. Why? To Kill a Mockingbird because it taught us many morals of life.
What are your hopes and dreams for your future? I hope to be able to graduate college and get a job I like.
Emma (Chesapeake City, MD)
"Taking leaps of faith while at St. Anne's also helped me find who I am. I would have never taken sports pictures if I did not just say "yes." I would have never talked in front of the entire school during chapel or shared my music if I did not just say "yes." The support of everyone I surround myself with has helped me change my perspective on life, and that is what I needed when I came here. Although I have not fully discovered who I am, I have found more coming here; my personality, my friends, and my values."
What sports, clubs, and activities did you participate in during middle school? What did you learn? Sports pictures, chapel council, basketball, and math league. I learned that there is no reason to get angry if something doesn't go your way.
What are your hopes and dreams for your future? I hope to be able to work with film, I dream of working as an animator at Pixar
Describe a time at St. Anne's when you had to get out of your comfort zone. How did you feel? What did you learn? Doing the ropes course last year on the overnight, it ended up really fun and I learned that the sky is the limit
Favorite Quote? "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Favorite book read while at St. Anne's. Why? The Alchemist, it has some really profound wisdom.
Amaan (Dover, DE)
"Now that our times at this special place are over, it is our job to be ourselves and make an impact in our new schools going forward. We have all been at St. Anne's for many years and now it is time to turn a page in our book and begin high school. Once the famous Dalai Lama said, "Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day." Our time at St. Anne's has been meaningful and it will stay with us wherever we go from here. Thank, you."
More About Amaan:
What is your favorite memory from a time in the Lower School?: I remember the feasts we had in 3rd grade. We were studying different cultures and after studying each culture we had food from that culture. It was fun to try new foods. We also made different toys and games from that country/culture and it was fun.
Favorite Quote: "Always Rebound"- Coach Elias
Describe a time at St. Anne's when you had to get out of your comfort zone. How did you feel? What did you learn?: When I did my TED talk in LA as I was kind of nervous to stand up in front of the class and give a presentation.
What do you want your teachers, classmates and young students to remember about you?: I want them to remember me as a fun, smart, athletic person who was a leader and tried to leave a good impact.
How will you spend your summer?: On a vacation in India, then having fun playing and swimming, and preparing for high school in any way, shape, or form.
Emily (Crumpton, MD)
- What sports, clubs, & activities did you participate in during middle school? What did you learn? I participated in lacrosse, basketball, math league, field hockey, and chorus. I learned how to work with other people and difficult situations.
What was your favorite class in Middle School? Why? History because it is cool learning about how we can learn from the people before us.
How would you like to be remembered by your teachers and classmates? I would like to be remembered as someone that a teacher would see as respectful and has experienced growth throughout my two years. One of my prouder accomplishments was our team going undefeated for lacrosse last season.
What was your favorite book read while at St. Anne's. Why? Night by Elie Wiesel because it was about real life experiences in WW2.
What are your hopes and dreams for your future? I hope to become a politician or a lawyer.
How will you spend your summer? Playing lacrosse and getting ready for Andover in the fall.
Luke (Dover, DE)
"Almost a decade ago, a short-haired, tiny kindergarten version of myself would have said, "It's just a school", but today, I realize that this is a place full of possibilities that has shaped me into the person I am today. During my almost decade at this school, I have many imperative lessons about responsibility and everyday life. Studying hard for exams and striving to receive "pesos" in Ms. Lee's Spanish class are some of the things that have taught me these lessons. St. Anne's has made me realize that it is important to surround yourself with good people, to make sure that you grasp every opportunity you are presented with, and live life to the fullest."
More About Luke:
How will you spend your summer?: Living at the beach
Favorite book read while at St. Anne's. Why?: House of the Scorpion because it was my kind of book
What are your hopes and dreams for your future?: Become a radiologist.
Describe a time at St. Anne's when you had to get out of your comfort zone. How did you feel? What did you learn?: Trying new sports. I learned that it is important to expand your horizons.
Addressing the class in his remarks, Head of School Peter Thayer added: "We know you are ready to excel and we urge you to take with you the values and ethics that you have developed here. On Monday's debrief following our visits to the Holocaust and African American Museums in D.C., we had what one of you described as a 'coming of age moment' as you reflected on the challenges in the world that lie before you. Your teachers and I shared our faith and hope in you that you will take the lessons learned at St. Anne's and make a difference in the world that you encounter in your new communities. Your compassion and respect for the dignity of every person were quite evident. I know I speak for all of your teachers over your years at St. Anne's as we wish you all the very best and Godspeed!"
Congratulations to all of the graduates of the Class of 2018!