The Fourth Estate

Dear Seniors

Sonya Kotley

Sonya Kotley

This is always a bittersweet time of year for me, as I start to mourn the impending departure of the senior class while warmly watching their excitement build as they realize just how close they are to this long-anticipated commencement. I am feeling this bittersweet emotion strongly with each of you. You are a class with big hearts, courageous wills, genuine characters and soaring spirits. When I think of all the magnificent experiences that await you, I begin to burst with elation for you. There is so much out there to discover and behold!

Life is filled with many amazing opportunities. Being such a talented and well-rounded group, you will, without a doubt, be presented with an abundance of them. Having so many choices can sometimes make your decisions even more difficult. Be confident you will find meaning and reward in whichever path you choose. There are treasures everywhere you wander. The power to find and appreciate those treasures lies within each of you. Take the time to fully appreciate the fortunes you do have and savor all the joys this life has to offer.

Make happiness a priority in your life. People take different roads in their search for happiness, so try not to compare yourself to others. True happiness really does come from within. Apply the abilities you already possess, and keep challenging your mind and body with something new. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, as this is where some of the greatest experiences are had. Always keep your mind open and tolerant, by pushing negativity out and embracing optimism. Never lose the desire to learn and grow. In your pursuit of happiness, seek balance and strive for your own self-fulfillment. While fostering your own growth, remain present and engaged in the world around you. Let others inspire, guide and support you.

Your class, with all of its awesome and unique personalities, is so beautifully united and connected, like one large loving family. Over the years, the interactions I’ve witnessed amongst you have involved so much kindness, empathy, altruism, and generosity. I have seen you share with one another the warmest of smiles as well as the most heartfelt tears of sympathy and compassion. Continue to embrace, nurture and cherish your relationships – both old and new. Continue to spread that selfless love, as it can be the greatest gift to someone. Know that the small things do matter and can have incredible impacts. Each of you has impacted my life, leaving me brighter and lighter. I will miss your shining faces and lively spirits greatly, but I am comforted by the thought of your venturing out into the world where you will touch so many other lives.

With love & warmth,

Ms. Roarty

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