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Ben’s Graduation Speech

Categories: Adolescent Program / Fan Mail / For Parents / Why Montessori

Please take a moment and read through Ben’s remarks, which he gave during our Recognition Ceremony in May.  Each year, our Adolescent Community (Junior High) graduates are asked to give a short speech during the Recognition Ceremony.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing their words.  

“Today is the day I leave Wheaton Montessori School.  But before I go, I’d like to thank all of my amazing teachers.  For as long as I’ve been at WMS, learning has been something to look forward to.  I’ve been allowed to explore my interests – from building model tornadoes to detonating hydrogen.

Thank you John-Marc, for always being there to help me understand.  Whatever it is I’m learning about, be it electron orbitals, the human body, or even cooking, you’ve been there to guide me to the answers I need.    Even if it’s while you’re snacking on the extra lemons…

Thank you, Kelly, during this last year, for being that super cool math teacher who’s always ready to teach me more about the crazy world of math.

Thank you, Ms. Searcy, for always being so enthusiastic about helping me learn, and for being objectively the best Softee Hockey referee.

Thank you, Mrs. Fortun, for being just as supportive, kind, and patient with me.

Mrs. Lingo: you weren’t directly my teacher, but thank you as well, for being an awesome principal, helping me learn botany and gardening, and making this awesome school I attend possible.

Next I’d like to thank my peers and friends for making this experience so much fun.  I’m going to miss you all.  I’ll never forget the time than in the middle of our weekly seminar, on a Friday, I burst out with, ‘It’s 2:04 on a Wednesday!’.”  Mostly because they remind me every other day.  And as a result, the clock in the basement was permanently set to 2:04.  I’m going to miss the impressive fruit-spitting, Matt falling out of his chair in the mornoing, and all the cool lunches you guys pick out and cook.  You are some of the most talented, smartest people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.  So thank you.

Last, but not least, I’d like to thank my parents, for providing me the opportunity to attend this amazing school, for supporting me when I need it, teaching me life lessons, and being with me every step of the way, even when I’m maybe no so thrilled about it.  Thanks, Mom and Dad.

Goodbye, John-Marc and Kelly, and all of my other awesome teachers.  Goodbye to my amazing friends! Goodbye WMS… for now. I’ll make sure to stop by and visit if I have time….

Ben, out.”

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