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John’s Graduation Speech

Categories: Adolescent Program / Events / For Parents

Please take a moment and read through John V.’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.  


“Thank you for everything.  Throughout my time in the school, I have felt welcome, accepted, and cared for by the staff and other students.  I’ve felt this throughout my entire school career, but even more so in the last few years, where I’ve gone through some bad times.  Since I started here at two-and-a-half, I’ve always felt safe in this environment, and I feel like the administration is always ready to help students or to pass the baton to someone who is better equipped for the situation.  I feel so incredibly privileged that I was able to attend a school who taught me in such a beneficial way, with hands-on learning, mutual respect and trust, the personalization of learning, and not just the “know-how” of the work, but the why.


Awhile ago, I was in the kitchen with John-Marc and I was talking about how much I was feeling about high school.  He then told me that I’ve gotten so much life experience here, and I’ve been prepared for that environment so much that if they can do it, so can I.  I feel like I’ve gotten so much life experience here.


I feel like students from all walks of life are able to feel welcome in this closely-knit community.


Wheaton Montessori is like a second home to me, and I’ve become better at handling relationships with my three branches of family; my mom’s side, my dad’s side, and my Montessori side.


For any parents in the audience on the fence about staying for a later year, I would suggest staying until ninth (grade), because that’s when all of the previous years start to really set in as you take the reins and become a leader in the field of soap-making, beekeeping, and even setting up new things.  Ninth grade here is when authority begins, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world, and as a Wheaton Montessori student, who stuck to it all the way through, I can say that at least ONE of my high school years was amazing.”