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Matt’s Graduation Speech

Categories: General Knowledge Fund

Please take a moment and read through Matt’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.  

“Since I was a young kid, I have attended Wheaton Montessori School, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

One of the reasons I am so grateful is due to the fact that I was not a well-behaved kid.  In fact, I can remember times where I would blatantly disregard the rules.  Whether it was for attention for for some other reason, it didn’t matter to the teachers here.  There was nothing I could do that would make the teachers turn against me, and no matter what, they always had my best interests in mind.

In fact, I remember one time in the elementary classroom, after I had done something to get myself in serious trouble, the teacher in that environment helped compose a system in which if I were to reach a certain point where I didn’t feel I could control myself, or was putting the safety of myself or others at risk, I would just go take a walk or go play with Olive (the school dog) for a bit.  Back then, I didn’t realize how much this system demonstrated how much the school and staff here care, but I do now, and let me just say that I am incredibly grateful for it.

For it is because of this school, and systems like these, that I have made friendships that have transcended the limits of school and will continue through the foreseeable future.

So, I just want to take a minute to thank my teachers:

First, thank you to Mrs. Berdick and Mrs. Maldonado for taking care of me and providing the foundation of my learning here.

Second, I’d like to thank Ms. Searcy and Mrs. Fortun for putting up with and teaching me everything from the grammar boxes to why mitochondria are in fact the “powerhouse” of the cell.

Thirdly, I’d like to thank Kelly and John-Marc for providing me with some of the most information-filled, fun-filled, and growth-filled years of my life.

And fourthly, all the other staff here: whether or not you’ve taught me directly, I doubt there’s a time I could go to any one of you and you wouldn’t have my best interests in mind.

And last, but certainly not least, I’d like to thank my parents for finding such an amazing school and sending me here.

So, everyone I just mentioned, thank you.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”