Letter from the student body president

As the first semester draws to a close, we’re reminded that every ending paves the way for hope, new beginnings, and new opportunities. 

As a school, in the first semester we have grown in our character, grit, and self empowerment. Now it is time to take a step further into discovering what our collective integrity will look like at the end of the year. 

How do we gauge the strength of our integrity and determine our success at the end of the year? Success begins within, where one must take a self-reflective approach, acknowledging both the highlights and areas for growth, and objectively evaluating their experiences over the course of the year. 

The wise man accepts his pain, endures it, but does not add to it.

Marcus Aurelius

The wise man accepts his pain, endures it, but does not add to it.” Marcus Aurelius—who was referred to as one of the five good emperors of the Roman empire, and, as a philosopher, known for maintaining relative peace and stability—believed that in order to succeed, you have to be willing to recognize your pain. Find it in yourself to get rid of the bad habits, keep in touch with your mental health, stay on top of your school work, and stay in touch with the student body by joining a new club,  or showing out for a sporting event. 

As the year draws to a close, our success will be determined by the level of commitment and discipline we demonstrate in serving our community. Holding ourselves and each other accountable for our actions and upholding our values will be key indicators of our progress and success. As Dean of Students Mr. Kolade said earlier this year, just as in sports we have to finish strong and stay motivated all the way through: the same applies to our lives. As we enter the latter half of the school year, it’s crucial to maintain our motivation and remain focused on what truly matters.