FROM THE HEAD
Every school year it is our great privilege and joy to partner with parents in educating their children. The Dunn School faculty and staff set the example for the graduates and all students at both Dunn Middle School and Dunn High School. I am proud to be associated with such a fine group of people. Their integrity, commitment, and decency set the example for our students to follow. I am extraordinarily proud of the graduating Class of 2013. They are an incredible group of students and they will be greatly missed on this campus. They represent the mission achieved; they are ready to climb the next mountain. While their personal achievements and accomplishments are many, I am most struck by how strong they became as a group...all of the same people who started their senior year together finished together, and matured into amazing young adults.
Head of School Mike Beck congratulates Tashima Richter-Valdes on winning the Peckham Family Girls’ Soccer Trophy in addition to the Sportsmanship Trophy and making the Honor Roll.
From feature films like “Norovirus 2012” starring Chris Osburn, to making CIF playoffs in five sports (football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer, boys’ volleyball and boys’ baseball, returning to the state semi-finals for the third consecutive year), their carpe diem spirit has forever left an imprint on this great institution. With acceptances from Berkeley to Boston University, from the University of Washington to Wesleyan, UCLA to the Art Institute of Chicago, this class achieved an impressive college list for our underclass students to attain. On the stage they inspired us, through art and music they demonstrated great passion, in service to others–from raising money for cancer research to building homes for the homeless– they taught us humility. They reminded us to take joy in the simple things – by being silly, by being kind, by being nice to each other – by being yourself. They were intentional toward Dunn School’s mission, and taught all of us happiness and joy in the process. In the end, the Class of 2013 became leaders – they knew what was right and did what is right. To the rising seniors, juniors and sophomores...I charge you to find your passion in life. For most of us, passion comes from our life stories. By finding the meaning of key events in life and reframing them, you can understand what your passions are. For some, a transformative event in their lives awakens them to seeing what their passions are. Passion can be found in great joy or great sorrow...great excitement or great anger....great burden or great love. For others, finding their passion requires letting go of their security blankets and stepping back from the expectations others have of them.
Graduation highlights will be featured in the upcoming edition of the Alumni Newsletter. To make sure you receive your copy, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What will happen when you find your passion? You will naturally become a leader. When you are pulled to something that matters to you a great deal...when you are drawn to a cause that captures your heart and mind – you will know your passion and leadership will follow. To all of our outstanding students – well done and blessing upon you!
COVER STORY Wilderness Warriors – Dunn students venture into the outdoors for education of a different kind.