here if not for his truly unique brand of love and support. One of Mr. Baglio’s legacies will be this amazing community he helped establish.
I know I could list many achievements for each member of this wonderful class. We, as students, have hidden talents and Eagle Hill makes it possible for us to unfold them.
In the land of misfit toys, at an age where kids in the best of circumstances are moody and unpredictable, Eagle Hill created this COMMUNITY where we felt safe to grow, make mistakes, take risks, and think big! We have had the opportunity to do community service, create our own honors projects, take the stage, throw a Frisbee, and learn from our mistakes... if you know what I mean.
My parting message to the Class of 2013 is as follows: As alumni of Eagle Hill School, or soon-to-be alumni, it is now our turn to support the school in its mission. To paraphrase a line from Dr. PJ McDonald’s “Letter from the Headmaster” on the school’s website (the line I had read to myself three long years ago)
As it turns out, they really meant what they said on the website! Everyone here really believes that it is their “responsibility as educators to identify, celebrate, and support each student in capitalizing on his or her individual genius.” There are many of us here today that have an individual genius; for example, Adrian Plaisance went above and beyond in the act of managing Eagle Hill’s first “Center’s Got Talent” show. Ian Mellin not only is a peer tutor, but also has outstanding academic skills. This year Kathryn Brower made a runway-worthy dress out of old books and sheets of music. Richard Gengel is one of the hardest workers when it comes to being behind the scenes in Tech Theater. Mrs. Donovan even trusts him to teach her class on occasion. If I had the time
“It is our responsibility (as alumni) to celebrate, and support however we can (the members of the Eagle Hill community) in capitalizing on their individual genius.” So be proud of your accomplishments today; ask yourself if there is something you can do to give back to this wonderful community as you move on to great things. Be sure to acknowledge and give your teachers a big hug and thank you before you leave, and sit tall on the back of your elephant and remember to “Do what is right. Always.”
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The Compendium is a magazine published yearly by Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA.