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The winter came quickly, and it was time for me to try out with other players. At that time, my skating skills were still lingering at the unable-to-stop level; however, I still tried to go as fast as I could when we were skating laps around the rink. I loved the feeling of the cool air passing by my skin. For a brief second, my mind believed that I was a pro skater, and I saw a player clearing the puck in front of the net. Obviously, I was going to skate around him and try to impress Mr. Gagnon, but instead, I skated in a straight line right into him. I knocked him on his back, and his glasses went on the ice. I was in shock and didn’t know what to say, so I just sat there and looked at him awkwardly. Gags didn’t say anything either, besides gesturing me to go back to skating. After the practice that day, I was like, “I am so getting cut from the team.” For the entire night, I was brainstorming other sports that I could play during winter, and I was pretty upset because I love being on the ice. The next time when I showed up to practice, Gags acted like nothing had happened, so I continued practicing with the team. I put my best effort out there every single time I stepped out on the ice, and I dressed for every single game. People ask me why put in the effort to dress if you know you’re not going to play. I told them if warm-up is five minutes, that’s five more minutes on ice.

Windsor Mountain Orientation, freshman year.

with many faculty and earned respect from my peers. During my sophomore year, I wanted to try something new for my winter sport. Although I had never skated in my life, ice hockey appeared to be a fun sport. People on the team refer to themselves as the JV Bears, and Mr. Gagnon (Jared Gagnon ’03) — we call him “Gags” —- is the coach. I found him in the gym with a beanie hat on, jamming out to Taylor Swift. I told him about my idea of playing hockey. He said he would love to have me on the team and I should definitely try out. I started practicing skating with Tyler Poulin ’18 on the weekends, and he was nice enough to teach me how to move forward, how to turn, and how to speed. Surprising, I learned pretty quickly, but I skated like a car with no brakes, because I didn’t have time to learn how to stop.

You may wonder where this mentality is coming from. Well, without the support and influence of my parents, I would never become the person I am today. As many of you are here to support your children, my parents are not here today, but their influence on me has made a huge contribution to my growth at LA. My grades weren’t the best my freshman year, but my mom told me as long as I put my best effort out there, report cards are just numbers. It doesn’t represent what kind of person you are, and who you are trying to become. I carried those words with me over the years and try to give 100 percent in everything that I do. Overall, the LA community offers students many opportunities to thrive and grow. I am thankful for all of those who have helped me with my journey here at LA, and I am most thankful that my parents will see me again turn and wave to them, after I receive my diploma. There, the tears may fall again because I will be saying goodbye to this home for the last four years.

Graduation, 2018.

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Academy Journal, Fall 2018  

Lawrence Academy's annual alumni magazine.

Academy Journal, Fall 2018  

Lawrence Academy's annual alumni magazine.