One of Dublin School's many traditions requires that every senior deliver a presentation during their final year at the school. Two years ago a group of faculty stepped forward to volunteer to work with individual students to help them craft their presentations. Today senior presentations are much anticipated events and seniors work for days to come up with an idea that reveals a little or big part of who they are to the larger community. I love that the ninth graders up in the top rows of the Shonk Recital Hall get to hear stories about how the seniors overcame struggles, tried new things, enjoyed success, or made mistakes and learned from them. They learn that is okay to have and pursue a passion in life. They see how an individual can overcome a fear of speaking in public and they get three years to plan their own story.
This morning senior Leah Star had us in stitches! She spoke to us about her passion for romantic fiction and took us through some of the more successful formulas that authors use to get our attention. She then told a story about how after she went through surgery my very own assistant, Anne Mackey, encouraged her to write her own stories. Leah read from the novella that she ended up writing and had the audience in the palm of her hand. The students kept asking her questions after the presentation because they did not want to see her stop talking.
I am so proud of Leah for developing a passion and for having the courage to stand up in front of our community and share her joy.