Today was a special day. I didn’t realize it until it happened. I am graduating, what I perceive to be, my first NHS class. I’ve been here for 4 years, but it feels different this time. Maybe it’s because I’m leaving too, but I don’t think so. This is the first group that I have had a chance to see grow and mature.
These young men and women have influenced me as much as I hope I have influenced them. They have helped shaped my philosophy and are the true inspiration for my dissertation. Although I have already decided on my dedication, I can’t help but want to include them as well. We have accomplished great things together – most of all I hope we have established a bond that will connect us for many years to come.
Crystal, Scott, Allison – your first visit – but you believed in yourselves and me. Thank you for taking the journey with me. I hope you think about it in the future and let me know how it has influenced you.
Alex – a shy sophomore in my CPBio class, 2 year researcher – dedicated to a strong work ethic in spite of his challenges – has grown so much I can’t imagine the amazing changes. I hope he stays strong, passionate and dedicated.
Maricate – a crying junior who got kicked out of AP Bio for the wrong prereqs and got sent my way. So hard working, yet cautious – works so hard and is the CT Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner – wins me a trip to Atlanta too. I realize I am not alone in the universe when I meet all of the other amazing science research teachers. Where have you guys been hiding! This year – even more amazing work. She is my Type II error for the year. JSHS recognizes her amazing work. A bit of a snub at the CSF. Don’t let others put you down – be strong and confident. Ruth and I know what you have done.
Matt – failed my CPBio class, comes back and struggles to meet the expectations of the high school education expectations. He proves that he is worthy at the CSF – I know others are amazed. Matt will be on my mind for a long time to come – he is the disenfranchised. I’ve reached him at some level. How do we do more?
Drew – a freshman in a CPBio class – he’s got it – send him on to Honors Chem. Scoop him back junior year – win the Science Horizons – my first ISEFer. Continue the glory senior year. Drew there is so much to say – but I’ve said most of it in my ISEF letter last year. I meant every word. You very well may be the most influencial student in my life. Fly high cadet and remember your roots!
And even though they do not graduate – to my juniors – Dayton, Rebecca, Wesley, & Ivan – keep it up – you are Newtown’s finest.
So what does it all mean? Science research matters to me. It matters on so many more levels than the project. It is my legacy – these young men and women are my legacy. They are my Mr. Holland’s Opus. I must keep doing it strong and well – because it makes all the difference. These students are my research – they may not be my subjects – but they are the cause.
Oxford? Are you sure you’re ready?