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Final Words from the Class of 2017

Oakhill has always been a second home to me, the place where I have gone to school for 12 years. When you have the school family and experiences that we have sitting right here, time flies. This group of young adults has always had my back no matter what. I cannot remember a time that I left Oakhill thinking that I had a bad day because whatever bad happened throughout the day, my friends made it better with laughs and good times.

With our class, we have always been close like family. We have had a lot of good times, and a few silly arguments. For example, when we were in fourth grade, we argued the whole year about which animal was better, camels or penguins. I guess that was one of those moments where it seemed important at the time, but later in life, we will look back on that moment and laugh… in case you are wondering, we came to the obvious conclusion that penguins are better.

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.

I made many friendships throughout my years at Oakhill, but one person who has always been there with me is Stuart. Stuart and I became friends our first year at Oakhill where we met hiding under the table from our teacher Mrs. Ferris. In the third grade, we told everyone that we were “ex-cousins,” which is not actually a thing, but somehow, everyone believed us. In reality, I think of all the boys in our class as brothers, it is great to have the bond that we developed.

Some of my greatest memories from Oakhill did not come from the classroom. These memories come from Kids’ Club with the old gang which consisted of Derrick, Zach (aka. Packo), Coach Ziggy, and Mr. Hall. Times were always a blast. One of my most memorable years at Oakhill was third grade, taught by the most famous teacher at Oakhill… Mrs. Wills. Mrs. Wills taught us to not only get good grades, but also to do everything the right way. We spent our whole first week of school learning the right way to sit in our chairs and to hold our pencils. Mrs. Wills is great and I love that woman with all my heart. Even though she is not teaching anymore, I will miss seeing her in the hallways and giving her hugs.

Now in our eighth grade year, we have become closer than ever. That will make it so much harder to leave this group, but I am excited to keep in touch with them and with Oakhill in the future. So now, I will leave you with a quote from C.S. Lewis, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” I remember looking up to the eight graders thinking it was so far away, wishing I could be them. Now I wish I could have that time back.

Excerpt from the 2017 Class Speakers' Graduation remarks. Braden Robertson was selected by his peers to represent the class during this year's Graduation Ceremony. Next year, Braden will be attending Staley High School.


Photo Credit: Walker Whimsical Images

Posted by M. McDaniel in Middle School Years, Alumni on Monday June, 5, 2017
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