Class of 2017 Student Commencement Speech

Lily Blyn, Class of 2017
Therese Lederer

Good morning friends and family. How did I begin at this school? My dad saw HVWS as a trade school that would teach me to be a self-sufficient hard worker on our organic farm. My mom, on the other hand, liked the philosophy of Waldorf education because it fosters a mindful well-rounded individual. For me, this school has been a close community of supportive people and a place where I could express myself through the arts.

I joined HVWS playgroup when I was one year old. I don’t have many memories from that time. In kindergarten though, I remember playing games, doing different arts with Ms. Laura and eating delicious snacks made by Ms. Carrie. Along with hours of play time and dressing up in silks, we always also had to do chores such as washing and drying our dishes and cleaning our classroom at the end of the week. At times, when I was a six years old, this seemed like a bad thing. But looking back, I know it taught me many necessary life skills.

Instead of just listening to facts and writing them down, at Waldorf School you draw pictures of the different things you learn. For me, all this art in my education was really enjoyable and came much easier than writing my thoughts down on paper. On field trips to museums we were always the weird Waldorf class, which sat down on the floor and started drawing something from the exhibit. We all didn’t always want to draw something but thinking back I can picture many of the drawings I have done of all different topics. Many of the most memorable drawings were the ones that didn’t turn out so well, ones that were challenging to draw.

The thing that has really made my eight grade school years so great though is all the wonderful people. Our class has almost become a family. We of course didn’t always all get along but we always knew that underneath it all at the root we would miss each other in these years ahead. Our time at HVWS is over, but what are not over are eleven friendships that will last a lifetime. And an education that we will have forever. We have enjoyed our time in the nutrient rich soil of Waldorf School, but know each of us is ready to blossom into the next journey ahead. I know we will all go our separate ways but that will never change our roots. So thank you all for being such wonderful classmates and friends. I know I will miss you all very much.

Lily will attend Shepaug High School next year. We will miss her and wish her much success.

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