Senior Presentation 2018

In a ceremony almost as old as St. Johns itself, the Class of 2019 was presented to the community today in what is known simply as Senior Presentation.

The seniors started off the day with a beautiful brunch at Winterbourne Inn. It was an opportunity for them to spend time together as a class. A few faculty sponsors and administrators joined them, along with brunch speaker Mr. Rod Fisher, but otherwise it was just the Class of 2019. They hung out, talked about their shared experiences, and took a lot of photos.

Then this afternoon, in the Performing Arts Center, came their actual presentation—the presentation of each member of the class to the community in recognition of their coming of age.

A new tradition emerged this year, in which the members of the Class of 2019 themselves voted on the Senior Presentation speaker, Mr. Pat Rodifer, who talked with them about risk and the importance of taking them. After outlining a few risks he has taken in his own life, Mr. Rodifer entreated them never to stop taking risks with their lives and experiences, striving even though they risk failure. To sum it up, he quoted “To Risk,” by William Arthur Ward:

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out to another is to risk involvement,

To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return,

To live is to risk dying,

To hope is to risk despair,

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

He may avoid suffering and sorrow,

But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.

Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

The pessimist complains about the wind;

The optimist expects it to change;

And the realist adjusts the sails.

 

Finally, Mrs. Fisher presented the class with these words:

As a teacher I present you to the academic world that you may enter it and meet its demands honorably and successfully.

As your Headmaster I present you to your schoolmates so that they may accept you and look up to you as their leaders and their shining example.

As your friend I present you to your parents so that they may accept you as adults who have come into their own and who are to be dealt with from henceforth on an equal basis.

As your fellow human being I present to you your calling in life that you may always have the wisdom to recognize it and the strength to live up to the divine calling in your life. 

 

Members of the St. Johns Country Day School Class of 2019 include:

William Casey Albright

Corey John McDaniels

Isabelle Alice Amacker

Lane Inglis Montgomery

Sergio Miguel Arellano

Sydney Rae Morris

Linsey Morgan Arnett

Eli Robert Morton

Ashton Douglas Correia

Alexander John Mosborg

Crystian Edward DeMonbreun

Avery Livingston Myers

Caroline Elizabeth Dinkins

Aaron Christopher Mylrea

Henry Southward Dinkins

Ruichen Ni

Brianna Michelle Enter

Jenny Gabrielle Pack

Katharine Elizabeth Fackler

Orisa Paresh Patel

Nicholas Shane Ferris

Tvisha Pankaj Patel

Nicholas Martin Glassman

Tucker Logan Price

David Michael Gonzales

Tyler Quinn Rodriguez

Maylee Alaine Gouin

Nicholas Payne Rogers

Micah Aleksander Gouin

Sarah Alise Schemer

Jack Todd Henry

Garhett William Sessions

George Walker Hentschel

Diana Christina Shaykh

Jett Reed Isley

Wyatt Michael Smith

Cian Lince Jacob

Rachel Nicole Thompson

Benjamin Joseph Kailes

Jack Wesley Tolbert

Tyler Christopher Kuramoto

Tyler Thomas Townsend

Patrick Robert Lindholm

Sabreanna Marie Unger

Madison Morgan Livingston

Brady Sasser Walden

Kamryn Bryn Loustau

Payton Elisabeth Walton

Meredith Jayne Maierhoffer

Kai Wang

Aaron Hogshead Makar

Madeleine Kate Wilkes

Jared Robert Marsano

Matthew Charles Wolf

Jazmin Anne Mateo

Michael Vaughan Wyatt

Adam Christopher Maytin