MyESD: A TRIBUTE TO THE ESD EXPERIENCE
Seniors in the Class of 2019 are sharing some of their top learning experiences. No doubt, a difficult choice!
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TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Senior Retreat
Every time we take a class trip out there, it is always a relaxing break away from the craziness of school. Every trip is meaningful and integrates all of the gifts that Wolf Run has to offer. Not only have I been out on class trips, but I also have gone out there the last two summers for our football retreat. It's a place of unity, and being away from the city for a couple of hours or even days is comforting.
I got to know people in my grade that I hadn’t really known as well before and it has truly made this year so much fun. The lectures from Mr. Heil and Mr. Baad really helped us understand the role we have as seniors. I feel like going on this retreat really helped our grade come together as one. I am so happy that we had this opportunity to spend time with each other and become closer.
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: ETHICS CLASS
My favorite experience at ESD is my Ethics with Mr. Cupp, because each day has been filled with discussions where I could share my opinions on various ethical frameworks or scenarios while having my prior beliefs challenged by my classmates. Mr. Cupp helped facilitate the most meaningful conversations where I began to challenge how I came to the decisions I made in the past and how I would like to make decisions in the future.
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: LESSONS AND CAROLS
Performing at Lessons and Carols is special because we are able to use our talent to give back to the ESD community and connect them with the holiday. - Emma
O Holy Night is a very important part of the Lessons and Carols tradition at ESD, so when Mr Snyder asked Emma and I to sing it together, I was more than happy to oblige. It's a very special experience for an outgoing senior, and I think it's especially appreciated by the senior class, as it's almost a representation of the class itself. - Christopher
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: AP RESEARCH CLASS
AP research with Dr. Boberg has been my favorite class at ESD. I love AP Research because it allows me to formulate my own opinions and argue my ideas freely. In class, we get to create our own research project and conduct a study, which has the potential to be published. The class is really intriguing and keeps me on my toes on a day-to-day basis.
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: MYTHOLOGY CLUB
My favorite experience on campus is the Mythology Club; ever since I was little I have loved mythology. The club has been an amazing opportunity to further my understanding of cultures from around the world. Each meeting has a theme and every member brings a myth, which allows us to see one particular aspect of mythology from all different perspectives. The Mythology Club has helped develop skills that have helped me in class, such as the ability to analyze and make connections between pieces of literature. This Club is important on campus because it has the potential to combat intolerance by teaching people about different cultures. I have a feeling I will always remember the things I learned and the friendships I made in the Mythology Club.
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: FIRST GRADE BUTTERFLIES
One of my most distinct memories from lower school is raising butterflies in my first grade classroom. We had a big green net for the butterflies to live in and we were able to watch them go through metamorphosis and transform in front of our wondering eyes. With being able to witness this it has given me a special appreciation for monarch butterflies and the beauty that they bring to the world, the joy they brought to my first grade class, and the special memories of my lower school experience.
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: PASS IT ON
One of my favorite memories of my ESD experience is our Pass It On ceremony. It's such an awesome experience to share with upperclassmen and now my brother. This year, Pass It On will be even more memorable for my brother and I because we will both be moving onto the next chapter of our lives. The best part is that we get to share that experience with each other, which I think is priceless.
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: LOWER SCHOOL GYM
The Lower School gym is one of the most vivid memories I have about the lower school. I looked forward to going to the gym every day to play different games with my classmates and do some form of physical exercise. Some of the most memorable things we did was Jungle Day and a game called Star Wars. Jungle Day was a special day that only happened a few times a year when the whole gym was transformed into a jungle atmosphere where we could climb over and under different obstacles. Star Wars was a memorable game we would play in the dark that incorporated dodgeball and teamwork that I also enjoyed. Overall, the lower school gym holds many memories from my time there where I had the most fun and became closer with my friends.
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS AWARD
One of my favorite experiences at ESD was becoming the recipient of the Mary Elizabeth Williams award and receiving Mary's cross in fourth grade along with my friend, Clayton Mulford. Every year, Clayton and I go back to the Lower School to recognize the two new recipients who possess excelled qualities of leadership, character, and academics. This award constantly reminds me to live out the qualities that former ESD parent and teacher, Mary Elizabeth Williams, possessed. I will forever be grateful to the Williams family for this honor that made my years at ESD so special.
TOP LEARNING EXPERIENCE: SIXTH GRADE D.C. TRIP
The 6th grade D.C. trip was one of my favorite memories at ESD. We went to several national landmarks such as the Capitol, White House, Mount Vernon, and the Newseum. However, my favorite place that we visited on the trip was the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Seeing all the aerospace exhibits, like the Wright Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, and J3 Cub (the same model my grandad used to fly my family around in) sparked my interest in aviation. Today, I have just gotten my Pilot's License and I have to think that my experience at the Air and Space Museum on the 6th grade D.C. trip sparked something within me to get it.
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