The following text is Taylor’s 8th grade graduation speech from May 19, 2011.
There are so many words that describe the students of University School of the Lowcountry: smart, curious, affable, genuine, and hard working are just a few. Mr. Kreutner has helped us create a sense of community, and this community is what I will miss the most. We are all here for each other in good times and bad; we know each other so well we practically know what someone is going to say before they even say it. The students are not the only ones that are in our tightly woven community, so are the parents and teachers.
No matter when you decide to come to USL, you are changed by your experiences here. One of my favorite memories was leading a team in the Walk for Water this year. If in 6th grade you told me that I would be doing this, I would have told you were crazy. Team USL raised $3,075, and we had 26 members in are team form ages 3 to 65. As for me I raised $1,670 and was one of the top fundraisers in the entire walk including adult leaders.
Attending USL has been one of the best experiences that I have ever had; but I would never have gotten this far if it were not for my teachers and my parents. My parents paid for this education, and I believe it was money well spent. Thank you, teachers. You taught me and prepared me for next year, and I’m not worried about academics; I’m actually worried it’s going to be too easy in some classes!
Thank you Mom, Dad, Ashton, and Gage for helping me get through USL. You stayed up with me all night in 6th grade helping me try to finish my homework, and in 8th grade you listened to me complain about how I did not want to leave. My time at USL has been a highlight of my life so far.
University School of the Lowcountry – Class of 2011
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