A few months ago, I was speaking at Commencement, reflecting on three years at MHS, wishing classmates well, and thanking faculty and staff for believing in me and helping me grow. Fast-forward to November 2016. I have since settled in at Keene State College, and all of my classes are going really well. I am enjoying chemistry and health and wellness the most, because those are related to my major, exercise science. I feel extremely well prepared for all of my classes because Miss Hall's gave me a very strong foundation.
Enrolling at MHS as a sophomore, I was excited, but nervous, and not sure what to expect. I met a lot of people through soccer, so I had friends, and that helped in a new school. I had also always pushed myself academically, so the transition was not too bad. Where I really noticed the challenge was in class participation and using my voice. That was something I wanted to improve.
It happened gradually. Freshman Spanish at public school had about thirty students. At MHS, there were a dozen girls in my class. I had to participate. As I gained confidence in that class, it spread to other areas. In athletics, I always led by example, and did not use my voice a lot, but being elected a varsity basketball captain my first year helped me see that I could be a leader in a different way.
Junior year was a transition year. I started speaking out more in class, and I ran for Athletic Association co-Head. I was on Student Council and led Athletic Association meetings, which were relaxed, so I was comfortable leading the group. That helped in senior Horizons and Digital Storytelling, when we interviewed teen girls and recorded podcasts about their experiences in today’s society. I also felt comfortable as Class President, leading meetings—and delivering a Commencement address.
I wouldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for Miss Hall’s and the opportunities I had. I’m proud of how I’ve learned to use my voice—whether in athletics, in my classes, or in Horizons. I hope you will support the Annual Fund for Miss Hall’s School so that more girls will have these opportunities.