Presenting the Class of 2019

On Tuesday, June 11, our entire community came together to celebrate the achievements of Lake Washington Girls Middle School's Class of 2019.

Photo by Dan DeLong P’19.

Photo by Dan DeLong P’19.

Señora Charito delivers the faculty address to the graduates and guests.

The Knowing of You

At this moment, there is a deep divide and a rumbling awakening happening in the world. The opportunity for change is palpable. Over and over again, you have heard the call to action...and you have leaned in to that call.

I have seen in you a passionate questioning of images defining beauty and success in the media.

I have seen in you an unshakable knowing that the ability to freely love and identify in a way that feels like home to you, is a human right.

I have seen in you a justified raging at the injustice and violence disproportionately impacting religious minorities and people of color.

I have seen in you a courageous journeying to better understand your individual privilege and your place within the systems making the rules.

I have seen in you a defiant understanding of your intellect and your rightful place within all institutions.

I have seen in you a desire to stand up, to use your voice, and to act. And have continuously been in awe of the way you grapple with concepts that require a level of introspection and vulnerability most people do not dare expose.

So here is my call to action for you, my deepest wish for you all: Be brave. Be brave enough and radical enough to be present for your own life experience in the same way you are present for others. You see, your power is in the knowing of YOU.

Your power is in the ability to love every freckle, a strand of hair, square inch of skin, and curve, of YOU. It is only then that you can identify the pressures and fabricated standards imposed by others.

Your power is in valuing yourself enough to know that you are deserving of being treated equitably. It is only then that you will able to identify the inequities around you.

Your power is in unapologetically being able to recognize and savor joyful moments in the same way you pause for sorrow. It is only then that you are able to truly connect with the human experience and recognize the full scope of humanity in others.

Your power is in knowing your worth so deeply that you are not defined by, but rather lifted by, both praise and criticism. It is only then that you will be able to celebrate the triumphs and contributions of others equally to yours.

Your power is in recognizing that being still and taking time to breathe and notice the richness of your senses and the business of your mind allows you to engage in your life more intentionally. It is only then that you can notice the offerings of nature, notice the discomfort of facing a personal bias, and notice the smallest gesture of love.

Your power is in focusing on what truly reflects your values and beliefs, not on what or who is in the spotlight. It is only when you do NOT equate importance with who or what gets more attention by others, or who or what is the loudest in the room, or who or what is the latest trend, that you are able to build authentic relationships, recognize the value of what you and others bring to the table, and act in a way that aligns with your truth.

Your power is in owning every single one of your strengths with pride and your challenges without judgement. It is only when you own all of you that you can partner with others in a way that makes everyone better.

Your power is in freely and frequently expressing GRATITUDE, so much gratitude, and in persistently and consistently practicing SELF-COMPASSION. It is only by appreciating the multitude of gifts that life gives you (tiny and big ) that you are not held hostage by jealousy and feeling less than, and it is only by treating yourself with kindness and care that you can practice true compassion towards others--because then you know what it feels like.

Working on understanding, loving, and accepting YOU is not selfish it is powerful. I believe with all of me that every single one of you has just what is needed to make those around you feel connected and included. You have what is needed to notice injustices and speak uncomfortable truths. You have what is needed to embrace joy and express gratitude. You have what is needed to bridge the deep divides and fuel the rumbling awakening of the time.

So my call to action is not a small request: Be courageous, be daring, and be radical enough to invest in the knowing of YOU.

Photo by Dan DeLong P’19.

Ella
Cleveland High School

Marcellas
Garfield High School

Viviana
The Northwest School

Lola
Garfield High School

Amritha
Garfield High School

Kaitlin
Cleveland High School

Stella
Ingraham High School

Ella
Seattle Academy

Gretchen
The Bush School

Annabelle
The Northwest School

Kate
Lakeside School

Seneca
Garfield High School

Simon
Franklin High School 

Alex
Ballard High School 

Hi’ilei
Bishop Blanchet High School

Jacqueline
Daegu International School

Else
Franklin High School

Rosie
The Northwest School

Zoe
Ingraham High School 

Olivia
The Bush School

Imogen
Roosevelt High School

Grey
University Preparatory School

Nina
Bishop Blanchet High School

Zoë
The Downtown School

Ava
Franklin High School

LaMaya
Franklin High School

Beatriz
Cleveland High School 

Sofia
Garfield High School

Romi
Franklin High School

Clara
Garfield High School

Julia
Holy Names Academy

Kaylee
Franklin High School

Eva
Roosevelt High School

Syd
Franklin High School

Sadie

West Seattle High School

Ali
Lakeside School

Kohana
Garfield High School

Thank you to Dan DeLong P’19 for taking pictures of the event! Head on over to Smugmug to see them all.