Liam White Bids Milton Adieu
by Liam White on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
The first thing I want to say is thank you. For the past twelve months, this community of remarkable faculty, staff, administrators, admissions officers, coaches, parents, and, most importantly, students has provided me with incredible support during my tenure as head monitor. My role as a visible figure has helped enormously with my personal development. I am more organized and more conscious of the responsibilities I have agreed to take on. I am no longer afraid, whether this newfound courage applies to public speaking or simply to talking to someone new. Lastly, I think I have become a better listener, as I have learned to ask others how they are doing and then see how I can offer support. These skills make me a better leader— a word that gets tossed around a lot, sometimes too loosely.
Enough about myself, though. This job would have been impossibly difficult if my Co-Head Monitor, Cameron, was not there. From day one, she has relentlessly made fun of me and rolled her eyes at me, reminding me not to be too serious. I’ll miss working with you, Cammie.
Another group that I don’t think has gotten enough credit in general is the Class of 2014. Through the ups and downs of a long school year, my class has always been kind, caring deeply and never speaking ill of one another. I would have felt uncomfortable in the Head Monitor position had I not been confident that the Class of 2014 had my back the whole time. Younger grades, I hope you feel that we have set a good example for all of you to build upon. Each of your classes is an incredible, diversely talented group that you should be proud of; I have so much pride for the Class of 2014.
When I became Head Monitor last April, I wanted to give back to the school, but I did not realize that being Head Monitor would make me love Milton that much more. Hopefully you saw what Cam and I were going for when we implemented the Olympus teams this year. Yes, some events went better than others (no need to remind us about the tennis ball race debacle), but if you met someone new, got a nice Secret Santa gift, or contributed to a food or school supply drive, then for us, it was worth it. Thanks to all of you for a smooth opening of school, energetic Spirit Week, nearly flawless round of Gotcha, and the most successful food drive to date. It has been a pleasure serving all of you; you are all Stars of the Week.
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