From the Archives: The Milton Measure‘s ’99 Graduation Editorial
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 10th, 2016
Undoubtedly, the members of the Class of 1999, Mr. Fredie, Mrs. Starmer and the departing faculty members have left visible marks on the Milton community. We can remember the Senior class proudly and enthusiastically walking into the first assembly this year. We can remember their extraordinary athletic, artistic, academic, and extracurricular accomplishments and their leadership, and we can remember the incredible strength they have shown as a class through some very trying times over the past few years, as their classmates seemed to be leaving Milton left and right. We can remember Mr. Fredie’s free days, his walking into one assembly last year dressed as Santa Claus and handing the Seniors college acceptance letters, his jovial laugh and smile. We can remember Mrs. Starmer’s enthusiastically leading Monday morning assemblies and her unwavering sensitivity to the issues at the school. We can remember departing faculty members who pushed us to look at ideas from a new perspective or encouraged us when we thought we would never be able to succeed.
Beyond all of these relatively tangible contributions that these people have given to the Milton community are the things they have done which we cannot yet appreciate because we have become so accustomed to them that we take them for granted. Each member of Milton Academy has infinite possibilities to influence the community. We probably will not truly appreciate the atmosphere of lively discussion, openness to dissent and disagreement, class pride and unity, diversity, and intellectual rigor that they have helped to create at Milton until they have left. Every announcement they made, class they led or participated in, club they helped to develop, publication they struggled to finish on time, and the moments they spent relaxing on the steps of Wigg, finishing a photograph, or sweating through a tough practice have had a tremendous impact on us.
To the Senior class, to Mr. Fredie and Mrs. Starmer, and to all of the faculty members who will be departing this year, we owe a great deal of gratitude. We can only hope to be able to fill their shows as we seize the challenges next year will bring.
As the Seniors and departing administrative and faculty members move on in life, we hope that they will continue to enrich the lives of those people they meet and to carry the lessons they learned at Milton with them, for good or bad. If nothing else, we should remember that no action they take will be in a vacuum.
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