From Our Graduates

CLASS OF 2019

Francesca A Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
As I moved from lower school to middle school to upper school, I noticed that you can’t control change but you can deal with it and that determines if it turns out well or not. I have learned to accept failure and mistakes and learn from them rather than sweating the small stuff or shutting down.Francesca B.
Ava B Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I know now I want to be my own person, think for myself and be confident in my own skin.Ava B.
Sarah B Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
“It was 11:43 pm, exactly one week ago today, when it hit me like a ton of bricks. I am really leaving Ridgefield Academy, my home away from home for the past nine years.Sarah B.
Julia B Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
Memories from preschool all the way until this very moment, all grains of sand in my hourglass making my time here filled with precious and unique experiences.Julia B.
Wylie D Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
However, I eventually forgot about my limited time at RA when I experienced so many fun opportunities that I will never forget; like Washington, D.C. in the fall, Patriot Pride Night in the winter, and YSOP in the spring. And whenever I think about those moments, I also remember that all those good things only came after that first day of school in September.Wylie D.
Jack G Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
Some of my most cherished small moments were with my advisor, Ms. Reid, in Grade 6. She was the first teacher who really stuck with me and I talk to her to this day, because she continues to care about my well-being.Jack G.
Charles G Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
For the past three years, I have called Ridgefield Academy a second home. I have always considered the people I see everyday here as another family.Charles G.
Jasim H Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I’m forever grateful for this school for giving me another family, one made up of friends, one that allowed me to experience the comradery that comes with siblings. I’ll never forget RA and the memories that came with it, it will always hold a special place in my heart.Jasim H.
Bryce H Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
This school helped me find out who I really am. I am thankful for RA because it has taught me to be the person I am today. I will really miss RA because I have grown up here.Bryce H.
Tommy H Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
School isn't always about the classes and tests and homework assignments. It's about the playground, the turf and the space where you can make lifelong friends.Tommy H.
Charlotte H Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I have grown as a math student and as a public speaker throughout my time here at RA.

I came to a realization that because RA has helped me put into place the basics, I am excited to jump higher into high school.Charlotte H.
Meredith J Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
Though I am nervous, I’m certain my eight years here have given me the skills and confidence that I will need, and I hope to take with me everything that I’ve absorbed here to high school.Meredith J.
Henry K Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I can talk about being a Grade 8 buddy for a kindergartner and doing things from not only reading her books on a Monday morning, to going outside and doing a scavenger hunt around campus. Because of our kindergarten buddies, I have been able to have an impact in someone’s life here that if I had been at a different school, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do.Henry K.
Helena L Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
However, I have learned that everything I do, no matter how hard I try, will have flaws in it - choosing my own perfect is accepting the flaws in my life, and still being satisfied with what I have done.Helena L.
Walker L Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I would imagine the montage of my school days would be set to the tune of “Life is a Highway.” We all keep moving through all of the challenges and steering into tomorrow. It isn’t about finishing first, but about the awesome adventures along the way.Walker L.
Gus M Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
Over my nine years at RA I have learned lots of valuable lessons that made me who I am today.Gus M.
Dylan M Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
Because the grade and class sizes were significantly smaller, the student-teacher relationships were more meaningful. If I had any questions about what something meant or if I did not understand what the task was I always felt welcome to raise my hand.Dylan M.
Joseph O Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I was afraid of public speaking, and I was afraid of talking to people that weren’t my friends. Over time, I came to the realization that there is nothing to be afraid of and I always felt the support of my peers. Today, I am completely comfortable with public speaking and at ease with talking to anyone.Joseph O.
Alex S Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
The point is, all of the teachers I´ve had while at RA have supported me unconditionally to help me become my best self.Alex S.
Dylan S Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
Today is a celebration of all we have achieved, overcome, and experienced together. I, too, will look back fondly on all I have done in my years at RA and appreciate how momentous this is. Whether it was preemptively writing a comical version of a graduation speech about how much Mrs. D. loves when I randomly walk into her room to talk about nonsense, building a 3D model car or getting almost all of the Upper School to sing Someone Like You by Adele, I will miss my time at RA.Dylan S.
Andrew S Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I’ve come a long way from when I joined the school in second grade; from being the shy new kid, to a leader of the school.Andrew S.
Jordyn S Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
From preschool to Grade 8, she has taught me that I am a strong, independent black girl and will gladly remind me if I forget it.Jordyn S.
Paulina S Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I’ve learned how special good friends are. How important they are during tough times. I’ve learned that you don’t have to be perfect at something as long as you put in the effort.Paulina S.
Luisa S Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
I have come to understand and even more importantly experience that gender, race, identity, religion, and anything else that so many people allow to be divisive shouldn’t matter in a friendship. I’ve come to understand that if you enjoy spending time with that person, chances are they want to be friends with you, too.Luisa S.
Annie S Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
In Grade 8, every student gains more responsibilities, such as running assemblies, opening car doors each morning, and being role models for the younger students. However, there are many perks to eighth grade, such as the lounge, sweatshirts, and our awesome kindergarten buddies.Annie S.
Sebastian Z Speaking at 2019 Ridgefield Academy Graduation
RA has helped to prepare me for the future, and has helped me to discover more of me than I ever knew existed. I have learned to open myself up to the people around me, and to cherish those special relationships with the teachers who do their best to make sure I succeed.Sebastian Z.

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