From Our Graduates
Head of School Jim Heus addressed the audience, which included the entire student body, along with family and friends: “We are here today to celebrate all the young men and women seated on this stage. At Ridgefield Academy we do not determine a Valedictorian; we do not sponsor honor rolls; lead roles in school plays are often shared; we do not have season-long athletic team captains. This is simply our way of doing business and the culture it produces challenges us to focus on all students, to measure progress and accomplishment by different standards and to recognize and cherish each students' individual journey."
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mr. Heus challenged the graduates to “embrace the school’s mission of caring service to others” and to “go forward, share your talent, and challenge your mind, body, and spirit.”
At Ridgefield Academy, I am leaving behind a lil’ bit of me with: the strength of the tiger, the healing qualities of the tigerlily, and the hope for tomorrow. I hope that when any of you see a tigerlily flower blooming, you will think of me out there, embracing new challenges and blooming in all sorts of ways.Tigerlily J.
It feels as if I was just a shy second grader entering a classroom filled with a bunch of new faces for the first time. In those seven years, I have learned many valuable lessons from my teachers and peers, but I’ve also made amazing friendships.Isabella K.
Of good times and adventures on which to dwell
All of my life has been a blast
And I’m hoping all of the fun times will lastElla N.