Friday, June 12, 2009

Samantha's Graduation

Today I was invited to attend the high school graduation ceremony of Samantha. She is an amazing young woman I've had the privilege of knowing for the past 6 or 7 years. Sam was Valedictorian of her class. Pretty amazing in itself, but you see last week Samantha graduated from Jr. College.

It seems just like last month that Sam and her mom, Crystal, told us that she was applying to Academy of the Redwoods. Bill and Melinda Gates had given $$ for the start up of a local academy which would have those interested and motivated students go to high school AND college at the same time on the same campus. In Jr. High Samantha had begun working a little now and again at Scottie Dog Quilts and at one Quilt Show we were vending at she stepped up to the computer/register for a moment and then I stepped back and let HER do all the work. So I was asked to write a letter of recommendation for Samantha for this new school.

Some people thought this school would be fabulous for Sam and what a great opportunity and others said she'd miss out on all the fun a regular high school would bring. Samantha was focused on her studies AND having a great time, surrounding her with friends and good times too. Rarely have I known anyone her age with such talent, intelligence, grace, poise, maturity and the ability to relate to both her peers and adults so well.

So last week Samantha graduated with honors from College of the Redwoods and today from high school. Some say it might be a let down....after delivering her Valedictorian Speech, Sam met with friends and family (I was honored to be among those!) for a celebratory dinner and then with glowing face she and two friends ran off to the high school's Safe and Sober Graduation Party. Samantha will go far and be at ease in any situation she finds herself in.

September will be here soon enough and Sammy will be off to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo where she was admitted as a Junior with honors and continuing with her dream of becoming an Architectural Engineer. Congratulations Samantha for a job well done. I wish you the best and am so very proud of you. And Crystal.....the empty nest is fast approaching.


Christine Thomas said...

Brenda, I have no idea who you are talking about but I am so impressed. I think she totally has her head on her shoulders squarely...running off to a high school party even after she's graduated junior college. She's going in the right direction. Good for her.

liz scott adams said...

We're going to miss Sammy so much when she goes! We could not be more proud of her!

Carol E. said...

Sammy is amazing!Thanks for sharing her story.