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In Our Own Words

Take a moment to read personal essays, creative writing pieces, poems, and reflections from our community. Have something you'd like to share? Send it to us: communications@gfacademy.org. 

GFA As a Springboard to Finding Life's Passions

By Christopher Glynn, Class of 2017 Valedictorian

The following was Chris' speech from the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. 

Once again, welcome to students, faculty, staff, parents, relatives, friends, trustees, Mrs. Hartwell, Mr. Canada, and of course, the GFA Class of 2017. 

On Monday, …

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Friday June 9
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Follow Your Intellectual Curiosity

By Anish Kosanam, Class of 2017 Salutatorian

The following was Anish's speech from the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. 

Good morning and welcome students, faculty, staff, families, friends, trustees, Mrs. Hartwell, and Mr. Geoffrey Canada to the 2017 Greens Farms Academy Commencement ceremonies. …

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Friday June 9
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Embrace the "Other Stuff" Too

By Will Wappler

The following was Will's speech from the 2017 Class Day. 

Good morning students, good morning faculty, good morning parents, Ms. Hartwell, and of course the absolutely fanTAStic class of 2017!

I’m really glad I get the chance to speak to you all at once, one last time …

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Friday June 9
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Our Shared Achievements

By Will Jack

The following was taken from Will's Class Day speech.  

I first came to GFA thirteen years ago, and from then until now this school has become my home.  In turn, my classmates have become my family.  GFA has always demanded that we respect each other, something …

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Friday June 9
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Celebrate the Secondary Characters

By Griffen Stabler

The following was a speech given by Mr. Stabler at the Middle School Closing Assembly.

As you eighth graders well know, I love stories, and I appreciate you all indulging my penchant for sharing them over the past three years. I’m sure many of them were boring and most …

Posted by Frances Moore in Faculty Writing on Wednesday June 7
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'May the Force Be With Us All'

By Sangeeta Dhawan
Upper School French Teacher

It is much too easy to forget that for our Upper School Students — and I’m thinking of the students who occupy my French language classroom several days a week— "leaning-in" has meaning but it’s the daily perseverance …

Posted by Frances Moore in Faculty Writing on Tuesday May 23 at 03:13PM
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The Edge of the Abyss

By Griffen Stabler

NYT Magazine is running a series of stories about educational experiences that changed people's lives. There are plenty of inspiring/affirming/motivating stories to get teachers through the final push...

My favorite is the final entry, "The Secret Mansion," by author George …

Posted by Frances Moore in Faculty Writing on Thursday May 4 at 09:55AM
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On The Wake of The Gray Surfboard

 By Karsten Rynearson '22 (Scholastic Honorable Mention)

Araulen Aba was dreaming of his younger days. In his more innocent years, he had lived in the Outback. In his dream, he saw sand and rocks the color of yams, and his friend Daniel, with tufts of blonde hair all a-poof like a …

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Monday May 1 at 02:23PM
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Sometimes

By Emily Twitchell '22 (Scholastic Gold Key Winner)

Sometimes I wish to save a moment
Capture it with balance

                 Forever—

with robins nesting in my thoughts
and flawless time weaving through my vast imagination
swimming into the …

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Monday May 1
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Lost At Sea

By Mark Roszkowski '21 (Scholastic Silver Key Winner)

Even though they claim they connect us with our friends, they really  

disconnect 

us. 

The ghost of Snapchat, makes us step         back, 

Facetime makes us waste time, 

and Messages turns us …

Posted by Frances Moore in Student Writing on Monday May 1
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