What a year this has been! It has flown by and I have loved every minute of it. I am so proud to be the Principal at Shepherd Hill; the staff are incredibly supportive and the students are a very special group of young adults.
We have had a wonderful, albeit hectic, final few weeks on the Hill with all of our senior activities that led up to our 44th commencement at the DCU center on Sunday, June 4. Certainly the Class of 2017 will be greatly missed and most of us here can testify to their incredible academic achievements, passionate performances in the arts and music programs and memorable competitions in athletics. If those were the only memories we had of this class it would be enough to place them as one of the finest groups of students on the Hill—but this group of 290 seniors is so much more than grade point averages, inspiring performances and championships. This class of 2017 is unique not because of what they accomplished, but how they accomplished it. You see, this class took great care of one another through some tragic moments during this past year. They showed their strength and their heart as a group and that will always lead to success throughout their lives. Successes of the Heart.
As the class of 2017 transition to SH Alumni they leave here knowing that we are all proud of them, impressed by them, and that we believe in them and that we are counting on them to do their best with what they have been given, to build their own lives, to help their families, their neighbors, and their communities and to use their talents, whatever they may be, for the public good. And no matter where they go in life, no matter where they end up we hope they are confident in themselves and proud.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Shepherd Hill community who have shown great support for all we do here at the school over the last academic year. I look forward to welcoming you all back in August and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer break.