Reflecting on GHS

As a Greenwich High School senior graduating this Thursday, I feel I must reflect on my time in the Greenwich public schools for my last article here for the Greenwich Post.

I’ve been in Greenwich public schools my whole life, from K-12, and enjoyed my time at North Street, Central Middle School and finally at the high school. However, now that I am leaving, I appreciate even more how fortunate I have been to attend these schools.

I realize how my time in these schools has shaped me into the person I am today. Greenwich High School fosters the interests and passions of its students while still maintaining an excellent academic standard, which sets it apart from the rest.

Greenwich High has primarily been a place of great opportunity. At such a large school, it might seem easy to get lost and become overwhelmed. It is only natural to wonder about one’s place in the context of 2,700 others. However, at GHS, the large size means that there is a place for everyone to fit in.

Every person here has his or her own special interests and situations and the high school is very receptive to that. With a wide class variety of outstanding sports, arts, and clubs, there is the ability for everyone to find their place. The motto “freedom with responsibility” perfectly encompasses the opportunities available at our school.

Greenwich High has also been a place of great support. In my first article, I recalled this anecdote. My grandfather (who had four kids in Greenwich High), proposed an interesting analogy to me. “The high school is like an all-you-can-eat buffet. The students are free to take as much, or as little as they can handle.”

Now, I wonder where that decision comes from. How is it possible that each student can thrive and take full advantage of their surroundings, yet still receive the adequate amount of attention?

Ultimately, it is the people at Greenwich High School that have made the difference. The teachers who put in the extra hours to help the struggling student, the administrators who lend an open ear and open heart to all student concerns, and the students who support and care for each other have made all the difference.

For those currently at GHS, going to attend GHS, or have already graduated, connect with the people who make your experience at this place great. Find the teachers who are making differences in the lives of students and express your appreciation. Reconnect or introduce yourself to classmates, friends, or staff. The people of Greenwich High School have shown the ability to change lives.

As the class of 2014 moves on past this time in our careers, I hope we will not forget the people who have made it special.

 

Henry Ricciardi is a brand new alum of Greenwich High School. 

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