Hear It From Our 8th Graders

In Their Own Words

Highlights from the Class of 2017 Graduation Speeches

“Nysmith is truly a unique place that’s given us a love for learning and the skills to succeed in life.”

“It is the teachers who make the school what it is: they teach with love and they love to teach.”

“Every teacher I have had at Nysmith has made me a better person and helped me grow intellectually.  Each and every teacher has given me unconditional support and encouragement to reach any goal of mine.”

“The teachers at this school are phenomenal.  It is important to get your education from someone that is not only your teacher, but also your friend.  I can gladly say that every single one of the teachers that has taught me at this school is my friend.”

“I have enjoyed every moment and I am heartbroken that my time at Nysmith has come to an end.  As I move on to the next chapter in my life, I will always look back and remember all the love and support I have received from the Nysmith Community.”

“I’ll remember my teachers—the amazing, kind, intellectual teachers who’ve shaped my personality.  They honestly want to help you learn and grow as a person.”

“I have created so many amazing relationships with not only friends, but teacher and administrators.  I’ve experienced so many things at this school that I would not get the opportunity to experience at any other place.”

“I was first introduced to Nysmith by an article in a newspaper my parents showed me in second grade.  Little did I know that this article would completely change my life, and that may sound dramatic, but it’s true.  I loved it, and I will continue to love this school for the rest of my life.”

“All the teachers I have had have shaped me into the student and person I have become.  I have learned so much from them, not just lessons from the book but lessons I will remember for the rest of my life.”

“I came here as nothing more than a humble seed sitting in the earth, and over time I was nurtured and cared for by incredible teachers, as well as friends and family, so that I could one day bloom into a radiant flower.”

“When I came to Nysmith I was shy, and I’m leaving here a more confident and open person.”

“In my opinion, that is one of the most amazing things about Nysmith: no matter my mood, no matter the day, there is always someone on the other side of the doors that was waiting to cheer me up, calm me down, or offering to help.”

“My Nysmith career has left me with lessons that will stay with me my entire life.  The most important lesson that we learned as a group was that as separate individuals we are, at most, mildly effective. But together we are able to combine our talents into a powerful arsenal of educational excellence, athletic achievement, and community spirit.  Over the coming years you may forget some science fact or calculus formulas.  But something that you will never forget is when individuals work together, the whole group is raised up and the impossible becomes possible.  Achievement becomes your destiny.”

“The teachers have made my time here worthwhile.  They have taught me to see learning as fun and not just as another task I have to complete.  They were interested not in my test scores, but what I learned from the classes they taught.  They taught me to channel creativity and use art to express myself in ways I couldn’t have without their guidance.  I can say that I’ve made friends not only with students, but with teachers here.”

“So if you ask me, ‘What is the magic of this school?’ the answer is, the teachers love to teach their subjects.  They come to school every day as enthusiastic as me.  Moreover, they answer my endless questions and open new doors for my dreams.”

“Here at Nysmith, I have had countless happy experiences.  I would not give up my time here for anything.”


“Thank you for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for making mistakes along the way.  I am very grateful to have learned from these amazing Nysmith teachers who act as inspiring mentors to all their students.”


“Nysmith has made me into the courageous, hardworking individual I am now.  In addition to making me a well-rounded student, Nysmith has taught me great values such as character, respect for others’ opinions, passion and purpose, all of which will help me thrive in high school and beyond.”


“Growing up at this school has inspired me in many ways including how to love learning and how to build relationships with fellow peers and teachers. Through my years at Nysmith I have been nurtured to be confident and have a voice of my own.”

“The teachers are amazing and helpful and I want to thank all of them for all the help in guiding me throughout my eleven years here at Nysmith.  The teachers have really helped me grow and improve academically.”


“Nysmith is also a great place for students to create strong friendships with each other.”


“When I did my school visit in PreK, I loved Nysmith so much that on the drive home I told my mom I wanted to start here the next day.”


“I would also like to thank the teachers who have taught me over the eight years that I have been here.  They have inspired me to try my hardest at everything I do.”


“This school nurtured my love for learning, making me love all of the subjects I took.  Nobody deserves more credit for this than my teachers, so I would like to thank each and every one of them for the positive contributions they have made to my life.”


“Thanks to Nysmith, my teachers and friends have helped me build up my confidence.  I would always love coming to school in the morning excited for what I would learn that day.  I remember when I was younger, I would always cry on the last day of school because I would miss it over the summer.”