It started with a nacho. Actually, it didn’t start with a snack food from northern Mexico. It actually began with a small Chihuahua named Nacho, a dog that started Gabby Trinh-Williams love affair with animals. “I had him when I was three,” Gabby explains. “Now I have a Pomeranian mix named Bear. I think I want to be a veterinarian.”
“Mayor,” Quanrico says. “At least.”
This tall high school senior is answering my question—when pressed—about what his future might hold. Just getting Quanrico to talk about his ambitions and accomplishments requires prodding. But when he does speak, he comes across as a humble young man whose aspirations are at once noble and genuine.
Sitting in the audience on Sunday afternoon, watching a holiday show, I was suddenly surprised to find myself . . . well, sitting in the audience on a Sunday afternoon watching a holiday show. How odd, many of you are thinking. What else does this man normally do on these days?
“Me?” SaraJo beams when she learns she’ll be featured on our website as an outstanding student. “Cool!”
SaraJo is from Nangtong in the eastern part of China. She wears glasses and a Nike sweatshirt, casual and relaxed—far from her hectic schedule. With AP Calculus, AP US History and AP Economics, this junior has a heavy academic load. Add playing for our school’s volleyball team as well as our advanced orchestra, and it’s a demanding schedule. But this doesn’t stop her from giving back to the school and local communities.
“Good morning.” Just two words. So simple. And yet so important.
When we are sitting in the office working before school starts, students walk through on their way to class. I try to say, “Good morning,” to each one, domestic and international. Most often the students respond with greetings of their own, and, frankly, it really makes me happy.
The Eldorado Emerson art program holds special significance for many in our community. This week I have decided to update all on the happenings in our extraordinary studio. Truly our youngest to our oldest are positively impacted by what they learn in this room; for many the lessons actually help them grow—not only artistically—but as people as well.