by Makyla Spann ’16 (Crossroads ’22)

This I believe; when you try, you do not fail.  In third grade I attended public school, I was one of the best students in the class. The homework was easy, and the teachers didn’t ask very much of me. In the middle of third grade I transferred to City Academy. I wanted to stay at my old school because it was elementary, and I was going to miss the light work. At City Academy, I had a lot more homework, and the teachers actually checked it!

For the first time, teachers worked with me, I was finally getting one on one time.  My third grade teacher, Mrs. Weigert, pushed me to where I couldn’t think anymore. She gave me work that I had never seen: cursive packets, spelling tests, grammar work, etc. Yes, I also missed the lesson on apostrophes!

After my first year at City Academy I surely thought I had failed.

Fourth grade wasn’t any better, I failed tests, and I didn’t do any better on the rest of the work. Fifth grade I made some progress, my scores slowly improved.

This I believe:  if you try, you will not fail.

You might fail at times, but you must keep trying. I tried to do my very best:  I went to math tutoring, I slowed down on my homework, and all of that has paid off. Now that I’m on my way to seventh grade, I look back at myself in third and fourth grade and I realize, no matter how many bad grades I received, I didn’t fail because I never gave up.

I’ve made it here, graduation, moving on to a great new school. Thank you City Academy.  Without your incredible teachers and education, I wouldn’t have been able to learn from my mistakes, I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I have been given. I am extremely blessed to have been able to attend this amazing school, thank you everyone who believed in me. I promise to you, City Academy, that I will not fail.

makyla_blogMakyla with Don Danforth and Raymond Holmes as she graduates from City Academy

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