City Academy strives to develop leadership skills in all of our scholars, including counting on our Upper School students to become leaders in our own community. Our current 6th grade scholars have truly grown to understand that responsibility and exemplify leadership each day. In ELA class, they were asked to respond to the question “What does leadership mean to you?” in an essay, you can read excerpts from their responses below.
“A great leader is my father. I looked up to him and hope to one day be better than him. He teaches me the difference between right and wrong and how to always do the right thing. He cheers me on when I accomplish something very important. He also tells me he is very proud of me. My father inspired me to be just like him, but a better version of him. He leads me to more than good, but to be amazing because that is what counts.”
“In my opinion, leadership means showing someone that you are responsible for not only your actions, but others’ actions as well. Because a good leader models, they are responsible for helping, coaching, teaching, but most importantly, listening. I have learned that listening first is the best way to lead. It shows that you are invested in what is being said and that you actually care.”
Good Morning Everyone! My name is Promyss Wolfe.
Frustration. Anger. Fear. Disappointment. Graduates of 2021, parents, family, and faculty we have all felt this way at some point in our life. Especially this year given we
have been engulfed in a global pandemic. But for me, these mixed emotions have been my life story. That’s the not so good part of my time at City Academy, but just like the lyrics to Kirk Franklin’s song, “Brighter Days” were on the way.
Hello my name is Hallie Wilkins. I am excited for the beginning of something new, yet proud of the accomplishments I’ve made during my time at City Academy. Change. I’m sure we all can attest that at some point, we have all felt that change is sometimes unnecessary. I have not always been a fan of change. It can be intimidating, difficult and often done with such haste, but is so necessary.
While change transpired, change brought growth. There are many levels to change, and I’ve experienced many, ALL which have brought me to new beginnings. Once known as a shy timid girl, I have grown into a boisterous girl not afraid of expressing my thoughts and feelings with words, but as my classmates would probably say, my hands tell it all.
Good Morning, my name is Lucas Williams. The time is here and I could not be more ecstatic to stand before you today. I know it may not look like it, but in the inside, I feel amazing. I have spent 9 long years here at City Academy and these 9 years have been some of the best years of my life. One thing I possessed during my time is the value of “ common sense”. Common sense isn’t so common, but common sense has gotten me far through the years.
We all know education will take you far, but good ole common sense will surely keep you from making poor choices. For instance, common sense taught me, if Mr. Speed uses the phrase “lil boy”, all while his bald head is dripping with sweat, then we know to stay clear because he’s had enough of our foolishness. Common sense has also taught me that not completing homework could backfire, which could lead to something even worse than you thought and something you will regret later, AND common sense taught me that paying attention in class will prepare you for that time when you may not appear to be paying attention when the teacher calls on you.
Good morning, My name is Cali Melton, and I can not believe I will be graduating today. City Academy is built on love. It has brought me courage, determination and most importantly LOVE. I present to you my stages of love and ALL the things I love about City Academy.
City Academy is something like my home. A home filled with love. My art piece is filled with some of the vibrant colors of the rainbow. Each heart featured represents my love for City Academy.
What is love? As I began to ponder all the ways in which I love City Academy, I was overwhelmed with so many ideas, so please forgive as I am unable to share ALL that I love about my home; City Academy.