2018 Graduation Performance by Lillie Harrison ’18
Good evening, my name is Lillie Harrison.
Today, on my graduation day, I will be performing a West African dance called Medanie. Through this dance I will express how I have risen from a person who lacked confidence and a positive mind-set to a person who has gained confidence and resilience through her journey.
2018 Graduation Speech by Al-Amin Anderson-El
I can very vividly recall my first day at City Academy. Walking through the doors, I froze. Everything seemed so massive. The hallways seemed to run miles long, the steps where like stepping stones and I was for sure to need a map just to find my way to the cafeteria or the art room for that matter.
Thinking back on my first day, I remember gathering outside to line up and being mesmerized by the sea of kids on the turf field. There were crying kids, laughing kids, screaming kids, and excited for the first day of school kids. And then, there was me, frozen, overwhelmed by my first day of “real school”.
2018 Graduation Speech by Caeley Wilson ’18 (Villa Duchesne ’23)
Good Evening, my name is Caeley Wilson.
I will be presenting a poem I wrote entitled, “Frosty Velvet Moon” and a painting of the phases of the moon. The poem represents me and my journey at City Academy and how I have grown, the painting represents my stages at City Academy.
2018 Graduation Speech by Walter Lindsey ’18 (MICDS ’24)
Good evening, my name is Walter Lindsey.
As my final day here as a student of City Academy, I would like to review my journey that has brought me to where I stand today.
When I first walked through the doors of this great school, I was a locked door; lacking its key. I isolated myself from my peers and ultimately, the school community. I refused to find my key or better yet, I refused to allow anyone into my space; excluding everyone from what truly rested within me. But one day, I decided I no longer wanted to dwell in such anguish and mustard up the nerve to find my key.
2018 Graduation Speech by Chloe Martin ’18 (MICDS ’24)
Good evening, my name is Chloe Martin.
This evening I will be reciting a poem I wrote entitled “My Journey Blooms.”
The poem tells the story of a flower that started as a little seed, and throughout the seasons of life blossomed into a beautiful flower.
2018 Graduation Speech by Chris Wilson ’18 (Crossroads College Prep ’24)
Good evening everyone, my name is Christopher Wilson.
My poem is entitled, “My Path Made Clear” and this poem includes three perspectives about my time at City Academy. My struggles, my support and how it set me up for my future.
2018 Graduation Speech by Quinten Ford ’18 (St. Louis Priory ’24)
Good evening, my name is Quinten Ford.
The mountain you see, I have created by hand. It represents my life at City Academy. A mountain is broken into three parts: the peak, the slope and the base. The base is my foundation and the beginning of my journey, JK through second grade.
2018 Graduation Speech by Queen Bell ’18
Good evening everyone, my name is Queen Bell.
Today I will be presenting a poem I wrote entitled “My Fins still Survived.” This poem is a representation of my time at City Academy, I started city Academy in the 3rd grade. Before I was at City Academy, I was in a St. Louis public school. The transition was a struggle for me and sometimes I felt alone. But with the help of my family or my school of fish, I overcame the storm.