Last week was a magical school moment rolled over into several days. It started with a senior girl who made an appointment to ask me to write a recommendation for her application for the Horatio Alger Scholarship. When I heard about the four hours she works as a cashier at a market, her early health issues, her engagement in clubs, service, and student life, and how she manages an academic load that includes four AP’s, one of which is BC Calculus, I couldn’t help but think of my privileged high school experience and how little I thought of the comfort of my cosseted life. Although I lived in an era in which I was not shielded from consequence, my parents did protect me from need. I have been thinking a great deal about this girl’s grit and courage, as she is a testament to so much of what is right in the world. A few hours later, a senior boy came in to thank me for writing him an email in which I thanked him for his leadership and moral courage. He said it warranted an in-person meeting to say how much it meant to him. It was so gracious of him—unbeknownst to him, I remember him as a little guy, always greeting me or opening a door for me. It is so heartening to see our children grow into such lovely adults. These two students represent a cross section of a wonderful class, and I am so excited to have them leading the school as seniors.