Lisa Wolak: Weston High School Principal

I actually start thinking about what I will say at graduation months before because each class has its own unique personality. Class of 2013 you are no exception. Your intellect, your giving spirit, your perseverance and friendliness define you. For six years, I was your principal, beginning at the middle school and then again for your four years here. It’s been quite a journey.

How would I describe the class of 2013?

You are a welcoming class. The majority of you have been together since elementary school. Yet, you made new students and visitors to our school feel like they belong. When members of this class joined you in middle school from Georgia, returned from Shanghai sophomore year, or arrived this year from Norway, you not only accepted but celebrated them for who they were.

You are a vocal class. You speak up! When the Board of Education revisited the Campus Privilege policy the class of 2013 representatives spoke up at the forum. Under your leadership, our newspaper, The Journal, often featured articles that caused us to pause and reflect. Class of 2013, If you had a concern or you were worried about a classmate, you came forward out of care. Never stop speaking up for what is right, fair, and just. Always show that you care. It matters.

You are a service minded class. Our school’s core belief is to empower students to become contributing citizens of a global society. And you have not disappointed us. You were on the town’s Sustainability Committee. You opened the doors for future teen EMTs. You were members of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and you built a road in Guyana, thanks B3 Kids- you were inspirational.

Through your individual efforts you collectively influenced the world around you.

You are tremendous athletes. It is not because of your stellar seasons and championships but rather for the passion and determination with which you played. Time and time, you showed this community what it meant to give everything you had whether it be on the field, in the pool, on the court or on the track

Finally, uou are a class known for your intellect. You love to discuss and debate- You analyze, and synthesize information and apply it to novel situations. You shared your creativity in so many ways- through your incredible art that decorated our school- thank you AP Studio – and the ensemble spirit of Company with their memorable performances of the Crucible and Kiss me Kate.

Here at Weston High School you learned to take risks and to develop an intellectual flexibility that will serve you well as you enter into this adult world.

I will miss all of you very much. But what I will miss most are the simple things- the magic of the ordinary days that you brought to our school.

Watching you arrive to school in the morning- great truck, Ben…. awaiting the arrival of the Imber twins on the Monday after the Super Bowl to see how the one who lost their bet would be dressed…listening to the wind ensemble on a challenging day. You uplifted me. You made me laugh, and at times, you even brought me to tears.

Remember that Weston High School is always here for you. As you go off to become Michigan Wolverines, Tufts Jumbos, Delaware Blue Hens, UCONN Huskies, Holy Cross Crusaders, Providence Friars, and Duke Blue Devils, you will always be Weston Trojans.

Every graduation speaker is supposed to give some advice. Here is mine. I can’t take credit. You may recognize it from the movie Coach Carter.

We are all meant to shine as children do.

It’s not just in some of us. It’s in everyone.

As we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

I remember you as children and how you made the middle school shine.

Now, six years later, this class is powerful beyond measure.

You are ready to shine and use your welcoming spirit to let others do so as well.

As you continue your journey beyond this town, remember that you are loved by many. You will be missed, and if you need me, I’m only an email away. I have been here for 28 years, and to some, that’s surprising. It is a class like you, Class of 2013,that exemplifies why Weston High School is outstanding. Tori’s yearbook quote says it best- courtesy of Winnie the Pooh- How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good bye so hard. Thank you.

Dr. Palmer Superintendent of Schools and Mr. Schaeffer, Chairman of the Board of Education, I am honored, on behalf of the Weston High School Faculty, to present to you the Class of 2013.

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