"A Day at Nobles" by Kayla Getter '17

Good morning and once again welcome to the graduation of the class of 2017. Today marks the day that all 128 of my peers and I, along with 300+ parents, 120+ faculty and 400+ underclassmen celebrate our achievements and share our joy in completing Noble and Greenough School. Guys, we made it!

When thinking about how I wanted to welcome everyone, I thought I would try to give our family and friends a taste of my day at Nobles so that you all can see why this place is so special to us.

School starts with me racing up the stairs at 7:59 a.m. to make it to assembly at 8 a.m. This is the biggest workout of the day. As I come in panting, and I mean heavy deep breaths, I slide into my seat next to Becca Gilmore, right as Mr. Henderson rings the bell. As the room starts to quiet I see Jack Roberts and his family casually strolling into assembly with Teagan right behind him. When you ask Teagan, who lives approximately 2 minutes from Nobles, how he manages to be late everyday, he typically responds with “I was stuck in traffic” or “my mom didn’t wake me up.” 

As the student body starts to settle into assembly, we watch Katie drop it low, Mac Porter serenade us, and Oliver have an out of body experience while playing the bass. But the cherry on top is Sam Kelly’s continuous commentary and Ben Johnson singing along to every song behind me. The room echoes with laughter and applause.

I head off to class and walk into English. Holly Lyne is already talking, Helena is getting her things together, Sophia Millay is carefully listening and Camillo (the only boy in the class) is taking in this extreme amount of estrogen at 8:20 in the morning. I then head to math class. Luna is immediately sharing her puns, Brooke, Jake and Kyle are re-teaching me the lessons, and Ian is trying to “whisper” something to Geoff; however, everyone can hear him.

Fast forward to later in the day, RJ’s speaker is bumping, Sam Lynch is still sitting in the same spot in the alcoves, Gigi is dancing, Sabrina is sleeping somewhere, Omar is vibing with his guitar, Charlotte is screaming about something and Jeremy, Chris, Loring, Brendan and the boys are playing an intense game of cards in the loft. We all finish our days on various fields, rivers, studios, theatres and classrooms.

But in the end, it doesn’t matter if your day was anything like my day. It doesn’t matter if you got As on your test, or did or did not get the boyfriend, or leadership position, or starred in the play or were captain of a sports team. What matters is that the day you lived, with the day I lived, along with the day each of our peers lived, created a community. A community that clapped each other on and off the assembly stage every morning. A community that gave each other hugs and encouraging words when needed. A community that pushed each other to become our best selves. 

This place impacts everyone. Regardless if you resisted or embraced Nobles, you have now been imprinted by this school. And as we all go off on the many adventures to come, everyplace will impact us a little more but it’s up to us to decide the person we want to be and how we want to live our lives.

There are so many people to thank for creating my Nobles experience, but a special thanks goes to my family and adviser Cassie. Cassie, you are a huge part of why I feel so at home here. I can’t articulate how much you mean to me and how grateful I am to have had you in my corner for the past four years.

Thank you mom for all the smoothies and cups of oatmeal. For juggling work and three children flawlessly day in and day out. You are no doubt my best friend and I don’t know what I’d do without you. Dad, I don’t think I know anyone who dreams bigger for me than you, so thank you. You and mom both gave me the gift of Nobles and I will be eternally grateful. Maya and Harrison, I couldn’t have asked for more generous and supporting role models. And to all my aunts and uncles and grandparents, I love you all.

It has been an absolute pleasure to call the class of 2017 home for the last six years. Stay true and stay you. And remember to always Make I7 Count. I love you all.

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"A Day at Nobles" by Kayla Getter '17