I am extremely honored to share with you the impact The Cushman School has on my educational and personal life. My years at Cushman were certainly the most memorable, considering I attended the school since I was three years old. The school was practically my second home. The education I received and opportunities I was given, afforded me a solid foundation of citizenship, academic rigor, and athletic introduction. One of my fondest memories at Cushman was the 7th grade trip to Costa Rica. As a middle school student with newfound independence, I embarked on a voyage outside the boundaries of the United States without my parents. I not only learned to manage being away from home in a foreign country that week, but I also gained a perspective of a different culture. Another memory I have of being a student at Cushman was participating in the school’s athletic program. The philosophy that all children get a chance to join a school sport helped me to emerge as the student-athlete I am today. My early beginnings as a Cross Country runner were not ones recorded in any record book, however, through the guidance of the school’s Athletic Department, I soon became one of the school top athletes. The lessons of perseverance, time management, and sportsmanship I carry with me to this day. My accomplishments in high school already reflect the lessons Cushman instilled in every athlete. During my freshman year, I was ranked as the fastest two-miler in the region in track and led the cross-country program as co-captain my sophomore year. I continue to strive to do my personal best on and off the field.