The sound of the commencement speaker drifted in the background as he thought about the last 13 years of his life. He looked around the room, everyone looked mature in their cap and gown. He felt a shift in the room as the ceremony came to a close. He stood with his classmates and friends as everyone cheered, laughed, hugged and cried. He took hold of the cap’s tassel and moved it across his face. “Congratulations Class of 2017,” echoed throughout the room. The next four years beckoned.
Ryan Q. is a Village School alumnus and one of The Village School’s National Merit Scholars for the 2016-2017 school year. This fall, Ryan will attend Rice University, majoring in neuroscience. Ryan says he feels “honored and privileged” to be a National Merit Scholar, adding that, “it has been both a humbling and exciting experience and I am proud to represent The Village School.” In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese fluently and participated in various activities during his 13 years at Village, including quiz bowl and science bowl teams. Ryan plays violin and piano and is also a Boy Scout. When asked what advice he can offer to his peers, Ryan says, “don’t focus too much on your goal, enjoy the path you took to get there.”