Meet more (soon-to-be) grads: Anthony, Madi, Toti, and Xavier

Our eighth grade students will be graduating soon. We’re running a blog series so that you can get to know them a little bit before they go and see where they’ll be attending high school. (You can’t miss it–they’re holding signs!) 

Here’s the second of four blogs highlighting eighth grade students. (Read the first here , the third here, and the fourth here.)  Thanks for being a part of the Mustard Seed Community and cheering for these students. We’re so proud!

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Anthony (Eastern Christian High School)

This summer, Anthony’s going to be working with four-to-six-year-olds children with special needs. It’s the perfect job for him because he plans to become a special education teacher. Early childhood, and kindergarten in particular, is his niche. Serving and helping people bring him joy.

Studying language arts, meeting new friends, and playing lacrosse are all things that Anthony’s looking forward to next year at Eastern Christian High School.

He remembers moments when MSS teachers have helped him, like when Mr. Lawrence took the time to teach him work backward in linear equations to check his work. And he’s grateful for the ways his grown here at Mustard Seed.

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Madi (Horace Mann)

Madi’s ready for the challenges of Horace Mann high school; she’s looking forward to hard classes and a diverse range of subjects. Harvard would be her choice if she could pick any college. She wants to be a Constitutional lawyer, prosecutor, district attorney, or supreme court justice. Her passion is to fight for those who do not have a voice.

If Madi could be a character in a book, she would want to be Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. She’s impressed by the strength of the young character.

The genuine care of her teachers throughout her MSS experience is something that stays with Madi, and it’s something that she wants younger students to know about. She says that no matter what your struggle is, your teachers will help you in any way they can.

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Toti (St. Peter’s Prep)

Looking back over his time at MSS, Toti points to his history exhibition on Paleolithic tools as a project that had a huge impact on him. Receiving the history award in seventh grade was one of his proudest moments, and it showed him how much he’s grown as a student.

Toti’s not sure what he wants to do with his life, but he’s sure of one thing: he wants to support and comfort his parents when they’re older. That would bring him great happiness. Family’s everything to Toti. That’s why, if he could travel anywhere in the world, he’d go to Ecuador. He’d visit his brother and sister, and spend time at the graves of his grandparents.

Toti would like to pass on the advice that Ms. Miller gave to him: don’t be afraid.  He’s grateful to Ms. Miller for making him feel important and determined to work hard. And to his other teachers for standing by him and encouraging him.

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Xavier (High Tech High School)

Xavier can tell that the MSS Middle School practice of reading a book a week and writing a Reader’s Response has changed the way that he writes. The quality of his work has improved and he produces it in less time. He’s better at being descriptive and explaining his thoughts. These skills will serve him well next year at High Tech High School, where he’ll major in Design and Fabrication.

Of all the things that Xavier likes about MSS, perhaps the thing that stands out the most is that he feels known. And he knows the others in his community well. He appreciates being in a tight knit community, one of the benefits of a small school.

Aerospace engineering sounds like great fun to Xavier, and perhaps working at NASA or a company like Space X. No matter where he lands, he’ll bring his optimism, friendliness, and collaboration skills.
Watch the MSS blog to meet more of our eighth grade students. Can’t wait to know where they’re all heading to high school? That’s okay! Here’s a one-minute video reveal.

Abby Liu

ABBY LIU, Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms. Liu loves to tell the Mustard Seed story. She’s the parent of a current MSS student and a recent alum.