Esther, Luke, and Lola: eighth grade profiles

During the month of June, we’re running a blog series to introduce you to our eighth grade students. They’re extraordinary people. We can’t wait to see how they make their mark on the world!

 

Esther

As Esther thinks about attending Saint Dominic Academy in the fall, she hopes to make new friends. Become more independent. Expand her vocabulary. To grow as a writer. And share her ideas with new people.

La clase de español is Esther’s favorite class and it’s one of her strongest subjects. She loves learning new vocabulary. She’s grateful for the support, kindness, and patience of Señora Oro-Hahn. For the encouragement to keep going, even when it’s difficult.

Esther often struggles with math, but she works hard and always tries to improve. In high school, she aspires to find the confidence to ask for help even when she feels afraid. She has a lot of people to thank for their help with math over the years. Her twin sister, Emma, has patiently worked through math homework. Her friend, Vera, has helped with homework and also the math exhibition. Esther would like to thank Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Choi for not giving up on her in math class. For believing in her when she didn’t believe in herself. And finally, Esther would like to thank Mr. Lawrence specifically for helping her through her struggle with Linear Equations.

At MSS, Esther has learned to say what she means and mean what she says. Become more outgoing. A better listener. Kinder. And a servant to others.

 

Luke

Luke is ready to jump right in to the academic challenges of the Dalton School next fall. An avid runner, he plans to participate on the cross country team. He’s also looking forward to extracurricular activities such as the Model United Nations.

Luke believes that he would not be where he is today without the encouragement and patience of his teachers. The small class sizes at MSS have enabled him to receive a lot of personal attention and grow as a learner.  He’s especially learned presentation skills and feels comfortable speaking in front of groups of people.

Mustard Seed’s program has also taught Luke to serve others in ways both big and small. He enjoys making a difference through formal service projects like a collection for those in need or through small acts of kindness, like holding open the door for another student.

A four-time school champion and state finalist of the National Geographic Geography Bee, Luke has interests in geography, foreign regions, and current events. If he could travel anywhere, it would be to a European country like Switzerland. Committed to timeliness and rigorous planning, Luke believes he would fit right in with the culture.

 

lola

Lola looks forward to learning in an all-girls environment next year at Kent Place School. She’s eager to make new friends. Study art. And delve into subjects that will set her on a path to study sports medicine or psychology in college.

For many years, Lola was unsure about how to interact with younger students. Then she volunteered as an assistant during park time and became an intern in the MSS preschool. By having opportunities to work alongside teachers, she’s gained first-hand knowledge of how to be a leader. Now she’s a master at caring for  young children.

Time management is a critical skill that Lola’s learned at MSS.  An athlete in the sport of fencing, Lola travels the world to compete.  Mr. Choi, her science teacher, taught her how to study for tests and to work on assignments while still pursuing her dreams outside of school. With Mr. Choi’s help, Lola has grown into a young woman who can manage many things and flourish. She’s so grateful!

What will Lola miss about MSS? The encouraging community. Opportunities to lead. And all of the teachers and students who have helped her get to where she is today. She sends her thanks!

 

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.