I'll be a Lifer at Potomac, meaning I've spent time on campus studying, learning school traditions, and making friends since I was in kindergarten. I have amazing memories of the school, which range from reading my first book to understanding quadratic equations. I owe who I am to Potomac's community and what I've learned from my teachers, and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead in the Upper School.
I started out my Potomac life in Mr. Taylor's kindergarten class in the old Lower School building. That building is gone now, but I still have vivid memories of it, especially the playground. The main social event for a kindergartener has to be the Kindergarten Circus, which features elephants squirting water into the crowd, clowns clowning around, and body-builders lifting inflatable weights. Over the next three years, in a brand new Lower School building, I memorized my multiplication tables and all 50 states and capitals. I also participated in several plays, one being about Lewis and Clark, where I played the husband of Sacagawea, and took incredible field trips like one to the Frederick Douglas house. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Greer, happened to be getting married the year she was my teacher. So, being excited little third graders, we threw her a mock wedding at one of my friend's houses. As the "father" of the bride, I got to walk her down the aisle.
In Middle School, we earned more independence and freedom. We went from having PE to playing sports, including some I didn't even know existed, like handball. As in Lower School, we held plays; the one I remember the most was Charlotte's Web in fifth grade, where I played Lurvy, the Zuckermans' hired hand. I can recall my big moment--looking into the crowd and saying, "Some Pig." Fifth grade at Potomac means the the Greek Olympics, an event where students compete in track activities like the high jump, discus, and more. I was a long jumper. As a sixth grader, I played a knight in the Middle School medieval bazaar. I spoke about the battles I had fought, the tests and work that was required to be knighted, and how to serve my king.
As for my time in the Intermediate School, I could go on and on about my amazing teachers, friends, sports involvement, and community. I could write an entire book about all that we have done recently, like the field trip we just took to the African American Museum of History and Culture, where we studied history from the 1400s through modern times.
Now, Independent Projects are due soon. These projects allow eighth graders to study a specific area of interest in depth, whether that involves writing a book or 3D printing soccer cleats. I chose to study chiropractic medicine. I am researching the origins of these treatments, the tools used in its practice, the maneuvers doctors perform, and what effects this area has on health.Life at Potomac has been filled with intense academic and athletic challenges, but also tremendous school spirit, excitement, and friendships. I do not know exactly what high school at Potomac will bring, but if it is anything like the what I have experienced so far, I can't wait to get started.