Before winter break, our Upper School community gathered to celebrate the Class of 2023 with the Ring Ceremony, a tradition that began with the inception of the May School in 1880 and continued when it merged with the Brimmer School in 1939. Students in 12th grade share personal memories and remarks about each 11th grader, highlighting their experiences together.
The following remarks were given by Behare Goshime ’22 at this years Ring Ceremony:
Congratulations to the Class of 2023 on officially being a part of Brimmer's traditional Ring Ceremony. This year is a little different, however it does not change the meaning of the ceremony, which is a time of bonding between juniors and seniors. By completing this tradition, you are one step closer to becoming Brimmer and May alumni! I can remember my Ring Ceremony last year and being excited to see who was talking about me and what they had to say. Now, a year later, my classmates and I follow in the steps of the past graduating classes and present you with rings. However, with great rings come great responsibilities. With a few months left of being Brimmer students, we pass on the torch to you. You will have the responsibility of setting an example to the rest of the school and following our core values. This responsibility will become a reality as the seniors begin our final steps of departure this coming April. I think I can speak on behalf of my entire class when I say that the Brimmer will be in good hands — you are kind, smart, funny, and amazing leaders.
I want to share a piece of advice that I wish someone had told me when I was a junior going into my senior year. Next year, will go by like a flash. Your head will be down and you will be working hard on school work, college prep, applications, interviews, and more. Do not forget to take a breath so you don’t miss out on the good things. Since the beginning of this school year, I have felt an unexplainable feeling—A sense of closeness, bonding, and unity—between my classmates and me. I know you will feel this as well. Your senior year will be filled with many firsts, like college applications and acceptances, but don’t forget that it will also be filled with lasts. Your last first day of high school, your last homecoming, your last season of your favorite sport, and more. I am not going to lie to you, next year will be hard and stressful at times. But the unity and bonds you build are important. As corny as this may sound, you are a family and you all know each other very well. Spend time with one another: go out to lunch, cram last minute random facts into your brain before a possible-but-not-promised Ms. Smith reading quiz. The year goes by fast, and before you know it, graduation will come and you will all go your separate ways. So don’t forget about the little moments, because those will be the memories you take with you.
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