In the final weeks leading up to Graduation Day 2022, EAB will celebrate each of its Seniors via the Senior Spotlight. The High School Faculty is committed to making sure each member of the Class of 2022 knows how much they have meant to this school and how proud we are of them. Today, the Senior in the spotlight is Rafael Ludovico. Rafa has been a proud member of the EAB Community for his entire school life.
After being at EAB for 15 years, Rafa writes at length about the relationships, memories, and experiences that have shaped his time here. He’s grown up at EAB, seeing changes in the school and in himself as friends came and went. He will miss all the connections that he’s made in his time here, not only with past and present students, but with teachers and staff. He’ll miss seeing them every day, sharing jokes, and special moments. Often it’s the accumulation of all the simplest moments that made his time here so special: fun group activities in classes or hanging out with friends during breaks. The EAB community made him feel welcomed and he considers it a second home. Even in difficult moments, he never thought of changing schools, as if it would be like abandoning his family.
Rafa particularly has enjoyed the bonds that came with playing futsal and soccer. Some of his teachers remember him as part of the legendary Club EAB teams. One specific memory that sticks with Rafa is from the 2019 futsal season.
“At the time, I was just a freshman and had lost my last opportunity to go to the Little 8 tournament as the oldest member on the team and captain, all because of a one-day difference when I turned 15. I joined the Varsity team and was a little afraid of doing so because I would be the youngest member. I had to practice with seniors and juniors, which at times was quite scary. Since day one of practice, the seniors and juniors were super nice and we developed a great relationship as time went on. They were always playful, yet at the same time treated me with respect and made me feel welcomed to the team.”
Rafael remembers how working together toward a common goal helped them to create a connection and friendship. As a senior, he now tries to serve as a role model and leader, welcoming younger players on the team the way he was.
Rafa is most proud of persisting through difficult moments throughout his EAB career and not giving up. At times, he considered giving up on various things, but is proud of ultimately deciding to stick to his original plans. He would like to thank his parents for “sticking with [him] throughout [his] journey at EAB, helping [him] when [he] needed it, and sacrificing so much.” He would also like to thank his friends for their “help during hard times and making it to the end together.” Even with many friends leaving the school over the years, new friends came in to become a crucial part of his life.
We certainly will miss Rafa’s gentle nature and wish him well as he departs EAB after so many years!