In the final weeks leading up to Graduation Day 2020, EAB will celebrate each of its Seniors via the Senior Spotlight. Though many of the Senior Traditions cannot happen this year, the High School Faculty is committed to making sure each member of the Class of 2020 knows how much they have meant to this school and how proud we are of them. Today, the Senior in the spotlight is Ryley Ermatinger.
Ryley has been a dedicated member of the EAB Community since becoming a Bull at the beginning of eleventh grade. Like many of her teammates, her "favourite EAB memory is winning the BIG 4 softball tournament in 2019". She is "thankful" to have brought "home gold" but more so, she recognises the enormous effort that everyone put into improving as a team. Ryley believes "the small things...make her happy" when they "include the people she loves" so she will miss the "daily routine" of "walking down the hallway and saying hello to friends". She will miss the high-fives and fist bumps that "definitely made her day". Typical of Ryley, the highlight of her day was "encouraging each other...hyping each other up to have a good day". She is proudest of her friendship group, a "community that doesn't care about age, but cares about how we treat people and respect our peers".
This statement is also typical of Ryley, who consistently refer to her caring, respectful and kind personality. She is "very loyal to her friends and always showed empathy towards students who were having a bad day". Her compassion and empathy meant that she was always "willing to help" other students. Teachers always appreciate a student who meets deadlines; Ryley not only met them but consistently produced "exceptional". Alongside this, Ryley always approached her work with enthusiasm. Her teachers comment on her effort, engagement and how she 'never made excuses'.
And in keeping with Ryley's personality, she dedicated more space to her thanks than to her own memories! She thanks her parents without whom she "wouldn't have been able to graduate". She thanks her friends for "putting up" with her "ridiculous self". Ryley also expresses her thanks to the teachers for "not giving up on the students", saying that they all "came up with insightful and creative lessons that kept (us) engaged and constantly learning". Finally, Ryley wants to thank "the cafeteria staff, cleaning staff and security guards" for everything they do to keep the campus "a safe place".
And we thank you Ryley for your infectious good humour, positive attitude and caring nature. Ms Camila's words are particularly apt: "you are very special and people will have pleasure having you in their lives". We can all agree on this and we wish you the very best that life can bring, Ryley.