In the past ten days, Bella turned 18, went to prom, went to orientation, and graduated yesterday.
She leaves for Costa Rica tomorrow for an 11 day adventure with the same company she has been away with for the past three years.
That's a lot on one kids plate!
The Hen Hud Class of 2015 is a bright class. They had 78 Presidential scholars. There are kids headed to schools from East to West (California) and North (Canada) to South (Arizona, Florida). Ivy league schools, almost ivy, top 20, community, military and undecided. They are an adventurous group.
Bella was able to be a part of the quartet of young women singing the National Anthem as well as a few other pieces, including the senior song, "I Lived." (That song was also used as the senior dance piece. It is almost guaranteed to make me cry whenever I hear it.)
There were more than a few moving moments during this ceremony. The speeches were excellent. Bruce & Kathy getting their son Nicky's degree for him, as he is already at the Air Force Academy. Debbie presenting her daughter with her diploma. Seeing the pictures of Kate and Jack.
In August, Bella will be a freshman at the University of Vermont. It was her first choice of schools, so I am delighted for her.
Here's what I know about my Bella:
- She has a smile that lights a room
- She loves her friends
- She loves having them hang out here
- She loves a Carvel run
- She is far more sensitive than she will ever let on
- She honestly loves school
- She likes to get good grades
- She is not afraid to go out into the world and be herself
- She knows I adore her
OH (!) the places I expect this kid to go.
Congratulations my Bella Girl!
I love you more than you will ever know...until you have your own kids.
Happy, Happy EVERYTHING!
All three girls graduated this year ~ Col and Caleigh from Yorktown High School on Saturday.
Colleen and Caleigh are both headed to SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall! Right across the lake from Bella.
Since the girls AND the show graduated this year, I thought, here's the perfect version to share.
Each of you have YEARS to LIVE.
I did it all
I, I, I
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived