I’m not sure how many educators get a chance to see students grow up in their school from kindergarten up to 12th grade. However, almost every graduating class from The Potter’s House high school has a few students who have attended The Potter’s House since they first learned their ABCs, and this year is no exception.
This year Joel DeJong is one such student, whose hand I shook every school day for 9 years straight, and who is now graduating from our high school. We share some humorous memories together, and he recently gave a compelling speech at our New Friends Banquet with the following recollection.
It has been a great 13 years at The Potter’s House. I am not knowledgeable of any other school where you can garner the interest of the School Superintendent and enjoy a laugh with him. For example, a few weeks ago, while performing a play for my AP English class in the school library, I had to run around the room as fast as I could. And who happened to be in my way but Mr. Booy. I had to decide between slowing down and missing my cue, or running over the superintendent. I chose the latter. When I approached him apologetically about it later, his response was to say, “It’s okay. I think I’ll still let you graduate on time.” It would have been quite embarrassing had I not gotten to know him so well over the last 13 years.
Joel DeJong is indeed graduating with my blessing, to go forth and pursue his talents in communications and theater.