Senior Column: Ethan Peter

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Merry Schlarman

You adopted me into your classes, cliques, sports and social lives.

College: University of Missouri

Majors: Strategic Communications and Marketing

With all due respect, I never wanted to meet any of you. You’re scary, so scary that I cried when my parents told me I’d be spending the next four years with you in your school. They explained it was a great place and that it was more financially reasonable than a private high school. But I didn’t care about the school, no, I cared about the people, and I was quite happy with my friends from the past nine years at CCLS. So when my parents asked me if I could forgive them for sending me to Kirkwood, I paused and said I wasn’t sure.

But I had no choice, so I entered your school as a shy, nervous freshman. That’s when I met a few of you. You adopted me into your classes, cliques, sports and social lives. I’m eternally grateful for you—the students, teachers, parents and coaches who went out of their way to make me feel welcomed in the Kirkwood family. Yet at the end of the year when my parents asked me if I forgave them, I still couldn’t give them an answer.

I’m eternally grateful for you—the students, teachers, parents and coaches who went out of their way to make me feel welcomed in the Kirkwood family.”

I met more of you the next three years, and you shaped who I am today. You made me a better person through your humor, advice, friendships and perspectives. Together we learned some useful information, a lot of useless information and the best unblocked games on our laptops (and iPads … remember those?). But more importantly, we made memories: the Thursdays at Lion’s Choice, the late-night 7/11 runs, the constant roasting in SJ, the clowning around in the Dougherty Ferry lot and the fiestas en espanol. Gracias para todos.

Somewhere in all this I began to love Kirkwood. The past few years, when my parents would jokingly ask me if I forgave them for sending me to Kirkwood, I would sarcastically reply “no.” They knew the true answer. And while I know Kirkwood is an excellent school, I now understand it is excellent because of the people inside it. 

There’s a possibility I’ll cry at our graduation. And when my parents ask me if I forgive them for sending me to Kirkwood, I will confidently say “yes,” and I will also say “thank you.” Because I love our school, I’m thankful for all of you and I’m certainly glad I met you.

So thank you.