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Jim Eagen

 

Happy New Year!

 

A few years ago, I asked the community, “what three words describe Synapse?” Creative, fun, learning, loving, joyful, unique, accepting, and amazing were top picks. I agreed then, and I agree now. Many of you may remember, I also repeated what one kindergartner said to all of us at the time - “Synapse is awesome! Yes, Synapse is awesome possum!!”

 

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Jim Eagen

 

We are here tonight to celebrate a funky bunch of 8th graders who have had to deal with a whole lot of unknowns and “what ifs” the past two school years. Can you believe we are here, in person? There was a time not long ago where I wasn’t sure we would be allowed to hold a graduation on campus. But, here we are! 

 

Thank you - family and friends - for coming to celebrate this unique group of 8th graders on this glorious graduation evening. We often think about graduation as if it’s the end of some journey, but it’s also the beginning of one. The chance to see the world differently, to change your location and your context, to contribute and help out, to seek to better understand yourself and others. In many ways, you are just getting started!

 

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Jim Eagen

 

If you haven't been paying attention, COVID case counts and hospitalizations are dropping precipitously and vaccine distribution is accelerating. The arguments for optimism around COVID are grounded in reason, and for the first time in months, there seems to be hope. We simply need to be vigilant - wear a mask and get vaccinated. It’s more than a shot for you, it’s a shot for those you love too. From hugs shared with family, to maskless gatherings with vaccinated friends, to working out, or dining out, the ever-present worry which for some has been overwhelming will begin to dissipate.  By getting vaccinated you will help those who are overwhelmed and you’ll gain some of your pre-pandemic life back. We all will. Can you imagine that?

 

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