My Fins Still Survived

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2018 Graduation Speech by Queen Bell ’18

Good evening everyone, my name is Queen Bell.

Today I will be presenting a poem I wrote entitled “My Fins still Survived.” This poem is a representation of my time at City Academy, I started city Academy in the 3rd grade. Before I was at City Academy, I was in a St. Louis public school. The transition was a struggle for me and sometimes I felt alone. But with the help of my family or my school of fish, I overcame the storm.

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Memory Lane

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2018 Graduation Speech by Aaliyah Elliott ’18 (John Burroughs ’24)

Good evening, my name is Aaliyah Elliott.

This evening I will be reciting a poem, entitled “Memory Lane” and will be reflecting on the amazing memories I’ve encountered over my years at City Academy.

Let’s see how many of you are familiar with this song. Uh, Huh, I knew many of you could relate to that. Well, Minnie Riperton sang this song “Memory Lane” in the late 1970’s but I’d like to take you down my memory lane.

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Opportunity Knocks

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2018 Graduation Speech by Ryan Sieve ’18 (John Burroughs ’24)

Good evening. My name is Ryan Sieve. My graduation speech is entitled “Opportunity Knocks”.

I know it may sound cliche when I say that City Academy has given me the opportunity of a lifetime. But I hold true to that statement.

When I first entered this school, it was like a whiff of fresh air, reassuring me that there were opportunities ahead. The instant feeling of security made my transition less unpredictable. I knew from my first day, when I had a brief chat with Mr. Hollenkamp, that these people were on my side. He mentioned that it was his first day also, which eased my mind to know that we were beginning this same journey together. As I took my first steps on my path here at City Academy, opportunity after opportunity came my way.

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2018 Oliver M. Langenberg Award Recipient | The Charles Knight Family

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The Charles Knight Family

At our first graduation in 2005, we created the Oliver Langenberg Award. This award honors a St. Louisan whose contributions have made City Academy and our broader community better. Oliver Langenberg was City Academy’s first donor in 1998, a year before we opened! Think about that. He gave money to a school with no students or teachers. Mr. Langenberg believed in the vision for a school of excellence for all families. He had faith that we would get it done. I will always be grateful.

Today, I am honored to have Mrs. Joanne Knight here, along with her daughter Anne Davidson, and to present this year’s Langenberg Award to the Charles Knight Family. 

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Graduation Ceremony 2018 | Alumnus Reflection

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City Academy 2018 Graduation Alumnus Speech | Kendall McLemore ’12 (Priory ’18)

Today I want to talk briefly about mottos or, as some people call them, mantras. A motto is a short sentence or phrase chosen to encapsulate the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family, or institution. At each point in my life I had a different motto that pushed me through. After watching Finding Nemo, my motto was “just keep swimming.” I stuck with it throughout my career at City Academy. I just kept moving and telling myself there is a pot of gold at the end of this journey…I know I’m moving towards something great. And I’ll tell you, City Academy sets you up for something great. Everyone who graduates from here moves on to impact their school and the world around them.

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(Revelations) Dreams Misunderstood

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2018 Graduation Speech by  Jeremiah Clay ’18 (MICDS ’24)

Good evening my name is Jeremiah Clay.

I stand here today ecstatic at the young man that I have grown into over the years. You see, I was the little boy that spent most days with a visit to the office. The only thing that would calm my soul was a Good Ole’ Book.

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My Time

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2018 Graduation Speech by Kailand Dennis ’18

Hello, I am Kailand Dennis, and I will be sharing my poem. It is entitled, “My Time”, as it is about my time at City Academy.

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Volunteers Are Role Models for City Academy Students

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Volunteers from Whitfield School and John Burroughs School

This spring, two very special visitors have been around City Academy. You may find on the field playing kickball, in the classroom assisting our students, or in the library helping pack up our books for renovations to our current facility.

Josh (John Burroughs School ’18) and Jordan (Whitfield School ’18) are high school seniors at John Burroughs School and Whitfield School. As a capstone project to their high school experiences, they each followed their passion to connect with students by selecting City Academy as their internship site.

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Learning History Through Language

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Second grade video project connects history, language arts, and STEAM!

Second grade recently completed a unit on St. Louis history. This unit was an extension of their ongoing study of figurative language. The class began the history unit by learning about St. Louis. Through this unit, students discovered meaning of the symbols of our city’s flag, the confluence, and the geography of the area.

Second graders also examined past and present photographs of the riverbank. They were surprised to see how it has changed over many years due to flooding!

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Shaw Nature Reserve Field Trip

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For City Academy students, an overnight field trip to Shaw Nature Reserve is a right of passage.

The Missouri Botanical Garden Shaw Nature Reserve has been a longtime community partner with City Academy. For over ten years, they have hosted third-sixth grade students on overnight field trips. These trips, led by our science teacher and STEAM coordinator, Erik Taylor, have provided hands-on experience of Missouri’s native ecosystems to students.

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