Every Friday the Waldorf School of Garden City High School gathers in the student room for the weekly Student Assembly that consists of (1) an extended speech by a senior on a topic of particular interest to them, and (2) the recitation of a poem, (either existing or original) by a junior. The Senior Speeches and Junior Poems are a rite of passage for Waldorf students and are a required part of the high school curriculum.
Friday, January 6, 2017
First up was Stephanie Diaz who spoke about her growth as an artist. She explained how her appreciation for the arts has developed alongside her own artistic skills. Stephanie engaged the audience as they viewed a number of her art pieces and she described not only what the pieces represented, but also the feelings each one elicited in her. She explained how each new work of art that she creates gives her new perspective, not only on art, but on life and the world around her. This carries over to her love of fashion and the various garments she hopes to design in the future. We would like to wish Stephanie the best of luck in all future endeavors.
Next up, Nzinga Helwig took the podium and delivered a compelling speech about her preferred art form–writing–and how it changed her life for the better. She described how writing poetry helped her make sense of the world around her when things seemed the most lost. She explained how in the hardest of times, like when her house was hit by super-storm Sandy a few years ago, writing helped her better understand her own feelings and express herself when she needed it most. Along the way she recited some of her original poetry that moved the audience with its raw emotion and power. We would like to congratulate Nzinga and wish her well in her future endeavors.
Junior poems from January 20th to come in part II.