Autumn Gomez-Tagle '17 | Choir Council President
Greetings parents, students, alumni, and community members!
As a member of the Class of 2017, I’m used to looking forward -- not back. At this time of year, my classmates and I are anticipating the major changes that will soon be upon us. Faced with so many changes, I’ve been taking the opportunity to look back on the last four years.
As I reflect on my life pre-adulthood, I realize that I don’t remember the minutia of my day to day high school experience. Instead, I remember the people and things who mattered to me, who lifted me up, who taught me how to be a good person; a stronger person.
When I was a freshman, Claire Powling -- that year’s Choir Council President -- noticed that I was blushing so hard I barely looked human and was noticeably anxious. She took me aside after a rehearsal and said “you don’t have to be nervous. We were all scared when we started, you have no reason to worry. You’re doing just fine”. That touched me deeply at the time, and I don’t think it’s something I’m ever going to forget. That’s the moment I felt at home here at KHS and in our choir program.
The thing I have learned most in the last four years is that home is so much more than a geographic location. Home is the place where you create your fondest memories. Home is the people who stood by you and helped you discover who you really are. Home is the late night rehearsal memories. It is your parents helping you study and it is the friends you make and lose. Home is the mistakes you make and the people who pick you up when you fall. Through our lives, we carry with us remnants of our youth; memories that have shaped us into the people we are today. Whatever it may mean to you, home is what makes us who we are.
And so, I hope that you will join us at our final concert of the year: Coming Home. The concert is this Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the KHS Auditorium. Admission is free. Thank you for your support of the Kimberly Choirs!