Remarks by Senior Class President Jake Cutler

Jake Cutler, president of the Class of 2018, addressed the student body on Sept. 7, 2017. Cutler, left, is pictured with Clerk of Overseers Jeff Reinhold. 

Good morning Penn Charter. My name is Jake Cutler and I am a lifer.

For 12 years I have wondered what it would be like to sit in those chairs where the all grown up seniors sit, how comfy the chairs would be, and what kind of view we would have. I wondered about climbing the senior stairs and walking with the lower schoolers in silly costumes during the halloween parade. Looking back, I have had so many incredible memories with my friends, especially when we tried something new.

And we have many new things to experience this year.

As you can tell, over the summer I decided to bleach my hair to make it blonde. My sister was all for it; so, she and I went to a salon and got it done. Everyone who saw me after was a little surprised. The local deli guy asked if I fell head first into a washing machine. My mother was blown away, and my dad, well, let’s just say I’ll be hearing about it on my wedding day. However, I have enjoyed being blonde – they do say they have more fun. I got to feel like a new person with a new distinct look. More importantly, I got to a have a new experience, learn, and have fun with it.

Many students have said they felt nervous and/or scared to make new friends when they came to Penn Charter. They might have felt alone and vulnerable, but at the same time, they had a chance to create their own image among new potential friends. I remember when some of our seniors first came to Penn Charter. For instance when Dante and Sully came in middle school. Or when Koenig came a few years ago and Kayla came last year, I’m sure they hesitated to make new friends like I did the other day. Here is an example of what not to do:

I was in the airport and looking around and saw someone who looked somewhat familiar. There was a slight hesitation whether or not I should say hi, and I decided not to. Thinking back, I should have said hello, I should have introduced myself, and possibly, I could have made a new friend. It turns out that the guy I recognized was Steve Aoki, the DJ. So yeah, if I put myself out there, Steve could have been a buddy.

For the new students, and even the students who are coming back, do not hesitate to say "hi" to people you don’t usually talk too. Everyone at this school is special in some way, so no matter who you say “what’s up” to, they are going to be unique.

The most important thing, however, I have realized in my years at Penn Charter is to enjoy yourself and enjoy your time here. There is a great quote by Ferris Bueller: he says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” Now, some days feel like they are moving really slow. You might have experienced some upsetting things and felt pretty bad. But during the good moments, the moments when you feel special and warm, the moments when you are together with our community, cherish them, and have fun. Because, in these moments, time moves faster than it has ever felt before. You can ask our seniors how fast time goes by, and despite how cliché that phrase is, it is true.

So for the school year of 2017-2018 try new things; this could be a new sport, new foods, new crocs, bleaching your hair blonde, and more.

Make new friends like I have with Dante, Sully, Koenig, and Kayla over the years.

And, finally savor the times.

Thank you everybody, enjoy, and have a great school year!

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