Congratulations to Agatha Hunt for being selected by the English Department as the Rotary Student of the Month. On October 11, Agatha was honored at the Rotary Student of the Month Breakfast along with honorees from Old Saybrook and Westbrook High Schools. Mrs . Baklik shared her remarks below describing some of the outstanding work Agatha has accomplished.
I had been telling Jenn Burke, the senior AP literature teacher at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, how amazing my class of juniors was all year last year. I was so impressed with them as a whole: “They are readers!” I would tell her. “They develop these brilliant analyses all on their own, they challenge their classmates in discussion, they tackle difficult topics maturely. I haven’t had a class quite like them before.”
To illustrate, here is a line from Agatha Hunt’s literary criticism research essay, on Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, which she wrote last year: “The constant, comforting presence of the sea throughout the novel emphasizes the inevitability of the failure of Edna’s journey that culminates in her final futile rebellion as she walks into the sea” (Hunt). Brilliant.
And this year, Mrs. Burke came to me to confirm that yes, she, too, was impressed by this class’s analyses, their eloquence, and their determination to reach the lofty goals they set for themselves. Agatha Hunt has been fortunate to have these classmates around her, and she encapsulates their intelligence and drive while going the further step.
Aggie also writes creatively, an interest she has pursued on her own. Here are the last lines from one of her short stories: “[Ian] dropped to his knees as the sky split in half and the rains poured down. They felt like tears, and for a moment Ian let himself wonder if God could cry for a man like him.”
For her creative writing, Aggie was honored in the Shoreline Heads of English Departments writing contest last year. And it has been my honor to be witness to her growth; with these talents, she has risen to the forefront of her worthy peers. The Lyme-Old Lyme English department is proud to present her to you.
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