"Skills to Stay on Track"
Clairbourn has been a second home of mine for 9 years. I haven’t always been Bradley Marelich. Most recently I was Lysander in the Shakespeare play; I was the one with the curly blond wig. Before that I was Roo in the Pooh play, who got stuck in the tree with Tigger. Going back a few years to the fifth grade, I was a mate on the trip to Dana point.
Then in fourth grade I was both Lewis and Clark in the wax museum which was pretty impressive being two people at once. In third grade, I was Clifford Pierce, who helped navigate the Oregon Trail. In my early years at Clairbourn, I was a mad scientist that accidentally took my classmates up into space in the space play, and also got to be Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Lastly, in kindergarten I got to be the wind in the Christmas concert. I really wanted to get the part of the wind, because the wind got to run across the stage.
As Wayne Gretzky, a world famous ice hockey player, once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” I took as many shots as I could and had an amazing experience for my nine years here at Clairbourn. One of the reasons that my experience was so amazing was because of everything that I was able to try. I mentioned earlier all the characters that I’ve been since I’ve been at Clairbourn, and they all came from trying new things. For example, even though I had never acted before, I decided to participate in the plays, and it was a great experience. Try everything you can, because you never know what you will enjoy.
Soon, I’ll be starting high school at Flintridge Prep, and I feel like Clairbourn has prepared me very well. Middle school is like a car race, in a way, where if you pay attention and stay on the track then it’s pretty straight forward. If you get distracted or don’t study, then your car starts falling of the track. So my advice is to stay on track! Clairbourn has taught me to be responsible and independent, to manage my time, and to be organized. I will definitely use all of these skills in high school.