Miriam is proud to announce it’s first graduate, Olzhas Barron-Grayson, who successfully completed the coursework to earn his high school diploma. Olzhas came to Miriam Academy as a sophomore, and spoke at the ceremony about how the school helped him overcome his learning differences.
“Once I joined Miriam Academy things changed. I’m grateful for having you all help me during a hard time in my life. Teachers have been encouraging and kind to me. My friends have been great. Miriam notices you. It has a way of caring for each person and paying attention to each person’s troubles. Miriam accepts us for exactly who we are.”
Teachers and staff also spoke about the graduate, including Chris Holmes, humanities teacher and founding staff member, who had some words of encouragement for Olzhas.
“You know, kids come to Miriam Academy for a variety of reasons. But I think the main one – and maybe the one we talk about the least – is to learn who we are. All of who we are, not just the parts that don’t seem to fit into an inflexible world, but also the parts that make the world more flexible, more malleable – the parts that show us what form we can take, what we are capable of, and how the world is better for it. The parts of us that make others pause, step back, and see the beauty of a true friend, an authentic heart, and a gifted mind. I hope you see and embrace these parts of you.”
Olzhas’ diploma was presented by Dr. Sue Jackson, Head of School, and Susie Luten, Miriam Board President. Olzhas, an art student, presented the school with a special piece he created in appreciation of his time at Miriam Academy. Olzhas’ family and classmates attended the ceremony and celebration.
Congratulations Olzhas! Miriam Academy is proud to have you as our first alumnus!