Thursday, May 21, 2009

Gabe's Diploma Presentation

Last Wednesday, Gabe Akin, declared that he is ready to take on adult responsibilities and leave Clearwater. Clearwater's School Meeting agreed and granted him a diploma. Gabe reflected on his experiences and what he learned during his many years as a Clearwater student.

Many students and Clearwater parents attended Gabe's diploma presentation.

Gabe has been intensely learning and practicing poi performance during the past six months, and plans to increase his skill and create performances.

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He demonstrated his poi-spinning abilities as part of his presentation.

After the poi demonstration, he spent a lot of time answering questions and talking about what kind of life is important to him.

As with other Clearwater graduates, Gabe embodies self-awareness, insight and self-confidence. In addition to the knowledge he's acquired during his life so far, he knows he has all the creativity and curiosity he needs to accomplish current and future goals. I was especially struck by the strength of his self-knowledge and his comfort embracing exploration above attempting to ensure certainty in life.

Congratulations and may you have many wonderful adventures, Gabe!

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