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Senior Spotlight: Embracing Growth, Confidence, and the Pursuit of Medicine at ICS

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Jennifer Carlson

As the 2022-2023 academic year comes to a close, we take a moment to shine the spotlight on an exceptional student who has traversed the halls of our beloved International Community School (ICS) for her entire educational journey. Today, we celebrate the accomplishments and personal growth of Grace, a remarkable young woman who has left an indelible mark on our school community.


Reflecting upon her educational journey at ICS, Grace recalls a transformation that has unfolded over the years. From a shy, introverted girl who sought solace in the presence of others, she has emerged as a confident and self-assured individual, comfortable both in her own company and among friends. Embracing the opportunities for growth in confidence and self-discovery that ICS provided, she has blossomed in the close-knit nurturing environment that encourages personal excellence.  

Throughout her years at ICS, Grace has experienced countless memorable moments. One of the fondest memories she holds dear is the camaraderie she shared with her classmates during an unexpected card game in Mr. Byrd's 8th grade Bible class.  Gathered on the floor, a fun game of sevens unfolded, captivating the attention of a larger-than-usual group—about twelve students instead of the usual four. What began as a simple card game turned into an opportunity for students to connect, bridge gaps, and form friendships beyond the confines of their regular interactions. It was in moments like these that the tight-knit community within and between grade levels truly fostered inclusivity and joyful experiences for Grace.

While there have been many academic achievements along the way, one situation stands out as a testament to her determination and perseverance. In English class, she encountered significant challenges, struggling to find her footing in the class. However, with unwavering dedication and a resilient spirit, she turned the tide with a final assessment.  The result was a remarkable improvement, as she turned her grade around from the near-failure to a solid B+. It is not the highest grade she has ever achieved, but it represents a pivotal moment in her journey—a moment where she fought to improve and succeed.  It is this tenacity and ability to overcome adversity that she holds dear, serving as a testament to her strength and unwavering dedication.

When it comes to academic success, Grace believes in finding the right balance between work and play. By utilizing effective study methods and optimizing her time management skills, she discovered the importance of maintaining a healthy equilibrium, which not only prevents burnout but also allows for personal enjoyment alongside academic achievements. Her experiences at ICS have provided her with a platform to explore various study techniques, allowing her to develop the most effective approach for herself—an invaluable asset as she sets her sights on medical school in Thailand.

Looking ahead, Grace envisions a future where the kindness, compassion, and resilience she has cultivated during her time at ICS will guide her in becoming a trusted and empathetic doctor. Armed with effective study methods, the invaluable social skills honed at our school, and a deep-rooted desire to make a difference, she is poised to embark on her medical journey in Thailand, eager to tackle the demanding workload and excel in her chosen field.

As we celebrate the accomplishments and aspirations of Grace, we are reminded once again of the transformative power of education and the profound impact it can have on shaping the lives of our students. Grace's journey at ICS has been marked by personal growth, academic excellence, and the development of essential skills across all three of our ESOs: interpersonal, curricular, and spiritual. 

With gratitude for her contributions to our community and excitement for the bright future that awaits her, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Grace and wish her every success as she embarks on this remarkable new chapter of her life. Once a Knight, Always a Knight! 

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