Boy, its been a while since I last posted something. Of course the fact that I graduated 4 years ago might have something to do it, but I suppose that graduation isn't the one taking center stage right now. My name is Darien Caine and on Saturday I will be graduating Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory high school. I just want to take a moment to reflect.
Its been a very long journey since my first day at Hillwood in September of 2000. I don't exactly remember how long I cried those first few weeks, but that small period of self-imposed sadness could not possibly compare to the wonders and joys I would experience in the coming years of my education. I do intend to keep this message short, so I would just like to thank the school, especially Mr. and Mrs. Grantz, who have supported me in more than just my education. Hillwood became a second family to me and one that will be with me for many years to come.
Momentarily disregarding my wishes for brevity, there are a few things I want to specifically thank the school for. One of the biggest questions I got when I came into high school, was "Were you prepared?" The obvious answer to that question was yes, but that wasn't just an answer I gave because it seemed correct. Hillwood could not have prepared me more for what I was going to face when I entered high school and for that I am thankful. Additionally I want to take a moment to remember one aspect of Hillwood that you would never find in any other school in San Francisco, in California, or anywhere else in the nation, and that is a quality afterschool care program. Hillwood's afterschool care legacy has been carried on by such memorable people as Mrs. Okamoto, who to this day remains an inspiration to those who were fortunate enough to know her. Even today the afterschool care at Hillwood helps the students thrive and become something beyond the academics, and I'm not just saying that because the current person in charge of it is my mom.
If I had not had the privilege of attending Hillwood I do not think I would achieved nearly as much as I have. My name is Darien Caine and I am a boy, or rather a young man, who has been 13-years in the making, and I have Hillwood to thank for all the great things I hope lie ahead.