Senior Spotlight: Celeste

Leading up to Graduation, we will be highlighting members of the Class of 2020. Although Seniors all over the world have had their final year impacted by this pandemic, Lincoln School has a number of plans in place to honor the efforts of our graduating Seniors. Today, Celeste is in the spotlight!

Celeste joined Lincoln School in 9th grade and, like many of her classmates, recounts Service Nepal this year as being her favorite memory. Specifically, “The second to last night… it was after a round of bonding games…The Borderlands staff got a huge speaker out and the first person to make a request was Ayusha, and she chose a Hindi song. Next thing that happens, all the girls are on their feet…The huddle gradually grows bigger … and we’re all out of breath by the end of the song, but more and more requests are made, and next thing that happens: the entire class is on the dance floor. For the first time in four years I saw classmates who always sat out, get up and dance; it was something I never would’ve expected. No one could’ve ever anticipated us to come together, especially this naturally, but that night we did.”

Celeste’s spirit animal is a sea turtle. “I was face to face with one during one of my first dives, and since then I’ve loved them.” Right now, Celeste says she misses seeing everyone in their element. “Ivan walking through the hallways with his earphones and coffee; Jigtral on the green couch in the library with his Giants hat on; Aki, Deeya, and Rasheena in the back corner laughing… you just got to see everyone doing their own thing, and I miss that.” However, Celeste says the best thing about online learning is the “Personal challenge …to see how well I can succeed in a compromised environment and situation.”

If Celeste could trade places with someone at Lincoln, she says it would be with the custodians who are in charge of the theater because so much of the backstage is filled with props and materials that have gathered over the years. “It’d be cool to transform it into a really formal space.”

Some advice Celeste would like to pass onto the younger students at Lincoln is: “You always think you have more time than you do, but you don’t. At the end of the day, it’s better to know you tried your best to contribute what you can to your class, than to just leave knowing you could’ve done more.”

Finally, Celeste says “I’d like to thank the women at Lincoln School for being the people I looked up to the most during these past four years. Thank you for creating a space for me to speak my truth, thank you for allowing me to express myself, thank you for listening to me, offering support, and encouraging me. Thank you for setting an example as to how all women should interact with one another.”

Thank you for being such a great Snow Leopard, Celeste. We are all so proud of you!

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