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Letters to Seniors: Dana Brettell

Dear Seniors of the class of 2020,

Just to say that you were a member of the class of 2020 sounds really cool and something that may always have its own special ring. Conversely, on those future occasions when you tell someone that you graduated in 2020, you may hear a sigh, an “oh, that year”, “how did you do it?”, or “what was it like?” Well, those of us who were alongside have a pretty good idea. 

 I know that I am truly in awe of all you bring to TA on a daily basis: your unique character, your special gifts and talents, your need to share and express, to give and receive, to “panther” on through challenges and to reap the rewards. Yet, most likely, throughout your years at TA, you never imagined you would have to rely on your inner resources, perseverance and imagination like you have over these past months leading up to your graduation? For that alone, I am full of admiration. 

So, as you proceed through your education, work and personal lives, remember all the good times while at TA, but also take time to reflect on all you learned during the strange and challenging spring of 2020 when you graduated from high school.

Each one of you has left a part of yourself and has enriched the TA community. You will be missed.

Congratulations! ¡Felicidades! 


Ms. Brettell (Señora)

Class of 1976



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