Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham
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Ashley Graham

When I first arrived at Greenburgh Academy, I was a quiet and shy seventh grade girl with very little self- esteem. As the years went by Greenburgh helped me to grow in some of the best ways. At the beginning, I did not talk to many people but after my first year I started to talk more, and become interested in some of the subjects and programs that the school had to offer me. Some of the subjects that I learned to enjoy were Technology with Ms. Rice, Art with Ms. Fuentes, English with Mr. Camaj, Math with Mr. Belluzzi, and Science with Ms. Arrigo.

I started playing volleyball in eighth grade with Ms. Muscat as my coach and Ms. Abreu as my assistant coach. I played this all through my years as Greenburgh and I enjoyed every minute of it. One of my best memories was the last game at the end of the season at Greenburgh Academy because I scored the last point which won us the game. Another experience I had was learning how much I loved Art with Ms. Fuentes. In my junior and senior years of high school, I learned that if I kept my patience, I could create art which others actually wanted to see. In fact, I displayed my art in an art show which was put on at Greenburgh and it sold which made me feel confident, because I created something which someone else wanted to buy.

The teachers at Greenburgh were at one point or another my greatest allies. Ms. Rice taught me Photoshop which has come in handy for some projects in college. Mr. Camaj taught me how to look for grammar errors and write papers which is now why I can write ten-page papers. Ms. Fuentes taught me how to enjoy art, which I now use as a destressing skill whenever I need a break. Ms. Muscat taught me history but was also my volleyball coach, and she helped me to build confidence whether it was on the court or in the classroom. Ms. Arrigo was one of the best science teachers I have ever known. She always got me excited for science even if we were just talking about mitosis.

Through my years at Greenburgh, I had learned and grown so much. I am now a junior social work student in college. I’m now working at an internship and juggling a job as well. Before I came to Greenburgh I don’t think any of this would be possible.