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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, May 20, 2022 1 month ago

Windermere High School: Note from the principal

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At Windermere, the phrase, “Achieving Greatness with Honor,” is more than just a tagline, it is a core belief in all that we do.

As another school year draws to a close, it is important to take time to reflect on all the accomplishments we’ve achieved as a school and community. At Windermere, the phrase, “Achieving Greatness with Honor,” is more than just a tagline, it is a core belief in all that we do. From academics and athletics to fine arts and extra curricular activities, I’m so proud of all you’ve accomplished both in and out of the classroom over the course of this school year. 

For many of us, the global pandemic shaped our high school lives and careers. Daily, weekly and monthly changes tested the limits of our patience and flexibility as we tried to find ways to return to some semblance of normalcy. But also, it pushed us to strive for innovation and adaptation to make the high school experience one to always remember. This class adapted and never allowed the pandemic to slow their desire for a memorable high school experience. 

The opportunities that lie before you are endless, but it will be up to each of you to passionately pursue your goals and dreams. Don’t be afraid do take chances and even fail. Colin Powell once said: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard works and learning from failure.” Whatever goal you have, I expect you to passionately work to reach it while doing so with honor. 

To all my students, thank you for making my first year at Windermere one that I will never forget. To my seniors, may the road rise to meet you, and may the wind always be at your back, and remember, once a Wolverine, always a Wolverine. 

— Andrew Leftakis

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