道森B. 是斯坦福大学2018届的毕业生吗. He first came to Stanbridge as a junior high student who was bullied in public school because of his learning differences. 在Stanbridge, 他能够发光, and grew into both a leader and role model for other students as a member of the STAR 学生领导 Team, 我们牛头犬篮球队的首发队员, and a peer ambassador for visiting students during their shadow days at school. He is now enrolled at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, where he is pursuing a career in nursing.
Dawson's senior year culminated with him receiving 斯坦福奖 在毕业典礼上. This honor recognizes an individual who exemplifies the qualities of a model Stanbridge student: cooperation, 毅力, 的决心, 善良, and respect; a student who accepts personal challenges and transforms them into strengths.下面是道森的故事, 用他自己的话来说, taken from the text of his senior speech at commencement:
"When I was a child my mom noticed that I was a lot different from the other kids around me. She saw how I wouldn’t really talk like the others and how I acted like what others would refer to as weird, 我们后来发现了原因, 我有自闭症.
"My mom and dad both helped give me the skills and activities early on though so I could be developed enough to have a productive and an interestingly successful life. 但 unfortunately, the other kids couldn’t understand why I was different. And when they would look at me they saw a target.
"During my early school life I was bullied, and towards the end it had gotten so bad that I just gave up on everything. 然后, 命运的一天, my mom finally noticed the school I had been at was eating away at me and she just pulled me out of school that very day. 差不多一个月了, I was homeschooled until my parents found a school in San Mateo called 手机APP下载.
"I went for a shadow session 和 first three people I remember from that day the most were the kindhearted. I immediately fell in love with the school after spending the day there and told my parents about how great it was and started attending within that week.
"I was happy at this school because the other kids were like me and were also kind, and because of this I was finally able to have friends. 我也喜欢老师们, I had never had teachers that cared about their students learning to the point that I have experienced here. The classes were also a great size—they were just right for effective learning—and because of these three things combined, I was able to thrive socially and academically in my new environment.
"I want to thank my teachers for filling my mind with knowledge and never giving up on me like other teachers had done before. The counselors for being there for me when I needed to talk to someone, and for giving me the social thinking classes that will help me outside of Stanbridge.
"I thank my close friends who helped me to come out of the shell I had to build before coming here so others wouldn’t be able to hurt me as badly as they wanted. 我也要感谢我的家人, for seeing me suffering in the end and fighting to give me a better life, and sacrificing more than anyone should have to ask so that I wouldn’t have to be in pain. I finally want to thank all of Stanbridge from the highest ranking staff all the way down to the youngest student. You all helped me in your own ways to change my philosophy on life after I came here, to see that there was more to life than suffering and that happiness can be found.
“因为你们大家, I have decided to attend Cabrillo College where I’m going to work towards earning my nursing degree, so that I can help and enrich others lives as you all have mine. I will also remember those friends who can’t be here with us now. The ones who have moved on, and have spread their wings.
“我再次感谢你, because of you I will now leave this amazing place as a person I had never even thought I could be at one point in my life. All in all, I’m proud to now become a Stanbridge graduate. 但, whenever I look back at my experience I look at the people and how we’ve all treated and helped one another, and whenever I see the 善良 and strength 我不只是看到朋友或学校, 我看到一个有家人的家. 所以总结一下, 我很高兴来到这里, 如果我有什么难过的事, it will be not that I’m leaving my school and fellow students, but how I’m leaving my second home and family."