When George West High School’s Class of 2029 prepares to graduate, those future seniors will have an opportunity to reflect on some of the things that were important to their lives as elementary students.
On a warm sunny day in May 2021, members of the George West Elementary fourth grade class gathered together to place items in a time capsule that will be opened in 2029.
Brandi McClendon, a fourth grade teacher at GWES, said she and the students were excited about the new tradition, although plans to plant the time capsule had been delayed by a few months.
“This is long overdue. We were supposed to do this back in February, but we had the big freeze and the ground was way too hard,” she said. The event was postponed until the last week of school, and it seemed fitting as the students celebrated the day and heard advice and encouragement from some of the leaders of the current senior class.
Valedictorian Tucker Wallek was among those who spoke to the students, telling them to treasure their time together in school and also their friendships because the time goes by quickly, “especially after you get to high school.”
One student, Lucinda Sanchez, placed a ring that belonged to her grandmother in the time capsule, saying she looks forward to putting the ring on in a few years and remembering her grandmother. Another student, Mason Stewart, placed a photo of his dog Camo in the time capsule, telling how the dog was important to him and it had died earlier in the school year.
Another girl, Julizza Gonzalez, shared how she put music memory recordings in the time capsule because they were some of her favorite songs. And finally, another boy, Ryan Duran, said he put a football that was signed by his friends into the time capsule, because those friendships are important to him.
McClendon said although eight years may seem like a long time for the fourth-graders, “before you know it, it will be here. This year has been full of challenges. You know what comes from challenges? Overcomers and winners. You guys are overcomers and winners.
“You are kind – I love the way you clap and cheer for each other and support each other. You are full of joy and energy and the world needs your energy. You are doing great and you will continue to do great things.”
Senior Logan Arciba told the students to “take every moment with your friends because you never know what can happen. Manners and respect go a long way, and whatever you do, give it 101 percent.”
Kate Davis told the students to “build friendships, be nice to one another and always be respectful to your teachers.”
Lindsey Arciba said to make the best of life, adding “enjoy these times when you’re young. Once you get into high school, it goes really fast.”