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Nellie Rhodes

Class of '19

Nellie Rhodes

My journey through Radcliffe Creek School (RCS) was nothing short of transformative. From my first day in Little Creek to my graduation in 2019, RCS provided me with an education that extended far beyond textbooks and classrooms.

Reflecting on my time at RCS, I realize now how invaluable the skills I acquired there have been in shaping my path through high school and beyond. The strong academic foundation laid at RCS was a pillar of my success in high school, where I saw a number of my peers struggle with concepts that RCS ensured I grasped thoroughly. From organizational techniques to effective study habits, RCS equipped me with tools that have proven indispensable.

But it wasn't just about academics. RCS fostered an environment where self-confidence and interpersonal skills were nurtured. The school instilled in me a passion for learning and a resilience to embrace mistakes as part of the journey towards success. Learning to interact with people from diverse backgrounds at RCS has been invaluable, setting me up for success not just academically, but in all aspects of life.

When I think back on my RCS tenure, it's the memories with friends (and my twin brother, Jack) that shine the brightest. From unforgettable field trips to the countless recess basketball games, RCS provided the backdrop for lifelong friendships to blossom. Even now, reminiscing with my closest friends brings back a flood of cherished memories, reminding me of the unique bond we formed at RCS.

Among the many remarkable teachers at RCS, Mr. Kevin Gilchrest stands out as my favorite. His engaging math classes were a highlight, filled with activities and humor that made learning enjoyable. Mr. G's ability to connect with his students on a personal level left a lasting impression, and even after graduation, he remains a cherished mentor. Connections like these are one of the more understated benefits of schools like Radcliffe. And I'm eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to learn in such a nurturing and supportive environment.

The lessons learned, both inside and outside the classroom, have shaped me into the person I am today, ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead with confidence and determination. Thank you, Radcliffe Creek School, for an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime.

– Nellie Rhodes, Class of 2019

Valedictorian of Kent County High School, Class of 2023 University of Kansas, Class of 2027

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