PMFS alumni RJ Edmonds (L) and Haven Arms (R) returned to campus to speak to the graduating Sixth Grade class
Sixth Graders were the guests of honor at the annual “Soon-to-be-Alumni” Luncheon on Thursday. For this special event, PMFS alumni who are about to graduate from high school are invited back to campus. They share their experiences of transitioning to middle school and answer Sixth Graders’ questions over a catered lunch, and everyone goes home with plenty of gifts.
This year’s alumni speakers were Haven Arms, who will be graduating from Germantown Friends School and attending Pratt Institute, and RJ Edmonds, who will be graduating from Penn Charter and attending University of Maryland, Baltimore. Haven and RJ both agreed that PMFS prepared them well academically and socially for their next schools, but RJ added that “asking for help is the greatest thing you can do” and an invaluable life skill. When one Sixth Grader expressed worries about making new friends, Haven advised, “Do what you love and the friends will come” and “Surround yourself with people who make you want to be the best you you can be.”
Echoing PMFS’s ethos of respect for childhood and feeling nostalgic, RJ and Haven hoped the soon-to-be-graduates would enjoy being kids as long as possible. “The world doesn’t end,” Haven reassured the class, “it just gets a little bigger.”