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Meet our Upper School students: Beryl, Ben, Evan and Derek

November 28, 2018
By Bill Spedding

Our Upper School students are amazing!  It has been some time since I made a blog entry, but I hope a series of weekly bio sketches highlighting their accomplishments and thoughts on their individual legacies will be of interest to our community. Keep coming back weekly for more. 


Name: Beril 

Grade: Junior

Been at Keystone since: Kindergarten

What is your favorite Keystone memory?
During the Yellowstone trip in eighth grade, my grade had a "kumbaya" circle at night outside. Everyone naturally came together and sat down, and we shared stories, exchanged advice, and talked and laughed. My grade already defines a big part of my Keystone memories. We're already like a big, loving, somewhat dysfunctional family, and we can be very silly and goofy, but we're also a huge support group for each other.

Hidden Talent: My friends say I am very good at puns.

What do you hope your legacy will be at Keystone?
I hope to show that it's possible to pursue all the passions you have and grow in character through a combination of pursuits including athletics, the arts, and research. It's possible to do what you love, what makes you happy, and what matters to you.

Short reflections on what I appreciate about Beril: Beril works hard, does it with a kind energy and is supportive of her friends. She is too humble to mention her strong leadership within her class and community, but I can see it every day.


Name:  Ben 

What is your favorite Keystone memory?
The feeling of being done with midterms and rolling into the holiday break. Going from that level of stress to that level of relief is awesome.

Hidden Talent: My friends say I have a super wiggly, flexible finger on my right hand.

What do you hope your legacy will be at Keystone?
As Treasurer of Student Council I have been a stickler focusing on financial literacy and its running within a budget. This hopefully will only increase its ability to make a positive impact.

Short reflection on what I appreciate about Ben: Ben brings a positivity and light-heartedness to Keystone that is always appreciated. He is a master of Star Wars and WWII trivia and I have been told that one should think twice about challenging him in Airsoft.


Name: Evan

Grade: Senior

Been at Keystone since: 3rd grade

What is your favorite Keystone memory?
During 9th grade, playing soccer on the Keystone team. The comradery of that group of guys was amazing and I'll always remember Alfonso, Yugena and Dave as senior leaders. We had some tough losses that year, but those guys made it a great experience.

Hidden Talent: I am a good motivational speaker or “hype-man” for my friends.

What do you hope your legacy will be at Keystone?
I hope that I will be remembered as someone who helped create an embracing community from pre-K through 12th graders. Everyone benefits from genuine, deep connections with one another and I hope people have found me as open, relatable and easy to laugh with.

Short reflections on what I appreciate about Evan: Evan cares deeply, works hard and will conquer any obstacle in his way. He has persistently worked for 2 years to revive an Upper School student newspaper and his classmates have appreciated his leadership on it. Hopefully the Keynote will be something Cobras are reading way into the future.


Name: Derek 

Grade: Sophomore

Been at Keystone since: 10th grade

What is your favorite Keystone memory?
I have two that helped me get to know my classmates better. The Yosemite trip where we all worked together to encourage everyone to finish a near 10-mile hike and the Halloween class skit which we pulled together amiss lots of chaos.

Hidden Talent: I’ve written a modest collection of poetry that few know about.

What do you hope your legacy will be at Keystone?
I’d like to be remembered as a person who was not afraid to step out of his comfort zone.

Short reflections on what I appreciate about Derek: Derek jumped into a new school and social experience with both feet and never looked back. He is personable, jovial and has a kind soul. His talents in math, writing and friendship building will take him far.

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