I taught Stash all five years (finally, someone I have NO doubts about how many classes of mine they took) and, throughout the whole experience, there was always one thing (and ONLY one thing) that concerned me about Stash. I'm sure he doesn't even know how much time I spent worrying about this issue:
I always worried that Math class was too easy for Stash.
What can I say; the guy is an incredible Math student. He picks things up SUPER fast and he never seems to have to work very hard to be ultra-successful. It's a double-edged sword having students like this. On the one hand you're like: "what a pleasure to have such a capable, intuitive student". On the other hand you're like "I'm pretty sure this kid is smarter than me". hahaha
Oh well, that's okay. I don't consider myself particularly bright. Many (most?) of you are probably smarter than me. I can live with that.
Things I admire about Stash are his gentle nature, his generosity (he was a frequent volunteer for scorekeeping, elementary school tutoring, etc), and his sense of humour. Stash and his friends / brother are such a nice group of people. It will bad sad not to have them all gracing our hallways this year.
Thanks for five great years, Stash. It sure went fast! It seems like just yesterday that you were working ahead in the Math 9 (or was it 10) book when you were in Math 8. I know you will be successful in whatever field you enter. Be ready to work hard (you will have to EVENTUALLY) and only settle for the very best. You deserve it! Love ya, Stash!