Today I had the privilege of handing back an "A" quality assessment to a student who had previously underperformed on his assessments all year. In the past he was often disappointed, but he was never dismayed, he never gave up, and he never settled. Instead, he worked diligently to identify his weaknesses in studying and preparation. When it finally paid off today, his excitement was obvious. It was a rewarding and an inspiring reminder of the hard work our students put in on a daily basis to become the best students, and citizens, that they can be.