It's a wonderful pleasure for me to speak on behalf of my alma mater. It was my 8th grade math teacher who said to my mom, Blondell might be a good candidate for Girls' High School, and for that, I'm eternally grateful, because there's a lot of research that's been done on single sex education and single gender education. And I can testify that when young girls attend high schools where they are the only gender, they're taught very, very early on to soar and that no ceiling is unbreakable. The motto or -- motto at Girls' High is carpe diem, seize the day.
And then finally you should know that when we meet a Girls' High girl, like when I hired my Legislative Director, Katherine Gilmore, you never give the year that you graduated. You only say the class that you were a part of. So I'm a proud class of 2014, and congratulations to all of these wonderful alum of Girls' High. It made a huge difference in my life and my outlook on what's possible.