Today signals the end of our school life. This is indeed an auspicious occasion, a rite of passage, one which might be characterized by contradictory feelings such as loss, confusion and sadness on the one hand and sheer jubilation, exultation and unmitigated joy on the other. The years spent in the school have been a glorious roll of drums. As we, Class XII students look back down the corridor of our memories, we remember some milestones such as our first day at Ahlcon, our first fight with a friend, receiving our school report cards, breaking rules and bunking classes, at times being summoned to Dogra Ma’am’s office, those chalk fights, newspaper fights and pen fights, the list goes on and on... Life is a rich tapestry threaded and stitched together by such events. Many (vinyets) vignettes have been loaded into the slide show of our minds, lately - this wonderful farewell by our juniors.
It was about 7:30 am, early in the wee hours of morning. And there I was, standing in front of Ahlcon gazing in awe at this grand-looking structure that evoked in me a sense of fear. Fear, for the reason that soon the next steps I take and beyond will be solely my own, restrained by no-one, guided only by my own conscience and instincts.
On this day, I would like to first thank my Principal Dr. R.K. Sharma, Vice – Principal Mrs. Pamposh Dogra, Headmasters and Incharges for their valuable support and guidance. I would also like to thank in particular my teachers who have molded us into persons that are capable of withstanding and overcoming challenges. Thank you so much teachers. I would also like to thank my wonderful friends and batch mates, you all have been great source of motivation and inspiration.
To my juniors, I would just say - go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life that you have imagined for yourself and where you truly wish to go, your feet will take you there. Mountains will fall and seas divide before you if you take in your stride the difficulties of life in this pursuit of excellence. Believe in yourself and in your dreams, because often we lose what we might win, because we doubt the power within. Best of luck to you all.
Ahlcon has not merely been just an institution, it has become a part of our existence. The days of happiness, joy, learning and adventure would never return again – moments that we would always cherish. An episode of our life is over, and perhaps the most important one, but the greatest happiness lies in the fact that it couldn't have been more memorable.
(Head Boy 2005-06)