Senior leadership positions were announced this morning during a special assembly. The gathering has been a Wooster tradition since its founding years. Summoned by the Chapel bells, students in grades 6 through 12 filled the Forever Young Gymnasium with excitement and anticipation as the junior class gathered in front of the crowd for the announcement of their senior year job assignments.
As a part of Wooster's Self-help philosophy, students are given complete responsibility for the physical environment of the school. Each day at Wooster, students participate in a "Jobs" period. Every senior is assigned a job area, where they are in charge of managing the younger students as they all work together to clean the campus and maintain order in their building or area.
Christopher Pannone, Head of Middle and Upper Schools, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. "For all of us, today is a chance to reflect on Wooster tradition and our School continuing to move from Strength to Strength. We are all lucky, privileged even, to be members of the Wooster community," remarked Pannone.
Hannah Reed '06, Assistant Director of Student Advancement, spoke briefly, explaining the tradition of this ceremony, pointing out to the community that Self-help has been a part of Wooster since its inception. "Self-help is a fundamental attitude members of the Wooster community take towards their community. It is an attitude of caring about, and caring for the physical plant. It is an attitude of caring about, and caring for other members of the community. It is an attitude of caring about Wooster."
After Ms. Reed concluded her speech, Head of School Matt Byrnes shared his remarks before announcing the class of 2018's leadership positions. "The qualities that make a great leader and a great follower are very similar. Everyone in this room can have the capacity to be a follower and leader at any time. Learning which role you are being asked to fill at any time is an equally important skill. If you think about it, the opportunity to be a leader or a follower presents itself to you multiple times in multiple contexts during the day, both inside and outside of class. You have to build the core capacities to be good at both in yourself."
Though each rising senior is given an important leadership position within the community and Wooster's Self-help system, the prefects take on the most responsibilities as leaders on campus. The Prefects for 2017-2018 will be:
Senior Prefect – Gib Shea '18 from Weston, CT
Environmental Ambassador Prefect – Cindy Li '18 from Beijing, China
Equity & Inclusion Prefect - Brittany Reid '18 from New Milford, CT
James Marshall Chapel Prefect – Emmanuella Aspras '18 from Danbury, CT
Social Impact Prefect – Bennett Wattles '18 from Ridgefield, CT and Pound Ridge, NY
Student Activities Prefect – Josh Carone '18 from Ridgefield, CT
Student Ambassador Prefect – Renata Abiali '18 from Bethel, CT
East Campus Prefect – Hannah Price '18 from New Fairfield, CT
Central Campus Prefect – Justin Nguyen '18 from Danbury, CT
West Campus Prefect – Daniel Michael '18 from Danbury, CT