On Friday, September 8, 2017, the official start to Wooster School's 92nd year began. The entire school gathered in the Forever Young Gymnasium for this special event.
The youngest and oldest students in our community gathered, with pre-k and kindergarteners, and seniors sitting together, displaying how strong of a community we are.
Head of School, Matt Byrnes, welcomed the community and introduced Rev. Stephen Tickner who led everyone in the school prayer.
Continuing in a time honored tradition, Senior Prefect, Gib Shea, led everyone in the reciting of the School Honor Code. Tradition continued as we celebrated Crayons to Commencement. Students who began their Wooster School careers in the Lower School, and are now seniors, were recognized. The seventeen seniors were each presented with a box of crayons, symbolic of their early days on the campus of Wooster School.
The students recognized were: Renata Abiali, Emmanuella Aspras, Olivia Edelman, Juancarlos Espinoza, Elizabeth Fanzilli, Kylie Heneghan, Jacqueline Logsted, Caylynn Maldonado, Morgan McCutcheon, Silas Munk, Cosme Navarro, Justin Nguyen, Elizabeth Nicoletti, Hannah Price, Brandon Reid, Brittany Reid, and Tess Riley
Mr. Byrnes built his remarks around 2 quotes from scientist Stephen Jay Gould, that "Good and kind people outnumber all others by thousands to one." and "Every spectacular incident of evil will be balanced by 10,000 acts of kindness, too often unnoted and invisible as the ''ordinary'' efforts of a vast majority." He reminded the community that though we are going through a time when bad things and people seem to be more present in our lives, that the "ordinary goodness" in all of us was what was most important, and what would carry the day. He concluded by urging students and faculty to "Be Good. Celebrate the "ordinary goodness" in all of us, and don't ever let the bad people win."
The event concluded with the Madrigals performing their rendition of "Try Everything."
Watch the video clip of Convocation 2017: https://youtu.be/QtzVdVPGt80