Seniors, seize this year with determination and enthusiasm. Embrace the challenges, cherish the moments, and make your mark on Suffield.
The Class of 2024 began their senior year on September 8 with Senior Day and a celebratory class dinner. Led by the College Counseling team, Senior Day is comprised of workshops covering a variety of topics including applications, essay writing, connecting with college admission representatives, stress management, and more. Senior Day also focuses on the essential role these students have in helping to lead the school. Each senior holds at least one formal leadership position on campus and gives a senior speech at Chapel—two major components of the Leadership Program. Director of College Counseling & Leadership Ann Selvitelli commented, “This is always one of my favorite days of the year! The seniors return to campus eager to lead the student body and excited about how the college journey will unfold for each of them. We are excited to see how the Class of 2024 will lead the school this year!”
Following the workshops, the Class of 2024 joined the faculty for dinner in the Koo Dining Room. Head of School Charlie Cahn welcomed new faculty members and the seven new members of the senior class. These postgraduates join Suffield from Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. Senior class vice president Maeve Curtin ’24 welcomed her classmates and offered some advice: “This is our final chance to embrace all the opportunities that Suffield Academy has to offer. Stretch yourself out of your comfort zone to broaden your perspectives and mindset here at Suffield.” She concluded with, “Let’s move through this year with gratitude and inspire those in other classes.”
Co-advisor to the senior class Mandi Rivers spoke about the significance and symbolism of the Suffield bell. “Seniors, seize this year with determination and enthusiasm. Embrace the challenges, cherish the moments, and make your mark on Suffield. While the bell is a central image of this community, it is nothing without you here to ring it.” Following dinner, Mr. Cahn emphasized the core values that rest at the heart of the Suffield community: kindness, respect, leadership, and effort. Seniors embraced these “core four” and the importance of leading the student body while modeling these fundamental values. The evening concluded with seniors and faculty proudly singing the Suffield alma mater which they will sing again on 50th Night this spring and at Commencement on May 24. Senior speeches begin at Chapel on October 2.