Senior Speakers

Senior Speakers

The 2023-2024 senior speaker series began on October 2. It featured eight members of the Class of 2024: Maeve Curtin, Ania McMichael, Griffin Santopietro, Nora Boino, Claire Griffith, Bridget Hausler, Nicholas Prescott, and Sean Wilson.

Maeve Curtin, a four-year senior from Suffield, Connecticut spoke about being a leader on campus. She said, “I’m grateful that this pursuit of ‘being’ is a pursuit I can be proud of and maintain for the rest of my life. That’s truly what Suffield has taught me, that my life and our lives would be a shame if they were focused on one or two things we ‘do,’ instead of searching for grander experiences to build on who we are and can be.”

Ania McMichael, a four-year senior from Glastonbury, Connecticut spoke about the impact her family has had on her life. She said, “There is something so special about being able to express your love for another without having to use words. My advice to you all is squeeze your loved ones tight and hold on for an extra second, because you never know which hug is going to be your last.”

Griffin Santopietro, a four-year senior from West Hartford, Connecticut shared his experience whitewater rafting with the senior class on Leadership Day, where the importance of community was reinforced for him. He said, “If you’re debating whether or not you should participate in whatever the next weekend activity may be or whether or not you’re debating having a ‘reasonable excuse’ to miss the next leadership trip, just take a couple of extra minutes and decide if it’s worth missing out an experience you may remember for a long time.”

Nora Boino, a four-year senior from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts shared a letter she had written to a faculty member who'd made an impact on her life that she regrets never giving to him. She said, “My advice today is to share your ‘I love you’s’ while you have the chance to, because in my experience the opportunity to do so can be just as valuable as the words themselves.”

Claire Griffith, a two-year senior from Westfield, Massachusetts talked about her experience going out of her comfort zone by attending Suffield and why it was important. She said, “While being at Suffield now for over a year the ‘why’ has become very evident; the gratification, the feeling of purpose, and the opportunities that opened themselves to me have completed what I was always searching for but could never find back home.”

Bridget Hausler, a three-year senior from San Francisco, California spoke about what it was like attending a different boarding school than her twin sister. She said, “People have always been shocked that my identical twin sister and I attend two different boarding schools in two different states, but we are our own people and I prioritized going to a new school environment where I could grow into my own person. I am grateful that Suffield has given me that opportunity.”

Nicholas Prescott, a four-year senior from Somers, Connecticut, talked about the importance of learning all sides of history—the good and the bad. He said, “The ability to redefine history or create new history is intrinsically in the hands of the American citizens. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ But it cannot bend on its own; the arc depends on us, as a society, to take action.”

Sean Wilson, a four-year senior from Potchefstroom, South Africa, shared an impactful personal story with the community. He said, “You have a voice. If you use it, even if it’s just a whisper to the wind, you will have taken a step forward.”

The senior speaker series is a valuable Suffield Academy tradition and capstone part of the Leadership Program. It is a weekly highlight in our community.

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