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Suffield Recognizes Veterans Day


Suffield recognized Veterans Day with remarks from Lieutenant Colonel Bill Moryto P’16, ’18 on November 7. Now flying commercial aircraft, Mr. Moryto spent 28 years in the Marine Corps. “I stand here today on the shoulders of courageous soldiers, good men with strength of purpose to accomplish missions for their brothers in arms,” he said. Sharing a slideshow of photos, Mr. Moryto talked about his experiences in the Marine Corps and the bond formed during active duty, noting his strong desire to enlist as a teenager from Enfield, Connecticut. “I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself,” he commented. Mr. Moryto’s talk centered on honor and bravery and the impact of loyal soldiers who provide service to their country. “When you see a veteran, know that they are not asking for your thanks because they are simply proud of what they’re done. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind, though, if you did thank them for their service.”
 
The senior speaker series also continued on November 7 and featured three members of the Class of 2017: Ping Virameteekul, Lily Overacker, and Kaelena Daniels.
 
The series is a new addition to the chapel program where all seniors deliver a speech, presentation, or performance to the Suffield Academy community. Headmaster Charlie Cahn said he hopes the program will serve as a formative experience for the seniors, an opportunity to strengthen community, and a way to continue providing engaging chapel programming. These talks will be supplemented by traditional chapel events including the Community Text speaker (Mark Shriver this year), the Alumni Leadership Day program, the Student Council Elections, and the Kent-Davis Speaking Competition during Commencement week.
 
Ping Virameteekul talked about the three distinct seasons in his native country of Thailand: hot, hotter, and hottest. He also discussed interesting facts about the “tuk tuk,” Thailand’s three-wheeled taxi and standard mode of transportation. Lily Overacker spoke about her passion for working with children and aspirations of becoming a social worker. Bermudian Kaelena Daniels shared a story about perseverance and recovery following a motorized bike accident.
 
The senior speaker series will resume on December 5.


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