The Class of 2017 Speaker Series – Words from our Seniors
Suffield’s senior speaker series continued on January 30 and featured ten members of the Class of 2017: Matt de Haan, Ben Godin, Lauren Henzy, Daniel Mittelman, Abby Mulhern, Drake Muth, Harry Hildreth, Rob Johnson, Henry Moreno, and Hannah Arthur.
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.
Matt de Hann led off the afternoon presenting a piece of artwork he painted to symbolize his past and his personal growth at Suffield. Ben Godin talked about the popular television show M*A*S*H
(1972-1983) and explained the several ways he tries to emulate the character Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce. Lauren Henzy discussed her interest in the flute and played a piece for the community, while Daniel Mittelman gave a comical talk about the college application process. Afflicted by “senoritis” Abby Mulhern played a clip from her favorite television show The Office
(2005-2013). Drake Muth reviewed many books and movies that have impacted his life. Harry Hildreth highlighted his Armenian national heritage and Rob Johnson shared his experience overcoming eye cancer as an infant and encouraged everyone to cherish good fortune. Henry Moreno focused on his admiration for skiing and lessons it has taught him about confidence, patience, and composure. Reading from Nora Cooper’s poem “Sharknado,” Hannah Arthur explained how we can struggle to express things we do not fully understand. “It’s ok not to have the answer all the time,” she said. “Be patient with yourself. What you are feeling is normal and beating yourself up because you can’t figure out what is going on in that very moment isn’t productive and will only make matters worse. We are all human. Be compassionate, be empathetic, and try to be kind.”You may view all the presentations here.