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The Class of 2017 Speaker Series – Words from our Seniors

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.
“As senior year progresses, I’ve reached many lasts,” said Isabelle Ricke as she addressed the Suffield community. Speaking of the many memories she has made in her years here, Isabelle recognized how quickly time passes and how she discovered a greater appreciation for the little things in life. Daria Kovaleva shared photographs of her summer-long trip across the United States and what she learned from the experience. “Of course, listen to your parents, but listen to your heart first,” she offered. Leyza Okojie debuted a new song she wrote and presented a music video showcasing the many talents of her peers. Chris Ennis discussed views on politics, supporting the surprising outcome of this year’s presidential election as it reflects the vote of the American public, and understanding the value of losing. Shane Pornprinya explained what he learned from being a proctor and living with a roommate he did not know well until this year. “If you cannot handle them at their worst,” he said, “you certainly do not deserve them at their best.” Recalling her opportunity to shadow doctors in an operating room, Alli Hayden spoke about benefiting from challenges, Andrew Mercein recalled a traumatic experience in the emergency room and how it reminds him to always look on the bright side of things. Having been hit by a van at age two, Winfield Hunter celebrated the gift of life and his new fear of not living life to the fullest. “I believe we are all here for a reason and we are all on our own journeys to figure it out,” he concluded. “Take some time to recognize this moment for that is all we are guaranteed. That is the beauty of life: the moment, the unknown, the journey. Enjoy it.”
The senior speaker series will resume on February 27.
View all chapel presentations here.

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