by Geoff Short ’13, president of the School Council –
The beginning of every school year at Pomfret is a time of high spirits and optimism. Coming into this year as a senior has extra significance, however. The Class of 2013, like every graduating class, has students returning for their fourth and final year, and students completely new to what this 119-year-old school has to offer. Faces filled with happiness enter the dorms on move in day, coupled with faces of apprehension due to unfamiliarity.
Graduating high school can be a gradual process. Our class has changed in many ways over our time here, and each class before us has left their mark. Now it is our turn to unite and welcome the new as we welcomed the old, and come together to leave our stamp on this historic institution.
Our own Mr. Boyd quoted former MLB commissioner Bart Giamatti last year in his chapel speech, “It is designed to break your heart.” Mr. Boyd was, of course, not talking about baseball, but boarding school. As crazy as this might be, coming into this year as President of the School Council, I feel as if it is my duty to make the end of year heartbreak even more emotional. This is because if the student council and students in general make this year the best year we’ve experienced, this place will be missed by everyone, ranging from the four year seniors to those new postgraduates.
The good thing that comes from heartbreak, in my opinion, is that it makes people think. With regard to Pomfret, when our class graduates and moves on to the next chapter in June 2013, we will hopefully think happily of our experience here and the many people that impacted their lives in so many ways. Ultimately, our time on the Hilltop will insure the longevity of the bond of the Class of 2013 forever.