Smiles, high-fives and fist-bumps were plentiful as students, faculty and staff joyously welcomed each other back to school for the first day of our 2022-23 school year.
With the year officially underway, seniors gathered for breakfast, and then the entire school lined the sidewalks to cheer for the Class of 2023 during their senior class parade. Maria Sara Baende Etafe Eliko ’23 rang the bell at the Murphy Bell Tower to call students, faculty and staff to gather at the campus green for our annual Flag Raising Ceremony.
Head of School Doreen Kelly welcomed everyone to campus and reaffirmed Ravenscroft’s commitment to our mission and dedication to cultivating academically well-rounded citizen leaders who are well equipped to Lead Self, Lead With Others and Change Your World.
“We care about you!” Kelly said in her remarks. “We will focus on ‘connection before content,’ which means we want to make sure you are growing and learning no matter where you start. We are a community dedicated to our individual and collective well-being.” Kelly also shared the Interfaith Prayer for the World by Claudene (Deane) Oliva.
The presentation of the flag was made by Lower School students Ella Bever ’30 and Lukas Hessler ’30; Middle School Student Government Association co-presidents Sinclair McGlown ’27 and Max Rein ’27; and senior class president Caden Storch ’23 and vice president William Russell ’23.
Everyone was invited to join in the singing of the national anthem, led by the Upper School Choir and accompanied by members of the Upper School Band. SGA vice president Jackson Gring ’23 led the Pledge of Allegiance, and SGA president Carter Anderson ’23 welcomed the student body.
“I have always loved our all-school gatherings because I get to see all of the students and teachers who have shaped my Ravenscroft journey,” Carter said in her remarks. “I’m so excited for this year, and I hope all of you are too. To returning students: thank you for continuing to cultivate the incredible community that is Ravenscroft. To new students: thank you for choosing to bring your passions, talents and perspectives to our community. To my fellow seniors: thank you for being on this amazing journey with me.”
Alumna, trustee and parent Laura Helton Kalorin ’92 presented the senior class with their banner. Encouraging them to enjoy this time in their lives, knowing that Ravenscroft has prepared them to become tomorrow’s leaders, Kalorin said, “Be forever grateful for this gift from your teachers and your family, who are making this extraordinary experience possible for you. And in May, my fellow alumni and I will stand ready to support on the other side of your Ravenscroft education and welcome you into the lifelong family of Ravenscroft alumni.”