Friday, September 15 was dedicated to our Seniors, Class of 2018.
The tradition of recognizing the senior class dates back to our Ward-Belmont era. At Ward-Belmont, the seniors revealed their class song, their class colors, and their "beanies" at a special assembly. At Harpeth Hall, each senior class continues to wear a signature hat. They also take a pledge to transmit this school "not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to them."
"The gift of leadership is perhaps the best gift our seniors will give to Harpeth Hall this year," Head of School, Dr. Stephanie Balmer, said in her opening remarks.
Upper School Director, Armistead Lemon, praised the girls, "Seniors, you are already leading so confidently!" before turning the podium to Senior Class President, Adele Grohovsky.
Grohovsky delivered an inspiring speech urging her fellow students to enjoy the moments of senior year. She warned how easy it can be to become "stressed out" and overwhelmed by all the things they must do this year. Yet, she hopes they will all be present and absorb these special moments.
"Today, It amazes me that I will, without a doubt, remember this day for the rest of my life. While the world of college applications and assignment deadlines still exists, I am here in this moment with you, and this is what I want to remember."
She closed by referencing the Class of 2018's motto is "The galaxy awaits in 2-0-1-8!"
"For today, let's enjoy one another and the multitude of moments we share. And as for the universe, the galaxies, and the futures that await us, I see them being oh so bright!"
Grohovsky led her class in reciting the Senior Pledge: We will respect and obey the school's laws and we will do our best to instill a like respect in those about us who are prone to annul them or set them at naught. We will strive unceasingly to quicken our mutual sense of duty. Thus, in all these ways we will transmit this school not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.
The senior class signature hats are antennae headbands, in recognition of their galactic theme. The assembly closed with the singing of the Alma Mater.
More photos and will be added to this album in the coming days.