Step Singing Celebration 2018

Step Singing Celebration 2018

Harpeth Hall's 2018 Step Singing Celebration on Sunday, May 27, began on Souby Lawn, and concluded in the Athletic and Wellness Center in the Green Gymnasium. Brought to Harpeth Hall from Ward-Belmont, Step Singing is a year-end tradition when the graduating senior class passes the School's leadership down to the junior class. This ceremony honors the Lady of the Hall, Harpeth Hall's highest honor, selected by upper school students and faculty. In addition to commending the Lady of the Hall, the junior and senior classes sing their class songs, and a member of the Harpeth Hall faculty or a respected community member is selected to speak by the senior class. All upper school students and faculty attend, and all families and friends are encouraged to attend as well.

Proud families, cheerful students and members of our outstanding faculty filled the Ann Teaff Quadrangle as the Lady of the Hall and her court waited in Souby Hall for the ceremony to begin. Mrs. Jess Hill, Interim Head of School, welcomed the crowd and introduced the 2018 court. Students and the members of the Lady of the Hall court processed down Souby Lawn, and were presented to the crowd, including Ashley Rosemary Zhu, who was crowned Harpeth Hall's Lady of the Hall for 2018. Just as Zhu began her remarks, the rain began to fall.

Mrs. Hill made the call and the crowd transitioned to the Athletic and Wellness Center to continue the ceremony, including the Lady of the Hall remarks, the class songs, and heartfelt remarks by the featured speaker, Jenny Byers.

Presentation of the Lady of the Hall and Class Representatives (In Order of Appearance):

Seventh Grade Herald: Gracie Elizabeth Sloan
Eighth Grade Herald: Katherine Shannon Wojciechowski
Freshman Representative: Margaret Suzanne Hedera
Sophomore Representative: Grace Elizabeth Scowden
Junior Representative: Sarah Grace Bellardo
Senior Representative: Carmon Jackson Proctor
Fifth Grade Crownbearer: Anna Catherine Graham
Sixth Grade Crownbearer: Kathleen O'Shea Pritchartt
Flower Girls: Ryan Riven Dretler and Margaret Luck Harris
Lady of the Hall: Ashley Rosemary Zhu

Remarks: Ashley Rosemary Zhu, Lady of the Hall
Click here to view an excerpt from Ms. Zhu's remarks.

Passing the Leadership to the Class of 2019
"Landslide" Class of 2018
By Fleetwood Mac
Accompanied by Russell Davis, Piano
Olivia Claire Rose, Conductor

Presentation of Class Gift: Adela Luisa Grohovsky, President, Class of 2018

"My Wish" Class of 2019
By Rascal Flatts
Accompanied by Russell Davis, Piano
Nina Christine Petro, Conductor

Senior Pledge: Led by Olivia Jayne Holden, Class of 2019

Introduction of the Speaker: Ms. Elizabeth Armistead Lemon, Director of the Upper School

Speaker: Ms. Jennifer Lynn Byers, Director of College Counseling Click here to view Ms. Byers' speech.

Step Singing concluded with the singing of Harpeth Hall's Alma Mater.

Congratulations to our 67th Lady of the Hall, Ashley Rosemary Zhu, who truly embodies Harpeth Hall's mission to think critically, to lead confidently, and to live honorably. Congratulations also to her court, and to the friends and families in attendance.

Click here to view more photos from the celebration.