Speakers greeting Hun’s 643 students ranged from Headmaster Jonathan Brougham to New York recording artist Jesse Ruben, who performed two songs at the ceremony. Mr. Ruben, who is a singer-songwriter who recently appeared on NBC’s Today Show
, also heads an organization called We Can, which travels to schools all over the country, encouraging students to make a difference in their communities by undertaking service.
“It’s been a long time since I had a first day at school, but I still get anxious when I see back-to- school commercials on TV,” joked Mr. Ruben. With that in mind, he performed two songs, Nothing’s Gonna Bring Me Down
and We Can
to start the year off on a positive note.
Headmaster Brougham greeted Hun’s students, who come from 22 countries and 15 states, by lauding the School’s environment as the “kindest, most respectful, and happiest student culture” around. He encouraged students to reach out to the 192 new students on campus.
“Returning students, I hope you can remember someone who went out of their way to make you feel comfortable when you were new; now it’s your turn,” he told them.
Dean of Students Bethany Loffredo told students, tongue-in-cheek, how stealthily pushing a player out of bounds helped her win a third-grade basketball game, but has haunted her since. She encouraged students to practice integrity, even when no one is looking.
“Be the person who does the right thing when no one is watching,” she suggested.
“Be a person of integrity… and not the person who pushes (other players) out of bounds.”
Upper School Head Ryan Hews introduced Senior Class President Michael Alonzo, who encouraged his fellow students to seize the “unique opportunity” presented by “first days.”
“The accolades and merits you gained in previous year have little value when you move up,” he said. “Fortunately, this is also true of your mistakes and failures. They are washed away… so take advantage of a fresh start!”
“Hun creates an environment in which you can flourish and prosper,” he said. “Take advantage of every opportunity our school gives you.”
Hun Middle School speaker Ayden Isbirian, whose school has a total of 107 students this year, its largest enrollment ever, told his classmates that Hun allows students to thrive.
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