In a tradition nearly as old as St. Johns itself, the Class of 2018 was presented to the community today in what is known simply as Senior Presentation. St. Johns' founding Headmaster, Dr. Heinrich, first saw a presentation of seniors when his daughter attended Agnes Scott College. He thought it was a poignant way to mark a student's transition into the world, and that it could and should be adapted to mark St. Johns seniors' transition to adulthood as they get ready to go to college and beyond.
For St. Johns' Class of 2018, the day began with brunch at the Inn at Winterbourne. Photos were taken, they enjoyed a delicious brunch, and Mr. Fisher shared some of the history of St. Johns, St. Johns faculty, and its traditions, and advised seniors on the qualities of wisdom.
Back on campus, the seniors, their friends and families, the entire Upper School, Grade 8, and Grade 1 convened for a beautiful celebration of Thanksgiving and the presentation of the Class of 2018.
Student Council President Amber Rose Tomlinson read an invocation, and Senior Class President Cade Walden read Lincoln's Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation, which set the precedent for our country's national day of Thanksgiving. Lincoln cited the peace, order, harmony, and natural bounty that had prevailed in recent years and proclaimed:
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
Senior Class Vice President Madelyn Rosenau presented a reading, and after a homily on pursuing wisdom by attorney Sam Garrison, the senior class was presented.
The language presenting the seniors has been revered since Dr. Heinrich first said them in 1963, and each ensuing Headmaster has presented the senior class with the same words:
As your teacher, I present you to the academic world that you may enter it and meet its demands honorably and successfully.
As your Headmaster, I present you to your schoolmates so that they may accept you and look up to you as worthy leaders and as their shining example.
As your friend, I present you to your parents so that they may regard you as adults who have come into their own and who are to be dealt with from henceforth on an equal basis.
As your fellow human being I present you to your calling in life that you may always have the wisdom to recognize it and the strength to live up to that divine calling within you.
The following members of the class of 2018 were presented to the community today:
|Bishoy Maged Abdelmalik||Mitchell Shane McMullen|
|Kyleigh Emma Barber||Cody Holland Myers|
|Michael Joseph Beltz||Troy Donald Myers|
|Richard Troy Britts||Abbegale Grace Newton|
|Zachary James Buce||Avery Elizabeth Overman|
|Abigail Frances Chalfant||Esan Vipul Patel|
|Payton Nicole Crews||Dawson Lee Patton|
|Alisa Rae Detlefsen||Kirsten Elizabeth Pavlisko|
|Victor Riley Dinkins||Amy Beth Victoria Raynard|
|Matthew James Drake||Jack Michael Richardson|
|Molly Opal Renee Gaver||Madelyn Grace Rosenau|
|Emma Scott Goodbread||Devan Anslee Ruhl|
|Justin Michael Guyot||Elizabeth Victoria Ryan|
|Joseph Connor Hale||Jack Liam Schultz|
|Anna Kay Harward||Lea Sapna Shah|
|Matthew Daniel Korahais||Kasey Mae Spencer|
|Wenzhe Lu||Amber Rose Tomlinson|
|Baker Wells Madison||Cade Allen Walden|
|Luke Sherlock Mason||Bhealor Claire Young|
|Jaime Lee McDonald||Natalie Irene Zapp|