Academy World: Spring 2020

Reflections: Class of 2020

The final 60 days of the senior year for the Class of 2020 were marked by a global pandemic and an abrupt end to their time on campus when the Academy went to full, Online Distance Learning for the spring trimester. Without the chance for final memories, goodbyes and the likes of Prom,  Prize Day and Commencement, we’d like to share a few thoughts and images to help soothe their hardships. Stay TitanStrong, Class of 2020!

‘We all talked about what the future held for us. Optimistic and ready.’

 

I’ve been trying to find closure in this whole situation. I am the type of person who hates endings, especially if it’s an ending of something I love. I’ve always hated my birthday because I hate growing up and saying goodbye to that year of my life, and I never finish a book that I love because I do not want it to end. Goodbyes are really hard and I personally get nervous saying goodbye because I want to say something that resonates with a person. I do not want them to think “that was a crappy goodbye.”

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'This will be some amazing, surreal story for our grandchildren’

 

I first came to WMA as an eighth grade international student in 2015. I still can’t believe I’m a senior and about to graduate. In eighth and ninth grade, my grades were slipping and I was not much of a leader. But starting in 10th grade I became a different person. Change was so visible that (English Department Faculty member) Mr. (Tim) Harrington asked me, “What happened between ninth and 10th grade?”

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From Head of School Brian P. Easler

Online Distance Learning


 

Alumni in Action

Every Stone has a Story

 

In 1947, Wilbraham Academy Headmaster Charles Stevens sought a way for graduates of the Academy to leave a piece of themselves for posterity. For many years, students had engraved symbols into the foundation of Fisk Hall.  Mr. Stevens’ idea resulted in the creation of the Alumni Wall, which is now a  series of walls throughout various parts of the campus on which graduating classes leave their Senior Stones.

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Also in this issue ...

Continuing a Legacy

 

Dr. Kathleen Gorski was a truly inspirational teacher and dedicated educator who shared her love of all things science with the WMA community for 10 years — from 2008 to 2018 — until she succumbed to a long struggle with cancer.

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A Decade of Titan Rugby

 

It’s hard to believe that the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Rugby program has crossed the 10-year threshold. This spring marks the 11th season of existence for the boys’ team and 10th year as a varsity sport. A girls’ program was established in 2018, and this spring was to mark its first at the varsity level.

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