Securing Traditions

At this week’s All-School Meeting, the Class of 2010 followed in the footsteps of generations of Seniors. We streamed down the aisles, just as generations before us have done. We raised our voices to a collective howl just as generations before us have done. We pounded on the backs of our seats, just as generations before us have done. But we did it better. This year’s Senior class started a new tradition at Wednesday’s ASM: a tradition of respect. The Class of 2010 exemplified the poise and respect that administrators called for last spring, all the while maintaining the pride, excitement and volume that each Andover Senior looks forward to achieving at that first ASM. It did not take a silent procession. It did not take solemn faces, the elimination of feverish enthusiasm. All it took was the commitment of the Senior Class, led by our Blue Key Heads, to the continuation of this tradition. The addition of a faculty procession was also the beginning of a new tradition which we hope to see continued. This school would be nothing without its teachers, and to have them on stage at the first ASM reminds us of just how lucky we are to be students here. When Seniors cheer at All-School, we are, to an extent, cheering for ourselves. But that’s not all we cheer for. We cheer for the years that have gone before us; we cheer for ’07, ’08, and ’09, honoring past Senior classes by trying to be just a little bit louder, a little bit stronger. We cheer for the years to come, ’11, ’12, ’13, in hopes that your voices will up our own someday. It is easy to get caught up in the fervor of the first ASM of the year. Walking down the aisles as a Senior induces a high that cannot be fully comprehended until you’ve done it yourself. But in silencing ourselves when necessary, being attentive during speeches, the Class of 2010 lived out Andover’s ideal of non sibi. Our only concern about this year’s start of school ASM was the noticable lack of the word “ten” from Head of School Barbara Chase’s address. The Senior class sat in quiet and respectful anticipation of that final moment to cheer, that final release of excitement, and ended up going without. We hope that, at the very least, our behavior has earned the next Senior class the right to hear their class year mentioned in next year’s address, a right which the class of 2010 deserved but did not receive. We thank the administration for insuring the privilege of that traditional moment of pride and excitement at ASM. And we cheer on, respectful as ever, in hopes of securing that privilege for the classes of ’11, ’12, ’13, for all future Seniors. These editorials represent the views of The Phillipian Editorial Board CXXXII.