November 16, 2007

Only weeks ago, we were welcoming all of the new students and their families to campus. How would they fit in? Are they a strong group? The twelve weeks have flown by, and by the time most of you read this, the final exams of fall will either be in process or already be behind us. ‘They’ fit in, yes, ‘they’ are a great group. The only trouble is that today it is hard to figure out how who has been here just twelve weeks and who has been here three and a third years.

As I was thinking about what to offer up this week, I started to think of some of the highlights, and then coming out of assembly, I started asking others for their highlights…

…the first day back…the season with the women’s soccer team…the cross country team going swimming…Fryeburg fair…skiing on Halloween…mountain day…the Red Sox winning…the first dance under the tent…the Halloween dance…Jun and crew singing Monster mash…the 9th graders going to Kiwhanee…climbing Mt. Washington…Mr. Southam’s Rooster song…early season snowboarding…Mt. Biking wins…dinner at my adviser’s…the golfing contest…hanging out…x-country MAISAD’s…x-country to the New Englands…Portland Pirates trip…Ratdog…the Parents’ Weekend coffee house…canoeing on orientation…sleeping in…watching Alice Hotopp and others keeping trying the pole…the play…dodge ball… Residential Rumble…MC, Denny and Zic playing…dorm snacks…runners falling in the brambles…portfolio day…shopping trips…sitting on the beach, lacrosse…and so many others. For many who I asked, the trouble was narrowing it to one. It has been a very good fall.

The moments in the Adirondack chairs are gone for a couple of months, but it has been a very good fall. The turkey is coming, likely to be followed by that white gold that the Davies talked about yesterday. The winter wonder that is Gould will quickly be in full gear with basketball, another play, the Snowball, many seniors hearing from colleges, all sorts of ski races and competitions, Rugrats and Ski Patrol, and then we will be packing the freshmen off to China.

Rest well over this holiday because this winter promises to be another action-packed adventure.

Thanks for a wonderful first term.

John Kerney

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