On January 4th, our young alumni came back to visit BFS and share their experiences since they last roamed these halls as seniors. After imparting their wisdom and advice on our current seniors, they mingled with one another, visited teachers, toured the Upper School building and enjoyed lunch in our cafe with students and staff.
This year was a bit different from our previous reunions. In addition to the regular activities, we hosted a class photo dedication for the Class of 2016, highlighting their senior legacy gift. The group portrait was taken by alum Elinor Hills ‘14; the photograph beautifully captures our most recent graduating class and will be prominently displayed in front of the Alumni Office.
The photo dedication was attended by parents, young alums, and other members of our community. It was punctuated by brief speeches by Head of School, Dr. Larry Weiss and Kathryn Collins, Associate Director of Advancement, each marking the significance of that moment and the impact that the senior legacy gift has on our community.
After the dedication, Athletic Director David Gardella and coaches Felix Alberto and Tiffany Huggins, along with former teammates, showed special recognition to alum Thomas Chamberlain ’15. Now at Stanford University, Thomas is credited with forming the School’s first Boys Varsity volleyball team. In a touching moment, David, Felix and Tiffany presented Thomas with the 2014 championship banner, commemorating his contribution to BFS Athletics, which is still going strong today.
That evening a select group of young alums participated on a panel for incoming and prospective families and students, discussing their experience attending Brooklyn Friends. The former students wonderfully expressed the range of educational and recreational opportunities that were available to them and enlightened the audience about how truly special it is to receive a BFS education.
Young Alumni Day is always a fun, vibrant day that reminds us all how lucky we are to have had the opportunity to teach these young adults. We hope that they visit us often, stay connected and give back to BFS regularly, as they continue to make strides within the alumni community. – Lekeia Varlack Judge, Class of 1999