Though class was not in session, a series of new and traditional activities and events brought the Shattuck-St. Mary’s campus to life on Friday, November 11.
The storied Pilgrims’ Breakfast kicked off the morning, as 44 SSM senior female students reprised the historic Saint Mary’s Hall tradition. The Class of 2017 kept the Saint Mary’s Hall tradition of more than 100 years alive by gathering at the Rectory, donning their traditional dress for a special group photo and Chapel service, and joining together for food and fellowship throughout the rest of the morning at The Inn.
Following a short break, the full student body gathered in the Johnson Gymnasium for a special Veterans Day assembly led by SSM’s own veterans, Director of Enrollment Management Kelly DeShane and Science Instructor and Science Department Chair Dan Ray. Several students recited poetry and read the names of military members that have passed since last Veterans Day, and the SSM Crack Squad led a short demonstration before the playing of Taps.
After the Veterans Day ceremony, students broke off into their Sabre Cup groups to compete in a series of activities as part of the afternoon’s Building Bridges event. The event featured 18 mini-competitions that help bring students from across the school together in a collaborative and fun environment. The groups were also adjusted to include Middle School students, who participated alongside their older peers. Games included a Jeopardy-style trivia game, a musical chair competition, and a jelly bean tasting contest, among other entertaining events.
Festivities concluded with the four highest scoring Sabre Cup groups competing in a tug-of-war contest, with the winning team earning dinner at a Faribault restaurant to be determined during exam week. The slate of traditional and new events were a great way to cap off the week and lead students into their exam schedule later this week.