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2014 CONTENTS Alumni Engagement Welcomes the Class of 2014................................3 Promenade....................................4 Senior Concert and Senior–Faculty Convocation.....6 Baccalaureate...............................8 Commencement and Head of School John Palfrey’s Address to the Class of 2014..................10 Senior Prizes and Awards........ 17 Faces..............................................18 Outtakes................................. 20 What a Year!............................22 Nana-Efua Essuman and Adella Pierre


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Above: Eric Zhang (second from right) with friend James Lee, dad Weiguo Zhang, and mom Aiyu Li

Above: Corinna Torabi (second from left) with dad Abbas, sister Julia ’12, and mom Susanne Torabi, international student coordinator and Academy travel coordinator Below: Abbey Asare-Bediako (second from right) with godmother Derica Butler, mom Barbara Asare-Bediako, and aunt Tara Hammond Bottom: Andrew Hamel with parents John and Catherine and brother Tom ’10

Right: Helen Leahy with dad Bill Leahy, director of admission, and mom Bethany

Photos by Gil Talbot and Bethany Versoy

Above: Willa Tellekson-Flash (far right) with sister Claire TelleksonFlash ’16, and dad David Flash, director of gift planning and Asia relations Left: Caroline Chen and dad Guang Chen

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COMMENCEMENT 2014 Volume 107 Number 4 PUBLISHER Tracy M. Sweet Director of Academy Communications EDITOR Kristin Bair O’Keeffe Director of Publications DESIGNER Ken Puleo Art Director ASSISTANT EDITORS Jill Clerkin and Audrey Doyle PHOTOGRAPHERS Neil Evans, John Hurley, Beth O’Connor, Steve Porter, Damian Strohmeyer, Gil Talbot, Alex Tamkin ’14, and Bethany Versoy © 2014 Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Andover, the magazine of Phillips Academy is published four times a year—fall, winter, spring, and summer— by the Office of Communication at Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street, Andover MA 01810-4161. Main PA phone: 978-749-4000 Changes of address and death notices: 978-749-4269; Phillips Academy website: Andover magazine phone: 978-749-4677 Fax: 978-749-4272 E-mail: Periodicals postage paid at Andover MA and additional mailing offices. Postmasters: Send address changes to Phillips Academy 180 Main Street Andover MA 01810-4161 ISSN-0735-5718

Cover: On a beautiful, sunny morning in June, graduating seniors raised roses high overhead—celebrating their graduation from Phillips Academy, honoring 40 years of coeducation, and putting their own spin on a revered Abbot Academy tradition. Photo by Gil Talbot Back cover photo by Bethany Versoy


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Photos by Gil Talbot

Dear Class of 2014: It seems like just yesterday we were all sitting in the chapel for the Senior–Faculty Convocation, gathered in that special space for one of the last times. That night, English instructor Nina Scott reminded you to tell your truth, stand up for the things you know are right, take care of one another, and take your mother with you if you are going to be out late! “Look after others,” she said. “Figure out what they need and give it to them.” Then, after a rainy, cold spring, Sunday, June 8, was bright, warm, and sunny. After receiving your diplomas, you were transformed from Andover students to alumni. Though the day was filled with goodbyes, do not think of it as an ending. As the meaning of the word “commencement” implies, this is a new beginning. You now embark on a new adventure and a lifelong relationship with Andover as alumni. What does it mean to be an Andover alum? You are now part of an extraordinary alumni body. Find comfort in those friendships and connections. Use the network. Think of those who graduated before you as your new Blue Keys, ready to help you navigate new waters. It means you have been privileged to receive a very special education. Use the knowledge and skills you learned here to make a difference. Be proud of all you accomplished at Andover, yet embrace humility as you lead and serve.

Flag bearers: Danielle Liu and Jake Marrus

Your class number—’14—is etched on a Gelb foundation stone, and your class will forever be part of Andover’s history. Stay connected to the Academy and its community. Use social media and the Evertrue Alumni App to communicate with one another and with us. Attend alumni events. Come back to campus for visits whenever you can. We will miss all of you but are proud to see you go. Please keep in touch!

Debby Burdett Murphy ’86 Director of Alumni Engagement

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2 1. Loida Pan ’15 and Matthew Simon 2. Adèle Bernhard and Junius Williams 3. Austin Gaiss, Jake Howell, and Sam Glazer ’15 4. David He and his date Katie Yan 5. Ian Whittall and Zoë Chazen


6. John Gibson ’15, Jenna Shin, Claire Carroll, and Paul Kinard ’15


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7. Meredith Collins and her date Sam McGovern 8. Michael Kim, Robert Devaney, Michael Lata, and David Belluche 9. Matthew Ilalio and his date Cece Talaro 10. Thomi Pamplin and Charlee Van Eijk 11. Alec D’Alelio and Lily Zildjian 12. Lauren Conte and Jason Young ’15 13. Liana Brooks ’15 and Henry Kalb


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15 14. Will Young and Nekele McCall 15. Emma Kahn and Robert Rush 16. Lauren Montieth and Ravn Jenkins '15 17. Kade Call and Catherine Wang



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Senior–Faculty Con

“Ultimately, the onus to serve lies on us. There’s but one thing over which we have control: it’s how we use the tools we have. We must be the change the world needs to see. If not us, then who? If not us, then who?” —Junius Williams School Copresident




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Senior Concert

1. Isabel Bolo 2. Joel Péna ’16 and Ryan Miller 3. David Shin 4. Harvey Wu 5. Graydon Tope


6. Rebecca Cheng 7. Caroline Sambuco

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“After tonight, we will be joined by our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings on campus. After tonight, we will celebrate our relationships with our relatives, and after tonight, the focus will shift on our impending departure. But tonight, tonight is a time to celebrate our Andover family.” —Jennifer Powers

11 8. Esther Cohen, Aya Murata, associate director, college counseling and advisor to Asian and Asian American students, and Thomi Pamplin 9. Amy Morin and Hannah Sorkin (third and fourth from left) 10. Marjorie Kozloff, Matthew Simon, Catherine Haseman, Austin Gaiss, Grant Bitler, Cooper Hurley, Adella Pierre, Dan Kim, Kasey Hartung, and Stephanie Nekoroski

12 Greg Wilkins, English instructor, and James Heaney

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11. Renée LaMarche and Maggie Walsh (foreground)


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Baccalaureate 2014 Inspired by Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art,” Kai Kornegay (far right, top) detailed both the losses she suffered and the gains she made while attending PA, then paid homage to the many generous, caring people who make up the PA community: “Though we came to Andover for a variety of reasons, many of us for the education, some for the sake of tradition, and others for a chance to spread their wings, I think we’ve all stayed for the same reason—the people. Andover would be nothing more than a bunch of books and fancy buildings if it were not for its passionate faculty and staff and eager students. Without them, we would have been unable to find the greatness that has made our sacrifices worth it.” Jason Bernhard ’83 (far right, center), father of Adèle Bernhard, compared dropping his daughter off at PA to watching her learn to sail by herself. “As a parent,” he said, “I always pray for calm seas, sunny skies, and a light breeze for my children when they push off from shore and go toward, and over, the horizon.” And Tony Rotundo (far right, bottom), beloved instructor in history and social science who is retiring after 33 years at the Academy, spurred the crowd to uproarious laughter as he described the charming “abnormalities” of PA students—and faculty. But as he closed, he eased all back into the reflective solemnity that accompanies the traditional candle-lighting ceremony. “Don’t lose your hope, your energy, your passions,” he told students. “Find ways to keep alive your optimism, your idealism, your imagination. And please, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, don’t ever lose that belief that you can make the world a better place. We need that and so do you.”


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Center: Elizabeth Rao and Elaine Chao

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A brilliant blue sky, love from family and friends, and a palpable feeling that while something profound was ending, something exciting and new was about to begin—and the stage was set for Head of School John Palfrey’s 2014 Commencement address.


aculty emeriti, faculty, staff, friends, family, students, alumni—and most of all, the graduating Class of 2014—it is my great pleasure to see you all here for this joyous occasion. First, to the parents and grandparents, guardians of all our students: I extend my warmest thanks to each one of you. You have given us the best possible gift: time with your children at a precious moment in their lives. Whether for one year or four years, you’ve given us the great good fortune to work closely with your families to raise these students in this formative period of adolescence. We have been blessed to live and work with your students—in loco parentis—and we have loved the opportunity. Thank you for all you have given up to make possible this education for your children. And you, the Class of 2014, are a wonderful group—full of the joy of life, smart, able, talented in every possible dimension. I will always remember your class as comprised of delightful individuals and as a spirited collective. You have shown us that you love Andover and you love what you have learned here, but also that you are never complacent. You are restless in the best sense—and in the long tradition of Phillips Academy and Abbot Academy students. You aspire to more and to better. You have not agreed with everything we have said and done as adults; we

as adults have not always agreed with everything each of you has said and done as students. Whether the issue was changes to the academic calendar or our approach to sexual education or parietals in the dormitories, you have made your voices heard. I hardly need mention some of the

“We will miss you; I will miss you. Thank you for all that you have done—and all that you will do to make us proud.” little presents you have left us in various corners in the past week—or things you’ve taken away—to express your strong point of view. But through it all, we have been connected, together, on an important journey—of discovering ourselves and discovering what we want this community Andover | Commencement 2014


Top left: Lily Rockefeller, Eric Alpert, James Falese, and Brooke Bond Above: Alex Sweeting and Armaan Singh Left: Katie Kreider, Anika Kim, Graham Johns, Kristin McIntire, Campbell Howe, Diana Tchadi, and Sophiya Chiang Above inset: Sarah Marcotte and Alexia Rauen Opposite page: Amo Manuel, Catherine Wang, and Kade Call Opposite inset, top: Zainab Aina, Commencement speaker Opposite inset, bottom: Head of School John Palfrey

to be like—and doing so with great mutual respect. I want to leave you, seniors, with a thought about the times that we live in and about what you have learned at Andover. I want to preview a question that you will be asked over and over again in the months and years to come: “What does it mean to have gone to Andover?” One of the biggest themes of your lifetime will be the long-term effects of massive globalization. As economies spread and technologies improve and our ambition for growth markets continues unabated, our world is becoming more and more interconnected. Each one of our communities is becoming more connected to, and integrated with, other communities. The same is true at a national scale. In 12

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the United States, if current trends continue, we will become a “minority majority” country by about 2040. This phenomenon mirrors trends in many other melting-pot countries—I prefer the metaphor of a “fruit salad” myself—and it certainly speaks to the diversity of the global community at large. The same is true here at the microscale, at Andover—in your words, on the scale of the “Andover Bubble.” We have struggled this year with many different conversations—often provoked or nudged by your own reflections on your experiences at Andover. Over the past two years, in particular, you have written about the dayto-day experience of living and learning at Andover in The Phillipian, in Out of the Blue, and on social media. You have held forums and come to faculty meetings to ask hard

questions about coeducation and about race, in particular. This conversation about difference has been a hard one. We have argued, cried, and thought hard about what it means to live together when we come from such different places and backgrounds and when we hold such different points of view. I have found it uncomfortable and unnerving. It is not, actually, a lot of fun much of the time, because it makes us face up to hard truths. It is no surprise that we should struggle with the idea of difference here at Andover. Our history helps to set this conversation into its proper context. This Academy was founded, after all, as a “public free school.” By “free,” the founders did not mean that we should not charge tuition—not to worry, parents, we haven’t been tricking you all

along when we send out bills to you and ask you for contributions to the Parent Fund; we, in fact, do need financial help to run the school. The concept was, right from the start, that students of all backgrounds should be admitted, regardless of their ability to pay or the religion to which their family was devoted. Imagine what this place must have looked like in 1778. It was a wilderness. The United States itself didn’t even exist— except as a declaration, made two years before. The colonists had started a war. In the midst of this mayhem, a family, the Phillips family, and their friends decided to start a school—a “public free school,” right here, to educate “youth from every quarter.” This was a revolutionary act at a revolutionary moment.

Those twin revolutions—the making of a new nation, a democracy, and the making of two great academies (Abbot and Phillips), now one, here on this patch of land in Andover, Massachusetts—both remain unfinished. Despite the success of this nation over two centuries, we struggle in the United States to keep our government running continuously. We struggle to maintain harmony in our communities when insensitivity and cruelty rock our sense of justice and propriety. We struggle to carry out civil discourse about the longterm threats to our economic welfare and the health of our environment. At Andover, we, too, have unfinished business. We are proud to call ourselves a need-blind school, at which we finally— after 230 years—have become able

to live up to the challenge of our own Constitution. We have the great good fortune to attract applications from 85 countries around the world to what I like to think of as our “global magnet school.” The vast majority of students to whom we offer a place at Andover choose to come to Andover. On paper, our racial and socioeconomic diversity is impressive. The faculty assembled here is, in my humble yet honest view, unparalleled at any other high school. Despite our successes as a school, we must work yet harder to find common ground across our differences. The experience of this, your senior year, made clear that we at Andover need to dig even deeper in ourselves to find ways to honor the different—and valid—experience of

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Above, back row: June Pruegsanusak, Naomi Simpson, Anna Abraham, Meera Tawil, and Misty Monteville. Front row: Lita Kittisrikangwan, Bea Marin Alcala, John Henry Fitzgerald, Sindi Krasta, and Maddalena Albera Top right: Gathered between Trustee President Peter Currie ’74 and Head of School John Palfrey are the recipients of the five major awards announced at Commencement: Joseph Faller (Yale Bowl), Adam Brody (Faculty Prize), Kaitlin Simpson (Non Sibi Award), Janine Ko (Madame Sarah Abbot Award), and Stephen Moreland (Aurelian Honor Society Prize). Right: Kene Adigwe, Nate Meehan, and Robert Rush Inset: Klodian Beqiri

each and every one of the students who comes here. Two of many reasons why this is important: First, we ought to do it because it is right to ensure that everyone feels welcome, that everyone is accepted, and that everyone belongs. From a functional perspective, social science research shows that students who do not have a sense of belonging tend to perform less well. Second, we should honor the experience of every student because the act of doing so is itself a skill—a form of excellence—that every student should have by the time you graduate from Andover. It is a form of growth potential into which we ought to tap. You might have come from a family who has attended Abbot Academy or Phillips Academy over hundreds of years—a family 14

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like my own—or you might have come from a family that had not heard of any New England boarding schools, much less this one, a few years ago. You might have come from a family of great privilege or a family that works hard to pay the rent every month. It shouldn’t matter. But it still does, and we have to grapple with what that reality means. At Andover, you have learned much about many things. I trust that everyone here has learned something about art, music, and sport. I trust that you have learned about literature, history, language, mathematics, and the sciences. You have learned the traditional boarding school lessons about character, teamwork, persistence, and how to manage large amounts of work—and how, Class of 2014, you have succeeded at that. Some of you

learned a great deal about the Classics or about how to program a computer to do wonderful (and perhaps even terrifying) things. I will always remember the tiny, high-spirited group of seniors who studied with me across two terms as we explored the world of hacking together. Many of you, a few days ago, climbed the Memorial Bell Tower to learn what the campus looks like from the sky on a clear day. You have had the benefit of a classic liberal arts education during your high school years, an education salted through with some new and exciting ways to teach and learn, which you’ve helped us to develop. For today’s purposes, most of all, you have learned something about how to live in a society where difference is the norm, not the exception. The faculty and the trustees

Above: Emma Mehlman, Sierra Heneghan, and Jisoo Chung Above inset: Clark Perkins, school copresident, Commencement speaker Left: Doris Nyamwaya and Alexia Rauen Center: David Cao, Dan Wang, David Cho, and Benjamin Yi Right: Harry Cohen and Emmie Avvakumova

and I believe strongly that there is a skill embedded here, a crucially important skill that is a part of—not separate from—a strong liberal arts education in our new century. This skill—to be able to work and live across lines of difference, to make it a blessing and not a curse, to find ways that it strengthens democracies, not undercuts them—is one that will serve you for the rest of your life as our communities grow more and more diverse and interconnected. When you work together in the orchestra or Fidelio or jazz band, you make beautiful music together; when you come together in the dugout of the softball field or in the boathouse alongside the Merrimack River, you have learned to exemplify teamwork and collaboration despite radical gaps in experience and perspective.

Today, Class of 2014, marks a point of transformation for you. You woke up this morning as Andover students; tonight you will go to sleep as our newest alumni. That matters because as much as you might feel that today is about finishing and about separation, it is also a day when you join the community of more than 25,000 fellow alumni of Phillips and Abbot academies. As you join the proud ranks of our graduates, I look forward to the Andover that we are building for the future. At Andover, we have the privilege of building from strength to strength. In the past week, several of you have come to see me—for a meal or to meet in my office, to debrief on the year and on your Andover experiences. I’ve cherished these conversations, as I have all my time with you, Class of 2014.

I’ve heard some very happy things, and I’ve heard a lot about the things you wished could be different at Andover. My final request of you is that you help us to make Andover ever better in the years to come. For my own part, I look forward to an Andover where we keep improving at having empathy and compassion for one another. I look forward to an Andover where we preserve and honor differences in culture. I look forward to an Andover where, in doing so, we preserve a strong sense of intellectual freedom while we work through our many differences. In closing, members of the Class of 2014, I return to a question I posed a few minutes ago. When you are asked, “What does it mean to have gone to Andover?” I imagine you will have a lot to say. I suspect many of

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you will think of the extraordinary academic, athletic, and artistic lessons you have learned here. I imagine many of you will point to the strength of character that you developed here—or perhaps how you learned to do your laundry. Each of these things is true. Today, I encourage you also to think about that distinctive skill that you developed here—while living in the most diverse community you may ever know—to learn with and from those very different from you, people who will be your friends for life. You, members of the Class of 2014, will need exactly this skill if we are to preserve our planet, create new jobs, reduce world hunger, and improve 16

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health care for those in every society. This is the skill we will need if democracy is to work; this is the skill we will need if Andover is to work. I leave you today confident that you are graduates who will thrive in a world of increasing diversity, complexity, and connectedness. Class of 2014: We will miss you; I will miss you. Thank you for all that you have done—and all that you will do to make us proud. Congratulations, and Godspeed. —John Palfrey Head of School June 8, 2014

Top left: Sydni White, Adella Pierre, Zainab Aina, and Nana-Efua Essuman Top right: Myracle McCoy and Cooper Hurley Inset: Sara Brown and Meredith Collins Bottom: Matthew Ilalio leads members of the varsity football team in their version of the Kamate Haka. Andover adopted the chant from the New Zealand and Polynesian traditions of Maori as a pre-game battle cry.

Major Prizes and Awards Earned by Members of the Class of 2014 COMMENCEMENT DAY PRIZES





Aurelian Honor Society Prize Stephen T. Moreland IV

Benner Prize Jeffrey Tan

Milton Collier Prize Harvey Z.Y. Wu

N. Penrose Hallowell Award Adam R. Brody


Faculty Prize Adam R. Brody

Architecture Award Samuel H. Landay

Charles Cutter Prize David S. Shin

Dance Prize Graham P. Johns

Madame Sarah Abbot Award Janine D. Ko

Gordon “Diz” Bensley Award in Art History Rachel A. Murree

Catlin Prize Auguste M.M. Horner Lauren M. Montieth Soha Sanchorawala Anika Y. Kim

Fuller Concert Band Prize Jonathan R. Arone


Fuller Jazz Band Prize Junius O. Williams

Neuman Prize (Chinese) Jessica I. Gammon

Bassett Watt Hough Prize Jessica I. Gammon

James Hooper Grew Prize (French) Luke C. Stidham Auguste M.M. Horner

Non Sibi Award Kaitlin Simpson Yale Bowl Joseph R. Faller

John Metcalf Prize Samantha L. Johnson Morse Prize Molly S. Magnell


Betsy Waskowitz Rider Art Award Ryan T. Miller

Achievement Prize Lauren M. Montieth

Thompson Prize Soha Sanchorawala

Ayars Prize Auguste M.M. Horner

Video Award Emilia N. Figliomeni

Fuller Prize Alex R. Tamkin

Pamela Weidenman Memorial Prize Sierra M. Jamir

Isabel Maxwell Hancock Award Jennifer K. Powers


Kingsbury Prize Meera Tawil

Abbot Athletic Award Amy Y. Zhao

Richard Jewett Schweppe Prize Kai I. Kornegay

Phelps Award Amy M. Morin Jacob S. Howell

Abbot Stevens Prize Robert Rush

Press Club Award Hannah G. Guzzi Ian M. Maag

Sullivan Prize Alec G. D’Alelio Van Duzer Prize Farris M. Peale Frank Dale Warren Prize Hannah G. Guzzi

Schubert Key Katherine T. Kreider Harold J. Sheridan Award Hirsh K. Chitkara Raymond T. Tippett Memorial Award Ryder J. Stone

Declamation Prize in Latin 300 Auguste M.M. Horner ENGLISH Charles Snow Burns Poetry Prize Soha Sanchorawala Charles C. Clough Essay Prize Adam R. Brody HISTORY & Social Science Class of 1946 Economics Prize Luke C. Stidham Dawes Prize Samantha D. Goldberg Grace Prize Lily C. Zildjian

Ainsworth B. Jones Prize S. Graydon Tope Alex Kwon Carl F. Pfatteicher Prize Charles A. Manuel (Jazz Chamber Music) Isabel M. Bolo (Chamber Music) Caroline Sambuco (Singing) Rebecca H. Cheng (Singing) Edward P. Poynter Prize Adam R. Brody Alexandra L. Decker

Music in the Community Daphne M. Xu

Lauder Prize Madeleine D. Engel

The Phillipian Prize Anastasia Avvakumova Jacob C. Marrus

William F. Graham Prize Rebecca H. Cheng David L. Cao

Donald E. Merriam Prize (Spanish) Emma J. Kahn


SCIENCE Graham Prize in Science Zoë A. Chazen

Bernard Joseph Award Brian E. Wagner

Scoville Prize in Science James P. Falese

McCurdy Prize Luke C. Stidham (1st) Daphne M. Xu (2nd)

Marsh Prize in Biology Casey J. Durant Alec H. Kingston

Scoville Prize David L. Cao

Independent Research Prize in Biology Sean K. Burkitt

Watt Prize Nathan Y. Sheng (5th)

Benjamin C. & Kathleen S. Jones Prize (Russian) Andrew L. O’Brien

Robert S. Warsaw Music Prize Maita Y. Eyzaguirre Gabriel B. Parlin Auguste M.M. Horner

Marshall S. Kates Prize Adam R. Brody (1st) Elana A. King-Nakaoka (2nd) Junius O. Williams (3rd)


Stevenson Prize (German) Kade A. Call John W. Elliott-Higgins Corinna S. Torabi Liam G. Fortin

Dalton Prize in Chemistry Samantha D. Goldberg Wadsworth Prize in Physics 550/580 Korrawee Pruegsanusak (1st)

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FACES 2014

“Thanks for teaching me how to open my own doors.” —Sophia Lloyd-Thomas

“Terima kasih, Andover.” —Andra Gusman


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“You’ll always have a place in my heart, Andover!” —Ben Yi

“Lo que pasó, pasó. Gracias, Andover, por lo bueno y lo malo. Con amor.” —Meera Bhan

“Thank you, Andover, for letting me find myself.” —Meghana Jayam Thanks to the editors of the Pot Pourri for the use of student quotes.

“I found my way back home. Thank you, Andover.” —Qiaoyi (Joy) Wang

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Outtakes 2014

Photos by Gil Talbot and Bethany Versoy

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Vista Walk

What a year!

Senior–Faculty Tea


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Setting the record for push-ups

Andover–Exeter Weekend

Senior Sunrise

Abbot Bazaar Photos by Neil Evans, John Hurley, Beth O’Connor, Steve Porter, Damian Strohmeyer, Gil Talbot, Alex Tamkin ’14, and Bethany Versoy

First All-School Meeting

Move-in day

Spring All-School Meeting

Geek Day

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John Hurley

”To the Class of 2014, I wish you genuine happiness, prosperity, and success on your individual journeys. Remember that no matter where the wind blows, no matter the path your life takes, we will always have a home on Andover Hill. All for one and 14 all.“ —Clark Perkins

School Copresident

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