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It’s All 20/20: Charter Day Brings Everything Into Focus [video link]

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It’s All 20/20: Charter Day Brings Everything Into Focus [video link]

Maeve Sebold, Editor-in-Chief

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STANWICH SCHOOL – Three Stanwich Heads of School and a future Headmaster of this student body came together to wish the school a happy 20th birthday in January.  [see the Post Video Report here]

“The future is exciting,” said Mr. Charlie Sachs, current Head of School, who broke Stanwich’s history into three decades.  Early the school grew fast, then there was a peak, and the future is a bigger world, which includes Greenwich Country Day School.  GCDS Headmaster Mr. Adam Rohdie attended the ceremony and delivered a birthday cake to the dais.

Students in grades 1-12 assembled as they have for two decades, thanks to Ms. Pat Young, school founder, who was also in attendance with her successor as school Head, Mr. Paul Geise.

Ms. Young talked about the achievements of the young institution, and Mr. Geise discussed the power of music and the meaning behind some of the songs the student body vocalized.

Songs and hats filled the gym, though the audience went silent in attention during the speech by Ms. Katrina Black, a true alum (’14) of Stanwich– and former GCDS student- who is about to graduate from college.  Both Mr. Rohdie, her former Headmaster, and many faculty at Stanwich who taught her as a high school student from 2011-2014, grinned with the return of Ms. Black to this campus.  Ms. Black graduated with a Stanwich diploma and successfully completed AP exams like Language and Comp and U.S. History, service learning projects, journalism work (see her staff page here) and other contributions to the school community as her legacy.  She added to it at Charter Day.

“Not many schools live the mission to make the world better,” Ms. Black told the audience, pointing out that these two schools do so.

Logan Murphy, 8th grader, presented Ms. Black with a gift – in the spirit of giving rather than receiving for Charter Day- which was a collection of school supplies and bags of learning tools for the school the Junior House has focused on in Jamaica.  Ms. Black started her work for that school while a high school student at Stanwich.

Mr. Rohdie spoke to The Post about the ceremony and community after the event.

“I enjoyed being here for the assembly and seeing Pat Young and Paul Geise, who are both good friends,” he said in a face-to-face interview.  He also expressed his excitement for the future as transitions happen and exciting changes come.

Cupcakes followed for all students.

The day was about festivities and celebration as Stanwich heads into its 21st and wildest year.


Story by Maeve Sebold, Editor in Chief

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