A Return to Normalcy and Glory
Jack Kaplan '23
We’re back! And we aren’t wearing masks! For the first time since my freshman year, it feels like this school year will be normal. No more weekly testing, no more masks, no more restrictions on singing in Chapel. Even though school became progressively more normal as last year went on, there’s something special about starting the year without any restrictions or unusual policies. I’m excited, and I know many of my classmates are, too.
Last year, especially in the fourth quarter, the community made great strides in rediscovering the traditions and culture of St. Albans that had been so affected by Covid. We finished the year with momentum. Now, as Dr. Schaffer told all of the forms on Registration Day, we must capitalize on this momentum and make St. Albans as great as it can be. We must attend Chapel and use the time to reflect and learn. We must go to lunch ready to meet new people and strengthen the bonds of the community. We MUST go to every sports game and cement BEEF’s place as the best booster club in the nation. Dr. Schaffer told students what we should aim to accomplish this year, but the community can only capitalize on last year’s momentum if we students buy into what we are doing. The strength and superiority of our community doesn’t just exist, but is built up by the work of every single STA student.
While our school is great, we have to work to ensure that it remains this way. All of the Covid-era policies have been repealed, and we have the opportunity, the responsibility, of protecting our school and its values. We have to come together and protect what is important to us. We shouldn’t allow the implementation of policies that harm our culture, and we should make sure that St. Albans continues to be the place that we all cherish. The students should respect each other, the faculty and staff, and the alumni and traditions that have created a community that has educated young men in academics, athletics, and life for over a century. In order to preserve what is important to our school, we have to come together and choose to engage in our community and traditions. We have to bring back most everything from before Covid, while rejecting attempts to change the character of our school. St. Albans is a great place, and it’s on all of us to keep it this way. Together, by respecting the community and capitalizing on the momentum of last year, we can move past Covid and return St. Albans to its deserved glory.
A concerned student
9/13/2022 10:20:10 am
What do we define as normal? Which traditions in particular and we trying to continue and what policies in particular are you afraid of?? All in all I’m left with more questions than answers after reading this article.
i also want to get sponsored by sta this isnt fair
9/13/2022 01:00:35 pm
how much they pay you for this
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