Tayo Ball '21
If you were to go back three years and tell me as a freshman that I would end up being the Head Prefect of St. Albans School in my senior year, I never would’ve believed you. Fast forward three years later, and I’m still just as blown away. Ever since I enrolled in STA, being a prefect has been a dream of mine. I’ve looked up to the past senior prefects as the leading examples of the school and as precedents to follow throughout my time on the close. My only hope is that I can live up to the expectations and standards they have set for me and to fulfill the duties that my brothers in the Class of 2021 have entrusted me with.
Receiving the honor of Head Prefect and hearing everyone’s congratulations has definitely been the highlight of my year thus far. However great this honor, I cannot help but feel discouraged regarding the issues that are affecting the entire world today. During these troubled times, where quarantining and social distancing have become normal practices, the responsibilities and duties of Head Prefect have seemed somewhat watered down. With no refectory for lunch announcements, office room for student council meetings, or other amazing St. Albans traditions and honors presented to the Head Prefect, the job feels as though it isn’t complete. It is one of my biggest hopes this year that we will be able to return to campus as a full community so that I may experience this important role in the life of the school to the fullest. Beginning the hybrid model is a great step in this direction, and I can’t wait to get back on campus and do whatever I can to make this transition as comfortable for everyone as possible; I know others are excited as well.
Navigating all of these transitions will be a challenge. The future brings nothing but uncertainty, and we as an institution have to remain diligent and strong amidst the obstacles that are set in front of us. However, I have no doubt in my mind that we will persist through this adversity together, as we have done countless times before, and make this the best school year it can possibly be. Over the past three years I’ve had here at STA, I’ve grown to call it my home. With the honor of Head Prefect it is my goal each and every day to make sure that I can pay forward the gratitude that my peers, teachers, coaches, and mentors have shown me throughout my time here. As I said, my one hope is to live up to the expectations and to fulfill the trust that everyone has put in me. However, I know I cannot do this job alone. I know that I can also trust those around me to be my supporting cast, from the faculty to the administration to everyone that is involved with guiding St. Albans through this pandemic. I know that my fellow seniors in the Class of 2021 are ready to lead this school towards a brighter future for everyone and leave a legacy that is remembered for generations. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for all of us, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Bulldog.