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Class of 2021 Sets Tone of Flexibility and Positivity at Traditional Senior Retreat

Last weekend marked the 31st annual senior retreat. Instead of heading out to Wolf Run for the weekend, this year’s COVID-restrictions brought seniors to ESD’s campus for a one-day retreat. Despite the changes, seniors were excited to celebrate this time-honored tradition at ESD. 

The retreat began with a discussion of legacy, as individuals, as a class, and as a school. Senior officers Ellie Bass, Christopher Hess, Ally Jeter, and Lucy Sinwell led a discussion with the class about their goals and responsibility, and how that plays into their legacy - especially with the realities of the current pandemic. 

“We had the campus to ourselves, perfect weather, and all the traditions of the traditional retreat,” said Senior Class Dean Caryn Rossiter. “Even though we moved the retreat to campus, the students had a great day spending time as a class and seemed ready for the year ahead of them.” 

Students had the opportunity to hear from Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Goatley on the current political and racial issues and their responsibility of setting an example for their fellow Eagles. After lunch, Chaplain Kennedy led daily worship in God’s Front Yard, setting the spiritual tone for the year and the senior chapel that students will hold later in the year. This was followed by a Senior Circle candle lighting ceremony and a time of sharing for the students. Finally, seniors opened their letters from family and friends - a special tradition designed to remind them of their place and journey at ESD.

Although things looked a little different this year, we are glad the Class of 2021 had a chance to spend time together and set the tone for their senior year. It’s going to be a great year, Eagles!