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Third Annual Pin It On Ceremony Celebrates New Link Between Divisions
Katie Voss

Three years ago during plans of One Campus, One Community, student advisory leaders brainstormed a way to unite the three divisions. The result? A ceremony similar to Pass It On, uniting middle and upper school students, but for the "freshmen" of the two divisions: ninth graders and fifth graders. Like Pass It On, the Pin It On ceremony celebrates the shared ESD identity between the two classes. 

"While one of our newer traditions, Pin it On allows ninth graders to reflect on their own middle school experience and then offer their wisdom to our newest middle schoolers," said Meg Fahrenbrook '01, Assistant Head of Middle School. "The beauty of this ceremony is that these two classes of Eagles will meet again in four years during Pass it On, one of our longest-standing traditions. This new tradition is just a continuation of our values of older students passing the torch to the younger students."

The pins fifth-graders received were designed by members of the ninth-grade class. The design is specific to the Classes of 2025 and 2029, as it has both classes' graduation years, and signifies a special link the classes will always share. The pin’s design is anchored by ESD’s shield and three crosses representing the Founding Tenets.

This year's ceremony was held on Monday, October 4, 2021.

Want to hear from the Student Advisory Council on how this tradition came to life? Read our post from 2019 on the first Pin It On ceremony.