Seniors from the Class of 2018 share their favorite spots around campus. Check back each week for a new location!
Place: Wolf Run Outdoor Education Center
Wolf Run acts as a place that I can get outside and escape the day-to-day routine of school, and just enjoy myself without the stresses of school looming over. There are so many things to do at Wolf Run, whether it’s hiking, rope climbing, or fishing that every student is destined to have a good time. It's a place that's so unique to ESD and it truly provides the best escape from the everyday stresses of high school.
Place: Stoffel Commons
With graduation coming up in about a month, every time I walk by the Stoffel Commons I can't help but imagine being up there in our graduation robes and caps. It's cool that a place we pass through almost every day on campus is where our ESD journey is going to end. It really comes full circle, graduating on campus. I know that I'll always be able to call ESD home and I like that graduation is representative of that.
Place: Harrison Tennis Center
The tennis courts in the Harrison Tennis Center have been a constant place for me on campus throughout my ESD career since I started playing on them in the seventh grade. I have played many opponents on the courts and seen many different schools across the net. I've enjoyed every match I've played at ESD, and feel as though I've grown as both an athlete and a person on those courts.
Place: Spanish Classroom
My favorite place at ESD is most definitely Señora Milian’s Spanish room at the back of Senior Hall. Not only do I spend the most time there, but I also feel the safest there, both literally and figuratively. Señora Milian has taught us to feel comfortable speaking Spanish aloud, which has been one of my biggest struggles in Spanish, and there are even blankets in there for when the room gets cold. Señora Milian has played a huge role in my time at ESD. This is my second year having her as a Spanish teacher and second year of her being my advisor. My experience with both Spanish and her have been so impactful.
Place: Troutt Athletic Fields
The baseball diamond on the Troutt Athletic Fields is my favorite place on campus because I get to play a sport I love with my teammates. When I am on the baseball field, I feel as if it is my second home on the ESD campus. Since I'm a pitcher, I spend a lot of time on the mound in the middle of the field and I enjoy the challenge of pitching versus opposing hitters from the other teams.
Place: Film Classroom
I spend more time in the film room than any other room on campus because it provides the resources and environment to take a story from script to final edit. In one room, I can write a screenplay, draw out my shots on the white boards, practice with different equipment, and edit my footage together to a final product. Students are always collaborating in here to find new and better ways to tell their stories, and I love being a part of the excitement.
Place: Bray Performance Hall
The Bray Performance Hall has become one of my new favorite places on campus this year. It's my first time being in a fine arts production at ESD so before senior year, I hadn't spent much time in there. The Bray really becomes like home-base for the cast and crew during the months leading up to our show. It's been a lot of hard work and long hours, but also a lot of fun because you're basically with a big group of your friends the whole time.
Place: Harkness Tables
My favorite place in the school are the Harkness Tables. To me, they’re a symbol of discussion and community. I find that the round tables facilitate a more engaged experience because it becomes much easier to see each other, speak to each other, and see the materials that are in front of us when we’re at a round table. No one is pushed away or towards the back. Because Itinerary— ESD’s literary magazine— has such a subjective production process, it’s much easier to discuss options and make group decisions at the Harkness Tables. It also makes for a much less restricted, more friendly atmosphere, which keeps us comfortable.
Place: Senior Courtyard
As a senior, you get a lot of privileges like access to Senior Hall and off-campus lunch, but my favorite is the use of the Senior Courtyard. I just love getting to go outside with my friends in between classes and hang out. I've even beat Mr. Oglesby in cornhole a few times. Since we're inside during classes, it's great being able to get some fresh air and chill out there.
Place: Ceramics Room
My favorite place at ESD is the Ceramics Room! I have been in ceramics classes since my freshman year and I cannot imagine high school without them. Being in ceramics allows me to use my imagination to turn my ideas into palpable objects. In addition to being a place where I can develop my pottery skills and creativity, ceramics class is a nice break from my required core classes where I have the space to dream and create freely.
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