MyESD: A TRIBUTE TO THE ESD EXPERIENCE
Seniors in the Class of 2019 are sharing some of their top learning experiences. No doubt, a difficult choice!
In 2018, seniors offered their favorite spots around campus.
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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.
Place: The Scene Shop
The Scene Shop at ESD is definitely my favorite place on campus. I have been in tech theater since my sophomore year and it has been one of my favorite classes during my time here at ESD. Whether we're just organizing the shop or building sets for the upcoming performances, I always have a great time. It's a great place to go and simply relieve some stress and forget about the worries of school.
Place: Gill Library
My favorite place at ESD is the Gill Library, because it has become homey and comfortable to me after all the years I’ve spent in there studying. I also love the fact that it looks out on the Quarry, which is really beautiful and relaxing. The view is great for defusing the stress of school.
Place: Choir Room
Wesley Banks '18, like a lot of our seniors, juggles many extracurricular activities like football and student vestry, but truly values the time he spends in the choir room.
"It gives me the opportunity to escape all of my other work during the day and do something I love, which is singing."
Place: The Field at Gene and Jerry Jones Family Stadium
The ESD cheer program has been so influential for me, and the feeling of being on the fifty yard line, cheering on the Eagles, is always so rewarding and exciting. As the stage for the halftime show, the field is the focal point for everyone to see. We work so hard to perfect our routines, and when we perform in front of the whole school, it just makes us better as a team. Whether it's through stunting or dancing, I always try my hardest to better myself. Standing at the top of the numbers at the beginning of our routines will always be one of my favorite memories of high school, and I will always be grateful for ESD cheer and what we’ve done.
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