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Young Alums Return

It's about 6:45 pm Tuesday and I'm enjoying the company of some 120 young alums in Hyman Hall, many of their teachers and the Class of 2011. Pictured here is Fr. O'Shea of the Passionists updating the boys on how the $33 thousand the Class of 2010 raised for disaster relief in Haiti last year has helped the lives of so many Haitians--people who the boys will never meet; but whose lives they have been changed forever. The boys represent leadership with a moral purpose.  We are proud of their outreach and commitment to the greater good.

Homecoming dinner, a delicious meal of braised beef, mashed potatoes, a mushroom gravy served with lightly cooked fresh vegetables, fresh rolls and plenty of soda followed a visit to the newly furnished Faculty Lounge after Chapel--the Class of 2010's legacy gift to their school.

It has become tradition at Saint David's to invite alumns from the last four graduating classes (high school alums) to the school on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to enjoy Chapel and a meal with the Class of 2011 and their teachers--to share stories of high school, the application process and to prove that it really does all work out in the end.  Chapel tonight was given by Keats Sexton, '01. After Saint David's, Keats attended Regis, Georgetown and now works for UBS.  He reflected on the lessons learned at Saint David's that have carried him through all the years since, and shared two pieces of advice with the boys regarding their futures, namely: seize opportunities when presented and pursue your passions.

Our gathering tonight of some 170 faculty and alums, all in a festive mood, happy to be back, reflecting, celebrating and catching up with friends is a testament to the importance of community.

Tomorrow, one of the longest running and most anticipated of the school's traditions--the 45th Annual Odds and Evens Alumni and Faculty Soccer Game will be held.  Evens (even year graduates) have managed to squeak out a victory over the Odds for the last seven years in a row.  The odds may be on the Odds tomorrow.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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