Secondary School Counselor Mike Imbelli and I visited Saint David's alums at Riverdale this morning. My ongoing goal is to visit every Saint David's alum at their high school before they graduate--collecting valuable anecdotal data about their experiences transitioning to secondary school and eliciting critical reflections on their time at Saint David's. Along the way, I also learn about what's happening at these schools and spend time with their heads--always enlightening.
We have two seniors, Shin and Lucas, three juniors, Daniel, Peter, and Austin, one sophomore, Nicholas, and one freshman, Colin, currently attending. The boys all felt challenged and happy. Shin and Lucas are deep in the College application process while Colin is adjusting to the challenges of his newly acquired independence. Nicholas and Austin are savoring their recent football victory over Fieldston and fellow alum Sam H., while Daniel and Peter are in the thick of it. In our wide-ranging conversation we covered an enormous amount of ground and walked away with good ideas for further enhancement of our program and a comforting sense that the boys are off to a great start to their year.