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Matriculation ceremony welcomes class of 2017

Student Council officers perform the “Freshmen 101” skit to inform the Class of 2017 of the ideologies on the campus. In addition to the skit, the matriculation ceremony also included speeches by Head of School Chris Nikoloff, ASB President Arjun Goyal (12), and Upper School Division Head Butch Keller.

Students and faculty crowded into the quad to officially welcome the Class of 2017 at the annual Matriculation Ceremony on Wednesday morning.

In order to honor the passing of former English teacher and coach, Jason Berry, the ceremony was postponed from the first day of school to Wednesday.

“I thought postponing matriculation was a great idea because it respected Mr. Berry, and Mr. Berry was a big part of the community,” Gabriela Gupta (11) said.

The assembly began with opening remarks from the Head of School, Christopher Nikoloff. In his speech, Nikoloff emphasized appreciating what we have, as he referenced his experiences during a school trip to Tanzania this past summer.

Following Nikoloff was the formal welcome to the freshman of the Upper School campus by ASB president, Arjun Goyal (12). Arjun highlighted how students can make the most out of their high school careers, despite the inevitable challenges they will face in the upcoming years.

Matriculation also entailed musical acts by Cantilena and Orchestra, followed by “Freshman 101,” a humorous skit, put on by the 2013-2014 student council representatives. The skit, centered around the theme, “Pixar Movies,” was intended to present key visions and regulations of the school to the class of 2017, as they begin a new chapter in their lives. Covered topics included obeying dress code rules, following your passion, stepping out of your comfort zone, and abiding to the honor code.

Senior class Vice President Dora Tzeng (12) liked being involved in the skit and relaying lifelong messages to the freshmen.

“It was my first time, so i thought it was really fun,” she said. “It was kind of stressful because we had so many practices, but it turned out pretty well.”

Throughout the assembly, freshmen also lined up to sign the honor code as a way of vowing to remain honest and virtuous throughout their high school endeavors. The freshman, who the matriculation ceremony was for, enjoyed in the festivities.

“Considering that I’m not new to harker, I already knew all the rules but I thought the skit was really funny and I liked it alot,” Isabel Lai (9) said.

Although upperclassmen have experienced matriculation a number of times, many of them still found the ceremony to be engaging and entertaining.

“I think today’s matriculation was great because it welcomed the freshmen to the Upper School, and the skits were a fun way of telling the freshmen about what’s expected of them without being formal and strict,” Sachin Pedadda (11) said.

Students were encouraged to stretch their limits and open up new doors, as the matriculation festivities officially set the tone to the beginning of the new school year.

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Anokhi Saklecha, Winged Post Global Editor
Anokhi Saklecha (12) is the Global Editor for the Winged Post. She has been in the journalism program for the past three years. She loves the creativity, passion, and enthusiasm that go into reporting, and she hopes to combine journalism and medicine in her future profession. She is also a competitive dancer, a co-president of the Project Smile Club, and a hospital volunteer. In her free time, she enjoys watching Bollywood movies and hanging out with friends. 

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