Seniors and sophomores attend first Eagle Buddies event of the school year


Ashley Jiang

Seniors and their Eagle Buddies enjoy lunch on Davis Field. Students were allowed to eat on the turf and on the bleachers facing Shah.

by Varsha Rammohan, Reporter

Seniors gathered with their Eagle Buddies at the upper school while the sophomores traveled to the lower school campus for their first Eagle Buddies session of the school year today.

Both classes spent time with their buddies for two hours. Students wrote individual cards to their buddies during advisory three weeks ago, greeting them and introducing themselves.

The Eagle Buddies program is run by upper school math teacher Jane Keller. She has been the coordinator for three years and works closely with Mary Holaday, the dean of students at the lower school, to ensure that each event runs smoothly.

“I like to watch when the Eagle Buddies are up here at Davis Field,” Keller said. “It’s particularly fun to watch the seniors start acting like little kids again.”

The seniors gave their fifth grade buddies a tour of the new athletic center and later went to Davis Field for lunch and games.

“I liked the free time on the field because it gave me a chance to play Sneaky Statues with a bunch of kids,” Mallory Millard (12) said. “It’s really sad; I feel like I just met her and I still feel like I have a lot more to get to know about her, but we only see them a few times a year. It’s really interesting seeing her grow up—she’s getting to be almost taller than me, and that’s ridiculous.”

While the seniors stayed at the upper school campus, the sophomores went to the Bucknall campus to see their buddies and took part in several activities, including friendship bracelet making, kickball, foosball and tag.

“It was my first time meeting him, so that was pretty cool,” Sahil Gosain (10) said. “Getting to know him was also pretty fun.”

Sophomore class dean Kelly Horan spoke about the importance of the Eagle Buddies program and how it enriches students’ education in an unconventional way.

“I don’t know that it’s about learning anything; I think it’s more just about interacting and having fun, creating new relationships and being in a different situation where they are the ones that are looked up to. That’s really beneficial for them,” she said.

Both the seniors and sophomores will attend more Eagle Buddies sessions later this year.