Jody Gregory ’12
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84th Annual Tree Trim 2012
The tragic massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, CT on Friday, December 14th, brings to mind and heart many things, chief among these is grief. After the most acute phase of grief subsides, and we pray that it may, there will be debates about laws, social customs, and the role of family and community in the lives of its most troubled members, and much, much more. At the end of all of these roads must be truth, tolerance, and virtue. Dr. Wheeler’s comments on the occasion of Tower Hill’s 84th Annual Tree Trim offer some wisdom in this vein:
On December 5th, seven Upper School students departed for Houston, Texas to attend the 25th annual People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Alex Churchwell, Jody Gregory, Victoria Longo, Madi Schopfer, Courtney Hayman, Carina Miller and Rodney Orr were selected from applicants by the Diversity Club faculty advisors and joined over 1300 other students from across the nation for the three day conference. With a focus on the eight core identifiers of diversity (age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status and religion), students gathered together to discuss how to impact communities with what the conference and people taught them. SDLC is hard to capture in words, but some of the attendees explained their experiences below.