Each year, the last Chapel of the school year is set aside for the senior class, and this tradition returned on the morning of Wednesday, April 27. With the whole school and parents of seniors in attendance, seniors process in, share memories and enjoy a slideshow commemorating the end of their time at Trinity.
This year, five seniors stood at the podium in the Estes Athletic Center to share their “Mission Moments,” reflections upon how they discovered their path and to offer advice for their younger peers.
Georgia Cantrell ’22 told the harrowing but humorous tale of her trying (and failing) to “run the flag” past the visiting student section at the state football championship game last fall. “Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself, but make sure you laugh about it,” she told the assembled younger students. “Good things can come from mistakes.”
“What would happen if we all did the thing that we fear the most?” asked Chandler Grant ’22. “How would we change as people and influence each other if we weren’t afraid to be uncomfortable?’ Encouraging younger students to take advantage of their time at Trinity, she said: “Start with a book, join a new club, connect with a group of people you may have been afraid to talk to before. Take small steps to build up your confidence ... Just put yourself out there until you find what you love, then encourage others to do the same.”
Sam Gorey ’22 described trying out for the football team as a senior, despite having no experience. “I came to my first summer football practice where I was quickly humbled and literally put in the dirt,” he recounted. Despite early setbacks, Gorey found himself playing in the first game of the season. “Running under those lights that night onto the field was the most surreal moment of my life… .and I wouldn't give that day up for the world… Just a few months before, I was a completely different person, but through trusting in my closest friends and betting on myself, I made improvements in my life that brought me where I am today.”
“Trinity is such a unique school because we truly do get to choose our own path,” said Bridget O’Leary ’22, “and for me this was hard.” By starting small and joining a few clubs, she said every new activity she tried made her feel more a part of the community. “As long as you are putting yourself out there, you will never regret it,” she said. “My second piece of advice is to try not to compare yourself to others… it's okay to not be the best. As long as you're doing your best, you don't need to be the best. work your hardest, and don't compare that to others.”
Perrin Gilman ’22 challenged the student body to start a new tradition of greeting every single person they pass each day: “Say hi to the shy person who doesn't talk. Hold the door for a faculty member. Sit with someone new at lunch. Listen first, speak second. Make the most of your high school years together by positively contributing to the community. That is what Trinity is all about. It all starts with you.”
“High school is only one small chapter in your life story and you control the narrative,” Gilman concluded. “How will you write the rest of your story?”