Gun­ston School’s new stu­dents ar­rive by boat

Kent County News - - COMING EVENTS -

— The Gun­ston School held its an­nual em­barka­tion cer­e­mony Sept. 5., with all new stu­dents and fac­ulty ar­riv­ing on their first day to cam­pus by boat.

As a 107-year-old school, Gun­ston has many tra­di­tions, but few are as mean­ing­ful as em­barka­tion, a news re­lease from the pri­vate school in Cen­tre­ville states.

Gun­ston’s 64 new stu­dents and seven new fac­ulty and staff mem­bers de­parted from the Cen­tre­ville Wharf Sept. 5, trav­eled down the Cor­sica River and ar­rived at the school’s water­front, where they were greeted by the school’s head­mas­ter, John Lewis.

After shak­ing the head­mas­ter’s hand, each stu­dent signed the school’s honor code, “Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Com­mu­nity,” then climbed the stairs of the em­bank­ment and pro­ceeded to shake the hand of ev­ery mem­ber of the stu­dent body, fac­ulty and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“This cer­e­mony is mean- in­g­ful and sym­bolic,” Lewis said in his speech, “as it cel­e­brates our unique con­nec­tion to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay wa­ter­shed, and also cel­e­brates our strong sense of com­mu­nity.”

Many of Gun­ston’s new par­ents were on hand to witness the event.

This year, Gun­ston — a co­ed­u­ca­tional col­lege prepara­tory high school — is open­ing at a his­tor­i­cally high en­roll­ment of 195, and wel­comed new stu­dents from Queen Anne’s, Kent, Tal­bot, Ce­cil, Caro­line and Anne Arun­del coun­ties, as well as Delaware, the re­lease states.

Gun­ston also wel­comed a num­ber of stu­dents from over­seas, with stu­dents ar­riv­ing this year from Switzer­land, Ja­pan and China.

“We’re ex­cited to be wel­com­ing such a large and tal­ented class of new stu­dents, and with our largest en­roll­ment, we are look­ing for­ward to a great year,” Lewis said.

CONTIBUTED PHOTO

Gun­ston School stu­dents take a boat ride to cam­pus dur­ing the an­nual em­barka­tion cer­e­mony Sept. 5.

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