Gun­ston em­barks on a new school year

Record Observer - - SCHOOL -

CENTREVILLE — On Tues­day, Sept. 5, Gun­ston School held its an­nual Em­barka­tion cer­e­mony. As a 107-year old school, Gun­ston has many tra­di­tions, but few are as mean­ing­ful as Em­barka­tion—all new stu­dents and fac­ulty ar­riv­ing on their first day to cam­pus by boat.

Gun­ston’s 64 new stu­dents and seven new fac­ulty and staff mem­bers de­parted from the Centreville Wharf, 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 mean­ing­ful and sym­bolic,” said Lewis, “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 co-ed­u­ca­tional col­lege prepara­tor y high school – is open­ing at a his­tor­i­cally high en­roll­ment of 195, and wel­comes new stu­dents from Queen Anne’s, Kent, Tal­bot, Ce­cil, Caro­line, and Anne Arun­del coun­ties, as well as Delaware. Gun­ston also wel­comes a num­ber of stu­dents from over­seas, with stu­dents ar­riv­ing this year from Switzer­land, Ja­pan, and China.

Lewis said, “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.”

A tra­di­tion at Gun­ston, stu­dents and fac­ulty ar­rive for their first day of class by boat.

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