Student leaders share what makes STA special. Enjoy the videos!
Prefects, elected student grade representatives, are recognized as important leaders in the school. Each year, the newly elected senior class prefects are invited to speak before the Upper School in the Head Prefect Elections, a highlight in the life of the school. The boys often chose to address a range of topics—community, brotherhood, how they’ve grown, their high school experience, what St. Albans means to them. Upon hearing all the speeches, the student body elects a new Head Prefect for the following school year.
Will Carnahan ’20
In his prefect election speech, Will Carnahan ’20 speaks of his transition to the Upper School at St. Albans. After encountering some difficulties, a thoughtful conversation with his dad encouraged him to try to make small contributions to the St. Albans community each day. Sharing a smile, asking a classmate about his day, helping a friend with homework—Will makes a positive impact on the everyday life of the school and will continue to do so as a Senior Class Prefect.
Will Nash ’20
In his prefect election speech about the uniqueness of St. Albans, Will Nash ’20 discussed his first experience at the Tea Club. The club, founded just last year by Dan Huynh ’19 and Upper School Spanish Teacher Clara Rivera, samples teas, biscuits, and scones from a variety of regions. Nash outlines how even though the school contains students with a wide array of interests and talents—“scholars, athletes, musicians, linguists, thespians, artists, mathematicians, and writers”—all the boys are part of one family.
Chris Sosnik ’20
Chris Sosnik ’20 talks about the St. Albans community, and how, despite the challenges he faced, that community allowed him to grow in his prefect election speech. Drawing on Mr. Hansen’s often-repeated advice, Sosnik explained how with patience and the support of friends, faculty, and others around the school, everyone—musicians, athletes, scholars, and artists—can find their place in the community.
Aidan Stretch ’20
Aidan Stretch ’20 discusses two core values at St. Albans: integrity and love. To illustrate integrity, he shared a story of a boy’s honesty about a test score. He also shared a special moment at a lacrosse game where, even in defeat, the Bulldogs showed each other tremendous love and support. Both these stories, Stretch said, depict the brotherhood shared by students.
Brandon Torng ’20
Brandon Torng ’20 speaks about his experience joining the St. Albans community as a new freshman. Coming from a large public middle school, despite a period of transition and change, he found a family at St. Albans, a brotherhood that has helped him grow, mature, and learn. He wishes to strengthen this brotherhood as a senior leader, guiding those who follow the same path behind him.