HW Parents’ Association hosts second Senior Appreciation Event


Printed with permission of Desiree Samuels

HW Parents’ Association members gather to take a photo at the Senior Appreciation event.

Tate Sheehy

The HW Parents’ Association hosted their second Senior Appreciation Event, offering senior sweatshirts and free donuts to the Class of 2022 outside of Munger on Tuesday.

The first Senior Appreciation Event honored the seniors with sweatshirts and free Sweetfin poke bowls were distributed outside of Munger on Sept. 9.

Violet Barron ’22 said the event made her feel better during a stressful time, and she was grateful to the parents who organized it.

“I would say my mood was sufficiently lightened this morning,” said Barron. “It was a very welcome surprise because I wasn’t expecting it, so it was nice to see all the effort they had put in for us, especially in this challenging time.”

Barron said she appreciates being acknowledged as a senior, especially after missing large amounts of in-person schooling during her sophomore and junior year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We basically didn’t have part of our sophomore year and junior year on campus,” said Barron. “It means a lot to come to campus and be recognized as seniors,” she said.

Desiree Samuels (P’ Will ’22), who helped arrange the event, said she hoped the event eased student stress. For many seniors, the college application season can be very difficult.

“We want to make your life easier so you can enjoy the moment,” Samuels said. “It’s hard enough with your college [applications], so we just try to give you a little glimmer.”

Oliver Wyman ’22 said he enjoyed catching up with some of his friends’ parents who were on campus as event organizers.

“I like seeing friendly faces,” Wyman said. “I saw Mrs. Schwartz and she made me feel very comforted at school because I’ve known her my whole life. Applications are very stressful and I’m getting them all done, so it’s nice to see familiar faces.”

Wyman also said that the event led him to feel empowered in his seniority.

“It’s nice to feel respected within our community and to feel superior to the other classes for a day and hold dominion over all the children that scatter amongst the field,” Wyman said.