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Lifers of the Class of 2018

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Lifers gather around to light the lantern, signifying the beginning of the school year.

Lifers gather around to light the lantern, signifying the beginning of the school year.

Photo Credit: Victor O'Neil Studios

Photo Credit: Victor O'Neil Studios

Lifers gather around to light the lantern, signifying the beginning of the school year.

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What does it mean to be a “Lifer” at Flint Hill School? Headmaster John Thomas defines a Lifer as someone who “has been at the school continuously since either JK or Kindergarten.” This year, 18 seniors qualify as Lifers.

Lily Cohen, Sarah Davisson, Rachel Foster, Reagan Gray, Sabra McBride, Rajan Mehta, and Catherine Scherer all started their career at Flint Hill in junior kindergarten. Lindsey Alloy, Rod Aryan, Lauren Craige, Katie Grisius, Sean Herlihy, Rachel Holland, Cami Lamont, Matthew McClements, Aubree Phillips, Spencer Torok, and Aidan Wheeler have been at the school since kindergarten. Henry Jeanneret left Flint Hill as a lower school student and returned in eighth grade to finish his high school career.

During the All School Gathering, these 18 students had the opportunity to participate in one of Flint Hill’s most sacred traditions: the lighting of the lantern. Just like the lantern that is lit during the annual Iditarod, the school lantern remains lit until the last person crosses the finish line and graduates.

Rod Ayran describes what being a Lifer means to him: “[Being a lifer] means a lot. After being here for thirteen years, it feels like home and it’s a place that I can always come back to and feel supported. It’s really breathtaking to go back to the lower school and see your teachers that taught you 7 or 10 years ago. The all-school meeting was surreal.”

 

 

 

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