Have you grabbed your copy of Update? Fresh off the press, it's packed with amazing stories from the SJND community.
Each story in this issue is unique but they all share a common thread. This year challenged us, surprised us, and has redefined us. For our students, it is shaping a generation. For our alumni, it is providing them with clarity and self-realization. For our staff and faculty, it helped modernize our approach to teaching and working while showing us the value of the moments we have together.
As Violet Golden, class of ‘39 and our oldest living alumna points out “every time is unprecedented in some way… You’ve just got to keep the faith and move on.”
Among the many lessons this year brought us is that even when everything seems to have come to a standstill, you are still growing. Music Teacher Paula Cekola shared that some of her students felt like they were stagnating in their musical development this year, and she reminded them that in a year like this, “that IS progress.”
In this issue, you’ll read about Arlo Rucker ‘22 and the year-long sailing trip he and his family took. He recounts a moment when they were out at sea and there was no wind, the deep, open ocean was flat and serene, instead of changing directions his family embraced the stillness and went swimming. It is in the stillness that memories are often made.