Harvesting Memories with ASK Traditions

November 26, 2013

Culture, The Zoetics

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By Jordan Hines

Last year the Academy’s Thanksgiving lunch was so well received that it returned this year as an annual school tradition. This year’s celebration had a couple key differences from last year’s event. With the lack of space in the building, the student body moved across the street to the Italian American Association. Also, the new middle school scholars joined the fun.

As students shuffled into the dinner hall, the energy was lively and powerful, so much so that it took ASK manager Paul Stephenson a couple of minutes to calm everyone down. He, Mr. Barbour, and Mrs. Correa shared words with the room. Mrs. Correa stated that the size of ASK allows the academy to become a family, a priveledge other school’s don’t often get.

After the speech, scholars headed into the adjacent room to pile their plates with food from the three rows of tables lined with dishes brought by students and staff. Junior Jessie Blake, a transfer student new to ASK this year,  was enthusiastic about the food saying how good it was. “It was very unusual that a school did that, so it was really awesome,” she said.

Parents volunteers began setting the meal up at 9 that morning, and aided in the flow of lines, as well as the cleanup.

Senior JD Gonzalez commented on the “turkey coma” he received from eating all the food at lunch, and had to fight off sleep in class afterward.

He said he enjoyed sitting with friends, but had gripes about the noise volume and tight spaces. He thought the two-hour extended lunch time was ideal, but thought that allowing students to leave for the last half hour of lunch was “poorly executed.”

Freshman Sam Wilmot said he liked the meal and the chance to relax. “It was good to hang out with friends. It gave us time to meet new people.”


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One Comment on “Harvesting Memories with ASK Traditions”

  1. askmrstephenson Says:

    Nice article Jordan.

    MR S


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