Tom Schnoor’s Farewell Column
by Tom Schnoor on Monday, April 9th, 2012
When I came to Milton, I was a quiet, intimidated kid, but thanks to four pretty amazing years I’m leaving far more confident in myself. Out of all the cool stuff I’ve done while at Milton though, being Head Monitor is easily at the top of the list. I’ve loved the opportunity to really meet people from all parts of the Milton community, from new students at orientation to teachers and administrators during weekly meetings. It sounds really corny but it has truly been an honor to represent such a talented student body, filled with people far more impressive than I could ever hope to be. This year has been very memorable for me.
It began with a great display of school spirit. After orientation, Molly and I focused on encouraging the whole school to attend a Freshmen Girls’ Soccer game–while I missed the game because of a broken arm, apparently it was a success. In the fall, we also organized Spirit Week to get everyone pumped for Nobles’ Day (shoutout to Girls’ Varsity Soccer for not losing). We had a little bit of a mix-up with Gotcha but, ultimately, we got a full game in and hopefully secured its future.
After winter break, we worked to get donuts and coffee for students during exam week and then held the most successful food drive in recent Milton Academy history, collecting over 3,000 goods. In short, we’ve accomplished a good amount of what we set out to do this year, but that list doesn’t touch on some of my best memories from this year. A lot of those have simply come from hanging out with people who drop by the Head Monitor’s office.
I’ll admit there have been times where I’ve been frustrated by things we have been unable to do. I really did want to change the assembly schedule this year; I wanted to get rid of Tuesday class assemblies because I think they have little potential to morph into something really worth attending. Unfortunately, just because a Head Monitor has an idea doesn’t mean it’ll become reality, so I’ve worked and will continue to work to get rid of that assembly, at least for upperclassmen. I also didn’t bring donuts to as many Thursday and Friday assemblies as I originally planned, time constraints and other factors stopped the donut draw from happening every single week.
With my time coming to a close, I’m excited for the next Head Monitors to be elected and Molly and I will work to make the transfer as smooth as possible, encouraging them to start working seriously in the spring. As I said, it has been the highlight of my Milton experience to serve as Head Monitor and I look forward to my last few weeks on the job.
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