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Seniors Celebrate at 100 Days Dinner

Sarah O'Neill
On Monday, February 11, the Tilton School senior class traveled to Church Landing in Meredith, NH to celebrate the annual 100 Days Dinner. This formal dinner begins the countdown to commencement. Along with select faculty members and a lineup of speakers, this occasion gives students time to reflect upon their time on the Hill and set goals for their final few months.
Head of School Peter Saliba P‘17, ‘19, ‘19 gave opening and closing remarks.

“This dinner is one of my favorite traditions of Tilton School. As I think some of you have figured out, we actually have 102 days, or when we finish up tonight, about 2,462 hours until Commencement. Tonight is a time for all of us not only to celebrate this milestone, but to begin our goodbyes and to figure out how you, the seniors, are going to depart our school.”

The invocation was given by alumni Jake Beattie ‘13. Jake was a three-year student from Mansfield, MA. During his time at Tilton, he participated in soccer, skiing, lacrosse, and was a founding member of the Tilton Club Hockey team. He was also a MacMorran Scholar during his senior year and received numerous academic accolades. After Tilton, he attended William Hobart Smith before transferring to Bentley University, where he received a Master of Science Degree in Finance. He recently moved back to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and currently resides in Lincoln, NH.

Jake discussed his transformative time at Tilton and encouraged students to stay in touch with their fellow RAMS.

“One of the things that Tilton taught me is how to create and foster relationships, and make the relationships useful for different things. Whether it be your buddy or someone you’re working with. One of the main things is your network. Network is huge. It’s going to help you in any relationship you have and in any job or career that you choose to go into, so keep that in mind.”

 

Each year, an alumnus from the previous year’s class also addresses the current year’s seniors. This year that alumnus was Tia Raspante ‘18. Tia was a four-year student from Sandwich, MA. She played field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse for all four years. Tia currently attends the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a spot on the Division 1 field hockey team.

Tia urged students to thoroughly take in and enjoy their last few months at Tilton, and be kind to one another along the way.

“These last 100 days are a special milestone as your own reminder to make the most out of Tilton in these last few months. Challenge yourself on a daily basis. Be kind to one another. Spend some time reflecting on what life at this time next year will be like; almost halfway done with your freshman year. That sounds pretty crazy. I never would have expected or thought I would be where I am today if it wasn’t for Tilton.”

Student-elected speaker Padraig Barry ‘19 made a compelling speech, with a focus on fully enjoying these last 100 days before Commencement

“Let’s end this year strong, and look back at these times with happy thoughts and no regrets.”

As Peter Saliba P’17, ‘19, ’19 closed out the evening, he recognized all four-year seniors with a round of applause.

A special thank you to the Tilton School Development Office for making the evening possible, most notably Alexandra Sedgley, Alumni and Parent Relations Manager. 

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