The Peddie community gathers twice a week in Ayer Memorial Chapel to focus on one of the school's core values: balance. Students and faculty share pieces of music or literature, which are followed by Chapel talks. These talks are as diverse as our student body itself, often personal, sometimes spiritual, occasionally humorous, and always moving.
Ayer Memorial Chapel
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in the Ayer Memorial Chapel in 1957, he was not yet widely known, but his heartfelt speech would affect Peddie graduates for the rest of their lives. More than 50 years later, the chapel has hosted presidents and governors, scholars and scientists, friends and alumni -- and students who will become all of those things themselves.
Dedicated in 1951 to the young Peddie men who died in World War II, and funded by donations of their classmates and fellow alumni, the Chapel stands as a monument to the school's deep history. It remains a literal and figurative centerpiece of the Peddie campus and student life, a reminder of all those who came before.
In the spirit of Blair Week, Marc Onion reads from a text of antiquity, one thought lost to us. Modern scholars, the few who have studied this tale, celebrate it as an epic rivaling those of Homer.
English teacher, Summer Signature coordinator and founder of the Sophomore Bike Trip, Patrick Clements shares the story of his sabbatical last spring, a south-to-north trek through the United States "following stories of slavery, white terrorism, Jim Crow, movement towards freedom, the Great Migration, the Blues, abolitionism, the Underground Railroad, and the astonishing power and complexity of the American land and people."
Math teacher and football coach Frank DeLaurentis discusses and often unrecognized characteristic of success that requires a particular kind of courage.
One of Peddie's core values - honesty - is described as "devotion to truth." Long-time faculty member and Math department chair Tim Corica discusses what that means for us in a practical sense (and, of course, he throws a bit of mathematics in there too!)
English teacher and Crew coach Joe Murtaugh gives us a timely reminder that "It's not where you go, it's what you do when you get there" that makes all the difference.
Marty Mooney, dean of students and English teacher, shares his view on daily wonders, and the stories and human connections that accompany them - if you take the time to look for them.
Marc Onion, dean of freshman, English teacher, dorm supervisor, and J.V. boys soccer coach, tells the how and the why of his journey to - and experience at - Peddie.
Michael Agosto is an associate director of admission, coordinator of multicultural recruitment, director of Peddie's on campus orientation program, dorm faculty member and student advisor. His office, located at the heart of campus (next to the bell in Annenberg Hall), is the heart of campus in myriad ways, almost always filled with students and faculty alike. Mr. Agosto opened this year's Chapel program with a fitting directive to the community: "Share away."
Peter Park is a 2007 graduate of Peddie, and is currently an Assistant Director of Admission. He reflects here on one of Peddie's core values: balance.