Excerpted from a chapel talk by Brooke Dennison ’18, delivered January 12, 2018. Brooke is co-president of the student body and shared her personal journey of transformation, which brought her to some simple but powerful truths.
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.
Trevor '17 is a co-leader of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Peddie. The club focuses on raising awareness about issues in the LGBTQ+ community by hosting discussions throughout the year and holding an annual coffeehouse to raise funds for the Trevor Project. Trevor shares what motivated him, personally, to honor the Day of Silence.
Andrea is a senior at Peddie. She reflects on the past four years and recognizes that while there is a place for routine, we all have a choice when change stands in our path - it's all about perspective.
Senior Caroline shares the story behind her very personal commitment to Relay for Life.
Senior David Loughran shares his very personal struggle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and has an important message or two for us all.
Justin '15 is student body co-president and a multi-sport athlete. He shares here the story of his journey to Peddie.
In a recent chapel talk, Jada '15 and Senyte '15 shared an excerpt from an article by Jeremy Dowsett titled, "What my bike taught me about white privilege," and then shared their reflection on the relevance of Dowsett's thoughts to the Peddie community.
Abby is a junior at Peddie, currently reading A Streetcar Named Desire in her AP English class. Here, she makes connections between one of the main characters - Blanche - pop culture, and a recent chapel talk by Science teacher Jim Harris.
Student body co-presidents Megan Mooney and Liam Wall said farewell to students during Monday's Chapel. Justin Ryu presented the traditional Senior slideshow.
Jenna Hart '14 shared her very personal reasons for committing to the Relay for Life. Thanks to Jenna's intiative, the Relay will be held at Peddie for the first time on April 27, 2014.