This article originally appeared in the summer 2014 Harker Quarterly.
The upper school student body gathered at the gym on May 22 to bid farewell to the Class of 2014, who graduated just days later. Entertainment was provided by performing arts, debate, student council and athletics. The Harker Jazz Band, Downbeat and Varsity Dance Troupe performed. The inclusion of several large programs allowed students from all classes, including seniors, to enjoy a final recap of the impact they’ve had on campus.
Harker forensics students staged a hilarious mock debate about whether the Class of 2014 would be missed, with both sides citing “research” from debate seniors as a way to work their names and the colleges they will attend into the skit.
In addition, the gathering provided the opportunity to recognize the year’s stand-out senior athletes and introduce the students who would serve on the Student Council for the upcoming school year.
History teacher Samuel Lepler was a driving force behind this new event, and according to Butch Keller, upper school head, the seniors enjoyed putting their “personal stamp” on it.