Leadership Series Begins with Head of School Bessie Speers
Tower Hill's tenth Head of School, Bessie Speers, was the keynote speaker at the first meeting of the Upper School Student Leadership series on Monday, Aug. 31. Thirty students in Grades 10 through 12 gathered to listen to her story and, in particular, learn about her career in school leadership. She spoke about the responsibility, challenges and expectations of a leader. She ended her discussion by charging the students to lead with confidence and humility in all they do.
The series, in its third year, was created to help foster and train students in their positions as student leaders in all aspects of school life. Board members, parents, alumni and friends have been invited to present to the group based on their connection to Tower Hill and leadership experience in various industries, such as business, non-profit, public service, education and technology. After listening to each speaker, students are challenged to collectively solve problems, brainstorm new ideas and think innovatively to enhance the Upper School experience. Students are selected to participate in this series if they serve in any leadership role: Student-Faculty Council, Class Co-Chairs, Senior Mentors, Club Leaders and Sports' Team Captains.
The theme for the year is, "Leadership and Involvement: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone," which is a continuation of the discussion from the final meeting of the 2014-15 series with THS alumna Gracie Firestone '11. Students will meet again in November and February.
—Megan Cover, Assistant Head of Upper School/Dean of Students