By Director of Alumni Relations Kristin White:
The rain was not going to put a damper on St. Luke’s Homecoming Weekend October 21 & 22. Friday morning began with alumni faculty members Susan Garnett '06 and Carrie Van Atten '92 handing out more than 500 lollipops courtesy of the Alumni Association. Friday also marked two new and very successful events: a special discount with Vineyard Vines in New Canaan and a wonderful evening in honor of Headmaster Emeritus Dick Whitcomb.
Saturday began with members of the Class of '66 celebrating their 50th reunion at a champagne brunch along with Head of School Mark Davis, Headmaster Emeritus Dick Whitcomb, and Alumni Association President DJ Wolff '03. Wolff noted, "The energy and enthusiasm the 50th reunion class brought to campus was wonderful! While they were excited to see the growth of the physical campus, they were also quick to point out that some things never change: core values, commitment to service, and the development of lifelong friendships."
By mid-morning, the 5K fun run was off and the 3rd Annual Middle School Mystery Box challenge was well underway. MS Science Department Chair Susan Bralower explained: "This year's theme, The Straw Tower Challenge, required teams to construct the tallest tower possible that could support a tennis ball for 30 seconds. The winning team of Sam Pakman '22, Will Haljun '22 and Grant Vogel '22 created a tower measuring 173 cm tall." There were 70 challengers in total divided within the 20 participating teams.
The afternoon excitement continued with activity booths run by various grades and after school clubs. Director of Character Education Kate Parker-Burgard said, "Spirits were high and the welcome was warm for all who came to St. Luke's for Homecoming. The student clubs ran a variety of games and raised money and awareness for some wonderful causes, keeping all of us mindful of life and needs beyond the Hilltop."
Throughout the day delicious lunches were provided by five incredible food trucks, and the Parents’ Association had plenty of school spirit items for sale. The edges of the fields were crowded with many spectators...and umbrellas. Director of Athletics Mike West commented, "Despite the rain and cold our Storm varsity teams showed great skill and intensity throughout Homecoming. The teams felt the support of the community, raising their play to put in some of the best performances of the season."
Saturday evening moved alumni and parents of alumni into the cozy Fireplace Commons, where they were treated to Cocktails and Nibbles. St. Luke’s parents of alumni, Tracey Hamill (Bobby '11, Jake '13, Kit '16), Frances Wilson (Andrew '20, Claire '18, John '13, Sarah '16), and Joyce Andersen (Everett '22, Kyle '15, Quenten '17, Skye '16), put together a remarkable evening with record attendance.
A special thanks to all of the faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and parents of alumni who helped make this Homecoming such a memorable weekend.