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Welcoming the Class of 2014 to the Alumni Family

May 23, 2014

The Class of 2014 will receive their St. Andrew’s diplomas in less than 48 hours, but this week has been much more about giving. These 73 energetic young men and women have given thanks, time, attention, love, and care to just about everyone they’ve come in contact with, including the Dunkin Donuts cashier at 6:00 a.m.

I’ve struggled to put this group into words, but if I had to choose one moment that captured St. Andrew’s this week it would be watching Ben Bentil ’14, a 1st Team All-State soccer and basketball player, work with a young boy in the Special Olympics. The boy’s task was to dribble a soccer ball about 20 yards across the football field. For many, it would take seconds, but for this strong little boy, it took a herculean effort. He moved inches with each step, but he was never alone. Big Ben was there from the start firing him up, clapping, and cajoling. The two worked in rhythm together for more than 10 minutes before they reached the finish line with a joyous celebration.

Ben is a dominating athlete who will attend Providence College next year on a full basketball scholarship, but my guess is that he will do even greater things beyond the court in the years to come. He’s also one example from a class filled with kids bursting with character, confidence, and a willingness to put others first.

I couldn’t be prouder to have this class join the alumni family. They will make St. Andrew’s and, in turn, us all even stronger in the years to come.

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