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Introducing This Year's Student Leaders

More than 100 key student leaders gathered in late August for training and work to build an EHS school culture where everyone feels welcome.

During a chapel moment that was part of the all-school orientation, Vestry Senior Warden Chris Kim ’21 talked of “establishing the community we love” both virtually now and later in person when the campus reopens in October. “We must seek other people’s narratives and have empathy for those who are different from ourselves,” he said.

See this year’s student leaders and members of most student organizations here. We asked this year’s Head Monitor and the new chairs of the Honor and Discipline committees to tell us a little bit about themselves:

Caroline Bradford, chair of the Discipline Committee
Favorite band or singer: Khalid.
Media/entertainment that has influenced you most this year: I have loved reading Architectural Digest this year. Being in my house during quarantine inspired me!
Favorite self-care tip or activity during Covid-19: Get outside!
Little-known fact about yourself: I love peanut-butter cups! The one from Trader Joe's are my favorite.
Career dream: Every year, the New York Times hires a writer/reporter to travel the world and visit 52 different places. The writer spends a week in each place and reports weekly on what they experienced. At the end of the year, a list is revealed of the top 52 places to visit. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a year!
Leader who inspires you: Digital media executive Erika Nardini.
Person at EHS who inspires you: Mark Mills, assistant director of athletics for facilities and equipment.
Favorite thing about Episcopal: Going to the Athletics Center every day. I love playing sports, and the environment is a great break from the academic day.
Advice on recharging after a day of distance learning: Facetime or call someone. It’s nice to be able to talk to someone after sitting at a desk all day. Keep building relationships with people in the Episcopal community.
Advice for incoming students: I know parents might not love to hear this, but don’t spend all of your time. studying. Get out of your dorm room or the library and go have fun! Your time at Episcopal goes by a lot quicker than you think. 

Maria Claiborne, chair of the Honor Committee
Favorite band or singer: Probably Taylor Swift.
Favorite author: Rick Riordan. I love Percy Jackson.
Media/entertainment that has influenced you most this year: Grey’s Anatomy has made me realize that maybe I could actually enjoy being a doctor!
Favorite self-care tip or activity during Covid-19: Doing any sort of exercise will make you feel so much better! 
Little-known fact about yourself: I have an obsession with Butterfingers.
Career dream: A pediatrician! I love kids and with my newfound love of medicine I could really see myself thriving in that position.
Leader who inspires you: Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala.
Person at EHS who inspires you: Social studies teacher Mike Reynolds.
Favorite thing about Episcopal: Sitting on Stew porch with all my friends while the sun sets and doing nothing but catching up and enjoying each other’s company.
Advice on recharging after a day of distance learning: Either going outside, seeing a friend or just taking a nap. Anything that’ll make you feel better instead of staring at a screen.
Advice for incoming students: Don’t be afraid of change. Everything is going to be different once you arrive at Episcopal and things that might define your freshman year won’t matter 2 years down the line. Everything changes for the better even if you don’t expect it so don’t be afraid if things seem out of place in the beginning.

Clay Sailor, head monitor
Favorite band or singer: Ed Sheeran. 
Favorite author: Rick Riordan.
Media/entertainment that has influenced you most this year: “The Hate You Give,” by Angie Thomas.
Favorite self-care tip or activity during Covid-19: Bike riding. It gives me time to think and reflect  as well as get in a workout. 
Little-known fact about yourself: I have a scuba-diving license.
Career dream: To be an officer in the United States military.
Leader who inspires you: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Person at EHS who inspires you: Physics teacher and wrestling coach Steve Castle. He always comes to wrestling practice with a smile and exemplifies what it means to have determination and passion. He has inspired me to give 110% both on and off the mat and has truly been a father figure for me on campus. 
Favorite thing about Episcopal: The loving and welcoming community. There is truly a familial bond between the students and the faculty. I especially love how even through virtual learning we have been able to maintain this sense of community.
Advice on recharging after a day of distance learning: Running helps me feel energized. Honestly, the best advice I have is to do what makes you happy and helps relieve stress, whether that be cooking, watching TV, calling friends, going to the gym, etc.  
Advice for incoming students: Don’t be afraid to try new activities and join different clubs; you’re only in high school once.
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