Adelphi’s Student Advisory Board Members
Take Oath of Office at Swearing-In Ceremony
BAY RIDGE – Members of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn’s 2019-2020 Student Advisory Board were officially sworn into office by Head of School Ms. Iphigenia Romanos during a special ceremony inside the John Lockwood Auditorium Theatre on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019. The 2019-2020 slate of officers includes returning members Andre, Susan and Isaac, plus three first-time inductees in Ilona, Albert and William.
The ceremony featured the presentation of symbolic items to each of the inductees. A $2 bill bearing the image of President Thomas Jefferson was presented to Isaac, who accepted with the promise to follow the model of Thomas Jefferson — to make financial decisions that are sound and assist in the financial management of the Student Advisory Board of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn. An hourglass was presented to Susan, with the promise to maintain by resolution the minutes of all meetings and to strive to make the Student Advisory Board’s time together productive. A statue of Adelphi’s iconic panther was presented to William, who, along with his fellow inductees, promised to always take great pride in their fellow students, pride in their beloved Adelphi and pride in themselves as student leaders.
A copy of Charlotte Morrill’s The History of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn 1863-1916 was presented to Ilona, with the promise not only to safeguard it, to protect it and to study it, but also to continue it by writing its next chapter and beyond as members of the Student Advisory Board of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn. The official school colors or brown and gold were presented to Albert, who accepted with the promise to represent the thoughts, ideas and spirit of all Lower, Middle and Upper School students. Finally, a gavel was presented to Andre with the promise to govern judiciously and fairly and to always work toward the best interests of the students of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn.
Following the presentation of symbols, board members were called upon to recite the oath of office, led by Ms. Romanos. Then each student was called to receive an official Student Advisory Board blazer, to be worn at all Academy events as a symbol of their student leadership status.
“The Annual Student Advisory Board Swearing-In Ceremony at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn is always an important and enlightening event,” Ms. Romanos said. “It’s important because the entire student body gets to see several of their peers shine as leaders and become part of this prestigious board, and it’s enlightening because each year we are able to see just how devoted these special students are to furthering the mission and goals of the Academy. It’s going to be a productive and exciting year ahead, for sure.”
As the oldest private, independent, continuing, coeducational, college-preparatory day school in the borough and one of the oldest in the nation, Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn, “the little school of big dreams” has been “effectively preparing young people for college, career, and life, one day at a time” for over 150 years. Founded in 1863 and located in the historic Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, Adelphi enrolls students from two years of age through twelfth grade. A strong emphasis is placed on small class size, individualized attention, self expression, critical thinking and challenging hands-on learning through Adelphi’s founding philosophy and dedication to the education of the “total child”. Adelphi students excel within a small, intimate, safe, caring, nurturing, and secure environment through Adelphi’s core values and founding principles of pride, tradition, spirit, and excellence. The student-teacher ratio is 8 to 1 and Adelphi is a New York State Regents Exempt Program with a 100% college application, acceptance and attendan Save ce rate. A founding member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Adelphi receives its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and has been a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1928. Ms. Iphigenia Romanos serves as Head of School.
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