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ASL celebrates 70th anniversary

Gabrielle Meidar
Signs and balloons hang around the school to celebrate Founders Day. American journalist and Teacher Stephen L. Eckard founded ASL in 1951 with only 13 students in his Knightsbridge flat.

The eagle mascot stood with black and orange balloons at the Waverley entrance as students arrived at school April 26 in order to commemorate Founder’s Day and ASL’s 70th anniversary.

In the evening of April 26, the school hosted a webinar for members of the community. According to Associate Director of Advancement for Alumni Relations Libby Jones, the program included a premiere of the “70 Years of ASL” film followed by a Q&A panel discussion. Head of School Robin Appleby was accompanied by former Heads of School Coreen Hester, Bill Mules and Judith Glickman, who all answered questions asked by two student moderators, Student Council President Adnan Bseisu (’22) and Student Council Vice President Maddie Wilkin (’22). 

Moreover, Jones said the webinar featured a celebration of giving which included remarks from Chair of the Board of Trustees David Novak and a first glimpse of the newly-installed wall of gratitude, which has been displayed in the School Center Foyer. Director of Advancement Beth Crutcher said the wall was built to honor those who have donated to the school.

In addition, Crutcher said she worked on the “impact of giving” portion of the celebration which included the unveiling of the wall of gratitude. Crutcher said she is proud that it reflects ASL’s values of equity and inclusion. 

“Every gift is on there, so if a student came and gave a pound, their name is on there,” she said. “No matter what size of the gift, no font is bigger or darker. Every gift is there.”

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Gabrielle Meidar, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Print
Gabrielle Meidar (’23) is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Print of The Standard. Her journalism career kickstarted in the Middle School newspaper, The Scroll. Since, she has served as the News Editor: Print and Lead News Editor for The Standard. She has been featured in the Jewish Chronicle and predominantely writes about topics that are stigmatized.

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