Class of 2021 Gets a Surprise!

  • Upper School

With some of Key’s seniors on campus and some distance learning from home, the 12th grade advisors, Laura Burrell Baxter and Lee Ann Havard, decided to put their heads together to find a way to give the students a surprise gift with a focus on class unity. The answer was a specially designed sweatshirt for the Class of ‘21 which would show their strength and togetherness through the symbol of the koru on the front and all the students’ names on the back. The seniors on campus were called outside to the Amphitheater and the seniors at home were invited via Zoom to be surprised with their gifts.

The koru was carefully chosen as a symbol. It is the Maori word for loop or coil, depicted as the spiral shape of a new unfurling fern frond and an integral symbol in Maori art for new life, growth, strength, and peace. The message that accompanied the gift echoed the symbol by stating in part, ”When you wear your sweatshirts, we hope you will be reminded of the strength of your class as you navigate these uncharted waters.”