Student leadership took on Boston, Massachusetts for a creativity conference on Jan. 25.
“We intended to go before Wish Week so we could apply a lot of the things we learned to make that week bigger and better,” Emily Weaver, 12, said.
The trip was organized by AJ Stevens, 11, Cameron Hancock, 12, and Cray Cordero, 12. Hancock played a pivotal role since his mother knew the guest speaker, Seana Moran, from Clark University.
“A professor talked to us about creativity and how each person can have a ripple effect on that reflects everything else,” Kate Sherman, 10, said.
The group learned that creativity is a cycle with new ideas being introduced until they become the norm. They were taught that trying new ideas out can be risky, but worth the reward.
“I think it is important to go on a retreat because we get the opportunity to bond outside the classroom,” Student Body President Reagan Lavallee, 12, said. “We got to make more memories together and branch out by talking to variety of members we haven’t worked with.”
Outside of the conference, the group went sightseeing visiting the USS Constitution, Paul Revere’s house, Quincy Market, the Bunker Hill Monument, Granary Burying Ground, Harvard University, and the Boston Common.
At Quincy Market, they listened to live music around the restaurant and shops. They spent the day at Boston Commons where they ice skated, attended a Harvard hockey game, and visited the campus.
Davis Helmerich, 10, won a trivia competition during the game. The trivia question was about the previous Harvard Hockey game. “For fun, I just guessed and tweeted out the answer,” Helmerich said. “I saw my name on the jumbotron when I looked up.”
Student leadership finished the retreat off with their annual talent show. They were broken up into random groups and created acts to show in front one another. They ranged from songs, to skits, to dances.
This year for a group dinner, they decided to go to a family owned italian restaurant. Afterwards, they went to Mike’s Pastry and got homemade cannolis.
“In Boston, everyone got closer than ever before,” Leksi Schuchman, 10, said. “I am sad the upperclassmen are leaving because they are like family.” Photo Courtesy of Emily Weaver