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Senior Breakfast is a smash

On Thursday, January 11th, the class of 2024 gathered Mr. Krafts, home to kick-off their senior celebrations.
Milaan Smith
The Conn advisory poses for a during Senior Breakfast.

On January 11th, the senior class gathered at the home of Head of School Mr. Peter Kraft for the annual Senior Breakfast

Senior Breakfast is a unique, Saint Stephen’s tradition where seniors and advisors gather and have breakfast together to reflect on the accomplishments, challenges, and triumphs on each senior’s journey toward graduation. 

The breakfast, hosted in the Kraft’s pristine backyard garden, served as an opportunity for seniors to reminisce over their years together, to converse with faculty, and to thank them for the guidance and support. 

In terms of food, the seniors were well taken care of.  Poppi’s Place catered, from bacon to French Toast to croissants coated with Nutella, so good everyone went back for seconds. 

Food aside, the greatest treat of all was the memories made. Senior Evie Baugher thoroughly enjoyed the Senior Breakfast.

“I thought it was such an amazing experience. The food was so good, but more than that, the time shared with my classmates was the highlight of my experience.”

At the end of breakfast, the senior advisories gathered to take photos. 

Lead senior advisor Mr. Hoonhout reminisced on his time with his advisory, a group that calls itself “The HoonHouse.” 

“Our advisories are together for four years, sharing in the ups and downs in each other’s journey, so senior breakfast as the beginning of our goodbyes was an emotional time.”

Advisories have bonded to become a second family, so these last few photos serve to capture the sentimental moments seniors will remember as they journey out into the world. 

The final activity seniors participated in was the SSES Falcon Quiz. Questions were designed to test the seniors’ knowledge of Saint Stephen’s. The trickiest question included the Saint Stephen’s Alma Mater.  

In all, the Senior Breakfast was a lovely experience, a great start to the beginning of the senior traditions that lead up to graduation. 

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Reese Williams, Associate Editor
Reese Williams is a senior and a  third year associate editor on the Gauntlet. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music, musical theater and hanging out with friends. Her favorite color is pink, she has one dog, and she is on the Varsity Cheerleading squad. Her favorite musicians are Elton John, Baby Queen, Ben Platt, and Conan Grey.

Alex McLemore, Editor In Chief
Alex McLemore is a senior and a third-year gauntlet member. He valiantly leads the Gauntlet for the 2023-2024 school year as the Editor in Chief. While he is “off-duty,” he loves performing at various community theaters. In college, he hopes to pursue a BFA in Musical Theater. McLemore is also an avid movie junky. His favorite songs include anything Lana Del Ray, Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, and Be More by Stephen Sanchez. 

Cassidy Miller, Associate Editor, Podcaster and Staff Writer
Cassidy is a senior at Saint Stephen's, and a returning member of The Gauntlet after two years. Miller is now an Associate Editor for The Gauntlet. She's an active host of a podcast called Share Your Voice which centers around stories of kindness and its importance in our world. Additionally, she's an active member of the theater community, working towards her dreams of being an actress on Broadway. Currently, Miller is working on numerous auditions and workshop materials for the Musical Theatre College Audition season. It's going to be a busy year for her, but she's thrilled and hopeful for the road ahead. Miller's favorite musical is Hadestown.
Milaan Smith, Staff Writer, Social Media
Milaan Smith is a senior on the Gauntlet where her position consists of being a creative  staff writer. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, sleeping, and rewatching Superbad for the twentieth time. Her favorite artists are Drake, Lil Wayne, and Mac Miller.

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