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Leadership Class Projects Result in Dragon Wings Mural & Gaga Pit

The Upper School Leadership class completed two projects this spring. One was a mural at the Upper School entrance for social media posts. Here is a Video of It’s Unveiling on June 7, the last morning of classes. The dragon wings were designed by sophomore Ashley Peone with consultation from SGS parent Desire McGinn; stop by the Upper School to take and share a photo of yourself or a friend with the dragon wings!

Students also designed and built a Gaga Pit next to the tennis courts. Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, players try to hit opponents with a soft foam ball below the knees or waist. It should add a fun option for PE classes this fall.

“My two project teams found out quickly that taking on projects such as putting up a school mural or building a new piece of equipment includes many moving parts, known and unknown,” said Leadership class teacher Mark Rickard. “They found out the importance of recognizing stakeholders and being able to engage in crucial conversations with those stakeholders in order to reach the desired goal. Students also discovered the nature of making forward progress only to be forced to take a step back and re-evaluate.”

Thanks to Shawn Jones, Grace Wolff, Ian Reichel, Michael Lynch, Sophie Siems, Elden Pierce, and Mason Zarlingo for the dragon wings mural. Kudos to Savvy Briceno, Brady Nosbaum, Robert DeForest, Gannon Sanborn, Max Romoff, and Josie McLaughlin for the Gaga pit, and to Sean Prien who was instrumental in its completion.

“Overall both groups did a great job of being open minded and adaptable when new information and perspectives were presented. Both teams were ultimately able to see the work pay off by completing their respective projects!”

(Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the students who completed both projects as ASB representatives.)