September 12th marked the first day of classes for the 213th year of Hebron Academy. Students representing 25 different countries and 14 different states create one of the most diverse student bodies to date and make for a cultural community unlike any other in Northern New England.
This opening of school is equally exciting as it is the first for new Head of School Dan Marchetti. Mr. Marchetti joined the Hebron community in July. He himself will be formally welcomed in October during Reunion-Homecoming Weekend at a special installation ceremony.
The entire school gathered in the Hebron Community Baptist Church for Opening Convocation on Sunday, September 11 to formally open the school and set the tone for the coming year. Students, faculty and guests speakers all drew from the year’s themes of courage, empathy and diversity. “I am brimming with optimism for Hebron Academy, and for the great things each of us will accomplish this year individually and as a connected, collaborative, and caring learning community,” said Mr. Marchetti. “The cultural diversity represented on our campus is one of our greatest strengths. We benefit from the diverse perspectives, tastes, and interests represented in our community as we have the chance to learn from each other.”
Keynote speaker Alexandre Dauge-Roth, a professor from Bates College, underscored the themes by speaking of courage in the face of horrific adversity in the context of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, a subject on which he is an expert. He spoke of empathy by encouraging students to listen to others’ stories and those of others they will meet during their lifetime “because you never know what you might learn.” He also, like Mr. Marchetti, marveled at the rich cultural complexity of our student body and encouraged students to admire the differences.
A significant part of Hebron’s mission has always been to honor and promote a unique awareness of tradition, place, and environment. Over the last 213 years, the academy has given students from across the United States and international students the opportunity to learn from and with each other in an inclusive and supportive environment.
Hebron Academy is a small, private, co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron Maine. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere.