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An Episcopal, co-educational 100% boarding school in Middletown, Delaware for grades 9 – 12

Emily Paton ’20
Liz Torrey


Hometown: Cornelius, North Carolina

Favorite Class/Team/Club/Activity: I would have to say the volleyball team. I feel a deep love pride and dedication for that team—I look at every member of the program and consider them my family. I feel that way because that’s how I was treated the moment I stepped onto the court my freshman year, and that’s the purpose and love I aimed to spread to others on the team from that day onward. 

What I miss the most Due to Virtual Term: Gosh, the people. Walks in the woods. Watching the sunset over the fields. Staying up late and having ramen dates in the common room, which culminate in me half-successfully harassing my roommate to go to bed. I miss these times both big and small so much more than I ever thought I could. 

Favorite SAS memory/tradition/place: Mr. Torrey’s classroom, formerly known as the library reference room. It’s perfectly situated in the library, one of my happy places, with so many nooks and spots to fit whatever mood you're in. Plus tea, plants, friends, books, artwork, and library trivia!

Powerful Experience: During my junior spring things felt like they were flying around me, and at times I felt quite uprooted. So over spring Long Weekend, I made a choice to stay on campus and recharge; I’m pretty sure that was the first time in my life that I’ve made an active decision to take care of myself. My weekend consisted of a camping trip to the Shenandoah National Forest with such a random group that I fully embraced. I scrambled up rocks, sunbathed on cliff faces, and slept under the stars. Moments like these where, at St. Andrew’s, I went out of my way to just live and feel connected, even in a time period when I felt so overwhelmed, are the moments I’ll never forget. 

Recall in a Decade: In high school I learned to talk about my feelings. I learned how to communicate. And I learned what it means to be strong and how strength relies upon the importance of asking for help. Moments of difficult roommate conversations, opening up to coaches, and confiding in my friends with deep trust come to mind; thanks to these moments I have developed into a strong and ever-strengthening person because of SAS.