School Co-President Billy Ewles ’20 gave the following remarks at the celebration dinner for the re-opening of the newly renovated Amos Hall, St. Andrew's STEM building, on October 11, 2019.
On behalf of the entire student body, thank you for all of the hard work you put into making this new, state-of-the-art math and science building absolutely amazing. It only takes one minute walking through this building to see how truly incredible and remarkable it is for St. Andrew’s students and faculty. As you walk down the hallways when classes are in session, you will see faces of confusion followed by enlightenment within group work and discussion. You will see students and teachers engaging with difficult problems on the new whiteboards and the “window whiteboards” that can be found just about everywhere. You will see the incredible new physics classrooms with robots strewn across the tables, the new chemistry classrooms filled with experiments in progress, classrooms with 3D printers slowly printing away projects, and the many study rooms filled with us students wanting to learn.
The energy in this building doesn't just end at the close of the week when classes are over; you should come see students flock to this building on Sunday mornings to claim one of the classrooms as a study room. You will see our work haphazardly strewn across the tables as we continue meaningful discussions all throughout the weekend. Not only will you get to see us hard at work, but you’ll get to see us take breaks together as well. You will see the occasional classroom filled with rowdy NFL fans as they project a game live on the big screen. You will see us sit on the Adirondack chairs in the McLean Outdoor Classroom as we enjoy the warm weather. But best of all, you will see this building embody the St. Andrew’s spirit.
In only the first month of this school year, so many incredible moments have already taken place inside this building. Moments that we will remember for the rest of our lives, that will forever keep us connected to St. Andrew’s. Moments that get passed down as stories connecting generations of Saints together. Thank you for making this all possible.
- Student Voices