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Runnels Thanks Veterans with Musical Tributes


     To show our gratitude to the men and women who serve our nation as members of the armed forces, Runnels hosted a reception and two musical patriotic programs in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theater on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

     Special guests at the well-attended reception, held that morning in the foyer of the Theater, were members of our extended school family who have been or are currently in the military.

     After the reception, which was hosted by Founding Headmaster Dr. L. K. Runnels, Mrs. Gladys Runnels, Head of School Marcia Mackay and Assistant Head of School Conchetta Foshee, the elementary school presented a “Musical Tribute to Veterans.”

    The program began with veterans and their guests processing into the Theatre to the accompaniment of “Crown Point March” played by the 6th-8th-Grade Band, directed by Jill Swetnam.

     Forming a color guard at both the elementary and junior and senior high assemblies to present the flag and lead the “Pledge of Allegiance” were Boy Scouts from Troop 203, Hudson Hillman and Cole Latiolais, sophomore Nick D'Gerolamo, and freshmen Michael Hillman and Eli Latiolais.

     The musical programs featured patriotic music performed by the 6th-12th-Grade Band directed by Jill Swetnam, Elementary and Advanced String Orchestra directed by Jennifer Cassin, and the Harp Choir directed by Dr. Gabriela Werries. The Elementary General Music Class sang "God Bless America" directed by Shanna Drescher, and junior Caroline Collins sang "America the Beautiful."

     “Taps” was played by Luke Hillman, grade 7, in the elementary assembly and Caleb Johnston, grade 8, and Mason Pentes, grade 9, in the Jr./Sr. High observance.

     Special moments came in both assemblies when veterans and those currently serving in the military were invited to stand as the band played the theme representing their branch of the military.

     At both programs officers of the High School Senior Beta Club presented a memorial wreath and dedicated it to deceased veterans. Later, the wreath was delivered to Memorial Plaza next to the USS Kidd where it will remain through Nov. 17. The senior Beta officers are Abby Robbins, Ramsey Rogers, Meredith Taliaferro, Jacob Schmidt, and Rachel Hargrove.

     We sincerely thank Jill Swetnam for planning and organizing the Veterans Day observances and Laura Roark for hosting the receptions.