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  • Carly

    What is your favorite Thacher tradition?

    My favorite Thacher tradition is the first dance of the year. Any of my friends will tell you I LOVE to dance my heart out and the first night of school is always a blast. I remember just getting back from my golden trout trip as a freshman when our prefects announced there was a dance and we had to meet in the common room before! They bought a speaker and we all jammed out before walking up as a big group, which felt super safe and was so fun. Every year the dance starts the Thacher festivities and gets everyone on their feet. There is a photobooth and snacks and the energy is unmatched. I can’t wait to celebrate my senior year with this fun tradition!

    What has been your favorite class that you've taken at Thacher and why?

    My favorite class so far at Thacher was my three-term rotating science junior year! We started the year with marine biology where we covered a ton of content ranging from ocean currents to barnacles to sharks! Some of my favorite activities were the squid dissection, seaweed pressing, and going to the beach for a marine life scavenger hunt! I learned so much about some amazing creatures and I loved how the class kept us engaged by having activities both in and out of the classroom. The next term was ecology, where we did a couple labs about the effects of different environments on animals and learned a bit about the Thacher campus. The final term was veterinary medicine, where we worked with Thacher’s resident vet, Dr. Finch, to learn about the basics of anatomy and how to respond in emergency scenarios. We worked with the Thacher pigs when one of them got sick, gave shots to the horses, X-rayed turtles from the turtle conservancy, and worked with turkey bones in a fracture lab. I loved this year of science because of how much hands-on work we got to do, a really freeing experience, especially during covid. I highly recommend it for juniors!
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