Preparing Boys for Life

Scholarship Luncheon creates community connection

On April 15, members of the Haverford School community gathered virtually for the annual Scholarship Luncheon. This event celebrates the connection between named scholarship recipients -- of which there were 72 this year -- and donors. While donors were unable to meet and converse with their scholars in person, they had the opportunity to hear from Keyveat Postell '16, a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and incoming analyst for Goldman Sachs, and VI Former Ben Hokenson.  

Director of Community and Director of Admissions Donta Evans opened the virtual event. “As someone on the front line with admissions work every day, I can attest to the importance of this program,” said Evans. “Haverford is an incredible school and offers an incredible education. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to afford a Haverford education, and this program allows us to yield and retain some of the most remarkable boys who are having huge impacts across all areas of our school.”

Hokenson was introduced by Mark Hightower, Director of The Notables, with whom he has worked for the past four years.

I am learning that Haverford is far more than an educational institution; the Ford is a fervent force that inhabits the spirit of every individual who crosses its path. I will always remember my brothers, and I will always feel solace knowing that I am a part of a community that will never cease to love and support me. For that, I am forever grateful. Ben Hokenson, Form VI

Hokenson joined The Notables as a Form III student, a rare achievement, and is now the group’s co-president. He is lead vocalist in the rock band, has sung the national anthem throughout the region, and held lead roles in several school musicals, including “West Side Story,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Carousel.” He is co-captain of Model UN and is heavily involved in the School’s global studies program. Hokenson played football throughout his four years in the Upper School. 

“For as long as I can recall, Haverford has been the hand that has guided me through the labyrinth of life,” said Hokenson. “Whether it’s been a teacher’s advice, a peer’s support, or alumni insight, Haverford has always stood by me, directing me on an ever-expanding path. The Haverford School is special... because it is both a place of comfort and security and a portal into discovery. It is a concert hall for a musician, a turf field for an athlete, a studio for an artist. It provides limitless opportunities for anyone who comes looking and it welcomes all in a warm embrace.” 
 
Hokenson also reflected on his experience as a senior with an abbreviated time on-campus, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“... as I am sitting here, physically removed from my brothers, I am learning that at the end of our journey together comes lifelong connection,” he said. “I am learning that Haverford is far more than an educational institution; the Ford is a fervent force that inhabits the spirit of every individual who crosses its path. I will always remember my brothers, and I will always feel solace knowing that I am a part of a community that will never cease to love and support me. For that, I am forever grateful.”
 
Hokenson was followed by Keyveat Postell ’16, who was introduced by his football coach Michael Murphy.

When I thought hard about how I got here, I saw all of those raw, gut-check moments Haverford put in front of me that built my character. And that’s when it hit me – my perception of all of this, as having been fun, as having not been too challenging, is because that’s how I was raised, that’s how Haverford raised me. I feel this way because I take joy in the grind of every day because I respect the work, I respect the process of learning, and growing. Keyveat Postell '16

Super Lifer Postell was Student Body President, a leader in Peer Counseling, and head of the Sustainability Alliance. He was also part of what many consider to be two of the best football and lacrosse teams in School history. In his remarks, Postell focused on the winding path that his life has taken, and how the doors that were opened for him led to one transformational experience after another.
 
“... the path to now suggests that success happens on a straight line, that one good thing leads to another, and that is all a natural progression. But when I thought hard about how I got here, I saw all of those raw, gut-check moments Haverford put in front of me that built my character. And that’s when it hit me – my perception of all of this, as having been fun, as having not been too challenging, is because that’s how I was raised, that’s how Haverford raised me. I feel this way because I take joy in the grind of every day because I respect the work, I respect the process of learning, and growing.”
 
Keyveat concluded by thanking Haverford teachers, coaches, mentors, and donors, as well as his own mother, for the sacrifices they made to get him to where he is today.
 
“... to conclude, we have to think about sacrifice,” said Postell. “Because while I believe Haverford has given me everything I could’ve wanted up to this point, it would not have been possible without sacrifice. My mother’s hard work made Haverford possible, her commitment to my success made it possible. Furthermore, it is donors like yourselves who make that very commitment possible. Your sense of sacrifice, which by definition, is giving up one thing, for something that is more worthy, that humility and sense of sacrifice, has changed my life, and it will change the lives of generations of Haverford men who will come after.”

I’m particularly sad not to be with you today because I typically get to thank you personally for the work you do in bringing boys to the Haverford School who otherwise couldn’t be here. I couldn’t be more grateful to you ... you help us change boys’ lives. Headmaster Dr. John Nagl

Headmaster Dr. John Nagl also spoke during the event, expressing how the Scholarship Luncheon highlighted one of the most important aspects of a Haverford education: the diverse talents, experiences, and approaches that enrich our community, challenge our thinking, and make us all closer. 
 
“I’m particularly sad not to be with you today because I typically get to thank you personally for the work you do in bringing boys to the Haverford School who otherwise couldn’t be here,” said Headmaster Dr. John Nagl. “The kids I’ve gotten to know over the time I’ve been at Haverford have contributed to the School in every possible way. They have been captains of the robotics team, they’ve been fantastic athletes, they’ve been great artists, they’ve been student body presidents, they’ve been selected as the Key Men of their class. And we’re able to have those boys here only because of you. I couldn’t be more grateful to you ... you help us change boys’ lives.”

Read the full remarks from Ben Hokenson >

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