"As a member of the Haverford community, I am a man of integrity who embodies respect, honesty, and courage." On Sept. 27, nine students were inducted into the Honor Council and 10 into the Character Mentorship Program. Ed King '18, former Honor Council member and a current student at the U.S. Military Academy, spoke at the ceremony.
"This event celebrates and reminds us about one of the most important things that we do, which is to prepare boys to live lives of meaningful and ethical service as leaders, as colleagues, as fathers, and as citizens," said Patrick Andren, Head of Upper School.
Students in the Honor Council uphold the School's Honor Code, which aims to facilitate the moral, social, and character development of each boy and prepare students to address moral challenges honorably.
"We all want to make this community as strong as possible, and in order to do that, we all need to start with ourselves," said Matthew Mignucci, Honor Council Chairman. "When it comes to academic integrity, be honest with yourself, your classmates, and your teachers. Have compassion for your teachers who work hard to teach you the material and want you to succeed, for your classmates who are trying their best right by your side every day, and for yourself by giving it all you’ve got. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Be respectful, considerate, and most of all, be compassionate."
Students in the Character Mentorship Program work closely with freshmen to discuss the topics of character, decision-making, problem-solving, and healthy community lifestyles to help ensure a positive transition to the Upper School. Along with faculty, they also manage a 4-6 week reflective and restorative process with any student who has committed an Honor Code violation.
One of my favorite quotes is “how you do anything, is how you do everything.” When we think about this phrase it tells us that every little thing we do is important. Getting away from your core values on one thing - it doesn’t matter how little - will build a habit to get away from your core values on everything you do. Ed King '18
The guest speaker was Ed King '18, who delivered remarks focused on honor. He is a life sciences major at the U.S. Military Academy and plays Division I rugby. While at Haverford, King was involved in the Honor Council, Signet Society, lacrosse, football, ceramics, and The Index.
“One of my favorite quotes is “how you do anything, is how you do everything,”" said King. "When we think about this phrase it tells us that every little thing we do is important. Getting away from your core values on one thing - it doesn’t matter how little - will build a habit to get away from your core values on everything you do. This saying exemplifies the fact that honor is not temporary, or something that comes and goes. Honor is continuously strived for and never fully achieved. It is whether or not you can stick to being the person you want to be, and embodying the core values you want to embody.”
Matt Mignucci, Chairman
Character Mentorship Program
Luke Macaione, President