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Chase your potential
Robb Soslow

Some think this place is the best athletic school in the area. Some say that Haverford is the best academic school in the area. But I know that Haverford is the best school for boys in the world.

There is something intangible here, in between these walls, that can't be quantified in data or statistics. It is in the people standing by the walls and in the back, in the bleachers, on the floor, sitting on the floor next to the kindergarteners. It is Mrs. Saunders, who was the first to tell me that "ain't" wasn't proper English. It is Ms. Thomas, who instilled in me a love of reading and books and worlds of my own. In many ways, it is at lunch, Erin knowing your name and clearing your food before you even thought of getting it. It is the new third Former, sitting in the bleachers, nervous about his first day, who has yet to learn the immense support that already surrounds him. It is the kindergartener, and the 6th Former next to him, who, after living his Haverford experience to nearly its very end, is ready to pass some of that on to the next generation. Quite simply, it is the people that make this place. The moments and memories too: CO2 bottle rockets, an in-school planetarium trip, Hawk Mountain, Jay Greytok's cardboard cutout of himself in his office, freshman orientation, or even walking a kindergartner myself down through the Walk of Virtues.

If The Haverford School was a body, if the faculty was our infallible beating heart, the trustees the brain, us boys would be the hands. We are the living will of respect, honesty, and courage. We are the hand that uses the frame of the schoolhouse, its mission, and brick by brick, action by action, build this place that houses what is so very dear to us. Us boys are those who are reaching out into the future, who pioneer the unknown, who change the world.

And of course, this intangible value, which we reach for with those broad values that I walked under this morning, is within all of us boys. If The Haverford School was a body, if the faculty was our infallible beating heart, the trustees the brain, us boys would be the hands. We are the living will of respect, honesty, and courage. We are the hand that uses the frame of the schoolhouse, its mission, and brick by brick, action by action, build this place that houses what is so very dear to us. Us boys are those who are reaching out into the future, who pioneer the unknown, who change the world.

In many ways, that unknown value is our potential. This school believes, and I do as well, that it can create brilliant men- men of respect, honesty, and courage. And that potential is within all of us.

Let us stride into that unknown future, as Haverford men ought to do, and cease our beating into the past. Let us do great things, be great men, on whatever scale you wish. Let today be the beginning, a new slate, a new chance, to realize our potential. Let this be the start of something great.

Let us realize that this potential is massive! We all have different potential, different talents, but together we create something bigger than ourselves. We call it brotherhood. Let us focus on realizing this potential within ourselves and consider how we can push those around us to become the best version of themselves by reaching their full potential.

Simply by being here, many doors are open to you, regardless of where you think your potential lies. You can become whatever you truly want. I, as well, have reinvented myself a million times here. Every new year, every new day, every minute, is a chance for you to go and chase your potential instead of waiting for it to fall into your lap. So, let us take the doors that are open to us, and blast them wide open. Let us stride into that unknown future, as Haverford men ought to do, and cease our beating into the past. Let us do great things, be great men, on whatever scale you wish. Let today be the beginning, a new slate, a new chance, to realize our potential. Let this be the start of something great.

Welcome back to The Haverford School.

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