Kings and Queens and Bishops, Too

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It’s your birthday! It’s just too bad that you have two tests, a quiz, and a presentation due. How do you celebrate in a fun, school-appropriate way? That task is delegated to your friends.

Friends of the birthday boy or girl often present handmade cards, cakes, or scrapbooks at school – all of which add to the excitement of turning a year older. Whether simple or extraordinary, SHS students know how to honor friends and teachers on their birthdays.

Rebecca Primoff ’14 was stunned by the in-school party that her fellow Drama Club members threw in honor of her birthday. “A girl in the Drama Club made me a cake and brought it to rehearsal. Everybody sang to me and then we went to the commons to eat,” she said. “I was really surprised and didn’t expect it at all!”

Students have also found unique ways of celebrating teachers’ birthdays in school. In October, history teacher Lauren Meyer was pleasantly surprised by a birthday party organized by her AT US History class. “On the day of my birthday, I was on the way to class and two of my students came out and started asking questions about a paper due the next day. I didn’t realize they were purposefully trying to delay me!” she recalled. “My class had decorated the room and brought a cake and candy. It was really sweet!”

Meyer is a strong proponent of in-school birthday celebrations. “They make everything more fun!” she explained. “We are all so driven and on a competitive track. To have students appreciate you as a teacher and a person reminds everyone what a caring place this is.”

Grace Debono surprises boyfriend Matt Augarten for his 17th birthday

One of the most elaborate birthday celebrations at SHS thus far was conducted by Grace Debono ’12 in honor of the seventeenth birthday of her boyfriend, Matt Augarten ’13. With the help of a friend, she covered his car in post-it notes, many with messages such as “HBD,” which stands for “Happy Birthday.” Debono also de- cided to put balloons in each of Augarten’s classes as part of the surprise. “I had to see when I had a first free so that I could post-it his car while he was in class. Once I had figured everything out, I bought the post-its and balloons,” she explained. When Augarten spotted his car from the third floor, he was completely shocked. “I was laughing hysterically!” he said. “Although I was a bit embarrassed by the whole thing, I wasn’t mad at all and I thought it was really great.” When done tastefully, honoring others on their birthdays can make people feel special. “In-school birthday celebrations make everything more fun. They bring levity to a stressed- out place. It’s nice to know that everybody appreciates each other,” said Meyer.


By Lauren Alpert


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