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Dear Readers,

Inspiring Boys, Building Men The Campaign for Avon Old Farms School

12 “Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys” Headmaster LaRocque to Retire in 2019 by Morgan C. Cugell


tradition that holds strong at Avon Old

Featured Artist: Alvaro de la Cruz ’18 by Morgan C. Cugell Athletic Spotlight: Casey Rogers ’18 by Morgan C. Cugell

36 Student Spotlight: Jason Gong ’18 by Morgan C. Cugell 38 Alumni Spotlight: Mike Lech ’88 and Chris Stone ’88 by Morgan C. Cugell

Farms School as well as the pursuit of excellence we seek every day. Also of note this year: Headmaster Ken LaRocque announced that he will retire from Avon Old Farms at the end of the 2018–2019 school year. Those who have been fortunate enough to work with Ken over his nearly four decades on campus will agree that his dedication to and passion for Avon are unrivaled. And though he will certainly be very missed, we are eager to celebrate the LaRocque legacy, to wish him well on his next adventure, and to remember



students and faculty in the classroom,

Class of 2018 exemplified the history of

34 Faculty Focus: Art Mehos by Morgan C. Cugell


highlighted by the superb efforts of our

fields, and in the community. The



year—a banner year by all accounts,

on the stage, in the studio, on the

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Once again we are at the end of a school

the enduring and incredible impact

2 Headmaster 4 Village Green 8 Athletics 42 Alumni

he has had on all of us in the Avon community. Be sure to check out page 12 for more about Ken. Check your mailbox later this summer for your next issue of the Avonian, where you’ll find memories from the late spring—Graduation and Reunion, among other events—as well as the complete 2017–2018 Annual Report. As always, I welcome your feedback.


Aspirando et perseverando,

Cover photo by Seshu Photography

Morgan C. Cugell cugellm@avonoldfarms.com

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