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dozens of students and faculty; introduce yourself; share with the crowd your name, your class, and your hometown; and then answer a couple of questions with which you have just been presented. The questions I encourage our monitors to search for are questions that will elicit a unique response from each student. Among the questions asked this past winter were the following: “What is your favorite chapel talk and why?” “If you could dine with any person in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?” “What is one fear that you have that is preventing you from being as successful as you want to be, and how might you overcome this fear?” “What is one thing that you are involved in at school today that you would never have imagined yourself doing prior to attending AOF?” 32

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Our boys and faculty participate in these dinners courageously, answering questions honestly, taking risks, exposing themselves and their vulnerabilities, and in doing so, they share their stories with each other. One of the valuable lessons learned at the Headmaster’s Dinners is that while strong relationships develop at Avon, they are often school-based, depending on our dormitories, teams, classes, or clubs, but that in order to truly know their brothers, students need to share each other’s life stories. Headmaster’s Dinners are not only an opportunity for students to share their stories, but also an opportunity for students to find their voice. I end most dinners by thanking the boys for their efforts, acknowledging that public speaking is

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The Avonian, Spring 2018  

The Avonian, Spring 2018