Julia Knepper ‘17 – This past Monday and Tuesday, hundreds of students and teachers came together for this year’s Challenge Day. Challenge Day is meant to celebrate all different types of people, opening eyes to who other people really are. Students are challenged to strip themselves of their pride and open up to their peers in the vulnerable, yet incredible atmosphere.

Specially trained and passionate Challenge Day leaders fly in from across the country to share their story and lead everyone in activities and exercises. Each person is exposed to what is truly going on in the lives of the students and teachers attending, and embraces one another’s either joyful or sorrowful life experiences.

“You don’t know what’s going on in other people’s lives and you can’t be so quick to judge,” Ally Konarzewski ‘19 said. “I mean everyone is going through something different and by looking at them, you don’t know what they’re going through. You really have to treat everyone with the same respect.”

All participants are challenged in multiple ways through methods like fun group games and other means of connecting with strangers, helping them to understand one another in a new way.

“At the end of the day I knew who was really there for me,” said Johnny Verellen ‘18.

After taking part in Challenge Day several students share only a beneficial aftermath.

“It was really a life changing experience to see everyone’s walks of life and to help you look at them in a different way,” Mady Valitutti ‘17 said.

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to be a part of this experience that happens once a year. Any participant in Challenge Day will admit to its fun and enlightening experiences. Take action and join the change in the student body and staff, and look out for the dates of next year’s Challenge Day.

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