Two alumni returned to campus this morning to host an all-school assembly in honor of Tenacre’s 2023-2024 school theme of Pride. Kate Sahin ’18 and Ethan Faust ’07 each answered a series of pride-related questions written by sixth graders.
Sahin, a senior at Concord Academy, is vice head of the student body. She had loved her time as a student leader on Tenacre’s Student Council and wanted to emphasize the theme of kindness as a student leader at Concord Academy. “I wanted to give back to the community, but I could never, ever, see myself giving a speech in front of the whole school,” she said.
Sahin worked to overcome that fear by pushing herself outside of her comfort zone. “The only way to get through it is to do it,” she told Tenacre students.
Faust, who is working full time writing novels, offered thoughtful advice to the Tenacre students. He spoke about the importance of finding out who you are, what you’re good at, and what you like doing. He explained that he had always loved sports growing up, but realized in high school he was not a top athlete. Instead, he channeled his love of sports into writing about sports and wrote for the student publication at Roxbury Latin. His work in that area led to a love of writing in general.
As of February, Faust had written three complete novels and submitted them to various publishers. Faust told students to discover what is important to them, what they are good at, and see if those interests and skills develop into a passion like writing did for him. “It’s important to be proud of who you are and not just what you accomplish,” he said.