Persis Laverack ’09
Remarks by Jarvis Hunt:
Applewild was very small in the early years, maybe 65 in 1958 when I came here, and a school that small is a very intimate place. Persis was so important in making the faculty, especially the new ones, feel welcome.
I was as green as anyone could be – I had never been in a classroom except as a student, and it was very reassuring to know that “mother Persis” was always there when we needed moral support.
FIRST CLASS is the one term that springs to mind when I think of Persis. As our dietician, she worked closely with Cynthia, the marvelous chef we had at that time. I hate to say this because things have changed so much in food expenses, but I can remember having swordfish and on occasion, steaks in the dining room!
Another wonderful memory was the great faculty parties that Persis gave for us all. They were fun, delicious affairs that we all looked forward to.
I also do not have to stretch my memory very hard to hear in my mind as I walked through the corridors, Persis calling out “Dear Gussy” as she had just caught sight of Gus Stewart. (aside to Gus Stewart who was on the stage – “Did she call that out to you when she saw you today?” Gus answered. “Yes she did! I don’t get any respect around here!”)
Persis, you were and will always be an integral part of Applewild School and, we are very pleased to present the Founders Award to you today.
Honorary Trustee, Jeanne Crocker, and founding faculty member, Gus Stewart, were also on stage to present the award to Persis. Senior Faculty Master, Todd Goodwin, presented Persis with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of all faculty and staff.