As is the tradition at Portsmouth Abbey School, the student body elected their new Head Boy and Head Girl after several excellent speeches sprinkled with comedy, humility and, most importantly, a desire to lead. Congratulations to Bo Howenstein '24 and Rebecca Healey '24 for their willingness to serve in the 2023–24 school year.
The Fifth Form Class President, Bo plays Soccer, Squash and Tennis at the Abbey, participates in Lectio Divina and Model United Nations, and plays French Horn in the Abbey Sinfonia. In his campaign speech, Bo spoke about what it means to be a Raven. "Ravens are defined by community," he said. "In my three years as a Raven so far, this tightly knit community has impacted the way I live my life every day, whether on or off campus, which is why I want to give back to all..." Among his goals as Head Boy, Bo expressed a desire to further enrich school spirit on campus. Practically speaking, Bo said he would like to organize trips to trusted barbers for boarding boys.
A boarding student from Brooklyn, New York, Becca is involved with Lectio Divina, Spiritual Life Committee, Model United Nations, Red Key Society, Yoga Club, Varsity Sailing and Peer Tutoring. In a similar vein that seemed to resonate with students, one of Becca's goals is also to "bolster community and school pride." In her campaign speech, Becca highlighted the role of a Head Girl as a conduit for student voices to be heard by the School Administration. She eloquently provided examples to promote the Portsmouth Abbey community inward, outward and upward.
Saying goodbye to our seniors is never easy. So we will say "until next time" to our current Head Boy and Head Girl, Michael Abbate '23 and Sofia Aragonés '23. Bo and Becca have big shoes to fill, but we know they are up to the task.