Congratulations to the five juniors recently selected to serve as student members of the Honor Board next year: Jessica Abowitz, Emily Cavanaugh, Amanda Lazar, Catherine Quan-Shau and Shane Shannon. In addition to the student members, the Honor Board comprises Dean of Student Life David Pasqaule, Upper School Director Sue Petrone, an additional representative from the Office of Student Life and a grade-level dean. Although the primary responsibility of the board is to adjudicate, student representatives also make a commitment to promote honor and integrity at the school and to educate the community about the importance of Gill’s core values. The full Honor Board meets at least once each month, whether or not there is adjudication in process.
Typically, between 12 and 25 students apply for positions on the Honor Board each year. To be considered, students must submit a formal application, including a two-page essay, and then interview with several faculty members. Essay questions invite students to consider, not only the ways in which they have reflected the school’s core values, but ways in which they have encouraged others to do the same and the importance of upholding those values in the school community. Although there are no specific academic requirements to serve on the Honor Board, faculty evaluate a student’s overall contribution and experience in the Upper School. The president and vice president of student government may not serve on the Honor Board.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.