Developing Character by Celebrating Positive Influence

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Developing Character by Celebrating Positive Influence

In an inspiring ceremony led by junior emcee Tommy Kann, the Senior School continued its cherished tradition of the Fides Awards, marking nearly thirty years of honoring students for their exceptional qualities of loyal friendship and positive influence within the SSA community. 

The Fides Awards, unique to Shady Side Academy, involve seniors nominating their classmates for embodying the spirit of the award. The recipients of these prestigious awards are kept a closely guarded secret until the day of the assembly, adding to the anticipation and excitement of the event.

This year's ceremony saw a series of heartfelt presentations from seniors who took the stage to share their reasons for nominating their peers. The event was a poignant display of the strong bonds and acts of kindness that characterize the Shady Side community. Eight recipients were honored by the eloquent words of their presenters in heartfelt speeches underscoring the remarkable qualities of each recipient.

These stories of schoolhouse bonds and unheralded kindness were not only moving but also restorative, illustrating the significant role of peers in the development of SSA. The Fides Assembly at Shady Side Academy is more than just an award ceremony; it's a celebration of the values that the academy holds dear. As the tradition continues, it serves as a reminder of the importance of fostering positive relationships and being a constructive influence in our communities.

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