Sophia Boyd

Class of 2022
  • Hometowns: Beverly, MA
  • Time at Waring: Six years
  • Favorite Class: My favorite class is Humanities. We're taught to make personal connections with the material, which helps me leave with a larger understanding. We don't just learn about culture, but we engage in it and experience it ourselves.
  • Favorite Waring experience: I remember one Wednesday morning in 8th grade art class, we all spontaneously started singing 'Stand By Me' by Ben E. King. It was completely random and we didn't make it through the whole song, but I felt closer with my class than I ever had before.
  • Why no grades: A number grade doesn't seem personal to me. It doesn't tell me what I need to work on, or what I should continue doing. With written evaluations, you are able to understand yourself as a student and make a connection with your teacher.
  • Favorite book and/or film: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is probably my favorite book. It's one of the ones you can't put down. My favorite movie is Remember the Titans. Similarly, I could never turn it off.
  • Why French: At the beginning of my time at Waring, I didn't question why we learned french. As I started to speak the language more fluently, I realized how special it was that there was a community of people who were learning alongside me. French is a way that the Waring community is connected, even when we don't notice. 
  • After-school activities: I play soccer and lacrosse at Waring. I'm also a part of the debate team. Outside of school, I dance, run, and ski. I love doing these things because I feel like they've made me who I am. 
  • Our community: There are moments at Waring when you forget that it's school. You find yourself sitting around a campfire with the whole student body, faculty, and staff and you wonder how you got there. You realize that experiences like this aren't normal at other schools, but at Waring they just are.
  • Waring's success with remote learning: When we went remote last Spring, I assumed classes wouldn't feel right. Nothing was normal in the whole world, and yet, even on zoom, I felt that same sense of community in all my classes. Because of size and how well we know one another, a situation that couldn't be perfect, was the best it could have been.