It was in that spirit that Woodberry approachedthe spring term. Classes met live just a fewtimes a week on Zoom video calls, with studentscompleting most of their work on their own time.Advisee conversations moved to video calls andtext messages rather than happening on the porchof a dorm just before check-in. Chapel serviceswere recorded both in St. Andrew’s Chapel andin boys’ homes, with the readings and prayersdelivered from around the world by chapel readersand then sent to our videographer for inclusion inthe services that were posted each week on theschool’s You Tube page.
Certainly there were things lost this springthat can never be recaptured, especially for theclass of 2020. Things like the Spring Formal,drinking coffee at Greg Guldin’s table after aseated dinner, cookie night at Matt Boesen’shouse. Quiet Sundays at the river, fierce gamesagainst Episcopal, lingering at the Fir Tree longafter your snack is gone because the conversationis so delicious.
But there were new things uncovered, and old
things revived. A spring talent show, once a staple
of Woodberry life but not held for many years, was
restored, with students and faculty submitting
entries that were reviewed by a group of socially
distanced judges before a winner was crowned.
Alumni joined Zoom calls with students to discuss
college and possible careers, allowing boys to
connect with fellow Tigers who might reach
campus only on rare occasions. The journalism
class delivered a twenty-minute television
broadcast from lockdown, producing packages
with their cell phones and laptops, compiling the
script on Google Docs, and launching the show
during the final days of school with one anchor in
Warrenton, Virginia, and the other in Jacksonville,
One of the hardest nights of the spring for many
of us, harder perhaps even than what should have
been Amici Night, was the night of May 18, when
we should have held Senior Shake. As many alumni
know, during Senior Shake the sixth form leaves
the chapel during the closing hymn, forming a line
between St. Andrew’s and the Walker Building.
The remaining students, along with the entire
faculty and many faculty spouses and children,
walk up the line of seniors, sharing a handshake
or a hug with each boy.
Dr. Hulsey delivers the sermon during that
service, and he did so again this year, though
the pews were empty and the student body was
“We all know that Woodberry is rooted in a
physical place,” he said during that sermon, “but
the class of 2020 has learned far more quickly
than any other class that the brotherhood
transcends the 1,200 acres of our beautiful
campus and instead dwells deeply in each of us
as a reflection of all we’ve given to and received
from this community. The bonds of affection and
respect that we have for each other are somehow
more intense in isolation than they are when
LEFT: ALEX AND REANNA TISCH,
WITH THEIR SONS FORREST AND
MAT THE W, WERE PHOTOGRAPHED
AT THEIR HOME ON GRIFFIN HOUSE
BY LINDA HOGAN AS PAR T OF THE
FRONT STEPS PROJEC T.
THE REV. T YLER MONTGOMERY ANDWOODBERRY STUDENTS WORKEDWITH SCHOOL VIDEOGRAPHERT YLER CAMPBELL TO PRODUCEVIRTUAL SERVICES EACH WEEK.