In a special chapel held Thursday, April 22 on Baker Field, the Class of 2021 selected and honored Upper School teacher, administrator and coach Amie La Porte-Lewis as their Tassel Turner.
This was the second time for La Porte-Lewis, as she also earned the esteemed honor back in 2014. She now joins former staff member Niki Simpson as the only two in HIES history to earn the high billing twice.
Three seniors spoke about Ms. La Porte-Lewis prior to the official announcement, citing her encouragement, care and compassion for every student. "She is a constant ray of sunshine and makes everyone feel important," said senior Sophie Courts.
"The Tassel Turner has embodied all that is great about our grade," said senior Barry Payne.
“I love you guys,” La Porte-Lewis tearfully told the seniors after being named. “I know I’m going to suffer right with your parents in letting you go. Still, I’ll be honored to be on stage with you, though I’m sure I’ll be a hot mess!”
Besides being the Senior Dean and AP World History teacher, La Porte-Lewis is also the JV girls’ lacrosse coach, the Middle School cross country coach and one of the basketball cheerleading mentors, making her a more than visible lady on our campus.
The Tassel Turner is selected by secret ballot, and once named, will speak at Senior Dinner, introduce the Faculty Award winner at graduation and will perform the traditional turning of the tassels from right to left as the soon-to-be graduate walks off the stage. Graduation is slated for May 15 and will also be held on Baker Field.
Rules regarding Tassel Turner are that the faculty member could not have received the honor within the last two years and faculty cannot campaign for it. On a side and positively ironic note, La Porte-Lewis’s honor comes just two days after her birthday.
Congrats Ms. La Porte-Lewis and Happy Birthday!
- Dunn Neugebauer