The Hotchkiss community gathered on Sept. 22 to discuss this year's All-School read, The Other Wes Moore. The novel explores the lives of two men named Wes Moore who grew up in the same Baltimore neighborhood, but wound up in very different circumstances: one became a Rhodes Scholar and a successful business leader, the other a convicted murderer serving a life sentence in prison.
"The choice of this book seemed like good timing," said Edsel Ford Memorial Library Director Rob Hilliker. "We've just done a new translation of the School motto, and there's this language about 'guiding each other to better paths' that really resonates with the message of this book."
For the discussion, moderated by Head of School Craig Bradley, students were invited to choose a passage and share it with the rest of the community. The most frequently selected passages were then read aloud in the All-School auditorium, and students had the opportunity to respond and reflect in front of their peers. Many of the selections touched on themes of growing up, finding love and acceptance, and being part of a community. After students read their chosen passages, they reflected on how those selections connected to their own experiences, both at home and at Hotchkiss.