AA Senior Caleb C. Delivers Chapel Talk
2018, January 10 – “Memes are defined as an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) that is spread widely online especially through social media,” said Caleb C. in the opening of his Chapel Talk, delivered on January 10. He went on to explain that memes have been a source of humor and shared laughter with friends.
Caleb said that memes have helped him during times of stress when he opened his phone and laughed. “They just always find a way to make me put a smile on my face,” he said. Memes have also been a distraction and a way to cure boredom, Caleb said. He added that “memes have been known to help people cope with depression.”
The reason for this is that laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals.
“Creating memes has also been a fun challenge, one that Caleb said he has foregone in favor of just enjoying the memes that others create. “I wasn’t internet savvy until I discovered memes,” he said. “I’ve learned how to create and observe them in many ways.”
The best outcome of looking at memes has been the friendships that have evolved, Caleb said. “I’ve met people at this school who share my sense of humor and love memes as much as I do,” he said.
Even though Caleb focused on humor in his Chapel Talk, he has taken on tremendous challenges over the past year. In his introductory remarks, Rodney L. Taylor, the Head of School, spoke about Caleb’s maturity and personal responsibility as well as a newfound dedication to academic achievement. He has taken on leadership roles this year as well, including serving as president of the Student Government Organization (SGO).
As a student-athlete at the Academy over the past five years, Caleb has been a member of the basketball, baseball, and cross country teams.
Attending his Chapel Talk were his parents, Anita and Steve G., along with his siblings Emily, Brianna, Nathan, and Reagan, along with Drazana V., a foreign student who resides with the family. His grandparents, Linda and David B., and his aunt, Janet B., were also present. Other special guests included his pastor, Bill E., Jonathan B., and his friend Rachel A.
Following the program, guests and members of the senior class attended a reception.