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Thankful for Family, Friends, and General Tso's Chicken

Nov. 22, 2019 — As everyone on campus looked forward to the Thanksgiving break, students in the English department’s Journalism class fanned out in the dining hall between breakfast and lunch and asked students and faculty that all-important question: What are you thankful for? Here are some of their answers.

Gaby ’21: The opportunity to study here. My mom went to NMH and she really liked it and she wanted the same experience for me.

Jasper ’23: The NMH dining hall staff — because they work so hard and such long hours (and I really like the General Tso’s chicken). Also for my mom and my grandma because they drive me to school every day, 40 minutes each way. They shape their schedules so I can be here even when it means they have less time at their jobs.

Carina ’21: My parents. My dad always helped me when it came to bullying when I was little because I’m mixed [race] and kids at school made fun of me. It was hard growing up — being ridiculed because I was only half of something, like I wasn’t enough because I wasn’t fully one race. Also, I’m really hard on myself when it comes to academics, and my mom always says, Don’t get too down on yourself if you don’t get the grade you want — just use it as an incentive to work harder. At the end of the day, what matters is that you’re a good person. 

Mohamed Hussein ’14, faculty: Health and family, because it’s easy to take those two things for granted. Even though my family is miles and miles away, I’m still grateful to know they are healthy. Health is very fragile and can be taken away at any moment.

Sunny ’23: My grandma, because she cooks good food. My mom doesn’t cook so I practically live at my grandma’s house. 

Lori Veilleux, faculty: My family, because my kids and my husband are the best things I’ve ever done. I put a lot of work into them and they bring me a lot of joy and satisfaction. I’m also thankful every day for the safety and food and shelter and warmth that I experience. I try not to take the basic comforts and privileges that I enjoy for granted. A lot of humans around the world don’t have these things.

Lily ’23: My good friends and my family because they’re supportive. Last year was a tough time, and the people who really mattered to me stood with me.

Moses ’20: Myself, because I’m awesome, and for my own life. Every day I wake up and try to live the best life that I can.

Reyna ’21: I haven’t seen my parents in a long time, so I am excited to spend time with them and remember how home feels.

Charlie Tierney, associate head of school: To be able to see all of my children together. Also, for many years, my son and I have competed on the cranberry sauce. He uses a recipe that he got in kindergarten and I search for new and unique recipes to try. The family does a taste test and judges which cranberry sauce rates a spot on the table. The competitive talk begins several weeks before Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to proving myself victorious this year.

Avery ’20: The game of basketball, and having a great family. My life is beautiful.

Aidana ’21: Being at NMH, because it’s an opportunity and a privilege that not many have. The school has helped me broaden my perspective. I’m glad I’m here.


Reporting by Sage Alix ’21, Oliver Barkan ’23, Grier Calagione ’20, Lulu Calame ’23, Abe Chabon ’22, Fontis Hsieh ’23, Kevin Hu ’23, Manuela Pacheco ’20, Tram Huynh ’21, Hazel Reeder ’23, Sophie Richards ’23