Stonington High School Student Government holds annual Thanksgiving Dinner for local veterans

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On the evening of November 15, Stonington High School was more crowded than usual for a Wednesday night. About a hundred veterans, military personnel, and their families filled the cafeteria for a Thanksgiving dinner organized by the members of Student Government. This event, Fall Feast, is an annual happening at Stonington High School.

While Student Government often focuses on events and issues within Stonington High School itself, Fall Feast reminds members of the importance of contributing to the outside world and those in it.

“It’s a great way to give back to both our community and those who sacrificed so much for us,” Student Government representative Erin Craig described.

Student Government members are not the only ones to give back, however—they rely heavily on monetary donations, as well as food and drink donations. Local businesses are eager to donate, often giving more than requested. This year, B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill donated nine gallons of apple cider when only four were requested.

Other Stonington High School students who aren’t on Student Government are willing to help out as well, particularly with entertainment. Senior Lauren Decarlo sang the National Anthem, and junior Ryan O’Dell performed during dinner with his melodica.

The keynote speaker, Thomas Underwood, is a veteran himself. Before dinner, he delivered a speech that briefly mentioned his own experiences before extolling the courage of current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In attendance was Principal Friese, who served in the Navy. He was just one of several members of the SHS community with personal ties to the Armed Forces.

To Student Government President Madison Geiger, the event has a special place in her heart due to her close relationship with the military.

“Fall Feast is such a wonderful event,” she explained. “It really brings everyone together to show appreciation for our veterans.”

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Stonington High School Student Government holds annual Thanksgiving Dinner for local veterans