Tradition Continues at the Updated Polk Pond

Two long-standing traditions made a big splash this year with the pond’s reemergence on campus—after a brief, year-long hiatus due to construction of the Steward Family Aquatic Center. Thanks to generous support from the Polk family, Bill ’74, Carrie, Olivia ’14, Jack’16 and Finn ’19, and the dedication of Polk Pond, students will enjoy the pond and all its traditions for years to come.

First up this year was the Senior Boat Races, where each senior advisory constructed a boat out of common materials such as cardboard, duct tape and paint and raced across the murky waters. Congrats to this fall’s winner—Ms. Hood’s advisory! The victory was short- celebrated, however, as the entire Senior class plunged into the pond following the race, making one giant splash.

Just a few weeks later, the Upper School enjoyed its second pond tradition— the annual pond dunking, where the first MICDS senior accepted into college is towed from Brauer Auditorium and thrown into the pond.

This year’s lucky admit was Katie O’Hara ’18, who was accepted into University of Kansas.