Merging Traffic tradition continues despite displaced arrow 

The Class of 2021 commemorated their Sandhills School journey and celebrated the next steps on their path to success in annual school tradition.

Asst Head of School & Head of School with Class of 2021 in front of balloons

One of the longest standing and most beloved traditions in Sandhills School history is the Merging Traffic Ceremony. In this commemorative ceremony, students drop a decorated memory ball into the side of the school’s iconic arrow sculpture. The massive yellow arrow, Merging Traffic, constructed by sculptor Greg Fitzpatrick in 2004, symbolizes the continued upward trajectory that is expected as students graduate from Sandhills School.

Prior to the school's first high school graduating class in 2012, Merging Traffic was a symbolic stepping stone for 8th graders on their journey to high school. Today, the 12th grade graduating class continues this tradition, memorializing their Sandhills journey and their transition to college & life beyond Sandhills. 

The 2020- 2021 school year has been one of tremendous growth and in that growth there’s been a lot of construction and many things have been adjusted to make room for these changes. To allow room for the brand new Boyd Building, it was necessary to relocate the arrow, causing some concern that the school would be unable to host a Merging traffic ceremony this year.

In true Sandhills fashion the community pulled together to ensure that the Class of 2021 students would have a memorable Merging Traffic Ceremony, perhaps more special than any other year before it.  Lower and middle school students gathered around the treehouse waving pom-poms and homemade signs to congratulate the Class of 2021 on their pending graduation. Ms. Kelley Sarvis, Sandhills art teacher, constructed a makeshift yellow arrow for the event. Teachers and classmates spoke to the character and accomplishments of the three seniors, before each student dropped their decorated ball into the chute. 

Senior dropping Bocce ball into arrow during ceremony