The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, recently conducted its convocation to kick off the 2013-14 school year.

Peter W.E. Becker, head of school, and Luke Perda, Class of 2014 head of student government and senior prefect, welcomed students Sept. 8 to the campus.

In addition to remarks from Becker and Perda, the event included awards and surprises.

Chapin Miller, academic dean, presented the highest scholars by grade level for the previous year: Qi "Jessica" Xu, of China (top scholar of the school); Matt Lawlor, of Watertown (Class of 2016); and Matt Siemon, of Woodbury (Class of 2014).

Becker recognized English Department chairman Richard Martin for excellence in teaching and dedicated service with the presentation of the Class of 1955 Distinguished Teacher Award.

The ceremony also featured a surprise appearance by the Stray Shot, founded in June by seniors Skyler Clark, Alec Cornell, Olivia Judd, Jacob Mandl and Luke Perda.