SALISBURY GENTLEMAN MATT Wesson '20 SHARES HIS STORY of life on the hilltop
Originally from Hoboken, NJ, after moving towns at the end of middle school my family and I searched to find the right public high school. After touring several local schools, we shifted our search to boarding schools. Upon interviewing at Salisbury School, I met with Former Faculty Matt Corkery and History Faculty Mr. Mokriski, whom I made an immediate connection with and felt like I had found my place.
I came to Salisbury for the college preparatory school experience, and was especially drawn to the community, the opportunities, extracurriculars and clubs, classes, teachers, and sports. In my four years on the Hilltop, I’ve been able to find a good balance and passion for academics, college preparation, and sports.
My favorite place on campus to unwind is the Boathouse, especially in the fall as it’s particularly beautiful that time of year.
My favorite subject is history. I really enjoy connecting the dots between our past and the present and seeing how things used to work compared to how the same things have taken shape today. Last year, I worked on a project with Art Department Chair Mr. Johnson and Mr. Mokriski regarding WWI and my grandfather’s involvement in it. I was able to document my grandfather’s photos and archival items from the war, which culminated in a project display for the Salisbury community.
Upon completing my project, Mr. Mokriski approached me about a fellowship that was available to Salisbury students to use to study abroad in the summer. This past July, I traveled to England to study the history of the World Wars thanks to the David Charlton Perkins Class of ’33 Fellowship. I spent a week in London and a week in Salisbury exploring multiple history museums and used my passion for film and digital photography to document my fellowship. This semester, I am compiling all of my photos and pieces of history that I gleaned from my trip to pull together a book on my experience, which will be given to the donor family, as well as shared with the faculty and students that helped make my journey possible. I also hope to turn my project into a great college application essay!
I’m thankful for my experiences on the Hilltop and beyond, and while I am sad that my time at Salisbury will soon come to an end, I know I am prepared for my next step on my journey through life.