Our new, blue-and-yellow, owl-bedecked, custom Country School sock was unveiled to great fanfare at the most recent All School Meeting. The sock's entrepreneurial and innovative creator, alumnus Andrew Epprecht, founder of OurSock.com, joined us for the big reveal, as he, Head of School John Fixx, and 8th Graders Alex S., Lila S., and Meryl S. removed their shoes and then paraded around the gym to show off the snazzy, colorful, completely unique socks.
Happy feet at All School Meeting.
The socks up close.
Our new socks even inspired a song and video!
Eighth Grader Kayla U. was called forward to receive both a pair of custom socks and a huge round of applause. Kayla was the winner of the school-wide competition to design the new sock, with her design, featuring our school mascot owl and a pattern of arrows surrounding the letters TCS, selected from among 72 submissions.
Andrew, sock creator, and Kayla, sock designer.
Sock models (with the designer and creator).
The Country School sock came about after Andrew, a member of the TCS class of 2013, visited campus last fall to deliver an Elmore Leadership talk about his experiences founding and running a company as a teenage student at the Hotchkiss School. Country School students heard about Andrew's successes as well as his trials and tribulations overseeing a business while balancing demanding academics, two varsity sports, and college applications. Now taking a gap year between Hotchkiss and Duke University, where he will enroll next fall, Andrew talked about what he had learned and how, now that he has brought some friends into the venture and shifted the company's focus, it is all coming together. (Read more about his Elmore Leadership talk.)
Andrew speaking to students during his visit last fall.
Andrew's audience was so inspired by that initial visit last autumn that a team of students wrote a blog, Cooperating to Make Socks, featuring lessons they had learned from Andrew, and scores of students submitted their own designs, some submitting multiple designs, hoping to be the author of the official TCS sock. The community voted on the submissions, and when the tally was complete, Kayla's design was selected for production. Andrew and his brother, Ryan (TCS '10 and Hotchkiss '14, now a student at Tufts University), adapted her design for their manufacturer, and the finished socks were delivered last week. Available in youth and adult sizes, the socks will be distributed through the Advancement Office for now. Stay tuned for details.
The Country School community gave Andrew's socks a huge thumbs up. As for Andrew and Ryan, producing the socks for their alma mater was equally rewarding. "Making socks for TCS is a real honor for both of us," they said. "The impact our years at TCS had on us is immeasurable and we're glad to come back and give back to this school. We're looking forward to showing off our TCS pride with these socks!"
As is the rest of the community! One alumnus did just that the other day when he ran the 5K Run for Refugees in New Haven. What did he wear, with pride, to motivate him on his run? Some new, snazzy TCS socks.
To learn more about OurSock.com and some of the other schools and institutions that have worked with Andrew and Ryan to produce a custom school sock, visit the company's website, https://www.oursock.com.