King's Academy, May 20, 2007 – His Majesty King Adbullah II paid a special visit to King’s Academy last week to greet the first batch of students admitted into the school, and to take part in a tradition that harkens back to His Majesty’s days as a student at Deerfield Academy—a round-table lunch.
King Abdullah lunched with some 200 guests, including almost all of those 9th and 10th graders who have been admitted into King’s Academy’s, and their parents. Chairman of the Board Safwan Masri welcomed the King, and Headmaster Eric Widmer explained the tradition of the communal lunch, informing guests that King Abdullah had personally requested round tables in the King’s Academy dining hall, to echo those at Deerfield.
A handful of students were selected at random to share the head table with the King, who—once dessert had been served—walked around to each individual table to speak with future students and their parents.
The prospective students later participated in a campus scavenger hunt organized by the school, which served the double purpose of getting kids to meet one another and to become more familiar with school grounds.