York Students Left “Wonderstruck” By Halloween Surprise

Tuesday, October 31st was not only Halloween, but also a frightfully fun filled and educational day for the York Prep Community. To begin, administrators took the entire York Prep Student Body to see the movie “Wonderstruck.”

“Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.”—Rotten Tomatoes

Students and their teachers walked to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas after homeroom, many proudly sporting their Halloween costumes. After the movies students and faculty alike took a brief break for lunch. Upon returning, students received yet another surprise: an afternoon with author and illustrator Brian Selznick. Selznick was the winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal for his picture book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. His book was so good it became the basis for Martin Scorsese’s academy award-winning film Hugo.

Selznick wrote the screenplay for his second book to film adaption. The movie received a three minute standing ovation following its premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. It was a great presentation as Mr. Selznick took the time to not only speak to the students but answer their questions and sign some autographs.

After Mr. Selznick’s talk, there was the usual, if fairly brief, Halloween assembly back at the School gym. Student’s showed off their creative and spooky costume creations and the seniors performed a dance routine that had everyone grooving. You could definitely say that with all these surprises, students were “wonderstruck” by Halloween. Stay tuned for photos from the annual Halloween parade and costume contest!