Middle School Director Galen Hamann began her Recognition Day welcoming remarks only to be interrupted by spontaneous applause at her first mention of the Class of 2025.
And that was just fine with her.
“Yes, they deserve it,” Hamann said as she encouraged the crowd to continue offering kudos to an eighth grade class that accepted the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and came through with flying colors.
Recognition Day took place in person June 10 on the Teardrop of Main Campus for graduates and family members. Other classes were able to view the ceremonies via a livestream feed. Student Ambassadors Catherine Woods ‘25, Luke Driscoll ‘25, Rose Cairo ‘25, and Dylan Butler ‘25 offered the invocation, flag salute, student welcome, and benediction, respectively, while Emily Bunn ‘25, top scholar for the class, provided the farewell address.
“Goodbye, TAMS (Thayer Academy Middle School), and thank you for all that you’ve done for us,” said Bunn, who added that the challenges brought on by the pandemic had taught the class lessons in flexibility, persistence, and gratitude.
Middle School Math Department Head Andy Gibson P ‘21, ‘22, ‘25 served as guest speaker and did not disappoint. In fact, he walked to the podium to John Williams’s “The Imperial March,” better known as “Darth Vader’s Theme,” and continued to add humor throughout his remarks.
Gibson urged students to go above and beyond in making a difference in someone’s life; he added that the Class of 2025 did exactly that during the pandemic.
“You stepped up to that role (of support) and filled it perfectly,” Gibson told the class.
Head of School Ted Koskores ‘70 P ‘10, ‘13, who is retiring this summer, thanked parents, faculty, and staff, but he reserved his highest praise for the graduates.
“It was absolutely extraordinary what you achieved, and we couldn’t be happier for you,” he said.
Koskores received recognition for his retirement as did Middle School Science Department Head Peter Robarts P ‘01, ‘04, ‘06, who is retiring after 40 years of service, and Middle School English Teacher and Director of Studies Carter Harrison, who is retiring after 18 years of service.