Thayer Celebrates the Class of 2018

Faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered on Thayer's main lawn to celebrate the class of 2018 at the Academy's 141st Commencement Saturday morning.

Simeone Montrond '18 gave the invocation at the start of the ceremony. Retiring faculty Dan Levinson and Jake Diamond P'06, '09 served as the commencement speakers.

Dan Levinson told the graduates, "Shape your life as much as you can. Don't expect you can shape it all. But keep constant the belief that you will be rewarded day in and day out if you seek out what magnifies your spirit. I believe you'll know if you stay alert to that most sensitive and thoughtful voice in the back of your head," he said.

Jake Diamond offered the graduates lessons from his many travels across the globe, from Trinidad, Panama, the Amazon, and Peru. He exhorted the students to continue their record of service. "Class of 2018, you started charities, volunteered at schools, hospitals, long-term facilities, churches, Sunday schools, environmental protection centers...You traveled to help others in Pine Ridge, New Orleans, Detroit, Haiti, Canada, Peru, Bolivia, Cambodia, Tibet, Nepal, and Kenya. Keep on being a shining example of service to others and of fighting the good fight," he said.

Senior Speaker James Kotopolous '18 quoted Albert Einstein saying, "You can't count the things that count." He said to his fellow classmates, "My charge to you is to emphasize the things that truly count—the things that lie behind the numbers."

In her address Valedictorian Annie Huycke '18 compared graduation to a theater performance, of which she did many in her time at Thayer. "When the final curtain closes and when each prop and costume has been put back in its place, sometimes I like to return to the empty stage. With the set cleared and all the seats vacant, there's an overwhelming sense of finality. But the irony is that, at the same time, the ending of one show is merely the first step towards the beginning of another," she said. "Today, a curtain might be closing, but a new curtain opens."

Lucy Relaford '18 provided the Benediction to close out the Commencement.

On Friday, the entire Upper School gathered to wrap up the academic year at Last Chapel. Upper School math teacher Benjamin Goldstein addressed the school and talked about cleaning out his office, and what he will take with him, and what he will leave.

"Some of these objects tell significant stories or remind us of particular values to strive towards. Others things are just... things. They may have spoken to us at one point, but their meanings have faded over time or no longer resonate with the principles we hold most dearly. This happens, and when it does we should recognize it. Seniors, you and I are at a transition time in our lives. This is an opportune moment for us to take stock and develop a critical eye for the objects that continue to reflect our values as opposed to the things that have become dust collectors," he said.

Last Chapel and Commencement Award winners are listed below:

Award 2018 winner
THE BILL HOLBROOK MEMORIAL ARTS PRIZES  
Painting and Drawing Erika Plante
Pottery Jackson Mansi
Architectural Design None
Graphic Design Erika Plante
Film Matthew Charleston
Theater Jack Manning
Photography Maggie Skillman
Dance Madeleine Castanon
Instrumental Music Anya Howley
Vocal Music Kelsey Sullivan
Tech Theater Jazmin Diaz
   
LANGUAGE  
French II Kate Pulgini
French III Michael Nessralla
French IV Ally Deegan
Latin II Gao Mo
Latin III Garner Thompson
Latin IV Tim Kemp
Spanish II Samantha Hughes
Spanish III Sananca Shen
Spanish IV Josh Chaskes
Chinese II Giovanni Marinilli
Chinese III Karina Kilburn
   
Richard Downey Jr. - Senior Jacqueline Gilpin
   
MATHEMATICS  
Algebra I Casey Cashman, Ava Chase
Algebra II Cheng Rui Yu, Katherine McDevitt
Geometry Allison Deegan
PreCalculus Adam Fogel
Computer Science Jiaqi Lu, Olivia Floody
   
SCIENCE  
Freshman Vinh Tran
Sophomore Olivia O'Connor
Pitkin Chemistry Ruibin Chen
Rensselaer Medal Timothy Kemp
W. Lawrence Cahall Jr. Erika Plante
Peter Scott Cahall
Jiaqi Lu
Naomi R and Saul B. Cohen Katherine Barrett
   
HISTORY  
William J. Holbrook Reilly Sheehan
United States History Campbell Resnick
Merton L. Emerson Essay Finn Doherty
Special Historian Matthew Garner Thompson, Jackson Humphreys, George Austin Bennett
Roland Stanley Cooper Aidan Kealy
   
ENGLISH  
Most Improved Freshmen (5 - one from each teacher) Emmett Griffin, Casey Cashman, Eric Foley, Luca Milano, 
Kaitlyn Freeley, Matthew Sullivan
 
Harriet Gemmel Sophomore Short Story Olivia O'Connor
Junior English Essayist Charlotte Nickerson
   
HISTORY/ENGLISH  
Edith Giles Mitchell Caitlin Caulfield
   
   
The Patrice Donovan Community Service Award - Grades 9 – 11 Kiley Clancy
Ward S. Donner Prize - Sophomore Allison Deegan
Ada Helen Gilbert Claff Prize-soph girl Alison Swierczynski
Nancy DiNatale Taylor Award - Sophomore Kendall Roland
Thomas J. Berry III Prize - Sophomore Thomas Gaffey
Maureen E. Bucken Prize - Sophomore Gabriella Grattan
Class of 1992 Community Spirit Award - Sophomore Aimee Matos
Colin F. MacDonald III Prize - Sophomore Christian Jack Schneider
Leo R. Flynn Prize - Sophomore Henry Richard
Nicholas and Rose Papani Prize Thomas Briggs and Logan Clancy
William C. Gould, Jr. Prize Meghan Webb
William J. Holbrook Prize - Sophomore Jackson Humphreys
Thomas J. Geraghty Prize - Sophomore Alanna Curtis
Frank E. Remick Prize Henry Richard
The Patrick C. Walsh Memorial Award - Senior Stephon Kindle
The Fernand LaChance Award - Junior or Senior Nina Swett
The Julian H. Cherubini Prize for Scholastic Excellence Timothy Kemp
The Cherubini Prize for Achievement in the Arts Visual Arts: Chengyu "Cheryl" Xue Performing Arts: David Havens
Harriot Boynton Thompson Scholarship for Harvard and Radcliffe College Drew Kelner
Morris and Ernestine Litchfield Scholarship for Harvard and Radcliffe College Drew Kelner
   
TAPA Community Service Awards  
Reuben & Lizzie Grossman Awards Jacob Comeau and Hanna Stern
ISL Award of Excellence Aidan McDonough, Duke Lenaghan, and Anna Costello
Matt Healey Award-Senior Michael McDonough
   
COMMENCEMENT PRIZES  
PHOEBE LEE HOSMER FOREIGN LANGUAGE PRIZES  
French Anna Huycke
Latin Kayla McKeon
Spanish Samantha Rando
LEIGHTON S. TOWER HISTORY PRIZE Samantha Rando
LOUISE E. SAUL AWARD FOR ENGLISH Anna Huycke for Writing, Amelia Browne for Literature
MAURICE R. SEYMOUR PRIZE FOR MATHEMATICS Drew Kelner
CHARLES R. MANGAT-RAI PRIZE FOR COMPUTER PROGRAMMING Drew Kelner, Loan Anh Tran, Caitlyn Marat
HELEN ALDEN BREEN DRAMATICS AWARD Jake Comeau and Lauren Bennett
E. IONE LOCKWOOD MUSIC AWARD Anna Huycke, Felisha Cabral, and Benjamin Pinola
THE JOHN M. RODOCANACHI ART PRIZE Lucille Relaford
NATHANIEL AUGUSTINE THAYER SCHOLARSHIP  Morgan Langenhagen
   
Thomas J. Berry III Award - Senior Cassidy Kearney
Maureen E. Bucken Award - Senior Hanna Stern
The Walter & Prudence Abell Distinguished Service Awards - Senior Grace O'Hare, Jazmin Diaz, Stephon Kindle
Gilbert A. Booth Award- Senior Katherine Stanwood
Gilbert A. Booth Award- Senior James Kotopoulos
Nancy DiNatale Taylor Award- Senior Girl-outstanding female athlete Stephanie Lyons
Thayer Academy Outstanding Male Athlete Award - Senior Kevin Deree
Ward Donner Award -Senior boy Cole Roland
Ward Donner Award -Senior girl Anna Huycke
Jotham B. Sewall Prize Anna Huycke
Headmaster's Award James Kotopoulos

 

 

Commencement speaker Jake Diamond P'06, '09

 

Commencement speaker Dan Levinson

 

Valedictorian Annie Huycke '18

Senior Speaker James Kotopolous '18

Headmaster Ted Koskores '70 P'10, '13

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