At end-of-the-year closing assemblies on stage in the Kurtz Center on June 6, both fifth and eighth grade students celebrated graduations from Lower School and Middle School, respectively.
The eighth grade ceremony included student performances and thoughtful reflections; then Director of Middle School Wilson Felter congratulated each student with a smile and a handshake, and math teacher Jen Ketler handed students a certificate.
The Hal Commons Memorial Award, "given to a Middle School student who best exemplifies the qualities of caring, sharing and responsibility," was given to both Emerson Drake and Kelsey Bess.
Each year, the Richard Mott Jones Memorial Award is "given to an outstanding member of the eighth grade class who excels in academics, athletics, the fine and performing arts, and contributes positively to the social environment in our Middle School." Lindsay Gadsden received the award this year.
The Antonios S. Thomas Memorial Award is "given to a Middle School student who best embodies the spirit, energy, and enthusiasm of Middle School and has earned the respect of students and teachers alike. The recipient's presence in Middle School has made our community better." Two students received the award this year: Clifford Harling and Matthew Clarke.
The fifth grade ceremony featured student reflections, poetry recitations and a performance from the Lower School Handbell Choir, led by Debbie Kaesshaefer. A student-created slideshow honored members of the Class of 2026 with baby pictures and musical favorites.
Graduates then processed across the Kurtz Center stage for individual recognition and handshakes with Director of Lower School Kate McCallum and Director of Middle School Wilson Felter.