Thirty-two ninth graders graduated from New Canaan Country School during the school's closing exercises on Thursday.
The Head of School, Dr. Robert P. Macrae, encouraged the graduates of the Class of 2018 to continue to take ownership for their learning.
“Each member of the Class of 2018 can proudly claim an ownership stake in Country School,” said Macrae. “Every one of you has a unique story of how this place has become your own. You went to great lengths to protect, preserve and promote the school you love—to leave it a better place than when you entered.”
Ninth Grader Hannah Nightingale of Rowayton delivered the Class Salutation in which she noted, “We are gathered here today to celebrate the immeasurable. To celebrate everything this school has taught us beyond textbooks.”
Dillon Mims of Norwalk presented the Class Reflection.
“There’s no up and leaving Country School and never looking back, it’s too special of a place for that. When faculty have inspired and prepared you for this moment, there’s no such thing as goodbye— only ‘see you later.’ When the values of Country School, being part of a risk-taking mistaking-making community, are what you’ve lived your whole life by, there’s no such thing as goodbye— only ‘see you later.’ NCCS is a part of each and every one of us, and we can’t just say goodbye to it— and if we could, we wouldn’t want to,” said Dillon to his classmates.
Daly Baker of New Canaan received the Johansen Award, which is presented to the member of the graduating class who most exemplifies the qualities of care and concern for others, compassion and a sense of community.
Class of 2018 graduate James Kontulis of New Canaan received the Gamble Award, which is presented to the student who exemplifies, to the highest measure, the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
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