A Class with “Class!”

Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus, Director of the SFS Drama Project

Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus, Director of the SFS Drama Project

The last full week of school brings final tests and projects, yet also an end to homework (we’re all happy about that!), and ramped up excitement that can be felt (and heard!) all over the building! Also talent galore, as we’ve enjoyed the Middle School Talent Show last Thursday, the Lower School Talent “bonanza” this week, and the oh-so-cute Kindergarten Talent Shares the past few weeks at Lower School Morning Meetings. From hula-hoopers to comedy skits to break dancing to several hot dance moves to “Uptown Funk,” to Arabella Maki’s beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah,” the full gamut of talent has been on display to enthusiastic and proud audiences!ClassDay_2015

But on a more serious note, it’s also, sadly, the time to say goodbye and fare thee well to an unbelievable 8th grade class. This is a talented group in many areas, but I think they will be most remembered for their tightness as a group. They care about each other, their school community and the world around them. As always, we celebrated them for their accomplishments this morning at our annual Class Day ceremony. Students were recognized for their achievement in every subject area, and also awarded honors for the major awards that the faculty gives out every year. Past winners of these major awards are on plaques in the Main Amphitheater for all to see and remember. One of the highlights of the ceremony is that each and every class member has a statement read aloud about him/her that has been painstakingly crafted by a collaboration of faculty members and me. Students contribute to this honorific, and each receives a framed copy of the words accompanied by a picture of the class. It is always a special way to celebrate each member of the Goshen graduating class. And this is a class we won’t soon forget.
Below is a list of the major award winners handed out on Class Day.

It has been a fantastic year, enrollment looks rosy for next year, and we’ll be hard at work preparing for the next “St. Francis chapter” soon. As this is our last weekly newsletter for the year, have a wonderful summer and vacation time, keep those kids reading and we’ll see you before you know it!

8th Grade Class Day Awards

The Edward Y. Mason, Jr. Athletics Award is given annually to the
8th graders who show sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and dedication
to St. Francis athletics.

Mary Claire Duncan
Meredith Fleming
Arabella Maki
Maggie McGraw
Angus Middleton
Clay Smedley
Grayson Smith
Reid Varda
Alexa Von Feldt
Wyatt Ware
Avery Wilson
Alan Ziegler

The Russell D. Herr Art Award is given annually to the 8th graders who have shown excellence in the fine arts.

Chloe Church
Abby Waggener

The Ed Gupton Drama Project Award is given to those students who have demonstrated a passion for, and commitment to, the dramatic process during their middle school years. They have set aside personal ego and realized “The play’s the thing”, and they are merely a contributor to a larger artistic whole.

Lucy Biberman
Colby Boyd
Chloe Church
Scout Grass
Chris Hammond
Caden Kirby
Arabella Maki
Maggie McGraw
Clay Smedley
Sean Sullivan
Abby Waggener

The Volunteer Service Award is given annually to 8th graders in appreciation of dedicated volunteer service.

Jennifer Johnson
Erin Lyons
Margaret Mundt
Olivia Zimmerman

The Eagle Award is given annually to 8th graders who have demonstrated the motivation and perseverance necessary for achieving extraordinary progress in attaining academic success.

Clay Smedley
Wyatt Ware

The Spirit of St. Francis Award honors 8th graders whose character reflects the spirit of St. Francis, who exemplify the school’s values, and whose conduct, in the words of St. Francis, “lights the day” for others.

Arabella Maki
Maggie McGraw
Sean Sullivan

The Head of School Award is given annually to the person(s) making the greatest contribution to the school in character, leadership, scholarship, consideration for others, and excellence in everyday school life.

Chloe Church

5th GRADE

The Cassie Stevens Memorial Award was created by the Goshen Campus Class of 2014 in honor of Cassie Stevens, a former member of the class who moved away from Louisville after the 5th grade. The award is given to the current 5th grade student who consistently greets the world with a smile and places others’ needs before their own. This student is not afraid to be themselves and harbors a refreshing spark of individuality. They seek to find the brightness in life and the beauty in everyone. In short, they have found a love of life, like Cassie Stevens. We present this award with the hope that by honoring her special qualities, we can carry on her light.

Riley Elliott

7th GRADE

The Frank Q. Cayce Scholarship Award is given by the middle school faculty to the 7th Grade student(s) who have demonstrated throughout the year the highest scholarship work.

Aidan Campbell
Lorenzo Mahoney
Drew Perkins