A Loving Send-Off

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

I write this after returning from Senior Luncheon, our annual tradition in which the faculty and staff, the graduating class, and their immediate families leave the school to enjoy a formal lunch together (this year, at the Seelbach Hotel) and each faculty member speaks about one or more students. I was struck in particular this year by how aptly each student was characterized. As much as I enjoyed hearing each speech, I think I liked even more witnessing the knowing chuckles, joyful tears, and nods of appreciation from the Class of 2015 and their parents. The Senior Luncheon always feels to me like one last gift that we give these wonderful young people and their families on the way out the door; it is a send-off with all our love.

Before the Senior Luncheon, we held the annual Awards Day Assembly. Just for faculty/staff and students, this is a mixture each year of the serious, the silly and the sublime. Some awards are for academic achievement and effort; others are humorous. It is always – like the Senior Luncheon – a testament to the intimacy of this community and how well we know our students.

Awards Day always begins with the major awards for merit in particular areas; those 11th grade winners this year (and the areas in which the awards were given) are:

Book Awards
Bryn Mawr College (Purposeful Woman) – Rosemary DeMarco
Dartmouth College (Languages) – Nan Elpers
Hampden Sydney College (Purposeful Man) – David Borders
Harvard University (Math) – Lucy Lv
Princeton University (Science) – Sam Borden
Smith College (English) – Rose Gilbert
University of Louisville (Community Service) – Olivia Ford
University of Kentucky (Civic Leadership) – Charley Drew-Wolak
University of Virginia (History) – Sam Edwards-Kuhn
Yale University (English) – Zoe Koss

National Society of Arts and Letters Awards
Art – Madison Ebel
Photography – Graciela Kamar
Music – Jonny Simpson

Senior Sarah Clark was also honored by the National Society of Arts and Letters as the outstanding senior art student, and seniors Anna Finkelstein and Jamie Anderson were the recipients of the Army Scholar-Athlete Awards.

The underclassmen have exams still to go (see schedule below), through next Thursday, while the seniors continue to rest up for our final event – Graduation next Friday! Please join us at 4:00 p.m. at Actors Theatre if you can – all are invited, and it is always an inspiring and moving event. (I promise, it is unlike other high school graduations you have attended – much more fun and much shorter!)

This is our last newsletter of the 2014-15 school year, so I wish all our families a happy and healthy summer break!

High School Exam Schedule:

Tuesday 5/26 – History
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m Culture and Civilization Medieval
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Culture and Civilization Ancient and US History

Wednesday 5/27 – English
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m English I and English II
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. English III

Thursday 5/28 – Math/World Language
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m Math
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. World Language