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All School Fall Open House

Spend your morning with us. Enjoy an array of seasonal activities, tour Green Vale's campus, listen to a concert, engage with our teachers and learn how Green Vale’s environment and curriculum inspire a life-long love for school. 
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2023 Graduation & Awards

Closing Exercises for the Centennial Class of 2023 began with a procession of faculty, administration, and staff, followed by a procession of graduates. The graduating class selected a student speaker, Noah Daher ‘23, and a faculty speaker, Devon Cohen, Upper School history teacher.

Daher emphasized the readiness of his class to enter their next life chapter. “To all the parents with children going to schools, both boarding and day, don't be sad. Be happy that your child is taking the next steps in their journey.” He continued, “we should not be scared about the future, we should be happy that Green Vale is giving us the knowledge to be able to properly go to that future.”

Cohen noted the affection he will always have for his first group of students as a full-time teacher, calling them “this extremely colorful, uniquely distinct class.” He spoke about respect for differences, noting that “keeping an open mindset will be more beneficial to you in the long run than some of you may realize at this point in your lives.”

“Focus on demonstrating your individuality rather than conformity, because it is your individuality that ultimately is worth celebrating.” - Devon Cohen

Attendees raved for days after the ceremony about the full class’ choral performance of “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane.

In keeping with a remarkable tradition, each graduate’s faculty advisor delivered personalized remarks about each student as the diplomas were presented. 

Head of School Jesse Dougherty gave a valedictory address with a theme of storytelling. He explained that in preparation for the 100th year of Green Vale, he had to consider what stories should be told about the School. He reflected that graduation is a similar moment for graduates to ponder the stories they will tell about their past and how those will inform their futures.

He shared that great stories are self-reflective, and many come from failure and contradiction that lead to growth. Although the graduates’ stories are just beginning, Dougherty complimented them on a head start of practicing reflection, failure, perspective, and listening to others.

Lifers (graduates who attended Green Vale since Nursery or earlier)
Ashani Ahuja
River Aryeh
LuElla Bacon
Paige D’Anna
Timmy Grant
Hunter L’Esperance
Reese L’Esperance
Caroline Myles
Chase O’Brien
Ogden Phipps
Lucy Woodhouse

Graduation Awards
Buckley Award for Effort and Achievement

Sienna Sara Edgar 
Thomas W. Grant III

Head Of School Awards
River Essie Aryeh 
Ogden Mills Phipps II 
Emma Chloe Slonim

Robert Fenwick Jackson Bowl for Excellence in Academic and Athletic Endeavor
William Garcia 
Penelope S. Chun

Thomas M. Bancroft, Jr. Citizenship Award
Leyla M. Casimir 
Lachlan Neil Vogel

Penny Doerge Character Award
William Fitzgerald Busconi

Benjamin Farnsworth Vanderpoel Award
Caroline Field Myles 

Derby Medal for Strong Character
Noah Daher

Year-End Awards
Frederick Driscoll Award 
Margaret M. Dubuque

Brock Award for Excellence In Art 
Elizabeth A Gokey 

Class Of 1967 Music Award for Effort and the Advancement of Music at Green Vale
Chorus: Veronica Moran Edwards
Ensemble: Samantha Elizabeth Jurim 

George V. Bartlett Rose Award for Shop
Lilly Tower McMillen

John A. Cosentino Drama Award
Samantha Elizabeth Jurim

Cheryl L. Webb Girls' Athletic Award
Reese Elle L’Esperance

Joseph J. Julien Athletic Award for Excellence in Athletics 
William Phelan Kelly

Marguerite K. Wheeler Award for Mathematics 
Kento Cavallo

Carlyle J. Coash, Jr. History Award
William Garcia

JonPatrick Barry Science Award
Luke Ferraro
Alexandra Davis Zarou

Warner Speech Contest
Etelle J Silvera

John C. Green Bowl for Highest Academic Average in 8th Grade
Clover Curry, Alastronia O’Donnell, Etelle Silvera & William Garcia

GVS Chorus Students Selected for All-County Music Festival
This year, an impressive number of Green Vale students performed in the 2022 Nassau All-County Music Festival. To be selected for All-County, students must score among the top student musicians who have performed solos for the NYSSMA Festival the previous spring. Once selected, students prepare a program of music in a week of intensive rehearsals, culminating in a performance at the Tilles Center in January.

“Entrance into All-County is highly competitive,” says choral teacher Jessica Chen. “Performing a NYSSMA solo at a high level, studying music in preparation for All-County, and participating in the intensive rehearsals takes much motivation and dedication. We are so proud of our hard-working musicians!”

Green Vale’s All-County Division II performers include Molly Lamb (chorus), Sophie Kasouf (chorus), Tristan Amparo (chorus), Adetola Babatunde (chorus), and Alexander Yarian (chorus). Division III performers include Charlotte Lee (chorus), Shayla Durrett (chorus), and Penelope Chun (orchestra).
Green Vale's Centennial Celebration
4th Grade Students Tour The Morgan Library in NYC

Fourth Grade students from Ms. Field's class visited The Morgan Library in the heart of Manhattan for a broad and immersive learning experience. Students were captivated by the Library’s iconic collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. 

“I was inspired by the inter-disciplinary approach connecting literature, visual arts, American history, NYC ‘connectedness’, as well as a chance to recognize diversity and inclusion in the exhibition of Ashley Bryan and Langston Hughes celebrating Black life and Black creativity,” said fourth grade parent, Stephanie Clark.

During their visit, students toured the museum; searched for their Zodiac sign painted on the ceiling of the East Room; read and admired the Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; learned the impact of the Gutenberg Bible; gathered in Mr. Morgan’s Private Study; explored the Renzo Piano atrium, studied exhibits “Sail Away”, “Seascape”, and “Petite Prince”; and much more.  

As clearly evidenced by the students’ high level of interest and engagement, it was a field trip full of lasting memories. A huge thank you to The Morgan Library educators, Ms. Valerie Field for organizing such an impactful field trip, and all of the parent volunteers. 

Photo Caption: All smiles (beneath the masks!) waiting to begin the tours.

Photo Caption: In the exhibit “Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away”. 

Photo Caption: The East Room – Reading and admiring the Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

Photo Caption: The East Room - looking up and searching for their Zodiac sign painted in the hexagon shapes in the ceiling.