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Throughout the school year, families and students of the Class of 2021 kept hope alive for an in-person graduation with spectators. Right up until the final hour, contingency plans for a virtual event were in place in case of an exposure requiring quarantine. In the end, the stars aligned and rewarded these students and families for unflinching resilience displayed through so many other disappointments and cancellations. Green Vale's traditional Closing Exercises were held under an immense tent, and without a mask requirement for graduates. 

Precautions included an extra-large tent that allowed for socially distanced seating, a limit of five attendees per family, a symptom verification for every guest, and even the use of hand sanitizer between each handshake when awards and diplomas were presented. A multi-camera livestream was broadcast in real time to those unable to attend.

As always, the ceremony opened with the procession of faculty and administrative staff, followed by the procession of graduates. Speakers included chosen faculty speaker Stephanie Brown, chosen student speaker Alix Smith, Head of the Board Chris Garcia, Cathy Iannotta, Director of Upper School who presented the diplomas, and Head of School Jesse Dougherty who gave the closing address in addition to presenting the following awards:

LIFERS (graduates who attended Green Vale since Nursery or earlier)

Charlotte Adamo
Wyatt Bancroft
Matias Cushman
Katherine D'Anna
Camryn Daley
Petra Fakiris
Edward Kenny
Perry L'Esperance
Cristiana May
Harper Phipps
Peter Rosen
Cecilia Saad

BUCKLEY AWARD FOR EFFORT AND ACHIEVEMENT

Petra Dina Fakiris
Penelope Griggs Doerge


HEAD OF SCHOOL AWARDS

Matias Roderick Cushman
Eleanor Hetherington Myles
Cecilia Clermont Saad
 

THE ROBERT FENWICK JACKSON BOWL FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC ENDEAVOR
                          

Alexandra Jeffcott Smith
Derek Michael Fine


THE THOMAS M. BANCROFT, JR. CITIZENSHIP AWARD
    

Fiona Rose Dougherty
Oluwabusola Babatunde


NORTH COUNTRY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CITIZENSHIP AWARD


Joy Treneer Biondi
William C. Sheehan


THE BENJAMIN FARNSWORTH VANDERPOEL AWARD

Dhruv Tarush Kothari


DERBY MEDAL FOR STRONG CHARACTER

Camryn Leigh Daley


THE WATTERS AWARD

Linda Gardiner

 

The following awards were presented to graduates at an assembly on June 7:

 

BROCK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ART 
Brooke Lynn Hogan

CLASS OF 1967 MUSIC AWARD FOR EFFORT AND THE 
ADVANCEMENT OF MUSIC AT GREEN VALE
Oluwabusola Babatunde (chorus)
Dhruv Tarush Kothari (ensemble)
        
THE GEORGE V. BARTLETT ROSE AWARD FOR SHOP
Wyatt Spain Bancroft

JOHN A. COSENTINO DRAMA AWARD
Paloma June Supica

CHERYL L. WEBB GIRLS' ATHLETIC AWARD
Camryn Leigh Daley

JOSEPH J. JULIEN ATHLETIC AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ATHLETICS 
Clarke Hill Beard

THE MARGUERITE K. WHEELER AWARD FOR MATHEMATICS 
Joshua Alexander Meshechok

CARLYLE J. COASH, JR. HISTORY AWARD
Dhruv Tarush Kothari

THE JONPATRICK BARRY SCIENCE AWARD
Katherine Grace D'anna

WARNER SPEECH CONTEST
Dhruv Tarush Kothari