Green Vale Graduation 2018
The 96th Closing Exercises at The Green Vale School took place on Tuesday, June 12 under a tent in the main quad at the School's Old Brookville campus. Diplomas were presented to 38 8th Graders by Head of School Dr. Jesse Dougherty and President of the Board of Trustees Hartley R. Rogers.
As each graduate stood on stage to receive their diploma, Upper School Director Cathy Iannotta delivered individualized remarks about each student's particular contributions to the Green Vale community. Assistant Head of School Linda Gardiner also presided at the ceremony, recognizing the 12 students who had attended Green Vale since the Nursery class, affectionately known as "Lifers". Reverend Gideon L. K. Pollach of St. John's Church Cold Spring Harbor gave the invocation and benediction.
The Class of 2018 chose Dee Dee Copp, Art Department Chair, to deliver the Address to Graduates.
"Wherever your path leads, my hope is that you see your world like an artist and think like an artist; it will immeasurably enrich your life," said Copp. She also encouraged the graduates to "see like an artist — slowly, and with all of your senses. It will develop your mind's database and expand your internal image bank—otherwise known as imagination. You need to notice something to be a better writer, a better painter, better thinker."
Jack Jervis was elected by his peers as the student speaker. He spoke about his classmates' preparedness for high school as a result of their Green Vale experience.
"The amazing teachers at Green Vale have taught us many important lessons that we can carry into our adventures after we leave. We were taught time management skills and the ability to be creative. Kindness, and respect for others has been ingrained in us since the day each of us arrived here at Green Vale. If we use all the skills we learned at Green Vale, and embrace the change we are about to go through, I know we will all have incredible success and happiness in high school.
...Finding what makes you happy, and pursuing one's interest, no matter how wacky it might be, is an essential part of having a successful high school career. Take initiative in every opportunity given to you. If you want to join a fencing club, do it, if you want to go birdwatching, do it, if you want to try to write music, do it."
In addition, the entire 8th Grade performed John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "Blackbird" directed by Choral Director Jessica Chen. (Video here)
After the presentation of diplomas, Dr. Jesse Dougherty, Head of School, gave a speech in which he implored graduates to: 1) remain inclusive; 2) honor tradition; 3) maintain a sense of purpose; and 4) be joyful.
This year's Watters Medal – the School's highest honor awarded to a faculty member – went to Pre-Kindergarten teacher Joanne Pappas for exemplifying Green Vale's core values of character building and global citizenship through her commitment to play, curiosity, empathy, and following children's lead. The Derby Medal, Green Vale's highest honor given to a graduating student, was awarded to Jack Jervis.
The other awards presented were as follows:
BUCKLEY AWARD FOR EFFORT AND ACHIEVEMENT
CARTER NICHOLLS BIONDI
BROOKE TRANI KOUNDOURAKIS
HEAD OF SCHOOL AWARDS
THE ROBERT FENWICK JACKSON BOWL FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC ENDEAVOR
THOMAS PETER KENNY
KATRINA GAIL SCHWARZ
THE THOMAS M. BANCROFT, JR. CITIZENSHIP AWARD
TOMAS HEPBURN CUSHMAN
MANU BHASKER KADIYALA
NORTH COUNTRY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CITIZENSHIP AWARD
SOFIA ALEXANDRA BONTEMPI
ALEXANDRA KATHARINE POLL
THE BENJAMIN FARNSWORTH VANDERPOEL AWARD
Class of 2018 graduates will attend the following secondary schools in September:
Chaminade High School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Episcopal High School
Georgetown Preparatory School
Harborfields High School
The Lawrenceville School
Locust Valley High School
Manhasset High School
Phillips Academy Andover
St. Anthony's High School