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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

CONOR O'KEEFE
ELLEN DORRIAN

MOHAN JAUHAR

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

FREDERIC BANCROFT

Class of 2018 graduates will attend the following secondary schools in September:

Chaminade High School

Choate Rosemary Hall

Deerfield Academy

Episcopal High School

Friends Academy

Georgetown Preparatory School

Harborfields High School

The Lawrenceville School

Locust Valley High School

Manhasset High School

Middlesex School

Millbrook School

Phillips Academy Andover

Portledge School

St. Anthony's High School

Stevenson School

Taft School

Trinity School

Westminster School