Friday, June 16, 2000
Concord-Carlisle High School graduates the Class of 2000
Concord-Carlisle High School's Memorial Field was awash in color last Saturday afternoon as a myriad of umbrellas blossomed, not to beat back the rain but to fend off the heat of a blazing sun. Not even 90 degree heat could frazzle the high spirits of the graduating class of 2000, though, as 212 students filed onto the football field, flanked on either side by members of the CCHS faculty.
As a light cascade of bubbles floated over the seated graduates, principal Elaine DiCicco greeted them and their families and friends, most of whom filled the bleachers behind the graduates. She congratulated the soon-to-be-former CCHS students on their achievements, stressing in particular the high level of community service this class had shown.
At the end of her brief remarks, the senior members of the concert band rose to join their fellow musicians one last time, for a rendition of "Welcome to Beijing," a piece that had been the highlight of their collaboration with visiting members of the Beijing University Orchestra earlier in the year.
As the last strains died away and the senior band members returned to their seats, senior class president Elizabeth Richardson addressed fellow members of "Generation Y," reminding them that, even though they would be "faced with more burdens of how to live than ever before," they could rest assured that their "tenacity will be matched with opportunity." Senior year, she noted, was so full of looking back with nostalgia and looking forward to college that they hadn't "been able to savor today." Hearkening back to something her father had always stressed to her, she reminded her fellow graduates to make time "to seek out silence and solitude. Invest in internal reflection. And always cherish friendships." In closing, she urged her peers to keep in mind a question posed by the poet Mary Oliver: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
At the close of her speech, the senior class officers presented the senior class gift to the school -- a millennium mural that will grace the wall between the gym and the cafeteria. Artists and class members Jillian Garcia and Robin VanLoon were thanked for their special contribution.
In choosing a commencement speaker, the class had voted to hear from Peter Atlas, chairman of the CCHS math department. An Oberlin graduate who received his masters degree from UMass-Amherst, Atlas greeted the students with a "You look very good," and proceeded to explain why the faculty forms a corridor through which the pre-graduates march before graduation. "It's our last chance to lay any claim to you."
His speech began with a confession: he "outed" himself, openly and proudly, as "an avowed math lover." He noted that, in his memory, no other math teacher had ever been asked to make the commencement address. He took this as a good omen of things to come for the class -- an indication that everyone can be accepted in this new world. "You have permission to achieve your potential. Go, find yours." He offered them the following advice: "Dare to include; challenge complacency; empower yourselves to be yourselves. Go; do; become." In closing, he admonished them to "look at your teachers. Have they changed your world? Then return the favor and change theirs."
Superintendent Ed Mavragis announced the Donovan Flag Awards. Named for former CCHS principal Joseph F. Donovan, these awards are presented annually to "the best all-around young woman and man in the class." This year's recipients were Caroline Cardiasmenos and Tyler Ogden. Elaine DiCicco presented the special school awards. The athletic plaques, honoring cooperation and good sportsmanship, went to Jen Cody and Andrew Wood. The faculty gold medals, given for the highest grade point average, were given to Ana Ramos and James Xenakis.
At last it was time for the seniors to process to the podium, receive their diplomas and shift their tassles to the graduate side. As each class member's name was announced, applause erupted from fellow classmates, as if to emphasize that the day was a shared celebration of the whole, not just the individual achievement. The ceremony ended with the traditional sight of maroon and white mortarboards ascending into the sky and then landing in wild and unexpected places -- perhaps a fitting metaphor for the newly-minted graduates of the class of 2000.
CCHS Graduating Class of 2000
Bagnaschi, LucasUniversity of Redlands
*Bailey, HamiltonColgate University
*Bojarski, FlorentMcGill University
*Cardiasmenos, CarolineNorthwestern University
*Crowther, IanVassar College
Darling, JamesIthaca College
Demko, PeterRoger Williams University
Ford-Webb, TuckerHampshire College
Frailey, JaimieDennison University
Gounaris, ChristopherIthaca College
Jones, S. RossUniversity of Pittsburgh
*Kilfoyle, MichaelSt. Anselm College
*Kopeikina, KatherineBates College
Lakness, JohnUS Air Force Academy
Lee, TimothyUniversity of Hartford-Hartt School of Music
Lowe, AlexanderColgate University
Madden-Sturges, Sarah (Kate) Goucher College
Martini, NicoleBentley College
*Meldonian, LaurenDartmouth College
Milik, JeffreyPlymouth State College
*Miller, MeganWellesley College
Morgan, WilliamUniversity of Colorado-Boulder
*Morse, BenjaminWesleyan University
*Munroe, ErikSwarthmore College
*Przyjemski, KatrinaVassar College
*Sarcia, SamMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Siedlar, AmandaMiddlesex Community College
Taylor, JamesNew Hampshire College
*Thomas, ElizabethUniversity of New Hampshire
Walsh, SeanCatholic University of America
*Watson, CatherineCase Western Reserve University
Webster, PhilipBowdoin College
Williams, AshleyConnecticut College
Williams, John (Jess)Connecticut College
*Winey, LarissaMount Holyoke College
Woods, JesseNortheastern University
Woods, LukeJohnson & Wales University
*Wurts, ChristopherMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Zezima, SarahUniversity of Vermont
*Members of the National Honor Society
Bagnaschi, Lucas Walter Brzezinski Memorial Scholarship Award
Cardiasmenos, Caroline National Merit Commended Student
National Honors Orchestra
Crowther, Ian National Merit Commended Student
Kilfoyle, Michael Boston Globe Scholastic Art Award
National Merit Commended Student
Lakness, John National Merit Commended Student
Appointment to U. S. Air Force Academy
Meldonian, Lauren National Merit Finalist
Miller, Megan DAR-Good Citizen
Ann Geisinger Scholarship
National Merit Commended Student
Morse, Benjamin National Merit Finalist
Munroe, Erik National Merit Commended Student
Przyjemski, Katrina Wells A. Hall Memorial Scholarship
Sarcia, Sam National Merit Commended Student
Winey, Larissa Margaret Haggerty Fund Scholarship
Wurts, Christopher National Merit Commended Student
Zezima, Sarah Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Award
Private School Graduates
· Mikaela Christina Toth of River Road graduated from Proctor Andover, Andover, New Hampshire and will attend Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in the fall.
· Kezia Lily Toth of River Road graduated the Winsor School in Boston and will attend Barnard College in New York.
· David Simpson graduated with High Credit from Middlesex School on May 29. A member of the varsity soccer, hockey and lacrosse teams, David was awarded the Dawson prize for excellence in Physics. He will attend Stanford University in the fall.
· Erin Louelle Hult graduated from Concord Academy and will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
· James Bearfield has graduated from Wayland High School with Outstanding Certificates of Achievement in Marketing, Guidance and Athletics as well as receiving an Athletic Trainer Award. James will attend New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire where he plans to major in Athletic Training.
· Caroline Murphree of River Road, graduated summa cum laude from Groton School on Sunday, June 4. She will attend Princeton University in September.
· Gregory Stimpson of Canterbury Court graduated from Lawrence Academy in Groton. He will be attending Washington University in St. Louis in the fall.
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