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Friday, June 29, 2001


Sun shines on Carlisle School eighth-grade graduation

Stephen Tang displays his diploma. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)
All day on Friday, June 22, rain was threatening, but as evening approached the sky cleared and the weather was perfect for the Carlisle Middle School Class of 2001 graduation ceremony, held outdoors on the school plaza. The 92 graduating eighth graders, dressed up in jackets, ties and fancy dresses and led by seventh-grade marshalls Ben Brewer and Priya Ramanathan, processed to their seats to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance played by the junior and senior bands.

After the National Anthem, principal Andy Goyer welcomed the graduates, their parents and guests. Class speakers Christine Shaver and Jeff Pan shared their thoughts on their school years in Carlisle. (Students were invited to write a speech and submit it to the eighth-grade teachers who chose two speeches to be presented at graduation.)

Sam O'Keefe, Jenny Zuk and Kevin Tarca presented the class gift. The gift included a Chinese witch hazel tree and a granite birdbath installed in the courtyard garden, which also received a major cleanup and renovation. The second part of the gift was a donation to the House of Hope in Lowell, a shelter for homeless individuals and families.

The Carlisle Teachers Association scholarship awards were presented by James Trierweiler. Because the student-faculty basketball game fundraiser was so successful this year, three scholarships were awarded. The Marguerite F. Grant Scholarship for a graduating senior was awarded to Adam Deyoe, who will attend Hofstra University. The Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education, for students who have completed at least one year of college, went to Lauren Modeen, who will be a junior at Boston College, and to Michael Kilfoyle, who will be a sophomore at St. Anselm College.

Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson gave her address to the class and presented the Marguerite F. Grant Citizenship Awards to eighth graders Christine Lyons and Jeff Pan.

Assistant principal Terry Farwell, who has resigned her position to return to California, was given the honor of reading the names of the graduates as they made their way across the stage to receive their diplomas as proud parents and grandparents looked on.

Getting ready before the ceremony Happy graduates (left to right) Steven Vicharelli, Mark Lakness and Max Lewin celebrate with math teacher Sharon Bortz.
Photos by Lois d'Annunzio

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