The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 25, 2004


Carlisle Middle School graduates . . .

Damp weather moved the Carlisle Middle School eighth-grade graduation ceremony indoors on Friday evening, June 18, but it did not dampen the spirits of the class of 2004. The 101 graduating eighth graders, dressed up in jackets, ties and fancy dresses and led by seventh- grade marshalls Joey Davin and Brittany Geoffroy, processed to their seats on the stage of Corey Auditorium to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" played by the junior and senior bands, under the direction of Tom O'Halloran.

After the National Anthem, Principal Andy Goyer welcomed the graduates, their parents and guests. Class speakers Andrea Fine, Elisabeth Karafotias and Lisa Yanofsky shared their thoughts on their school years in Carlisle. Danielle Judson and Parker Schweer presented the class gift. The gift included a donation to the Jimmy Fund, to help fight childhood cancer, and a sound system for the auditorium, to be used for the Seventh Grade Play. The sound equipment was purchased with the profit from the class of 2004 production of Guys and Dolls in time to be used for the class of 2005 production of Dear Edwina this year.

Retiring teachers and administrators

The yearbook editors, James Deignan, Devon Dray, Andrea Fine, Aaron Freedman, Erica Shieh and Lisa Yanofsky presented yearbooks to the retiring teachers and administrators Paula Ewers, Andy Goyer, Linda Clark, Jim (Tree) Trierweiler, David Negrin, and Davida Fox-Melanson, after reading short tributes to each of them.

Continuing education awards

The Carlisle Teachers Association scholarship awards were made by James Trierweiler. The Marguerite F. Grant Scholarship for a graduating high school senior was awarded to Emma Canina, who will attend Boston University, and Benjamin Phillippo, who will attend Emerson College. The Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education, for students who have completed at least one year of college, went to the following: Reed Frailey, attending UMASS Amherst, Elizabeth Orlando, attending Sacred Heart University; Derrick Hwu attending Tufts University; Stephen Yu, attending Yale University; Marilee Higgins attending Elon University, and Brian Walsh attending Colgate University.

First-grade teacher Daryl Greenwood receives an award for the faculty member who exemplifies the qualities of kindness, decency and compassion and concern for others. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

This was the first year for a new award, established by Davida Fox-Melanson in memory of her mother Lillian, to "recognize one student in grades 5-7 and one faculty or staff member who consistently exemplify the qualities of kindness, decency, compassion and concern for others." Fox-Melanson presented the first of these annual awards to sixth grader Krista Stengrevics and first-grade teacher Daryl Greenwood. Co-Principal Andy Goyer presented the Marguerite Grant Citizenship Award to eighth graders Kate Ostrowski and Michael Bagshaw.

Incoming Carlisle School Committee (CSC) member Christy Barbee and outgoing CSC member Suzanne Whitney Smith had the honor of reading the names and handing out the diplomas to the happy graduates as proud parents and grandparents looked on.

Following the presentation of diplomas, Dan Gentile played trumpet and Bill Hisey played drums for the lowering of the flag, but because the ceremony was indoors there was no flag for Patrick Fantasia and Chelsea Wilkes to lower, so they stood at attention instead. The band played the traditional "Downing Street March" as the graduates left the stage.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito