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Friday, June 25, 2010

Carlisle School graduates the Class of 2010

Carlisle School secretary Jane White (left) accepts the Lillian Award from former Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson at 8th grade graduation ceremonies on Thursday, June 17. (Photo by Katie Hart)

At the last minute, misty drizzle forced the Carlisle School Class of 2010 indoors for the graduation ceremony. Spirits were high and excitement evident in all corners of the Corey Auditorium as students, families and faculty gathered to celebrate this milestone.

Band Director Kevin Maier led the Symphonic and Concert Bands in a stately “Pomp and Circumstance,” as Seventh Grade Marshals Reilly Harring and Caleb Perlman led the Class of 2010 into the auditorium. The girls were lovely in their white dresses, and the boys handsome in their jackets and ties.

After the National Anthem, Principal Joyce Mehaffey welcomed all to the celebration and introduced the Class Speakers, Amanda Li and Lauren Rayson, who each gave their perspective on their years in the school. The class gift was presented by Student Council Co-Presidents Celeste Balboni and Tori Forelli to Superintendent Marie Doyle, who accepted on behalf of the school. A check for $1,000 was given to provide tools and supplies for a Carlisle Community Garden on school grounds. It is hoped that some of the produce from the garden may be used for school lunches.

Olivia Konuk and Molly Koski honored retiring teacher, Alan Ticotsky, with the 2009-10 Carlisle School Yearbook. Mr. Ticotsky, much beloved by many, is retiring from the Carlisle school system, having taught in Carlisle for 35 years.

The fine musical tributes to the Class of 2010 by the Concert Band and Middle School Choir were very moving and apt; the Middle School Choir, directed by choral director, Megan Fitzharris, sang “Don’t Stop Believin’” and the Concert Band, again led by Kevin Maier, played music from the musical “Wicked.” The eighth-grade choral and band members joined the choir and band for these numbers.

Eighth-grade Social Studies teacher Michael Miller announced the winners of the Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education and the Marguerite F. Grant Scholarship. The Carlisle Teachers Association gives these scholarships, named in honor of two longtime Carlisle teachers, to students who demonstrate “community spirit, personal qualities and academic achievement.” The scholarships are open to any eligible student who attended the Carlisle Public School, Concord Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Regional Technical High School.

The Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education is awarded each year to a Carlisle Public Schools graduate who is continuing on to higher education. This year’s award was presented to Will Scarlett, who will be attending graduate school at Lesley University.

The Marguerite Grant Scholarship, awarded to a former Carlisle School graduate each year, was presented to Kathleen Orlando, who will be attending the University of Rhode Island.

Former Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson introduced the Lillian Awards, begun by Fox-Melanson in honor of her mother. Given annually to one student in grades 5 through 7, and one faculty or staff member who demonstrate kindness, decency and compassion, this year’s recipients were seventh-grade student Matthew Paze and school secretary Jane White.

Principal Mehaffey presented The Marguerite F. Grant Citizenship Award, given to eighth-grade students who exercise leadership, teamwork and respect. Whitney Cook and Adrian DiRomualdo were the recipients this year.

After School Superintendent Marie Doyle addressed the graduating class, Principal Mehaffey called the graduates to the front of the stage to receive their diplomas, where School Committee members Bill Fink and Chad Koski handed out the certificates with a handshake. All except one – Koski received a hug from graduate Molly Koski, his daughter. The audience cheered and clapped for every graduate, while the graduates smiled and expressed support for each other.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Andrew Hrasna played the trumpet and Demetri Maxim played the drum, as Anna Ringheiser and Jay Tappen stood at attention to lower the flag. Only there was no flag to lower. Jay Tappen took care of that by happily miming the lowering of the flag to much applause and laughter.

The Symphonic and Concert Bands played the Downing Street March as the graduates filed off the stage to the graduation reception, where they celebrated their academic achievements by munching on treats, and watching a slide show of their “youth” – a compilation of pictures of the students from birth to eighth grade. ∆

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