Wooster School held its Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 10, 2016 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2016. These seniors join more than 3,000 alumni who have graduated since Wooster's founding in 1926.
The ceremony featured a number of speakers, and the awarding of prizes and diplomas. President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees, Jim Mustich offered kind words to Wooster's soon-to-be graduates. "The goal - and the gift - of education, it seems to me, is to teach you how to become real in your own imagination, rather than solely in the thoughts and opinions of others."
Christopher Pannone, Head of Middle and Upper Schools announced the honorees for, "Crayons to Commencement," commending students who began their Wooster careers in the Lower School. Prizes were given out for outstanding Senior Independent Study projects, academic achievements, and awards of character, followed by an address by the class orators, Abigail Curillo '16 and Jacob Goldsmith '16. "Some of us will be going far away, some of us will be close to home, but most importantly most of us will be making this world into a better place," remarked Curillo. "Being part of the Wooster community, has given us many things. It has helped shape the young adults we are becoming. It has nurtured our spirit and inspired us to go after our dreams," noted Goldsmith.
Last but not least, before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. "I wish you a life of dreams and the contentment that comes when your reality meets those dreams in the waking world. I wish you the courage to meet your dreams - and the world - in a way that gives your life meaning and purpose, and fulfillment," Byrnes remarked. He added, "I believe that you are wide awake and that you are ready. Best of luck."
Congratulations to the Great Class of 2016 for all of their accomplishments!
Wooster School Class of 2016
Class of 2016 Awards and Prizes
Top Award Recipients (Announced at Commencement):
William Irwin Carter, Jr. Prize - Cali Nathanson
Eugenia Coburn Prize - Max Levine
Aaron C. Coburn Award - Nick Williams
James Hobart Warner Prize - Glenn Unger
Honor Award - Anna Krzyzewski
Senior Class Awards (Announced at the Senior Class Awards Evening)
History and Social Studies Prize - Aaron Young
Donald G. Schwartz '36 Award for Excellence in 12th Grade English - Cali Nathanson
John D. Verdery Prize in Religion - Trevor Jones
Vinny Puma Spanish Prize - Jada Cushnie
Fairfield County Medical Association Biological Science Award - Morgan Mettler
Jeremy Acheson Platt '51 Memorial Award for Prolonged Dedication to the Sciences - Kathryn Madaloni, Glenn Unger
John Hart Spittle '37 Prize for Excellence in Science - Anna Krzyzewski
'44 Award for Excellence in Mathematics - Yijie Dai
A.J. Liebling Journalism Prize - Max Levine
Technology Award - Tyler Marcos
Stephen Logan '74 Art Award - Meredith Fanning
Art Award - Lucas Palumbo
Art Department Chair's Recognition Award - Trevor Jones
Cordelia Manning Award for Service to the Arts - Harrison Becker
Music Prize - Leonard Reid
Scott Schwartz '91 Theatre Prize - Nick Williams
Technology Theatre Award - Annie Novy
Athletic Commitment Recognition - Cole Munk
Edward W. Robinson '37 Award - Aaron Young, Anna Krzyzewski
J. William Nystrom, Sr. '47 Scholar/Athlete Prize - Elizabeth Ashton, Jeb Perera
Thomas Wilcox '66 Award for School Spirit in Competitive Athletics - Jamie MacNutt, Max Levine
Alvah Jessup '49 Award for Outstanding Athlete - Cole Munk, Elizabeth Ashton
James S. Hammer '63 Award - Sarah Marcus
Cum Laude Society - Elizabeth Ashton, Yijie Dai, Cali Nathanson, Jeb Perera, Joanelle Tran, Nicholas Williams, Aaron Young