A bright blue summer day welcomed students, families, friends, faculty, staff and trustees to celebrate the Class of 2018 on June 2. The graduating class was addressed by accomplished alumna, Grace Ochieng ’08, who reflected on how having access to education, along with her time spent as a student at The White Mountain School ignited positive change all over the world.
Below is a list of some of the award winners, along with a quote from the commencement address of Fawaz Okoya, Class of 2018:
The Courage Prize
The recipient of the Courage Prize must exemplify perseverance, citizenship and leadership in all aspects of school.
Banner Cole ‘18
The Robin MacQuire Pearson Class of 1916 Prize
The Robin MacQuire Pearson Prize is named in honor of alumna Robin MacQuire Pearson of the Class of 1916 and is awarded to the girl in the graduating class who has shown the greatest perseverance in her studies and life at The White Mountain School.
Maria Cartagena ‘18
The Lt. Michael S. Pierce Class of 1982 Award
The Lt. Michael S. Pierce Award recognizes the student who has achieved the most in one year’s time at our School in academics, athletics and personal maturity.
Christopher Gentes ‘18
The Bishop’s Prize
The Bishop’s Prize is awarded to the student who has the highest scholastic standing among all students for the entire school year.
Zoë Simon ‘21
The Faculty Award
The Faculty Award is awarded to the student who has, in the opinion of the faculty, demonstrated excellence in both attitude and performance in scholarly and athletic endeavors.
Djenebou Semega ‘19
The Head’s Award
The Head’s Award recognizes a student who embodies the mission of The White Mountain School – who is building a life of curiosity, courage, and compassion.
Ysanel Luciano ‘18
“I now possess the power I have always dreamed of: to provide medical services to people in need as a future biomedical engineer. And there was no way I could have reached this point of realization without White Mountain. I encourage you all to continue to lift each other up beyond graduation because strength and hope like this makes those who continue to see it stronger and more hopeful.”
Senior Commencement Speaker Fawaz Okoya ‘18
Read the rest of Fawaz Okoya’s speech here.
Miss the ceremony? Watch it on livestream here.