Faculty, trustees, and administrators marched in their academic regalia, and the juniors led the traditional Daisy Chain processional carrying ivy and flowers for the graduating class. Seniors then walked one by one through the daisy chain and were seated as a class for the final time as students.
The ceremony began with opening statements from Head of School Dr. Jennifer Galambos. Upper School History teacher Dr. Rashied McCreary delivered the faculty address. Seniors Kaira Brown and Jayla Creekmur delivered remarks on behalf of the class while Nikki Patel, outgoing senior class president, announced the senior class gift: a ping pong table.
The Citizenship Cup, which is presented to a member of the senior class, who during her years at Kent Place, has shown herself to be the outstanding example of student citizenship, was awarded to Keerthi Jayaraman. Considered one of the school’s highest honors, the Citizenship Cup is voted on by all Upper School faculty and students. The Montgomery Award, established in honor of former Headmaster Archibald “Tad” Montgomery and his wife Anita, given annually to an effective school leader who personifies the spirit that the Montgomery’s brought to the school, was presented to Andra Constantin.
Josie Daab, Colleen McAloon, and Catherine Torres were the recipients of the White Blazer Award. Given to students who have been three-sport athletes all four years of high school, the recipients of this award have demonstrated leadership and citizenship both on and off the field.
The Carol P. Dorian Prizes for Fine Arts and Dance were presented to the school in memory of Carol, an alumna from the Class of 1975, who died of cancer in 1987. The arts were one of her greatest loves while at Kent Place. The Carol P. Dorian Prize for Art was presented to Anna Hogarth. The Prize for Dance was awarded to Ethia Hu and Isabella Racioppi.
The Robert Pridham Drama Prize was awarded to two students: Jayla Creekmur and Nicole Pavese; and the music award, given to students who have distinguished themselves in the field was presented to Elynn Chang and Sofia Kwon.
Faculty member of the Kent Place Cum Laude Society chapter, John Walz officiated over the installation of new members. Inducted into the Cum Laude Society were seniors Gabrielle Emma Alpert, Charlotte Crutchlow, Nicole Leffler, Caroline Lubow, Michaela Markels, Colleen McAloon, Sofia Scotto, and Catherine Torres.
Juniors inducted were Catherine Gilhuley, Adithi Jayaraman, Eleanor Kanengiser, Grace Morris, Maggie Stanton, Alexandra Vieser, and Jessica Zeitsman.
Seniors Tarika Bansal, Andra Constantin, Anna Hogarth, Keerthi Jayaraman, Aynsley Kaufman, Alexandra Khidekel, Isabella Racioppi, and Jillian Sher were inducted into the Cum Laude Society as juniors.
The ceremony ended with remarks from Director of the Upper School Elizabeth Woodall.
The 78 members of the Class of 2019 are: Hannah Abere, Eleanor Alix, Gabby Alpert, Tarika Bansal, Katherine Barrasso, Caroline Benou, India Berry, Kaira Brown, Elynn Chang, Lizzy Chrin, Andra Constantin, Jayla Creekmur, Charlotte Crutchlow, Josie Daab, Stephanie Davidson, Maddie Deneberg, Erin DuCharme, Sam Endlich, Kelcie Engles, Abigail Evangelista, Sophia Fanelle, Emma Fischer, Skyler Ford, Lucy Friedland, Sarah Garde, Natalie Gemici, Natalie Gilfilan, Gillian Gogliormella, Anna Gomez, Sejal Gude, Emily Hanson, Grace Hillabrant, Lexi Hobbs, Madison Hobbs, Anna Hogarth, Ethia Hu, Keerthi Jayaraman, Laura Jeffries, Sarah Johnson, Disha Karale, Aynsley Kaufman, Sasha Khidekel, Sofia Kwon, Sarah Landriau, Jaida Larkin, Nicki Leffler, Lauren Lindner, Caroline Lubow, Michaela Markels, Colleen McAloon, Sarah McDowell, Aidan McGuire, Lexy McNair, Kiana McQuade, Gabrielle Narcisse, Isla Okkinga, Olivia Okunak, Olivia O’Sullivan, Nikki Patel, Grace Paul, Nicole Pavese, Lily Pence, Olivia Rabin, Isabella Racioppi, Katie Rebhun, Grace Reddington, Maggie Russell, Kailee Saunders, Sofia Scotto, Jilly Sher, Vlada Taits, Keertana Talla, Sofia Tartaglia, Catherine Torres, Gabie Vicens, Amber White, Maddie Zietsman, Grace Zong.
That's our mantra in robotics. Try crazy things, be free with your ideas, and see what happens. If you're going to build the future, you'll need to be a pioneer. –Emma, seventh grade
LEAN INTO DIFFICULTY.
When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
OWN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It's one of the "conversation norms" we have at Kent Place, and it's always resonated with me. Everyone has a different and equally valid perspective to bring to the table—so put yourself out there. –Mary, senior
DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LABEL.
There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
REACH BEYOND WHAT YOU THINK YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH.
You'll face plenty of challenges, but push through them. Brilliant women use their resources: their teachers, our studios and library and, of course, each other. If you're stuck, collaboration can almost always get you across the finish line. –Suzanne Carreno-Powers, Math Teacher and STEM Coordinator
GET READY FOR RIGOROUS WORK.
And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
And when it's time to choose, you're going to know yourself so well, you'll pick the college that's the best fit for you—academically, socially, personally. So don't get tunnel vision. This is your process. Just know that you'll be ready! –Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
SOLVING PROBLEMS IS A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE!
In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade