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As the clock struck 10:01, the band struck up that familiar tune and the cheers rang out for the 54 members of the Class of 2019 who entered the Fieldhouse for Lancaster Country Day School’s 111th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 25.
Jack Kubinec delivered the student address, riffing on repetitious trips to art museums before turning serious and sincere with his metaphor.
“Paintings do not need to be explained; their meaning is shown by what they are. Similarly, our time at LCDS is best explained not by anything I could say but by who we are today. In a manner of speaking, we have the been the canvas, and we have been painted by LCDS. … The brushstrokes left on our lives serve as proof that our time here has real and special and meaningful.”
The graduating seniors chose Upper School Administrative Assistant Starleisha Gingrich to give the Faculty Address to the Class of 2019.
“The 54 of you have made [my first] year an absolute pleasure. And I chalk that up to one simple characteristic that I think you all have in common. You are all good people, with a capital G and P. … Even if you don’t socialize with someone regularly, I see the ways you interact with each other in the hall and those moments warm my heart,” Gingrich said.
Other speakers included Fourth Grade Teacher Crystal Meashey, who gave the invocation; Board of Trustees Chair Bernadette Gardner ’87; Head of School Steve Lisk; senior Jack Kubinec, who gave the student address; and History Department Chair Todd Berner, who gave the benediction.
Commencement Awards Given at the Ceremony
Thomas W., David W., and William M. won The Trustee Prize, awarded to the seniors with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Courtney C. won the Ruth S. Hostetter Award, recognizing a senior who has worked selflessly and enthusiastically to enhance the school community.
Alexandra J. won the Ann Musselman Award, given to the student who best exemplifies enthusiastic curiosity, the courage to take intellectual risks, and joy in a lifetime of learning.
David D.T. won the Faculty Award, given to the student who embodies a true love of learning, contributes to the intellectual life of the school, and is a model citizen.
Matt G. and Alexa S. won the Head of School Award, recognizing the seniors most deserving of special recognition for their leadership, school spirit, persistence, and civic virtue.
At an earlier awards ceremony, the following seniors received awards:
Music Award: Kendall K.
Karen Stork Memorial Award/Theatre: Kendall K., David W.
Visual Arts Award: Carly C.
Dance Award: Alexandra J.
English Award: Lauren N.
Elizabeth Ross Award: Sara S.
Lancaster History Award: David D.T.
History Award: David W.
Mathematics Award: Cara G.
Science Award: Matthew G.
Foreign Language Awards
French: Thomas W.
Latin: Tessa B., Marley K.
Spanish: Katherine S., Catherine W.
Chinese: Sophia H., Alexandra J.
Female Athlete of the Year: McKayla F.
Male Athlete of the Year: Luke W.
PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award: Matthew G.
PIAA Fackler-Hower Sportsmanship Award: Allison M., Konrad L.
Jarvis Scholar Award: Hasan M.
Jarvis Citizen Award: Anna S.
LCDS Community Service Award: Gabriela N.
Helen Powlison Memorial Prize: Gabriela N.
Rotary Club of Lancaster Community Service Award: Gabriela N.
Danny Eshleman ’97 Memorial Award: Christopher M.
Jay B. Niesley Award: Ahsanti D.
Furman University Scholar: Abby G.
Williams College Book Award: Christian F.
Everyone with a dream travels a unique path, and our Lower School students have the loving support and care to help them realize their full potential.
The evening was a celebration of creative expression of all kinds, with an all-school art show, music and dance, Shakespeare and improv, and Poetry Out Loud recitations. The night was also a triumph of generosity and altruism, with Empty Bowls raising more than $1,300 for the Crispus Attucks Community Meal Program. Photos by Carly C. ’19 and Mrs. Wilcox.
When the forsythias are blooming brazen, bright yellow, and the birds are catching each other up on last winter’s goings on, it means only one thing: Middle School Grandfriends season has arrived, and it never fails to warm hearts.