Between weeding the gardens, lunching with kindergarteners and alumni and doing some volunteer work in the community, the seniors had a full dance card last week. It’s a testament to their tireless determination (or just a cosmic scheduling fluke) that they also made time Saturday to graduate from high school.
Though the commencement ceremony hardly wanted for sincere and thoughtful expression, Maddy P. and Gabby D. elucidated what made them the class of 2013 while Ethan J. and Mike Simpson delivered an oratorical one-two punch with their uniquely rousing and poignant speeches addressed to the class of 2013.
Simpson, the consummate service partisan, made special mention of the seniors’ commitment to volunteerism. Last week alone saw them aiding the elderly at Conestoga View, helping the decidedly non-elderly at Schreiber Pediatric Center, lending a hand at Milagro House and tending to the school’s own gardens by pulling weeds.
If all the hurly-burly helped build up some appetites, they were well sated at lunches with the Alumni Panel one day and Alumni Council the next.
In addition to the awards given at commencement, prizes were also presented at Thursday’s Awards assembly.
The assembly winners were:
Elizabeth Ross Award — Thessaly A.
LCDS Community Service Award — Navia F.
Helen Powlison Memorial Prize — Madalyn S.
Danny Eshleman ’97 Memorial Award — Daniel W.
Jay B. Niesley Award — Natalie M.
Jarvis Scholar Award — Arnav S.
Jarvis Citizen Award — Madison M.
The commencement winners were:
The Trustee Prize (Awarded to the senior with the highest grade point average.) — Madison K.
Ruth S. Hostetter Award (This award honors the memory of a Shippen School graduate from the class of 1931. Recognizes a senior who, over an extended period of time, has worked selflessly and enthusiastically to enhance the school community.) — John S.
Ann Musselman Award (Given in honor of Anne Musselman, an LCDS English and history teacher who enriched the lives students and colleagues for 30 years, this award is given to the student who best exemplifies personal qualities Anne cherished and modeled for others: enthusiastic curiosity; the courage to take intellectual risks; joy in a lifetime of learning; and a desire to pack the most living possible into each one of life’s “precious minutes.”) — Auvray A.
Faculty Award (Given to recognize a senior with special qualities worthy of acknowledgement) — Katherine W.
Head of School Award (Presented annually by the Head of School, recognizing the senior who is most deserving of special recognition for characterizing the qualities most valued at LCDS.) — Jillian M. and Wesley D.
For more on the commencement ceremony, see Lancaster Newspapers’ coverage in the May 19 Sunday News.