Lower and Middle School Director Kyle Armstrong welcomed 8th grade family and friends to the Gill St. Bernard's Closing Exercises ceremony on Tuesday, June 7, to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the Class of 2027.
In his remarks, Mr. Armstrong had a special message for the middle school graduates and shared wise advice. “To our eighth graders, my thoughts for you today are simple: keep your feet underneath you and always strive for goodness. I’m not going to stand here and list the challenges and worries present in today’s world. Today is a day to celebrate, not ruminate. But in today’s complex world, just know that gravitating toward goodness will help you navigate society’s challenges and lead you toward a place of fulfillment and happiness.”
The Middle School Choir filled the room with song and delivered a lovely rendition of For Good, and Middle School Music Teacher Amy Southerland provided musical accompaniment throughout the event.
GSB faculty presented this year’s Middle School Awards and Prizes, and the momentous occasion concluded with Head of School Sid Rowell awarding the Certifications of Completion.
We wish all our middle school graduates much success as they move on to the Upper School next year.
Middle School Honors and Prizes
BRETT MERSHON CITIZENSHIP AWARD: The most important prize that a Middle School student can obtain, the Brett Mershon citizenship award is presented annually to the student who best upholds the Gill School motto of faith, honor, and consideration.
Fifth Grade: Emily Wong
Sixth Grade: Finnleigh Marcucci
Seventh Grade: Sophia Corrado
Eighth Grade: Carter Cistaro
BOYS’ ATHLETIC AWARD: Awarded to the eighth-grade boy(s) who, in the opinion of his coaches, best represents the qualities of determination, leadership, cooperation, and sportsmanship.
GIRLS’ ATHLETIC AWARD: Awarded to the eighth-grade girl(s) who, in the opinion of her coaches, best represents the qualities of determination, leadership, cooperation, and sportsmanship.
FRANCIS WINSTON AWARD: Presented to the eighth-grade student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has demonstrated the most significant personal growth.
MARJORIE HIBBLER AWARD: Presented to the eighth-grade student who consistently demonstrates passion for and devotion to independent reading.
FRANK MAZZOCCHI AWARD: A silver bowl presented to the eighth-grade boy who best exemplifies a friendly manner, integrity, sincerity, loyalty and a willingness to help others, and a devotion to GSB.
MARTHA GRAY AWARD: Presented to an eighth-grade girl who has consistently demonstrated loyalty, integrity, and sincerity during her time in the Middle School.
SCHOLASTIC HONORS AWARD: Presented to the eighth-grade student who maintains the highest cumulative grade point average throughout the academic year.
CHARACTER CLUB AWARD: Presented to the eight-grade student who displays honors, respect, and integrity each and every day.
RECOGNITION OF PAST CITIZENSHIP AWARD:
Lily Liu, Hope Wilson
EXCELLENCE IN ENGLISH: Elsa Coates, Jacob DeRocco, Suzanne Horton, Mira Mayer-Kuckuk, Sophia Mu, Kaeya Patel, Ariella Robins, Julia Sun, Elise Tansey
EXCELLENCE IN ALGEBRA: Skylar Composto, Jacob DeRocco, Mira Mayer-Kuckuk, Julia Sun
EXCELLENCE IN GEOMETRY: Elsa Coates, Caroline Falquier, Suzanne Horton, Elise Tansey
EXCELLENCE IN HISTORY: Joshua Boampong, Elsa Coates, Suzanne Horton, Lily Liu, Mira Mayer-Kuckuk, Wyatt Mercado, Sophia Mu, JeanCarlo Sanchez, Julia Sun
EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE: Carter Cistaro, Jacob DeRocco, Caroline Falquier, Ben Fedon, Suzanne Horton, Mira Mayer-Kuckuk, Sophia Mu, Julia Sun
EXCELLENCE IN SPANISH: Gabriella Liberti, Mira Mayer-Kuckuk, Sophia Mu, Kaeya Patel, JeanCarlo Sanchez
EXCELLENCE IN FRENCH: Elsa Coates
EXCELLENCE IN LATIN: Suzanne Horton, Sierra Salko, Elise Tansey
EXCELLENCE IN DRAMA: Eva Goodrich
EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC: Elsa Coates
Please enjoy some photos from the event below and view the full gallery of photos through Bedrosian Photo.