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Graduation for the Class of 2018
Graduation for the Class of 2018






With a sense of adventure, facing the next phase of their lives, the Deerfield-Windsor School Class of 2018 celebrated the end of their high school years in the traditional graduation ceremony on May 20 in the W. T. Henry Gymnasium. With a mixture of anticipation and anxiety, the 61 graduates marched through the doors of DWS for the last time as students. Presenting the invocation, Evan Campbell encouraged his classmates that as they reflect on their high school years, they should "recall the times with friends, the funny stories, and exciting events with a warm smile." Salutatorian Olivia Bell focused her speech on "Thank You Letters" realizing that although she can never thank each and every person the way she wants to, she is "grateful for the opportunity." Valedictorian Aaroh Patel roused a standing ovation of his classmates and all in attendance as he carried everyone through the journey of his life at Deerfield Windsor School, explaining with great emotion and compassionate recollection, the value of each one of his classmates and the impact they had shaping him into the person he is today.

Sarah Norton recognized the following BETA graduates:

Olivia Ellene Bell

Dara Nicole Bruck

Evan Edwards Campbell

Mary Larkin Carden

Joan MaryJohn Collier

Mary Morgan Dasher

Walker Davenport Davis, Jr.

Hana Jaleh Ghiathi

Julia Morgan Grundfast

Zoe Gabrielle Hopson

Hilmar Furst Houston

Alexandria Kanella Michas

Sarah McKenzie Norton

Aaroh Kalpesh Patel

Dhavan R. Patel

Raj Kalpesh Patel

Brynnan Anders Sammons

Alexandria Ruth Sells

Mary Angeline Shaw

Lillian Corrine Sullivan

Hana Ghiathi recognized the following Honor Graduates:

Yash D. Amin

Olivia Ellene Bell

Dara Nicole Bruck

Evan Edwards Campbell

Mary Larkin Carden

Joan MaryJohn Collier

Mary Morgan Dasher

Walker Davenport Davis, Jr.

McKenzie Rae Elam

Hana Jaleh Ghiathi

Julia Morgan Grundfast

Zoe Gabrielle Hopson

Hilmar Furst Houston

Alexandria Kanella Michas

Sarah McKenzie Norton

Aaroh Kalpesh Patel

Dhavan R. Patel

Raj Kalpesh Patel

Sarah Grace Perrine

Brynnan Anders Sammons

Alexandria Ruth Sells

Mary Angeline Shaw

Lillian Corrine Sullivan

Before receiving their diplomas, Headmaster Geoffrey Sudderth presented the following awards:

~ Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards – Zoe Hopson, Hana Ghiathi, Aaroh Patel, Bittu Patel, Olivia Bell, and Jonathan Herrbold.

~ The Graham P. Lowe Award – Olivia Bell

~ The Russell L. Grace Jr. Service Award – Raley Holman

~ The W.T. Henry Knight of Valor Award – Lilia Sullivan

Giving the Faculty Challenge to the Class of 2018 was Mrs. Debbie Allen, introduced by Zoe Hopson who fondly referred to Mrs. Allen as her "favorite drama queen" who gives her students a "glimpse of this world through literature on her stage." Addressing the graduates, Mrs. Allen reminded the graduates that "mistakes and failure are part of the human experience" and encouraged them to "show the world your true colors, your unique personality, your individual talents and skills." With Allen's words lingering and the anticipation of beginning a new adventure, Brynn Sammons closed the ceremony with his benediction praying for "success, prosperity, and joyful times" for his classmates as they leave Deerfield Windsor School, a place he will remember for "learning, friendship, and development."