Family and friends of the Class of 2019 gathered on June 8 to celebrate the 2019 Commencement ceremony at St. Paul's School. Following remarks from Joshua Scheinker '92, president of the Alumni Association, and the unveiling of the plaque in the Chapel that bears their names, members of the St. Paul's Class of 2019 processed to their seats outside Brooklandwood.
Headmaster David C. Faus welcomed graduates, faculty, family members, and special guests, and spoke about the many accomplishments of the Class of 2019. "You sent out 418 college applications and were accepted by 144 different institutions of higher learning. You will head to 48 different schools next year, and more than 78% of you earned merit-based scholarships. You won an MIAA athletic championship. You delivered virtuoso artistic performances – singing, playing musical instruments, and acting," he said. Faus also reflected on the unique time in history this class came through the school and praised their leadership during a time of transition. "You graduate as the first class to be part of the unified St. Paul's Schools and the last class to walk the halls of Ratcliffe Hall," he said. "You exhibited great leadership through the move out of Ratcliffe and into temporary quarters. These changes will become part of your SP legacy – I can certainly imagine that these memories will be embellished and debated and over the coming years at your reunions and class gatherings. While these structural and physical changes have shaped your final year I believe your legacy has much more to do with the tone you have set for the rest of the school this year. Starting with your senior slogan, 'we are our brother's keeper' your class has embraced a spirit and brotherhood which has made us a better school."
Graduating senior Troy Bartheleme addressed his class, sharing engaging stories and offering words of advice. "I look out at the graduates and I see future scientists, business owners, engineers, Olympians, professional athletes, actors, writers, doctors, philanthropists, and perhaps even the President of the United States. I know I may sound naïve, but I believe our class will do great things in this world, and when our class enters society, the world will truly be a better place."
Andrew Meck received the Kinsolving-Hamilton Award for embodying the ideals in the School Prayer. The Arthur B. Kinsolving Fellowship Award for best representing St. Paul's School was presented to Mason Woodward. The Alumni Medal recognizing the student with the highest GPA in the class over four years of Upper School was awarded to Ian Coleman.
See a full list of Upper School award winners.
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