President of the Board of Trustees Mark Greene welcomed attendees and graduates, saying that “Allen-Stevenson is a great community, because we have great families here.”
The featured speaker for the morning was alumnus John H. Pollack '82, Curator of Research Services in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, at the University of Pennsylvania since 1995. After graduating from Allen-Stevenson, Mr. Pollack attended Horace Mann, and then received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Penn and specializes in Early American literature and history.
Said Mr. Pollack, “It’s a real honor and a pleasure for me to be here today for this celebration, where we turn our attention inward to your accomplishments and outwards to the world that awaits us out there in the summer and years ahead.”
Mr. Pollack regaled the audience with a story from his time being taught by David Kersey, who was honored this year for completing 50 years of service to Allen-Stevenson. Mr. Pollack recalled a fateful day during his childhood when Mr. Kersey confiscated a Slinky – by tossing it straight out the window. Mr. Pollack presented Mr. Kersey with a slinky as a token of his appreciation for the decades of education that he has given boys at Allen-Stevenson.
Headmaster David Trower announced the recipients for this year’s Riklis and Faculty Professional Development Grants and this year’s George Kellner Great Teacher Award: Assistant Lower School Head for Curriculum and Teaching Third Grade and Lower School Learning Specialist Kristin Filling.
Alexander von Maltzahn '19 gave the Class of 2019 Farewell Speech
, in which he reminisced about the memories all the graduates have shared through the years, saying, “I am sure all of you have gone through the noodletools process in which Ms. Storch thoroughly reviewed your notecards and perhaps you even played on an Allen-Stevenson sports team. If you came to A-S before the 5th grade, you would have taken part in kickball on the roof and dance class in the assembly hall… These are all positive memories which we have experienced at a wonderful school.”
Head of Upper School Steven Cohen took the stage for his closing remarks
, thanking the Upper School teachers who have worked tirelessly this year to give our boys the best possible education. In particular, Mr. Cohen thanked Glenn Lieberman, Randy Schrade '76, Stacy Donovan, Chris Caccamise and John Zufall, who are leaving A-S this year, for their dedication to Allen-Stevenson.
For the Blessing, Mr. Trower bid farewell to the Classes of 2019 and 2020 by speaking about the meaning of the word ‘Farewell.’ “It’s a way of saying goodbye,” said Mr. Trower, “but it’s also a way of wishing someone a safe and wonderful journey.”
The music featured throughout the ceremony was truly impressive. The Upper School Chorus sang “My Lagan Love”, by Joseph Campbell and Laura Farnell, and “To Work Upon the Railway,” an Irish Folk Song. Instrumental soloist Jackson Durward Collins ‘20 wowed the audience with his performance of “Mozart Allegro from the Concerto for Horn No. 1, K. 412”.
Awards were presented to the following boys during the Closing Exercises:
Desmond Cole Fortiter et Recte Award – Lawson Andrew Wright '20
Charles E. Horman Award – Cosmo Oliveira Evans '20
Athletic Award – Justin Scott Durso '20
The Robby Zuckert Honor – James McCoy West '20 and Richard Solomon Heller '20
Alumni Medal – Raam Arun Melvani '20
Certificates were given to all of the boys who were graduating, and the ceremony ended with students, graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff joining together to close off the school year with the Allen-Stevenson School Song.
Congratulations to the Classes of 2019 and 2020!