Upper School Community Gathers for Memorable Closing Exercises
Our graduating eighth graders and their families came together remotely over Zoom with faculty and staff for our Upper School Closing Exercises on June 12.
This year’s celebrations were truly like none other in our school’s 137-year history. We are incredibly proud of what our boys have accomplished. They have proved themselves to be compassionate, resilient, adaptable, and incredibly resourceful young men.
Attendees were welcomed to the virtual ceremony by Headmaster Trower. “On behalf of the whole Board of Trustees, I would like to welcome you to the Upper School Closing Exercises. This has been a remarkable year for Allen-Stevenson… We would like to start by thanking all of you for your good will and good cheer during this unusual and unprecedented time created by the pandemic. To the Upper School boys: you have done a really good job with your work. We celebrate you as eighth-grade graduates of A-S today. It’s probably not the way you would have chosen to finish the year or your time at A-S, but I think when you look back you will realize that this time was unforgettable.”
The featured speaker for the morning was alumnus Christopher Weitz ’84, an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Mr. Weitz was educated at The Allen-Stevenson School and St Paul’s School in London and went on to graduate with a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge. Click here to read a full biography of Mr. Weitz.
Headmaster David Trower announced the winner of this year’s George Kellner Great Teacher Award: Assistant Middle School Head and Sixth Grade History Teacher Ben Neulander. We are so grateful to Mr. Neulander for continuing to provide our boys with a joyful learning environment, and for his invaluable role in running the Middle and Upper School Morning Meetings. Keeping these meetings going during this period of remote learning was all the more important in keeping us connected, and we are grateful for his determination, creativity and resourcefulness.
Awards were presented to the following boys during the Closing Exercises:
Desmond Cole Fortiter et Recte Award – Julian D. Sandoval
Charles E. Horman Award – Skyler R. Brozyna
Athletic Award – Sebastiano O. Williams
The Robby Zuckert Honor – Noel Mac Mahon
Alumni Medal – Dylan Samuel Collins
Jeremy N. gave the Eighth Grade Farewell. “This is the end of a chapter of our lives and also the start of a new one,” said Jeremy. “We have all accomplished so much… We are all different, yet we all share the fact that we are all part of the Allen-Stevenson community. And although we are moving on, we will always be part of this community and will carry the memories we have created here in our hearts.”