Wooster School held its Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 7, 2019 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2019. These seniors join more than 3,000 alumni who have graduated since Wooster's founding in 1926.
The ceremony featured a number of speakers, and the awarding of prizes and diplomas. President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees, Leon Weaver offered kind words to Wooster's soon-to-be graduates. "Your generation, born in the 21st century, has the opportunity to be this century's greatest generation not for what you will do but for who you are."
Dr. Tyrone Black, Director of Middle and Upper Schools announced the honorees for, "Crayons to Commencement," commending students who began their Wooster careers in the Lower School. Prizes were given out for outstanding Senior Independent Study projects, academic achievements, and awards of character, followed by an address by the class orators, Andrew Felton '19 and Jacob Smith '19. "Being gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave will be ever present in us especially as we give our heartfelt thanks and farewells on this day," remarked Felton and Smith. They added, "We have learned to be gentle with our strength, to be generous with ourselves and others as we try and fail, to be truthful as we forge lasting friendships and seek knowledge, to be kind as we see the bigger picture and understand how much we can do in the world, and to be brave as we face the greatest adversities in our lives."
Head of School Matt Byrnes presented the H. Korb Eynon Award, for enduring commitment and service to Wooster School, to Andrew Gray, Chief Financial Officer.
Last but not least, before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. "You kids are good at things, and confident -- but I want to use my final words to the class to give some advice. This is not follow your passion cheerleading. What this is some thinking about how you lay the groundwork to be able to follow your passion. You need to be thinking about a plan -- not how you are going to go from the point A of college to the point B of a career, but what can you do improve the quality and efficacy of that journey. Right now you shouldn't be thinking so much about what you are going to study -- or what you'll major in -- but how you are going to make it work, no matter what you choose," Byrnes remarked. He added "Class of 2019, you are strong and ready to rock. You can do it -- but you need a plan. We are always here to help. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for it."
Congratulations to the Great Class of 2019 for all of their accomplishments!
Wooster School Class of 2019
Jiani (Ingrid) Li
Zhuobin (Dennis) Li
Yuang (Lenny) Liu
Yuchen (Michael) Sun
Haobo (Martin) Wang
Shiyue (Catherine) Wang
Yile (Steven) Wang
YuweiHong (Arthur) Zhou
Class of 2019 Awards and Prizes
Top Award Recipients (Announced at Commencement):
William Irwin Carter, Jr. Prize - Alix Wadehra
Eugenia Coburn Prize - Matthew Eskenazi
Aaron C. Coburn Award - Charlotte Pelton-McCormick, Tyler Wagnblas
James Hobart Warner Prize - Karelin Dominquez
Honor Award - Julia Bauer, Simon Felicione
Senior Independent Study Commendations - Nicole Caraballo, Jiani (Ingrid) Li, Christian Nast, Christopher Torres
Senior Class Awards (Announced at the Senior Class Awards Evening)
History and Social Studies Prize - Benjamin Holloway
Donald G. Schwartz '36 Award for Excellence in 12th Grade English - Jamie Eason
John D. Verdery Prize in Religion - Alan Jos
Josette Eynon Prize for Excellence in Foreign Languages - Serena Sheth
Vinny Puma Spanish Prize - Mark Toledo
Fairfield County Medical Association Biological Science Award Shiyue - (Catherine) Wang
Jeremy Acheson Platt '51 Memorial Award for Prolonged Dedication to the Sciences - Julia Bauer
John Hart Spittle '37 Prize for Excellence in Science - Reed Baker
'44 Award for Excellence in Mathematics - Alix Wadehra
Journalism Prize - Kate Hynes
Technology Award - Steven Unger
Stephen Logan '74 Art Award - Yingkai Xiong
Art Award - Jiani (Ingrid) Li
Cordelia Manning Award for Service to the Arts - Ross Spellman
Music Prize - Connor Staub
Scott Schwartz '91 Theatre Prize - Charlie Snow
Technology Theatre Award - Libby Hinshaw
Athletic Commitment Award - Jack Barsh, Cooper Byrnes, Jacob Smith, Yuchen (Michael) Sun, Anthony Vines, Tyler Wagnblas
Edward W. Robinson '37 Award - Cooper Byrnes, Charlotte Pelton-McCormick
J. William Nystrom, Sr. '47 Scholar/Athlete Prize - Jack Barsh, Alix Wadehra
Thomas Wilcox '66 Award for School Spirit in Competitive Athletics - Bayley Storrier, Tyler Wagnblas
Alvah Jessup '49 Award for Outstanding Athlete - Karelin Dominguez, Jacob Smith
James S. Hammer '63 Award - Mark Toledo
Cum Laude Society - Reed Baker, Julia Bauer, Todd Blamires, Karelin Dominguez, Jamie Eason, Jiani (Ingrid) Li, Demetrius Nekos, Alix Wadehra, Haobo (Martin) Wang, Yingkai Xiong