At New Canaan Country School’s Closing Exercises Wednesday, June 12, Head of School Aaron Cooper encouraged the 38 ninth grade graduates of the Class of 2019 to be brave.
“Fortune truly does favor the brave and the courageous and the bold,” said Mr. Cooper. “Go now from here and, in the words of our mission, make a positive contribution to the world. It will not be easy and you will have moments of doubt, but I hope you will face those challenges head on, make the courageous choice, and stand up for your beliefs.”
Ninth Grader Cody Comyns of New Canaan delivered the Class Salutation in which he recalled his eagerness to get to school every day, starting in Beginners (Pre-K). “My mother would have to lock the car doors on the way to school to prevent me from running to my homeroom, while the car was still moving,” he said. “This energy and enthusiasm was apparent in almost all of my peers at the time and still is apparent today.”
Dylan Seth of New Canaan presented the Class Reflection. “As we all head out to start our own journeys and begin to start our life outside of the circle, always remember how much stronger we all are when we come together in kindness, acceptance, and believing in the power of each other's differences and uniqueness,” she said.
Class of 2019 graduate Ellie Walker of Darien received the Gamble Award, which is presented to the student who exemplifies, to the highest measure, the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Amitav Nott of New Canaan received the Johansen Award, which is presented to the member of the graduating class who most exemplifies the qualities of care and concern for others, compassion and a sense of community.
The Class of 2019 will attend the following secondary schools:
Berkshire School, Blair Academy, Brien McMahon High School, Brunswick School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Darien High School, Greens Farms Academy, Greenwich Academy, Holderness School, King School, The Loomis Chaffee School, Marymount School of New York, Middlesex School, Millbrook School, Miss Porter's School, New Canaan High School, Norwalk High School, Phillips Academy Andover, Rye Country Day School, St. Luke's School, St. Paul's School, The Taft School, Westhill High School, and Westminster School.
The Class of 2019 includes:
Alex Almeida of New Canaan, Andrew Almeida of New Canaan, Caroline Blouin of Darien, Margaret Boeschenstein of New Canaan, Stanley Bright of New Canaan, Nikolas Cadoret of Stamford, Cody Comyns of New Canaan, Ravi Conway of Stamford, Carl Coridon of Stamford, Anthony Crossman of Stamford, Paige Davis of New Canaan, Jack DeGulis of Darien, Peter Diorio of West Redding, Lindsay Ferretti of Darien, Charlie Gosk of Darien, Ellie Hanson of New Canaan, Evan Hayes of New Canaan, Logan Johnson of New Canaan, Bridget Keogh of New Canaan, Kyle Latimer of Darien, Layla Magnusen of Norwalk, Gigi Morgan of Darien, Himani Narayan of Norwalk, Amitav Nott of New Canaan, Sydney Osinloye of Norwalk, Reed Parmelee of New Canaan, Mason Pratt of Trumbull, Noah Rizvi of New Canaan, Ella Schoonmaker of Darien, Dylan Seth of New Canaan, Anna Sheridan of New Canaan, Daniela Soto of Stamford, Gwen Thompson of Darien, Ellie Walker of Darien, Connor Walsh of Wilton, Seth Yoo of Pound Ridge, Ella Zea of New Canaan and Mason Zea of New Canaan.
New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9. Located on a 75-acre campus at 635 Frogtown Rd in New Canaan, the school provides transportation to families living in Westchester and Fairfield counties. For more information, please visit www.countryschool.net.