At New Canaan Country School’s Closing Exercises Wednesday, June 16, Head of School Aaron Cooper encouraged the 35 members of the Class of 2021 to draw upon the many strengths they developed during their tenure at the Pre-K through Grade 9 school. The graduates, their families, faculty and staff gathered on the front lawn of the school’s campus for the outdoor ceremony.
“In addition to all that you learned in your classes and activities, I hope you take the resilience and flexibility and patience and focus that you showed and developed this year and make the most of it. In the words of our mission, we expect that you will go on to lead lives of impact and purpose. So go make a difference in something that drives you. It will not be easy, and you will have moments of doubt but your teachers and your families and I know you can do it.”
Ninth Grader Ben Bilden of New Canaan delivered the Class Salutation in which he welcomed those in attendance and acknowledged the school’s faculty and staff and sense of community as integral to the class’ success, particularly during the past year of the pandemic. "It’s the people here today that have made our NCCS journeys so amazing and possible, and they deserve to be recognized.”
“First and foremost, to the teachers and all of the NCCS staff. Thank you. You are the heart and soul of this amazing school, and our experiences would have never been the same without you. You helped us learn, but also grow into better people during our time here. Whenever I am asked about New Canaan Country School, the first thing that comes to my mind is community. This is a community where we are encouraged to take risks, where we are supported and feel comfortable speaking up for ourselves. This sense of community we have here is because of you, our teachers. When we are having a bad day, you are there for us. When we don’t understand a topic, you come in early or stay late to help us."
Annie Nichols of New Canaan presented the Class Reflection. “There is no single word to describe our class’ experience at New Canaan Country School. Some of this is based on individuality and that no two experiences will be the same, another part is based on how we have been shaped and how we have grown at Country School. We have grown to be resilient, to be poised, to be good sports in times of challenging losses, and to be compassionate. This is not just to simply make us good people, but for us to use our potential to benefit ourselves and others.”
The Class of 2021 will attend the following secondary schools:
Berkshire School, Brien McMahon High School-Marine Science Academy, Brooks School, Brunswick School, Greenwich Country Day School, Hopkins School, The Hotchkiss School, Kent School, King School, The Loomis Chaffee School, Millbrook School, Miss Porter's School, New Canaan High School, Pomfret School, Rye Country Day School, St. George's School, St. Mark's School, The Taft School and Westminster School.
The Class of 2021 includes:
John Bajaj, Ben Bilden, Will Boggess, Walker Bright, Miller Burr, Ben Byrne, Conrado Calderini,
Frances Chandor, Julia Cooper, Campbell Essex, Maria Flores, Lorny Goodyear, Fiona Gosk,
Hunter Griggs, Jamie Grubb, Alina Harned, Ella Harvey, Maddy Hasbrouck, Trip Hurley, Oliver Jellinek, Cece Johnson, Sam Jones, Wilder Judelson, Will Mackey, Anna Majewski, Henry Naylor, Annie Nichols, Charlie Ruvinsky, Ned Smith, Harper Teles, Kathryn Thompson, Jane Walsh, Waverly Walters, Henry Warner and Bradley Werneburg.
New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9 living in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Graduates excel at top day, boarding and public secondary schools and go on to lead lives of impact and purpose. For more information, please visit countryschool.net.