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Avalon Schools’ Class of 2015 Graduates

Avalon Schools’ Class of 2015 Graduates

Avalon Schools’ held its High School graduation ceremony last week on Wednesday afternoon, June 17, in the Casino Theatre. Fifty-one high school seniors made the walk up to the stage to receive their diploma, and scholarships and/or awards, in front of an audience filled with proud parents, aunts and uncles, teachers and friends.

Normally about two-thirds of the senior class started school together at Avalon Schools’ kindergarden, but this year 42 seniors have been in school together from kindergarden through their senior year. They were all on stage together, and sang a special song from their kindergarden days, “Baby Beluga.” It’s a song, inspired by Kavna a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, by childrens’s entetainer Raffi.

As each of the 51 seniors walked across the stage a photo montage of that student was projected on the screen behind the senior. This was the first time for this personalized presentation, and it was a very nice addition to the ceremony.

In addition to the traditional slide show of the seniors, for the first time there was a special video show about the teaching staff. It was a wonderful presentation and very creatively done.

There were three valedictorians, Carly Sabicer, Susanna Savitt, and Ariella Markowitz, and each of them gave a graduation speech. There were two salutatorians, Blanca Alvarez and Clara Alvarez, who gave their speech together on the uniqueness of being triplets in school.

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Now these 51 students are on a new path which will lead many to college or trade school and others to work. As Catherine Pulsifer once wrote, “Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending, however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement, and a beginning for the new graduate.”