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Stoneleigh-Burnham School Celebrates 149th Commencement Address

Stoneleigh-Burnham School celebrated the 149th Commencement on Friday, May 25, 2018 in Emerson Hall.

Rev. Shayna Appel with her horse, Sunflower.

The Class of 2018 chose as their Commencement Speaker alumna Rev. Shayna Appel ’78 P ’04. Appel is an ordained minister who holds standing in both the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC). She serves as co-pastor with her wife, Rev. Robin Lunn, at First Church in Jaffrey, VT, and is also the minister at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist in West Brattleboro, VT. In addition to her work in Parish Ministry, she serves as Chaplain to Townsend and Peterborough Fire Departments, the MA Corps of Fire Chaplains, the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and the UU Trauma Response Ministry team.

A parent of an SBS graduate, Appel has served on the SBS Board of Trustees and sat for one term as its chair. She has delivered remarks at Convocation for about the past eight years. It was fitting that Appel spoke at this year’s Commencement, the last for retiring Head of School Sally Mixsell, as she spoke at Mixsell’s installment in 2008.

At Commencement, Appel urged graduates to use the strengths they have gained as SBS students, which includes a better understanding of themselves and their true power, to go out and use their abilities to fight and overcome the injustices in our world.

“We are living in interesting times,” she said. “Do your own thing. Do it in your own way. Do it with pride. But do it anyway.”

Clara Richardson-Omamo ’18 was chosen by her class as the student speaker and used her moments at the lectern to convey to each of her classmates what each of them has taught her. She also advised them that when in the midst of difficultly to remember not to miss out on the good.

“You are all inspiring and insightful people,” she said. “Value your education. Value yourself, others and the world. Don’t miss out on the beauty in the world. Strive for happiness and appreciate the good in life.”

Graduates, students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, parents, and guests also heard remarks from Head of School Sally Mixsell ’69, who recalled that the Class of 2018 was the only class that wrote themselves a mission statement, in the 11th grade. She also remarked on how well they have embraced and honored their diversity as a class.

“No class here or elsewhere has done this better,” she said. And she added, “On a personal note, I am proud to be graduating with you.”

Staff members from the Office of Development and Alumnae Relations, Samantha Sattin Torres ’08 and Kathleen Tuck Fontaine ’83, also spoke at the ceremony. Senior class president Francelyse Joseph gave welcoming remarks, and Board of Trustees Chair Allison Porter ’89 assisted Mixsell in the awarding of diplomas. In addition, math teacher Roger Turton was honored during the ceremony by the Board of Trustees as he retires after 41 years teaching at SBS.

Of the 21 graduates in the Class of 2018, nine graduates are International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates and seven are members of the National Honor Society.

The names of graduates, their hometowns, and colleges they will attend are:
Miles DeClue of Northampton, MA: Bryn Mawr College
Annalie Gilbert Keith of Deerfield, MA: Smith College
Grace Grover of Bernardston, MA: Gap year
Sophie Hathaway of Greenfield, MA: King’s College London
Yuemeng (Carol) Huang of Shanxi, China: Vanderbilt University
Francelyse Joseph of Forks, PA: Princeton University
YeEun Kim of Incheon, South Korea: Boston University
Ember Larregui of New York, NY: Boston University
Elizabeth LaValley of Greenfield, MA: University of Maine
Zhenyin (Krystal) Li of Beijing, China: Bryant University
Huhua (Nana) Liu of Shenzhen, China: UC San Diego
Yaai (Christine) Qiao of Shenzhen, China: New York University
Clara Richardson-Omamo of Palo Alto, CA: Occidental College
Gabrielle Rooks of Vernon, VT: Drew University 
Yizhen (Sia) Song of Yantai, China: UC Irvine
Siri Sundaraneedi of Burlington, MA: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Julia Thayer of South Deerfield, MA: University of Toronto
Micah (To’Londa) Torres of San Antonio, TX: Georgian Court University
Erin (Khaki) Warford of Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lanzehang (Lillian) Ying of Hangzhou, China: Vanderbilt University
Wenzhen (Joanna) Zhang of Shenzhen, China: New York University

Commencement Awards
Trustees Award for Teaching: Charlotte Hogan
Senior Class Prize: Ember Larregui
Stoneleigh-Burnham School Academic Cup: Francelyse Joseph
Margaret and Edward Emerson Award: Elizabeth LaValley
Virginia Giles Whittemore Prize: Julia Thayer
The Spencer Prize: Lanzehang (Lillian) Ying
The Mabel Hood Emerson Award: Francelyse Joseph
The Prospect Hill Prize: Gabrielle Rooks
The Stoneleigh-Burnham Prize: Clara Richardson-Omamo
SBS Head’s Award: Sophie Hathaway

2018 Upper School Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, Stoneleigh-Burnham School honored members of the Upper School for their accomplishments during the 2017-18 school year at the Upper School Awards Ceremony.

Ellen Wilhelm

Junior Leadership (Sweater Girl) Award: Ellen Wilhelm

Grade 9 English Award: Rosa Newshore
Grade 10 English Award: Luna Patience
Grade 11 English Award: Olivia Young

Grade 9 Math Award: Yuyan (Una) Wu
Grade 10 Math Award: Ira Hysi
Grade 11 Math Award: Jiayi Zhoa
Grade 12 Math Award: Wenzhen (Joanna) Zhang

Grade 9 Science Award: Rosa Newshore
Grade 10 Science Award: Aster Marks
University of Rochester Baush & Lomb Honorary Science Scholarship: Windsor Leonard
12th Grade Sally Davis Science Award: Siri Sundaraneedi
Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation & Creativity Award: Yongyi (Edith) Wang

Grade 9 History Award: Jinying (Helen) Xie
Grade 10 History Award: Nikita (Nikki) Mangaru
Grade 11 Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony History Award: Yongyi (Edith) Wang
Grade 12 History Award: Annalie Gilbert Keith

Grade 9 Language Award: Olamiposi (Olly) Ajao
Grade 9 Language Award: Chenying (Aurola) Zhang
Grade 10 Language Award: Katharine Kowalyshyn
Grade 11 Language Award: Jacqueline Morgan

Grade 10 Visual Arts Award: Aster Marks
Grade 11 Visual Arts Award: Ellen Wilhelm
Grade 12 Visual Arts Award: Siri Sundaraneedi
Rhode Island School of Design Book Award: Miles DeClue

Dance Award: Sophie Hathaway
Instrumental Music Award: Huhua (Nana) Liu
Theater Award: Sydney (Syd) Wallace
Vocal Music Award: Annalie Gilbert Keith
Performing Arts Award: Beatrice Brynda

Most Improved Athlete Award: Clara Richardson-Omamo
Unsung Hero Award: Siri Sundaraneedi
Bonnie Benn Jesser Award: Gabrielle (Bri) Rooks
Amy Spencer Most Valuable Athlete Award: Grace Grover

Most Improved Riding Award: Jingxin (Julia) Yuan
Riding Sportmanship Award: Nina Kauderer
Horsemastership Award: Anna Schuster

IB Junior Learner Award: Ashorkor Ashittey
IB Senior Learner Award: Sophie Hathaway

Grade 9 Academic Growth Award: Junjie (Wendy) Zhou
Grade 10 Academic Growth Award: Maria (MJ) Campos
Grade 10 Academic Growth Award: Katharine (Katie) Reed
Grade 11 Academic Growth Award: Eden Lifshatz
Grade 12 Academic Growth Award: Grace Grover

Miriam Przybyla-Baum

Student Council Citizenship Award: Chenying (Aurola) Zhang

Student Council Community Service Award: To’Londa Torres

Student Council Faculty Appreciation Award: Language Department Chair Miriam Przybyla-Baum

EL Award: Jinying (Helen) Xie

Dartmouth College Club Book Award: Yongyi (Edith) Wang
Smith College Club Book Award: Jacqueline Morgan
Mt. Holyoke College Book Award: Jacqueline Kennick
St. Lawrence University Book Award: Kayun (Charlotte) Kim

Ninth Grade Class Award: Fiona Hodges
Sophomore Class Award: Nashaylah Pierre-Louis

Sharon Weyers

Mary A. Green Award:

In addition to honoring students, the school also recognized a member of the school staff.

This year, Head of School Sally Mixsell presented the annual staff award, the Mary A. Green Award, to Sharon Weyers, Associate Director of Admissions.

 

2018 Middle School Moving-Up Ceremony

Stoneleigh-Burnham School held the 2018 Middle School Moving-Up Ceremony on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Emerson Hall. This tradition celebrates 8th grade students as they make the important transition from Middle School to Upper School the following year.

The ceremony started with a few words from Head of School Sally Mixsell, followed by an address by Jax Morgan ’19, newly elected Head of the Student Body for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Select Chorus performed “Home” by Phillip Phillips, then students were called up one at a time to be more personally recognized. The words and reflections of their advisors — Allyson Bryant, Charlotte Hogan, Bill Ivey, Christy Maerlander, Meg Reilly, Hannah Richards, Karen Suchenski, and Andrea Tehan Carnes — noted each student’s accomplishments, victories, uniqueness, and honorable traits, and shared fond memories the advisor had with the student.

Eighth Grade Class President Elizabeth Musselman

Eighth Grade Class President Elizabeth Musselman delivered remarks to her classmates and also honored middle school teacher Karen Suchenski with a special recognition.

Middle School Dean Bill Ivey closed the ceremony with the annual poem that uses the middle schoolers’ words, “Ready to Explore.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 for their hard work at SBS and for moving forward to their high school years!

Class of 2022:
Madeline (Maddie) Asinas-Mohler
Clara Baum
Kate Broady
Noelle Burke
Tyler Christenson
Rachael Crocker
Grace Crowley
Breanna Ellison
Jiale (Carol) Fu
Hillary Leeds
Victoria Malcolm
Andrea Montemayor Castillo
Elizabeth Musselman
Paulina Pilliod Nuñez
Leah Rosner
Julia Shulman
Ruth (Ruthie) Spencer
Yizhi (Lucy) Wang
Alexa Winter
Siqiong (Lucy) Wu
Nora-Lina Zohayr

Rev. Shayna Appel ‘78 Will Deliver 149th Commencement Address

Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to announce that alumna Rev. Shayna Appel ’78 P’ 04 will deliver this year’s Commencement Address. The 149th Commencement will take place on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Emerson Hall.

Rev. Shayna Appel with her horse, Sunflower.

Each year, the senior class nominates the person they would like to deliver the Commencement Address. It’s fitting that Appel is speaking at this year’s Commencement, which the last for retiring Head of School Sally Mixsell. Appel spoke at Mixsell’s installment as head at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, Mixsell’s first year of her tenure. Appel has delivered remarks at Convocation for about the past eight years. A parent of an SBS graduate, she has also served on the SBS Board of Trustees and sat for one term as its chair.

Appel, of Milford, NH, is an ordained minister who holds standing in both the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC). Raised Jewish, and in preparation for ministry in the UUA, she chose to attend a Christian seminary and found herself called to ministry at the intersection of both Judaism and Christianity.

Appel has served churches in Hamden, CT, Brattleboro, VT, Hanover, NH, Townsend, MA, and Peterborough, NH. She currently serves as co-pastor with her wife, Rev. Robin Lunn, at First Church in Jaffrey, VT. She is also the minister at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist in West Brattleboro, VT.

In addition to her work in Parish Ministry, Appel serves as Chaplain to Townsend and Peterborough Fire Departments, the MA Corps of Fire Chaplains, the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and the UU Trauma Response Ministry team.

Clara Richardson-Omamo

Each year, the graduating class also nominates a student to represent them as a speaker during Commencement. This year, they chose Clara Richardson-Omamo ’18.

The class also chose two staff in the Office of Development and Alumnae Relations, who are also alumnae, to open and close the Commencement ceremony. To deliver opening remarks, they chose Samantha Sattin Torres ’08, and for closing remarks, the class chose Kathleen Tuck Fontaine ’83.

Graduates, students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, parents, and guests will also hear remarks at Commencement from Head of School Sally Mixsell. Senior class president Francelyse Joseph will give welcoming remarks, and Board of Trustees Chair Allison Porter ’89 will assist Mixsell in the awarding of diplomas.

Prizes and awards will also be presented at Commencement by Dean of Faculty Shawn Durrett.

Of the 21 graduates in the Class of 2018, nine graduates are International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates and seven are members of the National Honor Society.

Team Night

Stoneleigh-Burnham School celebrated Team Night on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to recognize student athletes and mark the end of the athletics season.

Softball coaches Alex Loud and Sam Torres present the Coaches’ Award to Olivia Young ’19.

Beginning/Intermediate Dance
Most Improved Dancer: Cassadie Scott
Effort and Enthusiasm: Rachel Cho

Advanced Dance
Most Improved Dancer: Sophia Phillips

Varsity Lacrosse
Most Valuable Player: Grace Grover
Most Improved Player: Mia Mullings
Coaches’ Award: Nadya Baum

Varsity Softball
Most Valuable Player: Elizabeth LaValley
Most Improved Player: Jackie Kennick
Coaches’ Award: Olivia Young

Varsity Tennis
Most Improved Player: Amelie Kley
Team Award: Edith Wang
Most Valuable Player: Charlotte Kim

Junior Varsity Tennis
Most Improved Award: Sylvie Yu
Team Award: Carol Fu
Most Valuable Player: Natalia Sherman
Coaches award: To’Londa Torres

Equestrian
Upper School IEA
Most Improved Rider: Katie Kowalyshyn
Most Valuable Rider: Anni Richard

Middle School IEA
Most Improved Rider: Noelle Burke
Most Valuable Rider: Ruby Miller

Coach of the Year Award: Lisa Moore

Coach Lisa Moore

Students Create “Get In the Game and Vote!” Video

Stoneleigh-Burnham School received an Honorable Mention in a high school video contest sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA). The contest, “Get In the Game and Vote!”,  is part of LWVMA’s election 2018 statewide voter engagement initiative. View the video here.

To help get out the vote for the 2018 Massachusetts elections, the League invited Massachusetts high school students to create 30-second public service announcements encouraging eligible voters to register and turn out at the polls.

The SBS video was created by Bri Rooks ’18, Ira Hysi ’20To’Landa Torres ’18, Annalie Gilbert Keith ’18, Maria José Campos ’20, Clara Richardson-Omamo ’18, Frannie Joseph ’18, Lillian Ying ’18, and ElizabethLaValley ’18.

The students are invited to an award ceremony for the winners at the Massachusetts State House in June, when they will be recognized for the achievement and the school will be presented with a prize.

The contest was sponsored by the LWVMA Citizen Education Fund, which supports programs designed to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in democracy and increase understanding of public policy issues. Read more about the contest and winners on the LWVMA website.

Blue Key Recognition

At Housemeeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 the Admissions Office recognized students involved in Blue Key, a group of students who serve as campus tour guides for prospective families and assist the Admissions Office in other ways. Sharon Weyers and Brittany Weiss of the Admissions Office thanked Blue Keys who are graduating and underclass members who have served during the 2017-18 school year and announced new members.

Senior Blue Keys: Miles DeClue, Annalie Gilbert Keith, Sophie Hathaway, Frannie Joseph, Elizabeth LaValley, Nana Liu, Clara Richardson-Omamo, Bri Rooks, Siri Sundaraneedi, Julia Thayer, and Khaki Warford

Underclass Blue Keys: Olly Ajao, Ashorkor Ashittey, Nadya Baum, Nora Broady, Beatrice Brynda, Isabela Cusano, Jewels Hatchard, Fiona Hodges, Ferima Islamyate, Charlotte Kim, Jane Kim, Katie Kowalyshyn, Tiaa Kuffour, Erin LeBlanc, Alice Lin, Nikki Mangaru, Jax Morgan, Mia Mullings, Katie Reed, Cassie Scott, Kate Swasey, Syd Wallace, Edith Wang, Tina Wang, Monica Wu, Linda Yang, and Olivia Young

New Blue Keys for 2018-2019: Clara Baum, Kate Broady, Breanna Ellison, Elizabeth Musselman, Lucy Wu, Sissi Hao, Avdeep Kaur, Rosa Newshore, Aurola Zhang, Wendy Zhou, Nina Kauderer, Kira Lu, Joy Lundberg, Luna Patience, and Sofia Sherman

Junior Blue Key for 2018-2019: Sadie Curtin-Adelman, Gabby Frangie, Eleanor Herbert, Zinny Hull, Abby Rosner, and Julia Yuan

SBS Riders Place at Northampton Show

Four SBS riders competed in a Hunter show as individuals on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Northampton Fair Grounds. Students competed in different classes either in the Hunter discipline or the Equitation discipline.

Nina Kauderer ’20 got 2nd over fences and 6th on the flat, as well as 6th in prep. Anni Richard ’20 got 2nd and two 4ths over fences, as well as 3rd in prep. Ruby Miller ’23 got three 1sts in the over fences, 2nd in medals, and a 6th on the flat. Khaki Warford ’18 got 3rd and 6th over fences, and a 2nd in medals.

Rider Khaki Warford ’18 said of the show, “It was just for fun for those of us who had been working with these horses for a year or two to get ready and really have a great show. One of the divisions had up to 87 people in it. That we all placed  is incredible because there are only six placings.”

Debate and Public Speaking Awards

SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society coaches Karen Pleasant and Jake Steward presented awards in debate and public speaking at Housemeeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Most Improved Debater: Jacqueline (Jax) Morgan ’19

Most Valuable Debater: Joy Lundberg ’20

Most Improved Public Speaker: Miles DeClue ’18

Most Valuable Public Speaker: Sophie Hathaway ’18

National Honor Society Members Recognized

Math Department Chair Roger Turton recognized members of the National Honor Society during Housemeeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

The National Honor Society adds to its membership each year a limited number of students who have maintained outstanding academic records. Additionally, potential members must meet high standards of character, leadership, and service to their school or community. These students must have completed at least one full year at Stoneleigh-Burnham School to be considered. Their names are then submitted to a committee of faculty and administrators for approval.

The following seniors were previously elected and are now receiving their pins:
Francelyse (Frannie) Joseph
Huhua (Nana) Liu
Julia Thayer
Micah (To’Londa) Torres
Lan Ze Hang (Lillian) Ying

The following seniors were recently elected and are receiving their cards and pins:
Sophie Hathaway
Wenzhen (Joanna) Zhang

The following juniors were recently elected and are now receiving their cards:
Ashorkor Ashittey
Jacqueline (Jax) Morgan
Yongyi (Edith) Wang