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.