Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 21, 2012
Sedgwick School graduates 10 in “creative” and “fun” ceremony
The Sedgwick Elementary School graduating class of 2012, from left to right: Jenna Gray, Katrin Cote, Sam Allen, Cora Gray, Maeghan Tobey, Daniel Fill, teacher Bonnie Arendt, Megan Gale, Loukas Theoharidis, Morgan Dauk and Mackenzie Carter.
by Gigi DeJoy
Last Thursday, June 14, the Sedgwick Elementary School graduated its class of 2012 in a commencement in the school gymnasium. Ten students celebrated the completion of their eighth-grade projects as well as their entrance into high school in a ceremony both traditional and unique to the school.
At the graduation, Principal Dr. Donald Buckingham announced the recipients of the graduating class’s three honors: Morgan Dauk was the eighth-grade Valedictorian, while Megan Gale was given the Citizenship Award as well as being class Salutatorian.
Tiffany Dauk, mother of Dauk and two other past Sedgwick graduates, said of the annual ceremony, “It’s creative; it’s fun, and it’s upbeat. There’s always a surprise.” After advancing under an archway and onto the stage every student got a chance to present a different part of the program, along with their own eighth-grade project, to the full crowd.
Gale and Daniel Fill presented the Class Will, in which each student had “willed” one of their talents or traits, from “outgoingness” to an “elbow shot in basketball,” to a member of one of the lower classes. At the end of the will, Gale read the class’s denouement: “The eighth grade is giving their weirdness to the sixth grade.”
Cora Gray and Maeghan Tobey then gave the Class Prophecies, which described, with plenty of humor, the predicted futures of each student in 20 years. The class’s eighth-grade teacher, Bonnie Arendt, and Buckingham did not escape the prophecies. Buckingham’s was even accompanied by a descriptive dance.
Following that, students gave short speeches about their eighth-grade projects. Sam Allen built a picnic table; Mackenzie Carter built a wee lassie boat; Katrin Cote made a computer animation; Morgan Dauk learned pottery; Daniel Fill built a lobster trap; Megan Gale donated her hair to Locks of Love; Cora Gray learned stained glass; Jenna Gray made every recipe in a family cookbook; Loukas Theoharidis learned how to bake and decorate cakes; Maeghan Tobey welded metal flowers.
One of the last components of the program was the Pledge of Tolerance, given by Allen. As Mackenzie Carter described the Pledge, “It’s for tolerance. We were learning about the Holocaust. It’s been a tradition.” The Pledge went along with a paper clip worn by each graduate throughout the ceremony as a tribute to the Norwegians who wore paper clips on their chests during WWII as a protest against the Nazi occupation.
Seventh-grader Grace Tobey was the processional marshal for the graduation. She led the graduates back down the aisle after they received their diplomas, into the crowd of relatives and teachers waiting to give their tearful congratulations and goodbyes.