On Friday, May 29, we celebrated and recognized the Class of 2020 for their outstanding contributions to The Woods community. Although we were not able to be together on campus for the Graduation Mass and Ceremony, we did come together virtually as a community for the event. You can watch a full recording of the event on The Woods Livestream channel. Or, just enjoy these highlights:
Walker Cave, Student Council President, shared a funny and heartfelt Student Reflection with his classmates via Livestream complete with a few timely props - toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
The Alumni Reflection was delivered by Patrick Gaul, Class of 2016. During the Livestreamed event, Patrick reminded the Class of 2020, "Your time at The Woods has given you a foundation which will offer you limitless opportunities, what are you going to with them? My suggestion? Say yes to every new adventure and, without a doubt, you will be on your way to fulfilling the ideal of Woods Academy Alumni who lead lives of significance. I cannot think of anything else more exciting or worthy of celebration."
The Class of 2020 was also blessed with a surprise Commencement Address by Alumni Parent (2013, 2015, & 2018) and Humanitarian Chef José Andrés. "Remember, we are only as good as the people we have around us. Our family is very important, but The Woods family is just as important. You're going to be, in the years that come, as good as the people that you shared this school with. Remember that The Woods family will always be here, next to you," offered Chef Andrés to our graduates.
During the virtual commencement ceremony, the following Graduation Awards were given to the Class of 2020.
The Athletic Director’s Award which recognizes model Woods Academy athletes for outstanding academic achievement, sportsmanship, teamwork, dedication, and sacrifice for the program was given to Colette Raymond and Daniel Gaul.
The Twelve Season Award is given to students who participated in The Woods Athletic Program every season during their four years in Upper School. The following students received special recognition for this accomplishment:
The Woods Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, given to the eighth-grade students who have excelled in the fine and performing arts, was awarded to Alexa Powers and Milan Nassiri for Fine Arts and to Mia Priest for Performing Arts.
The Woods Choir Service Awards are given to those eighth-grade students who have exemplified a commitment to the choir during their years at The Woods Academy. The following students were recognized for this accomplishment:
The Woods Award for Academic Honors is given to the eighth-grade students who have earned either Honors or Honors with Distinction for at least half the trimesters from seventh grade through the second trimester of eighth grade. The following students were recognized for this accomplishment:
New this year is the RISE Scholars Program. This selective program was an opportunity for students to stretch themselves and make an impact around a topic about which they are passionate. The following students are recognized as RISE Scholars:
The Serviam Award, for the eighth-grade students who have given outstanding service to The Woods community, was received by Josie O'Rourke, Walker Cave, and Nate Lankenau.
The Celestine Award was given to Becky Island, Tyler Fay, and Sean Kenny as the eighth-grade students who have demonstrated the effort and hard work that characterizes the ideal Woods Academy student.
The Award for Academic Achievement, given to the eighth-grade student who has demonstrated excellence in academics, was awarded to Nora Turner and Alek Bakelar.
Becky Island and Alek Bakelar were recipients of The General Excellence Award, given to the eighth-grade students who have demonstrated the ideals of The Woods Academy Mission Statement, including academic, athletic, spiritual, social excellence and emotional well-being, respect for others, a spirit of equality and commitment to community service.
The Joanne Gerber Lifer Award is given annually to a Lifer, a student who has been at The Woods since preschool, who embodies the ideals of Montessori education. This year's recipients were Morgan Campbell, Josie O'Rouke, and Daniel Gaul.