On Friday, June 4, we celebrated and recognized the Class of 2021 for their outstanding contributions to The Woods community. We were thrilled to be able to have the students and their families together on campus for the Graduation Mass and Ceremony. The sunshine, warm breeze, and drone of the cicadas made for a truly memorable outdoor event.
Izzy Fandl, Student Representative, shared a clever and heartfelt Student Reflection with her classmates. She reminded them that so much of their growth can be attributed to the amazing teachers and staff at The Woods Academy. She encouraged everyone to "never give up on your dreams and defy the impossible."
The Alumni Reflection was delivered by Amalia Villegas Vega, Class of 2017. Amalia reminded the Class of 2021, that the fact that they successfully completed their entire 8th Grade year during a pandemic truly demonstrates their resilience and perseverance as students.
During the commencement ceremony, the following Graduation Awards were given to the Class of 2021.
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 Izzy Fandl and Griffin Lydon.
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:
Manuel Villegas Vega
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 Hannah Gormley for Fine Arts and to Ananeah Nevil for Music.
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:
Luis Barrenechea Arana
The Serviam Award, for the eighth-grade students who have given outstanding service to The Woods community, was received by Connor Manrique-Johnson and Ananeah Nevil.
The Celestine Award was given to Gabriela Pabon and Leo Schuck 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 Luis Barrenechea Arana, Dylan Fay, and Kennedy Moore.
Izzy Fandl and Luka Radovic 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 Hannah Gormley and Andrew Phillips.