South Kent School recently graduated 67 students at its traditional Prize Day ceremony.
The graduates represented 11 states and 13 countries in a June 3 ceremony in the Joseph J. Brown Jr. Gymnasium.
During the ceremony, Headmaster Andrew Vadnais recognized each graduate by keeping with the tradition that each student receives a personal, handwritten diploma from the headmaster, which includes the headmaster's insights on each of the students.
"Today, South Kent School sends these young men, enriched by their time spent at South Kent School, into a world filled with as much opportunity as uncertainty," Mr. Vadnais said. "It is my hope that they leave here with a foundation of hard work, good judgment and, I hope, most of all, a good understanding of who they are."
"Life will take each of them in a different direction and test them at different times. What they will always have in South Kent School, however, is a place of their own to call home," he added.
Head prefect Nino Hernandez and winner of the Headmaster's Cup addressed his class.
Danny DeRocco and Ben Gardner were cited for their accomplishments.
Danny received the Paul L. Abbott Cup, named in honor of the longtime faculty member whose hard work fostered the growth of the postgraduate program at South Kent School, given to a postgraduate student who, in his time at South Kent School, most comes to embody the principles of the school.
Ben won the Scott C. Mitchell '72 Prize, which recognizes a sixth former who, responding to South Kent School's values, has shown dramatic improvement in character and academic performance.
The festivities concluded with a reception for students and guests in the courtyard.
The Prize Day festivities kicked off the night before graduation with the annual sixth form academic awards banquet.
For a complete listing of the academic prizes and cup winners and photos from the festivities, visit www.southkentschool.org.