Schools - June 23, 2010

Graduation 2010: Woodside School celebrates with tradition

Eighth-graders at Woodside Elementary School kept the school's graduation tradition when all 37 took part in the school's 52nd annual eighth-grade operetta — this year, "Grease" — and received diplomas in the school's amphitheater June 11.

Commencement exercises began with the Woodside School Band, directed by Beth Dameron, playing the processional, and eighth-graders Teal Anne Kurnie and Austin Warren Robert Merrill giving the student addresses. Wesley Armand Miller and Gabrielle Adrienne Couch led the salute to the flag and the singing of the National Anthem.

Diana Abbati, superintendent/principal, welcomed parents, guests and students before the eighth-grade speakers gave their talks.

Student speakers gave the following talks: Jennifer Marie Werner, "Woodside"; Heather Magrin, "Attitude"; Christine Ann Alftin, accompanied by Andrew Lawrence Wilkinson, "Where We Gonna Go From Here"; Annie McIntosh Kingman, "Accepting Yourself"; and Alanna Guillen McNaughton, "Good Choices."

The Class of 2010 chose as its class song and sang "On My Way," with music and lyrics by Phil Collins.

Charlene Douty gave the commencement address.

Steve Frank, assistant principal, presented the Class of 2010 to Trustees Bettina Pike and Ellen Ablow, who awarded the diplomas.


A-C Christine Ann Alftin, Eric Robert Arvisson, William Douglas Ballinger, Victor Baron, Matthew Ryan Bartels, Gabrielle Adrienne Couch

D-K Bradley James Degnan, Jordan Gomez, Tristan John Hanley, Trevor William Hernstadt, Abigail Halford Jorgensen, Jon Ignatius Kazanyian II, Annie McIntosh Kingman, Teal Anne Kurnie

L-M Colin Madden Lehr, Heather Magrin, Robert Magrin, Alanna Guillen McNaughton, Justin Daniel Mendes, Austin Warren Robert Merrill, Wesley Armand Miller

N-R Christina Lin Ngo, Christina Nicole Patton, James Eric Power, Vaughn Gerald Proctor IV, Spencer Jessie Reed, Gianna Gabrielle Rosati, John Sullivan Russell

S-W Benjamin James Smith, Sebastian Bai Yong Song, Olivia Mercedes De Nardi Stangvik, Aaron Jeffrey Taing, Alexander Tehin, Alexander Marcelo Triveno, Jennifer Marie Werner, Andrew Lawrence Wilkinson

Marjorie Mader compiled these graduation stories.


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