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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Priory graduates 36 eighth-graders Priory graduates 36 eighth-graders (June 16, 2004)

Woodside Priory School graduated 36 eighth-graders in a ceremony held on June 3 in the school's chapel in Portola Valley.

Students received a plaque covered with personal messages from their teachers, as well as a diploma. A reception on the patio followed the program.

Class valedictorian Peter Hurtubise reminisced about the experiences that created lasting friendships. Seeds of friendship were planted during a scary and daunting, but successful, ropes course early in sixth grade. They were reinforced with three years of Spirit Days, capture the flag, middle school dances, field trips, kayaking and camping trips, swim parties -- even praying together in chapel after September 11 -- and studying for finals together, he said.

"I hope and pray that we will never take for granted all the gifts and all the opportunities," he said. "So many other students in the world would make great sacrifices for these gifts."

Graduating from eighth grade at Woodside Priory School were:

A-D Daniel Sandberg Aboud, Lindsey Robertson Barnett, Alyssa Cheung, Patrick Michael Daly, Andrew Wayne Davison, Alexander Worthington Dehnert, Molly Rose Dellheim, Philip Rockwell DiBoise

F-H Edward Carl Fischer, Allison Christine Frisbie, Amy Elizabeth Furstman, Katherine Elizabeth Gorman, Whitney Ann Greswold, Christopher Jay Hammond, Abigail Rose Havern, John Francis Helfrich, Peter Hurtubise

J-P Lauren Nicole Jones, Benjamin Thomas Kellerman, Shelley Rebecca Lowe, Erik William Lyon, Maxwell Thomas Magnuson, Russell Henry McIntosh, Ashley Rebecca Neckowit, Kaori Ogawa, Peter Andras Pellionisz, Gregory Dalton Pfau, Connor Waters Pierson, Alexandra Marie Plain

R-Z Nathaniel Meredith Rothrock, Tristan Alexander Sansbury, Alexandra Kin May Schilling, Robert Campbell Sherman, Justin Michael Vertongen, Samantha Gabrielle Villella, Ariel Lidamarie Zommer.

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