Corte Madera School graduates head on to high school


Seventy eighth-graders in Corte Madera School's Class of 2010 graduated from the middle school and the Portola Valley School District on June 13, during a traditional ceremony in the school's multi-purpose room.

The school band of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders played the processional, "Pomp and Circumstance," under the direction of band teacher Jason Braun.

Student body co-presidents Kelly Moran and Matt Myers led the pledge of allegiance and welcomed students, families, teachers and guests.

Principal Carol Piraino spoke, then a trio of eighth-graders, chosen by their classmates, presented speeches they had written.

Roger Romani's speech was "Diversity"; Forrest Sill's, "Hop on Top with Corte Madera Teachers"; and Alexandra Vlassova's, "Mistakes."

Classmates Kai Banks and Alexandra Vlassova sang a duet, "Pulchinello" by H.A. VanderCook.

Allison Harman and Kelly Willard, student council co-vice-presidents, presented the class gift to the school a black Panther statue and a popcorn machine.

Principal Piraino presented the diplomas. An outdoor reception, hosted by the sixth-grade parents, was held after the ceremony.

The graduates celebrated earlier June 10 at Grad Night, planned by their parents at Portola Valley Town Center.


A-C: Alexander Andrighetto, Zachary Armsby, Kai Banks, Amanda Barth, Charlotte Beriker, Julia Buchsbaum, Kyle Cahners, Nicholas Chang, William Chargin, Eduard Cornew, Thomas Cornew

D-G: Jessie Dalman, Tynan Dewes, Kristine Diedrich, Devan Dutta, Scott Evans, Emilio Flamenco, Kelsey Flower, Alex Freeman, Jeffrey Garver, Mark Gerhart, Wyatt Giampa, Lauren Giurata, Simon Greenhill

H-L: Sarah Hagadone, Allison Harman, Sutton Howard, Ally Howe, Avery Humphreys, Brian Jaggers, Ramiro Jauregui, Kyle Larsen, Jonathan Lee, Jorge Lopez

M: Hayden MacArthur, Holden Mackey, Isaac Madrid, Alison McBride, GabrielMcLarnan, Bryant Menjivar, Mara Ann Midiere, Everett Moiseff, Katherine Moore, Kelly Moran, Emily Moreton, Matthew Myers

N-R: Courtney Nahmens. Eliza Ozden. Isaac Polkinhorne, Joseph Putnam, Kaitlin Putnam, Gregory Ramies, Georgia Reid, Aaron Reiss, Siobhan Rickert, Roger Romani

S-V: Reuben Sarwal, Ruth Sarwal, Georgia Savoca, Forrest Sill, Jessie Strober, Matthew Surber, Quinn Sweetnam, Charlie Tidmarsh, Sophie Tregon, John Trudelle, Paul Vetter, Alexandra Vlassova, Mackenzie Walter, Kelly Willard

-- Story by Marjorie Mader


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