Gunnery Hosts Commencement

The Gunnery held its 169th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 26. Thirteen area students were among the 84 class of 2019 graduates.

WASHINGTON — The Gunnery graduated 84 students representing 13 states and nine countries from the class of 2019 at its 169th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 26.

This year’s class included the following local graduates:

Talia Zabit of Bethlehem; Lindsey McDonald, Sommer Miller and Paige Moffat, Middlebury; John Leonard of New Preston; Gavin Connors of Newtown; Wyatt Cicarelli of Roxbury; Michael Kassis of Washington; Alexander Noeding of Washington Depot and Caleb Dorf, Elijah Dorf and Tucker Paron, Woodbury.

The commencement address was given by Wanji Walcott, vice chair of the Gunnery Board of Trustees and senior vice president and general counsel of the PayPal Global Legal Team. Her daughter, Layla, was among the students in the graduating class.

Head of School Peter Becker awarded diplomas to the graduates as their names were called. He also awarded the school’s three top prizes. Additional prizes for academic excellence and other honors were presented the previous evening during the school’s annual Prize Night ceremony.

Ms. Moffat received the Excellence in Mandarin Award.

Mr. Dorf received the Excellence in Economics Award and the Chace Award for Excellence in Leadership, which is awarded to a senior who in the estimation of the head of school and the faculty has developed in a significant way his leadership potential during his years at the Gunnery.

Ms. Zabit received the Red and Gray Tour Guides Award and was one of nine students inducted into the Cum Laude Society. She also received the Thomas Alexander Langford Memorial Prize, which is awarded to two members of the graduating class who are “always mindful of others.”

Mr. Kassis received the School Poetry Prize.

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