by Elana Golub on Friday, June 8th, 2012
On Monday, June 4, the Class of 2012 gathered one last time before graduation in the RSG and King Theatre for the traditional Baccalaureate Dinner, an evening, filled with food, performances from classmates, and a final slide show to bring the seniors’ Milton experience to a close.
Baccalaureate gives seniors an opportunity to remember the group of individuals with whom they have shared their years at Milton Academy. “It started the week of graduation on the right foot,” says Gina Starfield (I). “It allowed all of us to begin to think about our time here and who we will miss.”
This year’s dinner featured a wide variety of performances, showcasing the diverse talents of the senior class. Hannah Grace (I) and Robin Chakrabarti (I) recited pieces of original poetry; Class I Dean Ms. Lillis, Martin Page (I) and Vince Kennedy (I) paid tribute to Milton alumnus James Taylor; James McHugh (I) and Brandon Daly (I) each played guitar and performed original songs; and Pat Burke (I) and Henry Green (I) serenaded Molly Gilmore (I) with the words of Usher and R. Kelly. The whole evening culminated with a final speech team performance from Louis McWilliams (I) and Liz Stanfield (I).
One of the most memorable parts of the evening was Soerny Cruz’s (I) speech regarding her friendship with Jennifer Pham, a member of the Class of 2012 who passed away last year. This presentation represented the broader ordeal that the whole grade endured together last winter. By bringing back Jennifer’s memory in her speech, Soerny helped to fill the hole of Jennifer’s absence during the Class’ final week at Milton.
Another one of the unforgettable presentations was Nicole Rufus’ (I) video montage. Nicole interviewed several students in the class, asking them questions concerning their Milton experiences and their expected futures. The video thoroughly captured memories of high school and the personalities of many Class I students. “Their answers were both funny and compelling,” commented Gina.
An additional highlight of the night was the opening of the letter that seniors had written to themselves in freshman Health class. This moment allowed the students to reflect on their fourteen or fifteen year-old selves and to evaluate how they had changed during their relatively brief time at Milton.
Most seniors appreciated this dinner as an appropriate way to begin their week of saying good-bye to their high school years. “It’s a good tradition,” says Travis Sheldon (I). “It’s a nice testament to your classmates at the end of the year. I really liked the slideshows at the end and seeing everyone in our class.” Gina agrees, saying “It was a great event…to be with teachers and friends all in one room.”
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