‘Caring Class’ of 2016 Bids Farewell to Hanover High

  • In the procession line, Hanover senior Louisa Holbrook briefly closes her eyes while walking out of the school towards Hanover High School’s football field, where the senior’s graduation ceremony is being held in Hanover, N.H., on June 10, 2016. (Valley News - Mac Snyder) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hanover senior Courtney Kutcher breaks from the procession line to hug her small friend Hunter Rich while walking towards Hanover High School’s football field, where the senior’s graduation ceremony is being held in Hanover, N.H., on June 10, 2016. Rich had just graduated from kindergarten just the day before. (Valley News - Mac Snyder) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Clad in robes and mortarboards, the shadows of graduating seniors fall on Hanover High School’s football field during their graduation ceremony in Hanover, N.H., on June 10, 2016. (Valley News - Mac Snyder) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 6/11/2016 1:23:31 AM

Hanover — Hanover High’s 2016 graduating class, characterized as “the caring class” by many who know it best, bid farewell Friday night with an outpouring of heartfelt speeches, joyous shout-outs and occasional tears.

The outdoor graduation ceremony on the school’s athletic field, the “Turf,” drew about 2,000 faculty and staff, family members, friends and well-wishers, in addition to the 145 graduates seated in the viewing stands.

The audience assembled on chairs around the 50-yard line as a late afternoon sun sprayed half the field, forcing onlookers, for a time, to shield their eyes or scramble for sunglasses. The graduating class, decked out in maroon gowns and mortarboards, marched slowly from the rear of the high school onto the field as the 75-member Hanover band played Pomp and Circumstance continuously for about 15 minutes.

The 2016 class is the smallest in recent history. But it also is said to have a special quality, in addition to starting at Hanover precisely when Justin Campbell became principal four years ago.

“The general sentiment is that this (class) is an incredibly kind, caring group of young people,” said Joseph Stallsmith, student counselor at the school for 15 years. “They log lots of community service hours, support each other at school functions, post notes of encouragement on lockers for students involved in performances and sporting events.”

That sentiment was shared by several graduates, although the formulation was often slightly different.

“Super chill,” was how Harry “Isaac” Jacobs described his class in the graduation address. “You have always been the greatest friends and I know you always will be,” he said.

Jacobs, of Etna, is a multi-talented musician, singer, maxima cum laude scholar and ultimate Frisbee player on the Hanover team that this week won the state championship. He will go to Wesleyan University.

This year’s valedictorians were Justin Chen and James Dinulos.

Ella Williams of Norwich confirmed the close camaraderie of her class. She has been a leader in a special suicide awareness committee formed last year “to help reduce the stigma about mental illness. Students our age are under a lot of pressure and stress and by talking about the problem honestly we can help deal with it better.”

Williams explained in an interview that her committee has received special training with financial support from the Byrne Foundation.

In a farewell address at the conclusion of the ceremony, Williams stated that “my hope for our class is that we reach out to others when we are hurting, scared or lost. And that when others reach out to us, we understand how difficult that was for them and we support them through their challenges.” She plans to take a gap year starting this fall with travel to Latin America before resuming study in psychology at Colorado College.

The 2016 class has also taken advantage of the school’s week-long, “March intensive” program in which students can design their own study programs. This year, 10 students, organized by Katrina Wheelan and Bevin McDevitt, both of Hanover, went to Kosovo in the Balkans with three adult chaperones, where, among other things, they met that country’s first woman president. Other students do community service work throughout the Upper Valley with organizations such as the Haven, according to Sally Hair, science teacher who helps organize the effort.

Almost 70 special awards were given this year at a class day ceremony on Thursday in the high school gym. Awards for a special kind of planetary caring went to Alex Taylor of Norwich. He designed an “education aquatic eco system,” a large tank with 100 gallons of Atlantic sea water that sits at the rear of the first-floor high school cafeteria. Inside the tank is a model of a breeding place for cod and other ocean specimens from the Gulf of Maine. The model, which is meant to be a permanent installation for use by future science students, can be used to demonstrate how light, temperature, wind and other forces have an impact on an area of the sea that has been designated a “biodiversity hot spot.” Taylor plans to continue his environmental studies next year at the University of Vermont.

Hanover High Class of 2016:

Alma Kay Alberghini, University of Northern Colorado; Gabrielle A. Alexandrescu, gap year; Timothy Christopher Alibozek, Norwich University; Brendan Patrick McCashin Amos; Northwestern University; Kelly Anderson, University of New Hampshire; Ethan Andrews, University of St Andrews; Calvin Anthony-DuScheid, University of California, Santa Cruz; Hayley Laurel Atwood, gap year; Sophie Lloyd Augustinowicz, Saint Michael’s College; Leia Yumie Barrowes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Marta Joy Bartholomew, Ithaca College; Camille Bergeron, community college; Asa Berolzheimer, Colby College; Sarah Emily Bibeau, Colby College; Austen Janna Borg, Mount Holyoke College; Kyle Brian Bowen, work; Kelly Anne Brigham, Connecticut College; Olivia Ruth Bristol, Ithaca College; Lilly E. Cadow, Manhattan School of Music; Emily Rose Calandrella, Tufts University; Julie Marie Calandrella, University of Vermont; Ian Maclaren Caldwell, Westminster College; Sophia S. Castaldo, Kenyon College; Lane David Celone, St. Lawrence University; Evelyn S. Chambers, Roger Williams University; Camille Chapman, Furman University; Justin Y. Chen, Stanford University; Michael Colin Costello, Boston University; Courtney Marie Couture, Colby-Sawyer College; Flora Gillian Carole Cullen, Dartmouth College; Mackenzie Graham Cutting, UNH; Hana Dai, Dartmouth College; Rajbir Dhamrait, University of Maine; Graham Dickson, New York University; James Ellis Dinulos, Dartmouth College; Destiny M. Donahue, High Point University; Finley Claire Doyle, Yale University; Nathalie Cheng Dragnev, Colby College; Patrick Dyroff, Columbia University; Connor Edson, Lafayette College; Ezekiel Forester Elin, Lafayette College; Ian Fall, Michigan State University; Meredith Campbell Ferneau, University of St. Andrews; Ryan Henry H. Flanagan, UVM; George M. Geraghty, Saint Anselm College; Claire M. Golder, Boston University; Grace L. Golder, Boston University; Tristan Storm Gosselin, Nazareth College; Gwynn Granizo-Mackenzie, UVM; Kelsey M. Hamblen, gap year; Isabella M. Hansen, Washington University; Madeline Hartman, Northeastern University; Rowland Jack Hazard, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Daniel B. Healy, work; Felix Herron, studying in Germany; Serena Jermain Slocum Higgerson, College of William and Mary; Olivia Anne Marie Hinch, Brown University; Sina Hodge, Union College; Louisa Grace Holbrook, Alfred University; Sadie Anne Holbrook, Alfred University; Peter Huizenga, Lewis & Clark College; Kaleb R. Hunt, Pennsylvania State University; Kevin Robert Hybels, Saint Michael’s College; Harry Jacobs, Wesleyan University; Nicholas R. Johnson, Elon University; Madeline Paola Keep, University of Miami; Chan Kim, UMass-Amherst; Nils Kingston, gap year; Sarah Barbara Kohl, Johns Hopkins University; Leon Joshua Kuhne, Rochester Institute of Technology; Sofia Nicole La Porta Drago, Brown University; Isabelle J. LaBombard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Fenner C. Lamm, Lindenwood University; Garrett LaRock, Bradley University; John Laser, St. Lawrence University; Eliza M. Laycock, Amherst College; Jonah Levine, Dartmouth College; Blaise Dominic Linehan, gap year; Zander Lane Lingelbach-Pierce, UVM; Rose X. Lippman, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Jane Patricia Lumley, Otterbein University; Katherine Madden, gap year; Gerret Margolis, Concordia University - Montreal; Kazune J. Matsuoka, UMass-Amherst; Eric Paul McCoy, Berklee College of Music; Jacob Patrick McCoy, University of Connecticut; Bevin K. McDevitt, Dickinson College; Zoe Ann McElwain, gap year/University of South Florida; Anna Sofia Merrens, Skidmore College; Matthew R. Miles, gap year; Marion Price Bell Miller, gap year/St. Lawrence University; Julie Montgomery, UNH; Vincent Lemoine Moore, Keene State College (Armed Forces Reserve); Maxwell Munafo, University of Puget Sound; Robert L. Murdza, University of Maine; Josephine Nett, Boston College; Megan Nolan, UNH; Ann Jin-Young Olsen, George Mason University; Miriam Mekdes Osheyack, St. Edwards University; Daniel Osofsky, Wesleyan University; Michael Griffin Palmgren, Wheaton College; Ross M. Patten, Northwestern University; Jack Pattison, St. Lawrence University; Daniel Phan, Dartmouth College; Maxwell Jefferson Porter, Colorado School of Mines; Dante Povinelli , UNH; Chantal C. Putnam, travel volunteer work; Daniel Randall, gap year/University of Kansas; Nicholas Rassias, Union College; Emma Riccardi, UVM; Sophie Richard, Smith College; Emma Riessen, Ithaca College; Katherine Elizabeth Robertson, New York University; Caroline Weston Rodi, St. Lawrence University; Cecelia Anne Rooney, St. Lawrence University; Hazel Rosenbaum, University of Maine; Rishi X. Sanyal, Lawrence University; Samuel Schwarz, St. Lawrence University; Andrea Sedlacek, Dartmouth College; Emily P. Shepard; Leah Shipulski, Mount Holyoke College; Glenn Smith, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Lily Grace Stadler, gap year/Skidmore; Isabella Stein, NYU; Audrey Steiner, University of Notre Dame; Georgina Marie Stern, Parsons School of Design; LilyDahn Stewart, Mount Holyoke College; David Stocken, Lehigh University; Michael A. Suriawinata, Dartmouth College; Tenzin Tashi, Skidmore College; Alexander E. Taylor, UVM; Kirsten Tischbein, College of the Holy Cross; Jordan D. Toland, Keene State College; Francesco Trentinaglia, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Marco Dirk van Gemeren, Middlebury College; Owen J. Versteeg, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; Addison Richard Wanner, College of Wooster; Katrina E. Wheelan, travel/Williams College; Helena Whitcomb, Queen’s University; Ebben Phillips Whitehair, work/travel; Ella Williams, gap year/Colorado College; Caleb J. Winberry, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Emily Wickes Winslow, University of Rhode Island; Timothy K. Wolfe, UMass-Amherst.

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