The BB&N Middle School Closing Ceremony, held on June 7th at the Nicholas Athletic Center, marked an important milestone for the 88 eighth graders making the transition to high school. Middle School Director Mary Dolbear celebrated the successes of this unique class: "This is not typical June weather, but then again, this class is not typical. Each student has been on a journey and accomplished so much this year."
Head of School Rebecca T. Upham noted the importance of how the school's motto—Honor Scholarship, and Kindness—has encompassed the student experience at the Middle School, and her hope that "regardless of where you find yourselves next September, that motto is something you will carry with you."
In recognition and appreciation of her 38 years of service to BB&N, Margaret Hardy '61 was selected as the faculty speaker and she delivered a heartfelt address to the students. Reflecting on the class' start at the "small and intimate" 46 Belmont building, she highlighted the students' ability to adapt to change and "work for the good of the whole group without grandstanding and never complaining." Hardy credited her long tenure at the Middle School to the opportunities she has had to try new things, and encouraged the students to take risks and remember four important things as they move on to high school: "school is about learning, not just about succeeding; try new things; work together for the good of the group; and take the time to have some fun while you work and always be kind."
Student speakers Chloe Atkinson '21 and Daniel Gross-Loh '21 also shared their thoughts with fellow classmates.
Gross-Loh spoke on the idea that striving for good is better than striving for perfection, and Atkinson stressed the importance of community and how it has impacted her 10 years at BB&N: "Without every single one of you, I, or we, would not be here today."
In addition to the speakers, three student musical groups performed at the ceremony: Mozart trio with Ava Long '21 on piano, Abigail Rabieh '21 on viola, and Sam Rabieh '21 on violin; "Theme from Game of Thrones" with Veronica Choulga '21 on piano, Nicholas Tao '21 on drum, and Abigail Rabieh '21 on viola; and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Take Me Home" performed by the Middle School Chorus. This year, four students were recognized as the 2017 Banner Recipients: Mehdi Epee-Bounya '21, Ava Elizabeth Long '21, Walker Hobbes Oberg '21, and Abigail Marisa Rabieh '21.Community, care, growth, and kindness all represent "the power of the Class of 2021," noted Dolbear as the students prepared to receive their Grade 8 certificates and tackle their next adventures.
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