On Tuesday, June 11, Nashoba Brooks School celebrated the graduation of the Nashoba Brooks School’s Grade 8 Class of 2019.
The ceremony began with Grade 8 students singing a beautiful rendition of “Your Song” by Elton John. As class Co-Presidents Mae Rusconi and Elizabeth Wolfram captivated the audience with a creative and witty stroll down memory lane, recounting their favorite memories from the year including class trips to Chewonki and Washington D.C.
President of the Board of Trustees Jason Robart expressed his, and the Board’s, congratulations to the graduates and shared four pieces of advice with them. First, find your passion. “We all do our best work when we are passionate about what we’re doing.” Second, work hard. “How much you get out of an activity is directly related to how much you put into it.” Third, create. “We’re counting on you to ask the hard questions, push the envelope and to create a new path forward.” And fourth, evolve. “Try new things, seek out different experiences and continue to grow.”
Head of School Danielle Heard addressed the class noting their embrace of the School’s mission—the aspirational pursuit of personal excellence, reminding graduating students that “excellence and perfection are not the same,” encouraging students to embrace continuous growth, imperfection, and joyful hard work as essential parts of the learning process. Following her well-wishes and closing words, the presentation of diplomas began.
Advisors provided a personal reflection for each graduating student sharing memories and observing how far these graduates have come, whether they’d been at Nashoba Brooks for just one year or since preschool.
A reception followed in the Wallace Dining Commons where students, friends, family, and employees continued to reminisce. The entire Nashoba Brooks School community wishes our graduates the best in their future endeavors, and we hope they come back to campus soon—and often!
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Alumna Elisabeth Reidy Denison ‘04 has immense gratitude for having the freedom during her formative years at Nashoba Brooks School to “write more or less what I wanted.” That rare and special time created the seedbed for her remarkable and prolific writing career.
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