Students From Newtown, Bethel Graduate From Wooster School

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Four Newtown students and one Bethel student graduated from Wooster School in Danbury on Friday, June 10.

Wooster School Graduating Class of 2016
Wooster School Graduating Class of 2016 Photo Credit: contributed

Here are the Wooster graduates from Newtown and Bethel and the awards they received:

  • Abigail Curillo of Bethel
  • Yi (Ada) Deng of Newtown
  • Cali Nathanson of Newtown: William Irwin Carter, Jr. Prize and Donald G. Schwartz ’36 Award for Excellence in 12th Grade English
  • Lukas Palumbo of Newtown: Art Award
  • Joanelle Tran of Newtown

These seniors join more than 3,000 alumni who have graduated since Wooster's founding in 1926.

Wooster's commencement exercises for its graduating class of 2016 featured a number of speakers, and the awarding of prizes and diplomas.

President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees Jim Mustich said, "The goal - and the gift -- of education, it seems to me, is to teach you how to become real in your own imagination, rather than solely in the thoughts and opinions of others," he said.

Head of Middle and Upper Schools Christopher Pannone announced the honorees for "Crayons to Commencement," commending students who began their Wooster careers in the Lower School.

Prizes were given out for outstanding senior study projects, academic achievements and awards of character, followed by an address by the class orators, Abigail Curillo, '16 and Jacob Goldsmith, '16.

"Some of us will be going far away, some of us will be close to home, but most importantly, most of us will be making this world into a better place," remarked Curillo.

"Being part of the Wooster community has given us many things. It has helped shaped the young adults we are becoming. It has nurtured our spirit and inspired us to go after our dreams," noted Goldsmith.

Before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. “I wish you a life of dreams and the contentment that comes when your reality meets those dreams in the waking world. I wish you the courage to meet your dreams - and the world - in a way that gives your life meaning and purpose, and fulfillment,” Byrnes remarked. 

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