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‘Welcome to the world, experts’: Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduates 26

  • Local graduates of the Stoneleigh-Burnham School Class of 2019 get ready for the processional before graduation. From left are Erin Rose LeBlanc of Leyden, Isabela Andrew Cusano of Shelburne, Olivia Leceta Young of Bernardston and Cecilia Standiford Ball of Leverett. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Students sing “€œThanksgiving Eve€”, arranged by senior Isabela Andrew Cusano of Shelburne, center, at graduation at Stoneleigh-Burnham School on Friday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Cecilia Standiford Ball of Leverett receives her diploma from Head of School Stephanie Luebbers at Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation on Friday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Graduates pose for a group photo at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation on Friday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Olivia Young of Bernardston and Sydney Wallace of North Conway, N.H., walk between faculty after receiving their diplomas from Stoneleigh-Burnham School on Friday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Erin Rose LeBlanc of Leyden receives her diploma from Head of School Stephanie Luebbers at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation on Friday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 5/31/2019 9:58:19 PM

GREENFIELD — “Welcome to the world, experts. We’re glad you’re here,” was the message Stoneleigh- Burnham School Math Department Chairman Andrew Bergdahl imparted to 26 graduating seniors Friday morning.

Bergdahl, who delivered the commencement address at the Class of 2019 graduation, started his send-off with a math lesson filled with metaphors, but in the end, he told all of the young women that the world needs them to bring new ideas, and that they need to lead with humility.

Each time someone got to the podium to talk about the soon-to-be graduates, they used words like talented, artistic, courageous, generous, skilled, accomplished and thoughtful — and those were just a few.

Among the graduates were six National Honor Society members and nine International Baccalaureate diploma candidates.

Shawn Durrett, dean of faculty at the private school on Bernardston Road, shared some history about the school, and then told graduates they will “set the world on fire.”

Head of School Stephanie Luebbers said the Class of 2019 challenged her, built relationships, demonstrated their many abilities and spoke passionately.

“I will miss them,” she said.

Ka Yun “Charlotte” Kim from South Korea told her classmates that she is proud and honored to be a member of the graduating class.

“We’ll carry the spirit of the school into our lives,” she said.

Julia “Jules” Hatchard of New Jersey delivered the senior class address. She said members of the class are creative, impactful and compassionate.

“We worked tirelessly,” Hatchard said. “Never forget your worth, and stay true to yourselves.”


Ashorkor Ashittey of Orange, N.J.; Cecilia Ball of Leverett; Shuyi (Sherry) Chen of Hangzhou, China; Isabela Cusano of Shelburne; Julia Hatchard of East Orange, N.J.; Chloe Hughes of Williamstown; U Jin Jo of Seoul, South Korea; Jacqueline Kennick of Greenwood Lake, N.Y.; Ka Yun (Charlotte) Kim of Seoul, South Korea; Erin LeBlanc of Leyden; Windsor Leonard of Port Orange, Fla.; Eden Lifshatz of Dover; Olivia Mathew of Chester, N.Y.; Claire McCormick of Orinda, Calif.; Jacqueline Morgan of Middleton; Tiantian (Ryan) Qi of Beijing, China; Ferima Islamyate Salami of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Clémence Silvain of Winchester; Sydney Wallace of North Conway, N.H.; Ruofan (Cynthia) Wang of Taiyuan, China; Yongyi (Edith) Wang of Shanghai, China; Ellen Wilhelm of Cornwall, N.Y.; Olivia Young of Bernardston; Jingyao (Sylvie) Yu of Shanghai, China; Lexin (Lexi) Zhang of Beijing, China; and Jiayi Zhao of Jinan, China.


Trustees Award for Teaching: Miriam Przybyla-Baum.

Mary A. Green Award: James Lyons.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Academic Cup: Erin LeBlanc and Yongyi (Edith) Wang.

Margaret and Edward Emerson Award: Ashorkor Ashittey.

Virginia Giles Whittemore Prize: Jacqueline Morgan.

The Spencer Prize: Erin LeBlanc.

The Mabel Hood Emerson Award: Jacqueline Morgan.

The Prospect Hill Prize: Yongyi (Edith) Wang.

The Stoneleigh-Burnham Prize: Eden Lifshatz.

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