Commencement ceremonies were held Thursday, June 17 for the graduating Class of 2021.
The following students graduated from The Sage School:
Isaac B. of Newton
Isabella C. of Foxboro
William G. of Sharon
Diya K. of East Walpole
Alex K. of Milton
Zoia L. of Natick
Harry M. of Holliston
Luke M. of Dover
Kiran M. of Norfolk
Adrian M. of Dover
Kenneth S. of Sharon
Tianna W. of East Walpole
Ella W. of Cambridge
Finn W. of North Easton
Graduation Speaker and the 2021 honorary Sage Society inductee, Dr. Nitzan Resnick, opened the ceremony with a heartfelt message to the graduating class.
“Sitting here on this stage is not a trivial matter. It requires courage, wisdom, hard work, at times personal sacrifices of you and your family, sparks of kindness, empathy, and leadership. You are bright and you each carry a unique passion and you each know that this passion will one day make an impact on this world.”
Class Speaker Diya K. of East Walpole spoke to her classmates about her Sage experiences over the last ten years.
“I remember how, 10 years ago, I walked through the school’s front doors to attend my first class at Sage. For others, that was eight, six, or even two years ago. No matter how long we’ve been here, we’ve all benefited from Sage. We have all grown to be the people we are because of this community. Sage has allowed us to become the best version of ourselves. It has nurtured and accommodated all of our unique passions and helped us become the unique people that we are today. This is largely due to our caring and dedicated teachers; thank you all, we have been exceptionally fortunate to have you as our mentors.”
Adrian M. of Dover shared his experiences as the 2020-21 Student Council President and revealed plans for the gift from the Class 2021.
“Sage has become a second home for all of us thanks to everyone in the community. Due to the unwavering support from the school, our class would like to leave a gift of appreciation. We hope all of the students returning to Sage for many years to come will be able to enjoy our gift and continue their journey in school. The gifts that we have collectively decided to donate to the school are a large tent for outdoor events (such as this), new soccer nets, and basketball court lines.”
Zoia L. of Natick was honored with the Pastuszenski Prize, an award presented annually to a person within the Sage community who demonstrates a deep commitment to academic excellence and a dedication to giving back to the school community without regard for personal recognition. School Counselor Amy Conrardy spoke about Zoia’s exceptional abilities.
“This particular student has demonstrated resilience, dedication, commitment, and remained a positive force with her peers and community. Through her work with Service at Sage she would often offer to take the lead and blossomed as an understated leader. This student is also academically driven, bringing fresh ideas and creative energy to classroom discussions and projects. I have often referred to her as an old soul due to her high emotional intelligence and empathetic nature. Musically talented as well, Zoia can often be found using her superb coordination skills playing anything from traditional arrangements to rock music on one of the coolest instruments, the accordion.”
Eighth grade Advisors and Teachers Danielle Bazinet, Marie Dalton, and Jennifer Tanner, spoke about the contributions made by the members of the graduating class, and the legacies they leave behind.
The ceremony concluded with remarks from Head of School Marie P. Leary of Braintree.
“We can empathetically say we have truly been impressed with your commitment to not only academics but your intentional and thoughtful care of one another through the last year and a half. The roots of your intellect, your compassion, and skills have guided you in support of one another as you have reached out and interlocked with your hearts, dreams, and ambitions throughout your years together. This ability to form powerful bonds is just as critical in the next phase of your education. Class of 2021, you have demonstrated the talents necessary to always recognize and serve the collective well being. May choosing more WE and less I be the legacy that you proudly continue as you spread your roots, connect to others and allow all to stand tall. ”
Sage graduates will attend the following high schools next year: Bishop Feehan High School, Boston University Academy, Dover-Sherborn High School, Gann Academy, Moses Brown School, Natick High School, NuVu High School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Pomfret School, Tabor Academy, The Rivers School, The Wheeler School, Williston-Northampton School, and Worcester Academy.