Wednesday May 23 was Senior Day at Forman School.
After a day of exams, students and faculty walked under a sunny, blue sky to the Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater to experience the wide variety of artistic achievement by the class of 2018. The Arts Center lobby displayed work by seniors in photography, painting, jewelry making, and ceramics.
At 5:15, Ms. Grella and Ms. Chen introduced the program for the rest of Senior Arts Night. First off, awards of special keychains for appreciation for their contributions to theatrical productions went to seniors Caroline Mahan, Max Gebolys, Emily Chandler, Mae Sharpless, Tom Shimmield, John Cheney, Emily Elfman, Lucy Everett, Kseniya Kotova, Brendan Wilson, Stella Brooks, Maggie Zagrodzky, Alex Becker, Emily McKenney, and Sami Novick.
Then Mr. Cattey introduced the musical portion of the program. The D block ensemble of Henry Lautch '19 on trumpet, Reid Korde '21 on bass, Stella Brooks '18 on keyboards and saxophone, Baird Atwood '19 and Meredith Sherburne '19 on percussion, and John Cheney '18 and Wyatt Sherburne '18 on guitars provided accompaniment for short six song performance.
The music started with the instrumental classic "Green Onions" by Booker T and The MGs. Stella Brooks rocked "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett. Bob Dylan's classic "To Make You Feel My Love" was rendered beautifully by Lily Berretta '18. John Cheney did a nice job on "Flashed Junk Mind" and then Alex Becker delivered an understated reading of John Lennon's "In My Life." The show closed with Sami Novick singing "This Time" from the series finale of "Glee."
Students and faculty then went up to the dining hall for a special dinner of salmon and roast beef. At 6:45, the entire school gathered for Senior Appreciation Night.
Senior class dean and head of the Ingenuity Department Chris Ford introduced all segments of the evening. First up was Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement Justin Solomon who reinforced the importance of the transition from student to alumni. Mr. Solomon then announced the agents for the class of 2018: Annbelle Ford-Rippolone, Brendan Wilson, Sami Novick, and Sophia Gadsden. The agents then revealed the banner of the class of 2018, a beautiful rendering of the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
The 2018 yearbook was dedicated to Ms. Chen who delivered remarks based on what she has learned over the years from colleagues, her own children, and students. Using the acronym LION, Ms. Chen talked about the importance of being a LINK that connects people and places, the value found in being able to INSPIRE others with great love, the need to be OPEN to new possibilities, and to NEVER give up.
Lily Berretta gave the senior speech and her main message was that the seniors will miss Forman but are also looking excitedly to the future. Lily then played a heart-tugging slideshow of memories of the class of 2018, to the music of "Send Me On My Way" by Rusted Root and "Wake Me Up" by Avicii.
Then the seniors filed out to a standing ovation and went to the Green behind the Arts Center to mingle together and receive their senior gifts from the faculty.