The overcast skies and drizzling rain of June 6th did not dampen the excitement of Cape Cod Academy’s 39 graduating seniors. As the administration, trustees, and faculty proceeded to Seapuit Field, each of the seniors took a turn ringing the bell in Chope Commons. Peter Welch, played the bagpipes while leading the members of the Class of 2009 to their seats.
The Invocation was delivered by humanities faculty member, Reverend Lawrence W. Brown. Elizabeth M. Dunning, Chair of the Board of Trustees welcomed everyone to Cape Cod Academy’s 33rd Commencement Ceremony.
The following Departmental Prizes were awarded:
English Honorable Mention: Kaitlin Zelman English Prize: Amanda Austin
Social Studies Honorable Mention: Anthony Salamone Social Studies Prize: James Fargher
Mathematics Honorable Mention: Jonathan Fosdick Mathematics Prize: Kaitlin Zelman
Science Honorable Mention: Jonathan Fosdick Science Prize: Kaitlin Zelman
Foreign Language Foreign Language Prize: Anthony Salamone
Art Honorable Mention: Sarah Van Sciver Art Prize: Elizabeth Gralton
Photography Honorable Mention: Cody White Photography Prize: David Howland
Drama Honorable Mention: Amelia Mumford Drama Prize: Drew Frayre and Sarah Van Sciver
The National School Choral Awards: Fred Barber and James Fargher
The Musical Theatre Award: Tom Duda
Student Council Awards: Vice President - Christina Smith President - Matt La Pine
The following awards acknowledge the overall qualities of excellence and achievement so important to the character and values of the institution as a whole.
Academic Excellence Award The prize for academic excellence acknowledges the students in grade 7 through 11 who demonstrate superior academic achievement and who, just as importantly, are people of warmth, understanding, and determination. This is our way of drawing a real distinction between being smart and using our intelligence wisely. Awarded to: Hannah Van Sciver ’10 and Kelsey Wheeler ‘10
The Heart Award Established by Nick Accrocco, Class of 2000, the Heart Award recognizes the outstanding individual who has exhibited excellence in the three components of school, community, and friends and family. The outstanding quality in school is effort. In the community it is expressed as a passion for a better world. Among friends and family it is kindness and perseverance. As part of the award, a donation is made to Cape Cod Academy and to a charity of the recipient’s choice in the recipient’s honor. Awarded to: Kalie Marion
The Daryl Forth / Douglas Wilcock Award The Forth – Wilcock Award for potential in International Relations and related fields was established in 2004 by Heather Nickerson, Class of ’98. This monetary award acknowledges the exceptional teaching she experienced in Mr. Wilcock’s Calculus Class and Madame Forth’s French Class, and seeks to recognize and encourage a senior who has outstanding potential to make significant contributions to international relations. Awarded to: Anthony Salamone
The Roy J. Harper Memorial Scholarship This scholarship was established by Douglas and Cathy Harper, The parents of Doug, Jr., of the Class of ’92. Established in the memory of Roy J. Harper, grandfather of Doug Jr. It recognizes the member of the graduating class who in the judgment of the faculty, has shown the greatest growth in scholarship, coupled with qualities of honesty, compassion, and respect. Awarded to: Amanda Austin
Parents Association Prize The parents association prizes- two this year- are awarded to seniors who have contributed un-selfishly to the growth and well being of the school during the course of their years here. These awards include a cash prize. Awarded to: Kaitlin Zelman and Jonathan Fosdick
The Spirit of Cape Cod Academy in Athletics Award The Spirit of CCA in Athletics Award goes to those athletes whose individual efforts, coordinate through teamwork and tempered by sportsmanship, result in a whole whose sum is far greater than its individual parts. The winners are not necessarily our most gifted athletes, but those who have contributed most meaningfully to the substance and spirit of our athletic endeavors. Awarded to: Kenyon Massey and Kendra Hickman ‘10
The Robert J. Smith, Jr. Award In annual honor of Mr. Smith and his inspiring 17 years of Board Chairmanship, we acknowledge that student in grades 9 to 12 who in the opinion of the faculty, has demonstrated the greatest academic improvement during his or her years at CCA. Awarded to: Jessica Harding
The Citizenship Prize The Citizenship Prize recognizes a student who demonstrates a willingness to share and to cooperate, and a sensitivity to the life and health of the school community. The recipient exemplifies what we mean when we speak of being a good, responsible, and caring person. Awarded to: Matt LaPine
Head of School Award The school’s final commencement award is determined by vote of the upper school faculty. It is awarded to the individual whose many contributions have enriched and invigorated our school over time. This year’s recipient has been a true leader by example in every class she has taken, every sport she has played, and every extracurricular activity she has engage in – her deep commitment to all she does in and out of school, her positive approach to her every endeavor, her gracious and generous use of her many innate talents, her support of and encouragement to those around her delight in being of service to her school and to other worthwhile causes and projects are all quite remarkable. We have enjoyed working with this outstanding young woman every day for the past twelve years. Awarded to: Sarah Van Sciver
Here from the Beginning Tribute This unique tribute in our young school saw its debut in 1993 and was given sporadically at first, and now is becoming more regular. So far, 27 students have received it, and half of those graduated in the last six years. These are schoolmates know personally to most of our graduates today. 2003 - Katie Huskins and Kim Rust 2004 - Siobhan Chapman, Shelia Dunning, Matt Mattision, Jessica Stone 2005 - Sarah Holland and Samantha White 2006 - Julia Dunning, Annaleise Heussler, Elizabeth McGraw, and Michael Starr 2007 - Jessica Bevis, Mitchell Freddura, and Rachel Shaw. 2008 – Eliza Heussler, Sarah McCaskey, Alexandra McGraw, and Chelsea Summersall We give this to graduates who have been at the Academy since Kindergarten. We have that delightful pleasure of seeing our students learn, grow, and develop over the fullness of the time they are with us, and it is a special delight when it is all thirteen years. Although not technically qualifying for this award,Amelia Mumford and Sarah Van Sciver joined CCA in the first grade, here from the beginning in our hearts. Our gift for our three today who started here in kindergarten is a framed picture, with photographs as a CCA Kindergartener in 1996, those many years ago, and as a Senior this year. With deep affection we thank and congratulate: Jillian Augusta Fred Barber Eric Eldredge.
It has been the tradition of the Senior Class to choose its representative to speak at graduation. Among the most talented creative writers our humanities department has worked with, also an accomplished pianist whose performances many of us have enjoyed at coffee houses, a talented actress who has appeared in both drama and film club productions here, a dedicated volunteer helping raise funds for cystic fibrosis and breast cancer research, and for supplies for a school in the Dominican Republic, all while achieving on the highest level academically, and with all of that, the fact that her classmates chose her to speak this morning is clear evidence that she is well-liked and highly respected by her peers. This year’s Senior Address was delivered by Amelia Mumford. Amelia's address can be viewed at the top of this page.
The Class of 2009 invited Doug Wilcock to deliver the Faculty Commencement Address. Mr. Wilcock earned his B.A. with Distinction in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Rochester, his M.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and his M.S. in teaching Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining our faculty fourteen years ago, Mr. Wilcock was a visiting lecturer at Smith College and University of Massachusetts, and taught at the King’s School in England, St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, at Koc Ozel Lisesi in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Brearly School in New York City, and at Bourne High School. Fortunately for CCA his longest tenure has been here where he has chaired our math department for many years. The growth and development of our math curriculum under Mr. Wilcock’s leadership has been inspirational because the focus has been on how best to serve our students at all levels. Mr. Wilcock is retiring at the end of the school year, but he had one final important teaching moment embedded in his words for the Class of 2009. Mr. Wilcock's address can be viewed at the top of this page.
The following students were presented with diplomas by Clark Daggett and Elizabeth Dunning: Jillian Marseilles Augusta Amanda Mari Austin Frederick Samuel Barber James Hayward Bone Samuel Joseph Campanelli Waldo Mar Champlin-Scannell Katherine J. Dapsis Thomas J. Duda Eric Richard Eldredge James Andrew Fargher Jeffrey R. Ferro Jonathan David Fosdick Drew Haven Frayre Courtney Leigh Gorman Elisabeth Rose Gralton Jessica Ann Harding David Samuel Howland Matthew Clarke LaPine Laura Rose Lombardi Kathleen Conaty Marion Kenyon A. Massey Leah Christine McGinn Thomas Grady McKenzie Patrick James Lantry Mingle Christine Amelia Mumford Chelsea Marie Nickerson Cody James O’Donnell Michael C. O’Neil Nathaniel Thomas Olsen Jonathan Andrew Osborne Anthony Marlowe Salamone Michael David Scena Dana Drew Pettibone Sigsbee Sarah Gersh Van Sciver Lorisa Megan Vellone Meredith Jean Wallace Cody Lewis White Samuel Matthew Witham Kaitlin Pauline Zelman
Head of School Clark Daggett closed the Commencement Cermony with words of wisdom and affection for the Class of 2009. Mr. Daggett's address can be viewed at the top of this page.
The ceremony ended as the bagpiper led the graduates to a receiving line formed by the faculty and administration so that they could share parting and congratulatory wishes. Faculty and graduates then joined parents and guest for refreshments and congratulations in Wilkens Hall and in the Alumni Courtyard.