“I want you to think about how you are going to make yourself bigger than just another graduating class,” class president Jane Gentz Sconzo told her fellow graduates. Speaking before family, friends and classmates gathered on the ballfield at the academy, Sconzo compared graduation exercises to the military, with everyone dressed in the same uniform and operating on orders. After the caps and gowns come off, Sconzo said, the next chapter for the class of 2012 begins.
“It’s not a bad thing to be afraid,” Sconzo said. “Take the fear for what it is — an opportunity.”
Led by the Governor’s Foot Guard and the Manchester Pipe Band, Woodstock Academy’s class of 2012 marched onto the field. After they were seated, Principal Holly Singleton announced that 100 percent of the 278-member senior class was graduating.
Among the graduates were several students who attended the academy as part of the International Program. As a tribute to the school’s foreign students and to their headmaster, Kim Caron, the graduating class gave Caron fortune cookies as their departing gift.
“The seniors always give the headmaster a class gift,” explained graduate Jacob Battye. “This is for the international students.”
Many of the members of Woodstock Academy’s class of 2012 will head off to college in the fall. Dana Wood, of Pomfret, plans to attend the University of Rhode Island. She had mixed emotions before the ceremony Sunday.
“Honestly, I’m going to miss it a little,” she said of the academy. “I’m really excited to graduate. I think you grow out of (high school). But I will miss it.”