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Ware Academy graduates 16 eighth-graders

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Ware Academy in Gloucester graduated 16 eighth-grade students during a commencement ceremony on May 31 at Ware Episcopal Church. Graduates included, from left, Ellie Gale, Caleb Johnson, Eva Jasinski, Joshua Revere, Grace Wilson, Joshua Waite, Alexandra Fuccella, Skyler Lennon, Kathryn James, Evan Pausic, Abigail Blankenship, Benjamin Pruitt, Sydney Pitts, Brennan Miller, Margaret Strawn and Jack Corson.

Ware Academy in Gloucester celebrated its eighth-grade class of 2013 on May 31 during a commencement ceremony at Ware Episcopal Church.

Graduations are not just for students, but also for parents, said Thomas L. Thomas III, head of school at Ware Academy. “It’s the teacher, faculty, parent team that sets the graduates up for success,” he said. “Looking out at these bright young faces, I’d say we’ve done a good job.”

Commencement keynote speaker Robert Leibowitz left the graduates with instructions to always “give it back.” Not the kind of “give it back” you scream at a sibling, noted Leibowitz, who is the head lacrosse coach at Ware Academy as well as the former manager of staff development for the Federal Reserve System.

Leibowitz told graduates to give it back to their community through volunteering. Give it back by setting a good example for the next generation. Give it back to the environment. And give it back, even when it’s the hard thing to do.

“Commencement means to begin, not to end,” he said. “Graduations are life events and life events are remembered for a long time. Remember ‘give it back.’ ”

The power of citizenship and strength of character echoed throughout the ceremony, as it does throughout the school year.

“Let us become accustomed to doing good deeds,” said graduate Abigail Blankenship during the invocation, “so that it becomes our chief delight.”

In thanks for the legacy Ware Academy left on each student of ethics, character and citizenship, the graduates’ parents, for the first time in Ware Academy’s history, presented a Legacy Gift of $10,000. The donation will support enhancing the environmental science program.

The eighth-grade class presented an annual class gift—a new black and gold bench for the front office.

“We believe a first impression is very important,” said graduate Joshua Revere of the gift that will greet visitors when they arrive on campus for the first time. “We will have a sense of belonging [at Ware] because of what we left behind.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 06.05.2013

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