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The Honors Diploma Program celebrated the seniors in their community yesterday at an afternoon reception. “They came into this program as high achieving individuals and are leaving as a cohesive community—one that supportive of and empathetic toward one other,” said program director, Katie Sutcliffe. The celebration began by honoring each senior’s individual character. Compassion, humor, perseverance and zest are just a few of the myriad of strengths these students exhibited throughout their two-year experience.
This group also represents the very intentional expansion of the program. Scott Engholm, senior Thesis teacher, recounts the exciting risk he and Mrs. Sutcliffe chose to take with this class with full support from the Upper School administration. “Though one might assume that with increased quantity, quality would suffer, the opposite happened,” he said. “This group—the largest we had ever invited to participate—has had a fuller experience than any group that came before them. They have enhanced the quality of the experience and the program as a whole.” LAUNCH 2016 very clearly demonstrated this notion. It, too, grew larger than it has ever been with nearly 100 students involved in some critical way, be that planning, executing or presenting.
Twenty-two of these seniors will graduate with Honors in a matter of days. They executed self-driven research projects, and their intellectual growth is certainly evident. But, what is most rewarding and exciting is how these students have grown together as young men and women—dreaming, taking risks, problem-solving, taking action, sometimes failing, and ultimately learning that scholarship is most powerful when it is done with a spirit of generosity and shared with others.
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