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Altamont Holds Graduation, Commencement Ceremonies
Julie Beckwith

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, The Altamont School held its 42nd graduation ceremony. Thirty-six seniors earned their Altamont diplomas. The salutatory address was given by Matthew Hamrick, and the valedictory address was given by Nicholas Rutledge. Retiring Head of School Sarah Whiteside delivered the graduation address.

Two special awards were presented at the ceremony: the Brooke Hill Cup and the J. Frank Rushton Cup. The Brooke Hill Cup, the highest honor an Altamont girl may receive, was awarded to Archana Yarlagadda. The Brooke Hill Cup is voted on by the entire student body and faculty. The award honors sportsmanship, leadership, scholarship, integrity, and participation in school activities. The J. Frank Rushton Cup, the highest honor an Altamont boy may receive, was awarded to Jeet Patel. The Rushton Cup is voted on by the entire student body, faculty, and athletic coaches. The award honors sportsmanship, leadership, scholarship, athletic ability, integrity, and participation in school activities.

The afternoon ceremony included memorable musical performances, both vocal and instrumental, by several graduating seniors. Members of the Class of 2018 were accepted to more than 80 colleges and universities and will matriculate from the following institutions: Appalachian State University, Belmont University, Berea College, Birmingham-Southern College, Brown University, Cornell University, Dickinson College, Furman University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Gonzaga University, Hollins University, Johns Hopkins University, Kenyon College, Lehigh University, Marion Military Institute, New York University, Rhodes College, Rice University, Samford University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Stanford University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California Berkeley, Universite Catholique de Louvain, University of Georgia, University of Southern California, Villanova University, Washington and Lee University, and Yale University.

Eighth Grade Commencement

On the morning of May 24, 2018, Altamont held its Eighth Grade Commencement ceremony, welcoming the 42 members of the Class of 2022 to Upper School. Annagrace Parmer gave the class address. RaiNesha Miller '09 gave the commencement address.

The Henry DeBardeleben Neal Award, honoring the outstanding eighth grade student, was presented to Liam Spokes. The DeBardeleben Neal Award is voted on by students and faculty and is based on honesty, integrity, school spirit, leadership, and participation in school activities and athletics.

Musical performances by several students were a highlight of the ceremony.

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