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Julie Beckwith

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, The Altamont School held its 41st graduation ceremony. Forty-two seniors earned their Altamont diplomas. The salutatory address was given by Arjun Lakhanpal, and the valedictory address was given by Arjun Guru. Head of School Sarah Whiteside delivered the graduation address in which she encouraged the Class of 2017 to "be kind and compassionate toward others and to remember that there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going."

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 Mary Frances Lembke. 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 Miles Underwood. 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 2017 were accepted to more than 95 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada and will matriculate from the following institutions: Auburn University, Barnard College, Bates College, Boston College, Brown University, Clemson University, Drexel University, Duke University, Emory University, Hampden-Sydney College, Harvey Mudd College, Loyola University of Chicago, Northeastern University, Oglethorpe University, Pomona College, Rhodes College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rollins College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Spring Hill College, Trinity University, Tulane University, University of Alabama, University of British Columbia, University of Denver, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vassar College, Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee University, Washington University in St. Louis, Wofford College, and Yale University.

Eighth Grade Commencement

On the morning of May 25, 2017, Altamont held its Eighth Grade Commencement ceremony, welcoming the 67 members of the Class of 2021 to Upper School. Sophie Cornelius gave the class address. CeCe Lacey '08, program specialist for the Birmingham Education Foundation, gave the commencement address in which she encouraged students to seek opportunities for meaningful lives.

The Henry DeBardeleben Neal Award, honoring the outstanding eighth grade student, was presented to Matthew Mugweru. 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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