BBA, LTS, SMS and AMHS graduations coming soon

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MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy will be seeing the biggest graduating class in its 190-year history June 7.

The school will be awarding 206 high school diplomas during commencement exercises on Frelinghuysen Field, the second year in a row the ceremony will be held outdoors.

About 10 awards will be given for outstanding student achievement in academics, athletics, the arts and activities, said Kirk Knutson, the academy's director of admissions and counseling.

The keynote speech will be given by Vermont Secretary of Education Daniel French, who has a daughter in the graduating class. French is a former superintendent of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union and a U.S. Army veteran, where he qualified as a Korean linguist in military intelligence.

"Dr. French will bring a wise perspective based on a lifetime of service to his country and his community," Burr and Burton Headmaster Mark Tashjian said in a release. "We are delighted and honored to have this educator, parent and military veteran add to the inspirational moment of our commencement ceremonies."

The commencement exercises start at 5:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive an hour early for best seats.

Golf carts will be on hand for people who need assistance getting to Frelinghuysen Field, which is located behind Burr and Burton's seminary building.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Riley Rink. A notice will be posted at least a day before on the school's website, Knutson said.

LTS graduates 27

The commencement for Long Trail School's 27 graduates will take place Friday, May 31, at 4 p.m.

The event will be held on the school lawn, but it will be moved to the Fieldhouse if it rains.

"It was a great year for the Class of 2019," said Chelley Tifft, the school's communications manager, explaining that graduates altogether received some 100 offers of admission from nearly 70 colleges and universities.

These include admissions to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Virginia and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which Long Trail School students will be attending for the first time since the Dorset school was founded in 1975.

Class members also include a Jack Kent Cooke scholarship recipient and a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

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In accordance with tradition at Long Trail School, there won't be a keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony. Each graduate will have an opportunity to give a two-to-three-minute speech.

Stratton Mountain graduates 21

Stratton Mountain School and Arlington Memorial High School are both holding their graduations on Saturday, June 8.

Twenty-one students, including seniors who have achieved national academic and athletic excellence, will receive their diplomas from Stratton Mountain School in a ceremony on campus at 10 a.m.

Class members will be attending colleges including Harvard University, Dartmouth College, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Notre Dame University and the University of California, Berkeley, said SMS spokeswoman Cherise Madigan.

A number of the graduates distinguished themselves in sports, such as a snowboard athlete who will be pursuing the sport professionally and an alpine athlete who has been invited to participate in the U.S. Ski Team camps and competitions.

Deborah Scranton, a 1980 graduate of Stratton Mountain School, will be giving the commencement keynote speech. A former member of the U.S. Ski Team, Scranton made her directorial debut in 2006 with the documentary "The War Tapes."

It won best documentary feature at that year's Tribeca Film Festival, best international documentary at the 2006 BritDoc Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for best documentary in 2007, according to Stratton Mountain School. Her work since includes "War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend," which was commissioned by HBO and premiered in 2017.

Scranton holds a master's in arts and liberal studies from Dartmouth College and a bachelor's in semiotics from Brown University.

Arlington graduates 30

Thirty students are participating in the Arlington ceremony at noon on June 8, including three international exchange students who will be receiving certificates.

The students are from the Czech Republic, Germany and Mexico, said Missy Wilcox, public relations officer for the Arlington School District.

An English teacher at the high school, James Aschman, will be giving the keynote speech. It will center on "change and choice, and how one can greatly impact the other," Wilcox said.

In a departure from the school's usual graduation practice, the principal will be giving welcoming remarks, she said. In past years, the principal didn't speak at the ceremony.

Tiffany Tan can be reached at ttan@benningtonbanner.com, @tiffgtan at Twitter and 802-447-7567 ext. 122.


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