Long Trail School graduates 27

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DORSET — Long Trail School sent 27 graduates into the world during an outdoor ceremony May 31 on a postcard perfect day.

With the green hues of spring as the backdrop, the 27 graduates of the LTS Class of 2019 accepted their diplomas and flipped their tassels to signify the end of one journey and the beginning of the next.

Head of School Seth Linfield said the graduates' next step awaited them.

"You have already hinted at your limitless potential," Lindfield said. "This is a class that has earned acceptances to a dazzling array of 112 colleges. Every single one of you has elected a college destination tied to your professional interests and extracurricular passions."

Linfield spoke to the class of their limitless potential and encouraged them to use it to do good.

"Long Trail School is a daily infusion of critical and creative thinking combined with integrity and respect for human dignity," Linfield said. "Take what you have experienced here at LTS and let it empower you to go forward and do good."

Those values and skills were put on display as each graduate gave a short speech or performance — a Long Trail tradition that takes the place of having a commencement speaker.

They spoke of their hopes, dreams and fears, but mostly, they spoke of the memories they've made at Long Trail and the values they'll take with them.

Each of them, in turn, thanked their teachers, parents and friends. They were serious, reflective and funny as they remembered their years at LTS.

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The graduates read poems, played guitar and keyboard, rapped and quoted Hunter S. Thompson as their speeches reflected the values that had been instilled in them by all those who had stood behind them — helping and pushing — to get them to that stage.

Their reflections brought smiles, tears and lots of laughter.

Several foreign exchange students talked about their experience, the language and cultural challenges, and their appreciation for those who eased their journey.

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Linfield encouraged the class to make a difference.

"Take the wisdom you have immersed in here at LTS and make it real in the world in which you will live," Linfield said. "What you say can make a difference. What you do can make a difference. Let your life forward reflect the values that we have lived together in our community. Let your learning be the engine that launches you — to new spheres of human imagination that can transform our tomorrows."

Several awards were given out.

Emery Letendre was honored with the Dave and Rene Wilson award for the senior who has made a lasting impact and Serena Nettleton was honored with the Pay it Forward Forbes award.

Faculty member Kelley Swarthout was chosen to receive the Dorothy Peirce Faculty award. And Trustees Tamatha Blanchard was feted as the LTS Citizen of the Year.

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Linfield spoke for many when he said the LTS community will be watching as the graduates "create fresh legacies to coming generations."

"Wherever you go, and whatever you do — each with your own particular gifts — may you be a true servant leader, learning with the same curiosity as here at Long Trail, principled, caring, faithful to justice and eager for truth."

Of the 27 graduates, 22 earned International Baccalaureate diplomas or certificates.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.

LTS Class of 2019

Cassidy Albert, Emily Coleman, Evan Coleman, Michael Daley, Charlee Davis, Nix Forest, Griffin Gourd, Kira Hauptman, Zachary Lee, Emery Letendre.

Eliza Ligon, Sean Lin, Kelsey McCullough, Emmett Morgan, Liam Murphy, Serena Nettleton, McKenzie Olsen, Zhuping "Jacob" Pan, Noah Patry, Kanrutai "Gail" PhromKham.

Jacob Schmidt, Jacob Smith, Hope Soucy, Zeyu "Ocean" Tang, Jackson Washburn, Bodan Choi, Olivia Kelly-Hinterberger.


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