Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 13, 2013
Brooksville graduates “The Noteworthy Nine”
“The Noteworthy Nine” prepare for their entrance at Brooksville Elementary commencement on June 11. From left, graduating students Mikey Smith, Zephyr Martin, Samantha Hutchinson, Zach Welch, Hannah Peasley, Zack Ladd, Sage Fowler, Emma Weed and Zack Dow.
by Anne Berleant
More pictures in the slideshow.
“Good evening, gorgeous graduates!” said Ruth Billings, commencement speaker at Brooksville Elementary School graduation on June 11.
The Class of 2013, self titled “The Noteworthy Nine,” and “made up of so many different kinds of people,” said Hannah Peasley in her opening remarks, marked the end of their middle school years with smiles, laughter and awards.
Upon a stage festooned with purple and white flowers and blue and purple balloons, with tiny lights glowing behind them, Zack Dow, Sage Fowler, Samantha Hutchinson, Zack Ladd, Zephyr Martin, Hannah Peasley, Mikey Smith, Emma Weed and Zach Welch received their eighth-grade diplomas from Principal Corinne Pert, Superintendent Mark Hurvitt and eighth-grade teachers Ruth Billings and Joe Devine.
In return, they bequeathed intangible gifts like style, height, smarts and steel drum rhythm in a “Living Will,” presented a slideshow that spanned their babyhood to the class trip to New York City last month.
Sage Fowler and Zack Dow presented the class gift to the school—a walkway to the schoolyard flagpole.
“We thought the flagpole could use a little pizazz,” said Dow.
Principal Pert oversaw an extensive award ceremony that covered spelling and geography bees, speech and Maja Trivia contests, math, science, technology and writing, music, art and athletic achievements, and academic excellence. Each student received multiple certificates.
Emma Weed received the Presidential Education Award.
Zack Ladd, Zephyr Martin and Hannah Peasley and Weed received academic excellence awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishment.
Mikey Smith won the School Service Award for service given to the school and community.
The Bucks Harbor Yacht Club prize, based on a student essay, was given, in a tie, to Emma Weed and Zack Ladd.
Athletic Director Corey Limeburner handed athletic awards to Zack Ladd, Zephyr Martin, Hannah Peasley, Emma Weed, Mikey Smith and Zach Welch.
“They’ve done a lot of great things,” said Pert. “It’s important we take the time to recognize that.”