Beneath a canopy of purple and white, and surrounded by balloons and silhouettes of themselves, the 33 eighth-grade students at Blue Hill Consolidated School became graduates Thursday night, June 13, during ceremonies at the school.
After processing to the stage, the students introduced each other to the audience of friends, family and teachers and then led them on a slide show of their years at the school that included memories of dissecting owl pellets and singing “Down by the Bay,” as well as class trips to Boston and Camp Kiev. That was followed by a second slide show of the eighth-grade trip to Baxter State Park.
The evening was filled with music, most of it provided by members of the graduating class. The performances included “Ave Maria” by the Woodwind Ensemble, “Colors of the Wind” performed by Sarah Mullen, Jordan Gray and Alizza Muise, a Bach “Cello Suite Gigue” by Celia Hurvitt, “Take Five” and “Tiger of San Pedro” by Crazy Eights Jazz Band, “Bouree” by Summit Colman, Mariah Reinke, Mira Schubeck and Joe Boulet and “Skylark” by Small Ensemble.
Sharon Dunbar, representing the Ramasoc Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution, presented the DAR American History Award to Trent Williamson and the DAR Good Citizenship Award to Kyle Rice.
Eighth-grade teacher Kathryn Kennedy presented the President’s Awards for Excellence to: Tyler Ray, Joseph Boulet, Summit Colman, Nina Quigley, Maddie DesFosses, Ben Politte, Jack McKechnie, Sam Scheff, Arlo Stabler, Trent Williamson, Celia Hurvitt, Mira Schubeck, Maria Reinke and Lanie Billings.
The Secretary of State Citizenship Award was presented to Sam Scheff, and the New England League of Middle School award for school leadership and citizenship was presented to Lanie Billings and Ben Politte.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust honored the academic efforts of graduates Maria Reinke, Kyle Rice and Lanie Billings. The BHBT citizenship in school and community was presented to Sara Mullen.
As Principal Della Martin read each graduate’s name, Superintendent Mark Hurvitt presented each with a diploma, including one to his daughter, one of the graduates. The 2013 Blue Hill Consolidated School graduating class included: Jackson Elijah Billings, Melanie Norah Billings, Joseph Kennebec Boulet, Kyle Christopher Bowden, Gage Alden Clapp, Summitt Cera-Katz Colman, Madeleine Catherine DesFosses, Cameron Daniel Gordon, Jordan Ann Gray, Jakob Wayne Grindle, Celia Lynn Hurvitt, Jacob Robert Keenan, John Coltrane Larson, Elizabeth Marie Leger, Morgan Troy Dakota Mach, Rebecca Ann Marks, James Ingraham Marsh IV, John Maxwell McKechnie, Alissa Lee Muise, Sarah Jamieson Mullen, Benjamin Glenn Politte, Nina Pilar Corazon Quigley, Tyler Lucas Ray, Mariah Elizabeth Reinke, Kyle Anders Rice, Samuel Jefferson Scheff, Mira Rose Schubeck, Arlo Kingston Stabler, Yevgeniya Igorivna Vinyeyeva, Dylan Michael-Summers Watson, Trent Adam Hatfield Williamson, Nicholas Marc-Anthony Wells, Thomas Jay Woods.