Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 16, 2019
George Stevens Academy names graduation honor parts
George Stevens Academy will hold commencement exercises for the Class of 2019 on Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m. on the school front lawn. Class Night, a celebration of the seniors, will take place in the gym on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m.
The valedictorian is Hattie Alexandra Sargent Slayton, daughter of Bob Slayton of Blue Hill and Ann Sargent of Steuben.
Slayton participated in soccer, basketball, indoor track, sailing, tennis, fall musical, one-act play, Student Council, cultural club, Planet Pan, on a KYC race team and as sailing instructor. She also spent a year abroad studying in Zaragoza, Spain.
Slayton was the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa book award.
The valedictorian hopes to explore the world and live a happy, fulfilling life. She will attend Bowdoin College.
The salutatorian is Xiyuan “Daniel” Li, son of Feng Li and Ye Wang of Shanghai, China.
Li participated in basketball and track.
Li was the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.
The salutatorian plans to become an expert in material science. He will attend Emory University to study chemistry.
The first honor essayist is Yiqing “Laura” Liu, daughter of Yingzi “Lucy” Liu of Jacksonville, Fla.
Liu was a member of the Student Council, math team, outdoor track team, swim team, cross-country team and the student ambassador program. She also was a dorm proctor, a volunteer at ARCC and a volunteer at University Christian School.
Liu was the recipient of the Williams book award.
The first honor essayist hopes to work for a Big Four accounting firm. She will attend Brandeis University to study business.
The second honor essayist is Katherine Birch Forrest, daughter of Hannah Webber and Greg Forrest of Surry.
Forrest participated in soccer, swimming, sailing, and drama.
The second honor essayist plans to become a doctor. She will attend the University of Vermont to study mathematics on a pre-med track.