The Wellington School Classes of 2025 and 2021 gave fond farewells to their time in lower and middle school and were welcomed with great enthusiasm into the next stage of their education. During Moving Up ceremonies on the last day of school, both classes shared favorite memories and reflected on their previous years at Wellington before officially joining the middle and upper school.
Fourth graders received congratulations from Head of School Robert Brisk P ‘13 as well as a very special salute that only Brisk and the Class of 2025 know the origin and meaning of. The Class of 2025 was then joined by 3rd graders in singing “The Light that Shines in Me,” and 4th graders delighted attendees with a rousing rendition of “Ode to Joy” on their recorders.
Lower School Head Jill Webb spoke to the class about their transformation into true leaders at the school and she hoped they would look for new opportunities to lead in the future. Middle School Head Erin Noviski told 4th graders she was excited for them to join the middle school.
The 8th grade ceremony included a presentation of awards for high achievement before the opening remarks were provided by Assata Ben-Levi ‘21 and Christion Files ‘21. Rikki Kahn-Yee performed “The Mighty River” and poignant class memories were shared by Griffin Biernat ‘21, Caroline Cooke ‘21, Christine Cooke ‘21, Reagan Kadlic ‘21, and Evan Manley ‘21. The poem “Last” was read by Lu Godfrey ‘21, and Alain Welliver ‘21 played the Debussy classic “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair.” The 8th grade Moving Up address was delivered by Declan Unverferth ‘21.
During both ceremonies, Wellington teachers were honored with awards for their service. Mary Potter P ‘01 ‘04, middle school language arts teacher and recipient of the Columbus Parent Magazine Teacher of the Year award, received the Sam Stewart Award for Inspirational Teaching. Me-Chelle Burkhalter P ‘22, middle school math teacher, and Kathy Yant, early childhood teacher, both received the Diann and John Yakscoe Award for showing an “an outstanding, loving commitment to students, along with exceptional dedication to encouraging and assisting students to achieve their unique potential as positive and and joyful contributions in all they do.”
Both classes were given certificates and received warm hugs and handshakes from faculty and friends. Fortunately, for years to come, students can simply take a walk down the hall to visit their lower or middle school families before heading to their next great adventure. Wellington will always be here for them wherever they go.