The final day of the school year was a celebration of past accomplishments as well as an exciting look ahead for lower and middle schoolers as they continue their educational journey at Wellington. In Moving Up ceremonies, the Classes of 2026 and 2022 reflected on their many shared memories through the years before being officially welcomed into the next great chapter in their lives.
Students were congratulated by Head of School Robert Brisk P ‘13 ‘15 for their successes and also their perseverance during times of struggle. He handed out the Sam Stewart Award for Inspirational Teaching to lower school teacher Erica Foster P ‘32 and the Horace Mann Award to middle school teacher Victoria Pang.
The Class of 2026 played “Ode to Joy” on their recorders while accompanied by 3rd graders on vocals, and Amer Abdelbaki ‘22 performed “Maruzka, Opus 17, No. 4” by Chopin on the piano. The Class of 2022 Moving Up address was delivered by Jameela Askira ‘22, with opening remarks provided by Clara Evans ‘22 and Olivia Vegas ‘22 and student memories shared by Macy Croft ‘22, Henry Lin ‘22, Jessie Seitz ‘22, and Caleb Wooddell ‘22. Sarim Siddiqui ‘22, Will Starker ‘22, and Zach Ware ‘22 performed “Carry On” by Fun.
Head of Middle School Erin Noviski gave a heartfelt tribute to all middle school students for their outstanding year of striving and supporting each other. “As you searched for meaning, or purpose,” Noviski told students, “you took time to identify and celebrate your character strengths. In your classes and your extracurricular activities, you discovered what you were passionate about. Some of you looked at what our world – be it Wellington, Columbus, the USA or the planet- needs…and you began to work toward contributing to make a difference.”
Each member of the Classes of 2026 and 2022 was warmly received by the heads of middle and upper school as one by one they crossed the stage, ready for their next great moment in the spotlight.