Fourteen students from Andover earned their diplomas from Brooks School in North Andover at its 83rd Prize Day on Monday, May 26.
The importance of relationships was central to Head of School John Packard’s speech, which opened the ceremony.
“The relationships you’ve made will not fade over time,” he said. “The intangibles will stay with you more than the tangibles.”
Packard also urged the graduates to fly in the face of a recent study showing that fewer college students today report that having a meaningful life is important to them.
“Live deeply and live meaningfully,” he said.
Zoe Gates, who won several prizes during the two-day graduation ceremonies, was among the graduating Andover contingent. Her parents, Joan and Stephen, and older brother, Nick, a 2013 Brooks graduate, were on hand to celebrate the occasion.
“Both kids, by coming to Brooks, have had the opportunities to do things they wouldn’t do anywhere else,” Joan Gates said.
Her son took part in a science internship with the Quebec-Labrador Foundation while her daughter has been able to take an abundance of classes, played varsity hockey and was the school’s newspaper editor this past year.
“Anything they wanted to do was there for the taking; the school has been very supportive of both of them,” she said.
Following the ceremonies, many students couldn’t quite believe they had finished high school.
“It hasn’t hit me and I’m a little scared,” Emma Gordon of Andover said. “But I have a diploma in my hand, so I made it.”
The local graduates are:
William Adie, magna cum laude
Hannah Bordogna, cum laude
Emma Crockett, magna cum laude
Zoe Gates, summa cum laude, recipient of The Edmund Samuel Carr Prize in Latin, The Edmund Samuel Carr Prize in Greek, The E. Graham Ward English Prize, The Publications Prize and The Harvey P. Hood Prize
Emma Gordon, magna cum laude, recipient of The Knowlton Drama Prize and The Russell Prize
Guillaume Harmange, magna cum laude
Kyle Lawrence, summa cum laude
Megan Quinn, cum laude
Nate Reddi, magna cum laude
Davis Rogers, magna cum laude, recipient of The Howell Van Gerbig Jr. Prize, given for best essay on the development of political institutions
Andrew Swapp, cum laude
Isabelle Washkurak, cum laude