The Class of 2026 is headed to Middle School! Joined by family members and friends, the rising 6th Grade said farewell to Lower School at the traditional Lower School Closing Exercises on June 4.
Head of School Chris Hughes kicked off the ceremony by thanking the class for welcoming him warmly earlier in the school year and getting them excited about the adventures to come in Middle School. Head of Lower School Gail Hutton spoke about seeing the class, which earlier in the week received this year’s Elizabeth G. Brown Spirit Award, grow throughout their time at Garrison Forest:
"This will be an emotion-filled day for your teachers and myself as well. We have watched your class and guided your class through many academic, social and emotional celebrations and challenges. We have had the privilege of really knowing you—the uniqueness of each and every one of you. In addition, we have had the good fortune of watching you become amazing adolescents … You have become deeply connected as a class, supporting and always cheering one another on. You embraced the tools given to encounter differences, and build community by valuing and celebrating what you have in common, rather than what makes you different. You truly have experienced and you continue to exemplify the power of the Garrison Forest School spirit.”
Two members of the 5the Grade class received special awards:
The Faculty Award for Personal Growth: Madison Brown
The Jacob and Annita France Citizenship Award: Quinn Hathaway
The students also shared individual reflections from their Lower School years that spoke to GFS's Core Values. The experiences ranged from making new friends to learning to embrace new experiences to memories from their first year at Garrison Forest.
Congratulations, Class of 2026, and welcome to Middle School!
To view the entire 5th Grade Closing photo album click here.