Class of 2022 Celebrated at Senior Night

The Class of 2022 and their families gathered in Brauer Auditorium two nights before Commencement for an evening of performances, remarks, and awards. It was a fitting prelude to Sunday’s graduation.

Class President Andrew Kuznetsov ’22 welcomed everyone and introduced the Chamber Choir for an inspired performance of We Are Warriors by Avril Lavigne. Emma Scally ’22, the Class of 2022 Salutatorian, offered her remarks. (Please note: all Senior Night and Commencement remarks will be shared as MICDS Blog posts throughout the summer. Stay tuned to our social media channels for links!)

Josh Smith, Director of Athletics, recognized the senior athletes, who picked up their MICDS Sports Booster-sponsored awards after the program concluded.

Spencer Ma ’22, Amelia Markwell ’22, Nigina Aripova ’22, and Selina Balci ’22 took the stage as a quartet to perform Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie, arranged by L. Moore.

Erin Hamill, Director of Global Learning & Upper School Community Service, presented Community Service Awards.

Sebastian Ashman ’22 and Isaac Layuguan ’22 offered a beautiful duet of Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel.

Ten students received Department and Athletic Awards:

  • English: Sam Baumohl ’22
  • Guilliams Creative Writing: Selina Balci ’22
  • Fine & Performing Arts: Sebastian Ashman ’22
  • History & Social Sciences: Kasia Gorzko ’22
  • Math: Kate Oliver ’22
  • Science: Emma Scally ’22
  • World Languages: Carson James ’22
  • Spirit of Learning: Aishani Chakraborty ’22
  • James A. Baur Award: Brandon Mitchell-Day ’22
  • Burlingame Award: Kate Oliver ’22

Kuznetsov returned to the stage to address his classmates, taking them on a trip down memory lane as he reflected on his time at MICDS.

Spencer Ma ’22 played Etude in D# Major “Un Sospiro” by Franz Liszt on the grand piano.

Noah Kleinlehrer ’22 was invited by his classmates to speak at Senior Night. He exhorted his peers to seize every opportunity, large and small, to make a difference in the world.

Special Honors were then bestowed:

  • Morse Family 12th Grade Award: Cate Cody ’22
  • Aurelian Prize: Ellie Gira ’22
  • Benecke Award: Siri Battula ’22
  • Wood Humanitarian Award: Lauren Douglas ’22
  • Spirit of Learning Faculty Prize: Audrey Mahoney ’22

The Chamber Choir took the stage for the last time that evening, performing Dynamite by BTS, and featuring soloist Sasha Shanker ’22.

Head of Upper School Scott Small gave concluding remarks and praised the class for their commitment to each other and their school through the rough times of the pandemic. Their resiliency and determination will serve them well through college and beyond.

Guests then enjoyed a slide show that featured photographs from the students’ time at MICDS. What a wonderful evening to celebrate the Class of 2022!