On June 5, 2017, the Lincoln community gathered to honor the 29 members of the class of 2021 as they move to Upper School. Featuring a welcome from Head of School Suzanne Fogarty and a letter to the Grade 8 class by Middle School Director Debbie Hanney, the program was rounded out by introductions, readings, and remarks from soon-to-be Grade 9 students Isabel D'Hondt Gorbea, Julia Igoe, Ella Glucksman, Lola Rotondo, Emma Laquinta, and Morgan Budovsky.
Emma Laquinta recounted the class's recent Global Citizenship Program trip to NYC, where she spoke with an alumnae about her future plans. "I told this wise woman my plan was to go to Stanford and graduate with a 4.0 GPA. She looked at me, shocked, and asked 'Why? Why would you do that to yourself? Perfect is so boring.'"
Laquinta reflected then, reading a list of things she wishes she knew when she started Middle School in Grade 6. It included:
- Don't try to do everything.
- When you have a bake sale, get as many Allie's donuts as possible.
- Take advantage of this remarkable community while you're here.
- Gum is the most valuable form of currency.
- No teachers are out to get you.
- Don't be afraid to take advice from Hannah Montana who said: "Life is what you make it, so let's make it rock."
- You will remember the big moments, not how you do on your midterm, but who you spend your days with and how much you enjoyed this place.
The day ended with honors and recognition. Since 1980, Lincoln students have received merit scholarships through the Gail Greenhalgh Trautmann 1942 Memorial Fund. Each year two eighth graders entering the Upper School are awarded scholarships based on outstanding performance throughout Middle School. This year's Greenhalgh Scholarship Award for academic excellence goes to Salma Alawi and Avery Bernier.
The Julia Hayward Andrews Award given to one or two members of the seventh-grade class who excel in academics and extracurriculars, are generous to classmates, and aspire to be the best they can be. This year's award was given to Briana Lawrence (a Lincoln girl since before she was born, an excellent and caring friend and positive role model for all) and Anna Fox (A Lincoln girls since Grade 4, interested in others, a kind, thoughtful, diligent student whose joy just bubbles out of her).
Laquinta summed it up perfectly when she quoted Winnie the Pooh: "Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can't we just go back to page one and start all over again?"