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Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

And just like that, the Lincoln School Alumnae Association is 55 members larger!

After celebrating with their families during Senior Dinner on Monday night, receiving their traditional pendant necklaces as Lincoln’s newest alumnae, and officially turning the student leadership of the school over to the Class of 2020 during Step-singing, the Class of 2019 graduated on Tuesday morning in a meaningful ceremony that brightened the dreary day with hope for the future.

As Chair of the Board and Lincoln alumna Martha Boss Bennett ’85 reminded the graduates, “You leave Lincoln with the gift of a strong and intrinsic set of values that you tested and shaped by living and learning Lincoln’s Quaker traditions. Through your own hard work as students and classmates, you have all gained the knowledge and wisdom to appreciate your community, and know that there is no success in life without service to others.”

In their respective Senior Remarks, Lourdes-Maria Monteiro and Samantha Rockwell each expressed confidence in the Class of 2019 and their ability to support one another while pursuing their individual dreams.

“Lincoln has provided a space where I could grow and develop into the person I am today,” shared Lourdes. “In addition to this, Lincoln has provided me with family. From my affinity group, to the teachers I confide in, and the younger students who bring me so much joy, the people I have met here at Lincoln have changed my life for the better. The red doors that greet you on your way in transport you into a place of acceptance, love, and kindness. This is the essence of Lincoln.”

Samantha, a life-long Lincoln girl, echoed this with a look to the future. In her words, “As a class, we are fearlessly independent, yet understand the power of standing together. We have a way of taking possibilities and transforming them into realities. We don’t believe in change, we are the change. We are future engineers, singers, musicians, and actors. Future biologists, psychologists, and authors. Architects, pharmacists, and doctors. We are future politicians, environmental activists, and CEOs. We are Lincoln girls, we are going to build the future, and nothing is going to get in our way.”

The Class of 2019 selected alumna Susan Cook ’84, Project Manager for Cultural Initiatives at Harvard University, as this year’s Commencement Speaker, and her speech, entitled My Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream, was a testament to what it means to be a Lincoln girl in today’s world, and an encouragement to “become an expert in the flavor of your own life.”

As she summarized, “...our behavior–the way we act, the things we say, the choices we make–is motivated by our emotions, our habits, our principles, our goals, and our beliefs. But very few of us cultivate a real awareness of why we do what we do on an everyday level, and how our actions impact on us as well as on others. Developing your own personal vocabulary for how your life tastes...is a great way to feel less anxious, less burdened.”

And finally, in her remarks to the graduating class before the presentation of the diplomas, Head of School Suzanne Fogarty shared three important pieces of advice: Be grateful for honest feedback, whether you agree with it or not. Be spontaneous. Resist the urge to apologize when there is no need to.

So, armed with advice and memories and fortified by the education they received within the red doors and the powerful Lincoln alumnae network, the Class of 2019 is ready for their next adventure, and we can’t wait to see where life will take them!

Congratulations to...

  • Jasmine Alqassar
  • Maria Angelone
  • Aliya Barry
  • Delaney Bernier
  • Mollie Bishop
  • Mary Boghos
  • Melita Brito Barbosa
  • Nicole Cepeda Merhi
  • Margaret Czech
  • Emory Davtyan
  • Cecilia DiPrete
  • Emily Egan
  • Kate Fitzgerald
  • Katherine Ginn
  • Mehreen Girach
  • Alison Gorriaran
  • Jessica Guadagnoli
  • Morgan Hall
  • Emily Howard
  • Shraddha Iyer
  • Emma Keene-Reinhard
  • Clarisse Kerr Abraham
  • Ayesha Khan
  • Camilla Ledezma
  • Ziwei Li
  • Isabella Lillsebbas
  • Yanlin Lu
  • Kaylee Martin
  • Corina Matrone
  • Maeve McEnroe
  • Isabel Medeiros
  • Anna Mercurio
  • Lourdes-Maria Monteiro
  • Jiahe Niu
  • Sydney North
  • Jacqueline Prew
  • Jacqueline Reynolds
  • Logan Rinaldi
  • Samantha Rockwell
  • Altie Rogers
  • Cecily Russo
  • Mahnoor Shahzad
  • Sophia Shekarchi
  • Amick Sollenberger
  • Natalie Stanchina
  • Eliza Staples
  • Yijing Sun
  • Mary Sweeney
  • Sarah Tesler
  • Faye Thompson
  • Elizabeth Wein
  • Emily Weintraub
  • Xinyi Yang
  • Sydney Zarlengo
  • Xinyue Zheng

And a special congratulations to this year’s award winners!

  • Delaney Bernier received the David N. Cicilline Congressional Leadership Award, given in recognition of outstanding leadership skills, a strong academic record, and contributions to both school and community.
  • Natalie Stanchina and Sarah Tesler received the Miriam Sewall Converse Award, given to a student for consistent effort and constructive contribution to classroom atmosphere and social activities.
  • Amick Sollenberger received the Sara Greene Beckwith Award, given to a student in recognition of her commitment to the Lincoln School community and to community service in the spirit of Sara Greene Beckwith, Class of 1913.
  • Camilla Ledezma received the Mary Louise Schaffner Award, given to a senior for general excellence in all subjects.
  • Eliza Staples received the Jane Woodruff Greenough Award, given to a senior who most nearly exemplifies, as Jane Woodruff did, the life and spirit of Lincoln School.
  • Kate Fitzgerald and Faye Thompson received the Senior Faculty Award, given to a senior who consistently demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills, and service to Lincoln School.


Photo credit: Glenn Osmundson