Stanwich School celebrates sweet 16

Stanwich Senior Chantal Benavidez walks into Stanwich’s opening ceremony with kindergarten student Zach Rosenbaum.

Stanwich Senior Chantal Benavidez walks into Stanwich’s opening ceremony with kindergarten student Zach Rosenbaum.

Stanwich School students in grades pre-K through 12th celebrated the institution’s ‘sweet 16’ on Sept. 3, which kicked off the school’s 16th year in the community.

“Happy New Year, and welcome to this 16th opening ceremony at Stanwich School,” said Paul Geise, head of the Stanwich School. “This is a momentous year, a historic year, a year in which we graduate our first senior class on this campus and fulfill the dream envisioned by our founder, Mrs. Young,” he told students and faculty during morning greeting.

“Last week America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and dream told us that only together, as one, can we truly make God’s world a better place. That is my hope and prayer for each of you in this 16th year when we graduate our 16 seniors and then combine our two campuses into one,” Mr. Geise added. “That has been the dream of Stanwich; to begin in pre-kindergarten and finish in grade 12, on one campus, as one school, here in Greenwich. A momentous time, a historic time …  your time, our time. One mind, one body, one spirit …  one school. Stanwich!”

The school’s senior class walked into the assembly hand-in-hand with the kindergarten class, symbolizing Stanwich’s growth.

At the assembly, senior Esther Hoekstra remarked that she was most looking forward to, “creating my AP art portfolio,” while classmate David Lau echoed many of his peers in saying, “I’m excited to be a part of Stanwich history.”

Stanwich, which was founded in 1998, is celebrating a year of new beginnings, highlighted by the recent announcement that the school will be housing all of its students, grades pre-K through 12, on its 40-acre Greenwich campus beginning this month.

When the new school year begins in 2014, Stanwich will be the only pre-K through grade 12 coeducational independent school in Greenwich.

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