‘We are a family,’ Hebron ’06 president tells her fellow grads

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HEBRON – The traditional sound of bagpipes made relatives and friends stand in honor and celebration of the Commencement of the Class of 2006 at Hebron Academy on Saturday.

The commencement exercises were held in the Academy’s Robinson Arena due to a slight chance of showers. Yet, even though the weather was cooperative outside, the atmosphere in the arena was proud, pleasant and dignified.

“The decision of having this ceremony indoors or out wasn’t a great decision,” John King, Headmaster of Hebron Academy said, addressing the seniors in front of him. “But you know what, we made some pretty good decisions. We admitted all of you.”

Males of the graduating class were in suit and tie and females in white dresses and skirts as they sat in the middle of the arena. Behind the 59 seated graduates sat the faculty dressed in traditional robes lined with colors representing their academic disciplines.

After the invocation by Michael Corrigan, Molly Curtis of Turner, president of the Class of 2006, addressed her fellow seniors one last time.

Kilbreth spoke of the childhood game four squares, explaining how it was a popular game played by the senior class during their three-day getaway in the beginning of the year.

She explained how she felt the game helped each member of the graduating class open up to one another and create lifelong connections that will never be forgotten.

“I remember one of the councilors saying something that really stuck in my head,” Kilbreth said. “She said that family can learn more about each other by playing a game than having a conversation. A family that plays together stays together, and though we are not related by blood, we are a family.”

Kilbreth ended by commending her fellow classmates on their playful and happy attitude they shared with one another during their final days, and saying they will always be a part of one another.

“We were happy together,” Kilbreth said. “That is what I will look back on and remember about my class. We certainly know how to have a good time. We will always have Hebron Academy. We will always have our memories. We are, and always will be, the Class of 2006.”

Headmaster John King took the podium next presenting individual awards. The awards identified individual academic and athletic achievements of members of the graduating class. King ended with his presentation of the Hebron Cup.

Equivalent to the valedictorian award of public high schools, the Hebron Cup is given to a member of the senior class who represents the finest spirit of scholastic, athletic, and personal achievement, according to King. The 2006 recipient was Gregory Fernando Gumbs of Queens Village, NY.

Following the presentation of awards, J. Reeve Bright, Class of 66, presented the Class of 2006 with their diplomas, telling each graduate to walk across the stage into a safe and fruitful journey.

“Leave as graduates of Hebron,” Bright said. “Leave as a family.”

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