Swinford created a schedule for Arora, who was able to visit classes that interested her.“She especially enjoyed seeing the students at work in computer engineering, programming, and economics classes,” Swinford said.New members, inducted May 2017 by co-presidents senior Rae Zhang and junior Michael Barresi, are associate member senior Jack Lane, and full members sophomores Belinda Wang, Neda Tehrani, and Susanna Spooner, and freshmen Andrea Stancescu, May Chen, Hannah Wang, Rohan Patil, and Rajiv Raman.

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Louann Kovach was presented the Miriam Titcomb Award, the highest honor awarded to a junior, for exhibiting excellence in “initiative in some area, originality in some area, love of fellow man, and courage of convictions.” Mary Grace Ramsay received the Neil Smith Scholarship, which is presented to a student in grade 9, 10, or 11 who best exemplifies the qualities for which Neil Smith is known.

He/she must “meet the world with optimism and good will; expect the best from themselves and others; and exhibit courage, compassion, integrity, and intelligence.”Greg Kalin received the Sophomore Scholastic Achievement Award.

They also wrote letters of thanks and letters for retiring teachers Sarah Roberts and Tom Betts.

The day ended with the Class Day Assembly, a celebration of seniors.

Arora’s visit is part of an exchange program between Seven Hills and the Sanskriti School.

Swinford, as well as Donovan and Kalubi, have all traveled to New Delhi as part of the exchange.After the visit to the Giving Fields, they read notes written by their Lower School selves and in ninth grade, then wrote notes of advice for 2021.The next day, students heard from a panel of alumni from the class of 2014 and decorated their graduation caps.Commencement continued with a special address from parent Amanda Cawdrey followed by Alumni Council President Scott Carroll ’85, who presented the Alumni Association Service Award to Devi Namboodiri for, among many things, her community service project, in which she teaches music to students in underserved areas where fine arts programs have dwindled.In a powerful tribute, Head of School Matt Bolton wrapped up the ceremony as he bade farewell to the class, which was mentioned by several speakers this evening to be known as the “class of community and empathy.” During Bolton’s address, at his side was rising senior Abby Smith, whose Personal Challenge project involved learning American Sign Language. Click here for more photos of the commencement ceremony.Sittenfeld, who had invested in a little prep work months earlier, when he visited the seniors to get to know the class better, said, “You asked that my speech be, ‘nice, not too obvious, practical, and that it compliments the Class of 2017.’” Sittenfeld’s address focused on leadership and challenged the graduates to maintain friendships and take risks.