A different kind of ceremony

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Heritage School promotes nine in careful ceremony

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  • Graduates Sam Cowsar, Grace Ashley and Noah Given wore masks for the processional. All in attendance wore masks during the ceremony as a safety measure against the coronavirus. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
    Graduates Sam Cowsar, Grace Ashley and Noah Given wore masks for the processional. All in attendance wore masks during the ceremony as a safety measure against the coronavirus. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
  • New Heritage School graduate Celia Ashley hugs her mother (and teacher at the school) Wendy Ashley during Friday commencement ceremonies held in the school gymnasium. See story and more photos on page C/D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
    New Heritage School graduate Celia Ashley hugs her mother (and teacher at the school) Wendy Ashley during Friday commencement ceremonies held in the school gymnasium. See story and more photos on page C/D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
  • The 2020 graduates toss their hats as a last act of togetherness at the end of the graduation ceremony.
    The 2020 graduates toss their hats as a last act of togetherness at the end of the graduation ceremony.
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With masks, distancing between families, and lots of hand sanitizer, Heritage School promoted its nine 2020 graduates on Friday at the school gymnasium.

The ceremony for graduates of the 25th class since the school’s beginning began with a video of photos and music of the graduates through their childhood years. It continued with a taped Zoom conference call, a now-recognized brand of the coronavirus era, of the nine mortar-hatted graduates reflecting on their time at the school.

Head of School Nancy Hierholzer introduced the graduates, including Eli Christensen, who gave the honor graduate speech, and Hannah Bray, who presented the valedictory speech (see both on page C/D6).

David Turpin, the school’s director of rhetoric, gave a talk to graduates saying they are entering a time of unprecedented freedom. But he asked that they rely on the foundation built in the school.

“Yes, your job these next four years will be to do well in college, but I submit to you another mission, and that is to learn the art of choosing well,” Turpin said. “Choosing to pursue that which is good and true and beautiful, rather than cheap imitations.”

Graduates were:

•  Hannah Elizabeth Bray, valedictorian;

•  Luke Patrick Roberts, salutatorian;

•  Celia Grace Ashley

•  Mason Grace Barnett

•  Elias Joseph Christensen

•  Samuel George Cowsar

•  Kaitlyn Ashly Evans

•  Noah Hamilton Given

•  Daniel Gordon Sauer