The celebrations for the Class of 2023 started on Friday, May 19 as we welcomed family and friends of the soon to be graduates to the hilltop. A festive dinner was held outside, where those guests were able to meet some of the faculty who made a difference for their child at VA, followed by the Baccalaureate Ceremony held in the Nita Choukas Theater in the Horowitz Performing Arts Hall. Once everyone made their way to their seats in the theater, the Class of 2023 walked down the stairs and headed to the front few rows of seats in the auditorium.
The entire Vermont Academy Community assembled in the Nita Choukas Theater in the Horowitz Performing Arts Hall on the last day of classes to celebrate the end of year award recipients and the Class of 2023’s final days at VA. The bricks for each member of the Class of 2023 that would soon be placed on Long Walk were lined up alphabetically on the stage. Head of School Dr. Jennifer L. Zaccara welcomed the community by talking about the history of the idea of “the pursuit of excellence.” She told students that their achievements make them role models and inspirations to others. Afterwards, department chairs, advisors, and class deans came to the podium to present awards to students in all classes.
The Vermont Academy community gathered in Shepardson Center for a formal dinner on Tuesday, May 16 to celebrate the 2023 spring sports and afternoon activities season. Tables were grouped by the different sports teams and afternoon activity groups. Everyone dressed sharply and, after enjoying their meal, turned their attention to Assistant Head of School for Student Life Brian Gilloran where he introduced the coaches and activity leaders who would go on to recognize the contributions of their team and activity members.
Andrew Chardain ’05 quickly realized that he was in his element at Vermont Academy because the campus has the same rural feel as his hometown, Newfane, VT. His mother played an essential role in Andrew’s high-school decision-making process because of the freedom she gave him to choose. There was not one singular program she wanted him to follow and knew that if he followed his intuition, it would lead to the best path for him. She gave him that push by essentially saying the world was his oyster. Andrew’s visit with the admissions team at the time showed him the possibilities that VA could offer. “The decision of where to go, I don’t think it was a difficult one,” recalls Andrew. “I just don’t think there was another school that offered what VA had.”