Members of the New Canaan Country School Class of 2024 included front row from left : Dasha Bank, Lilly Peake, Cecilia Calia, Catalina Villari, Lily Arneill, Harper Macon, Maddy Harder, Opal Thompson, Michaela Springer. Second row from left: Arthur Lilley, Grace O’Donnell, Katharine Tocks, Samantha Flores, Mateo Mendoza-Silva. Third row from left: Aditya DebNath, Cullen Smith, James DiBiasio, Teddy Regan, Jack Engle, James Moody, Bowen Fry, James Knowles IV. Fourth row from left: Hunter Harper, James Bilden, Marcus Ortiz, William Gallagher, Sam Herdeg, Max Calia.

This year’s ninth grade graduates are ready to go boldly and take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
 
For more than 100 years, Country School has provided an intentional journey that balances strong academic preparation with social emotional development for children age 3 through grade 9. The result is alumni who are confident leaders and bold thinkers, prepared to contribute to their next school and beyond. 
 

Class of 2024 Secondary School Destinations

Berkshire School
Brunswick School
Canterbury School
Deerfield Academy
Emma Willard School
Greens Farms Academy
Greenwich Academy
Greenwich Country Day School
Kent School
King School
Miss Porter's School
Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket
St. George's School
St. Luke's School
The Hotchkiss School
Westminster School
At New Canaan Country School’s Closing Exercises on Friday, June 7, Head of School Aaron Cooper reminded members of the Class of 2024 to draw upon the many strengths they developed during their tenure at the Pre-K through Grade 9 school, noting that they were already capable of surmounting difficulty. “When you work towards a common goal with others, your chances of success increase.”
 
“You have done hard things, and because of that, you are capable of doing great things. I am proud of you and grateful to you. Your teachers and I congratulate you on all you have accomplished in your years here at NCCS. You have made this school better through your talents, drive, support of one another, and enthusiastic pursuit of excellence.” Read Aaron Cooper's speech.
 
Ninth-grader Opal Thompson of Stamford delivered the Salutation in which she welcomed those in attendance and acknowledged Upper School students and their families, as well as the school’s faculty and staff, all of whom gathered outside on the school’s Grace House lawn. Read Opal’s remarks.
 
Ninth-grader James Moody of Darien presented the Class Reflection. He noted that “NCCS has empowered all of us to grow both as individuals and as a collective group. NCCS has offered us an academic environment in which we can encourage each other to excel and work hard to achieve our goals.” Read James’ remarks.
 
Mr. Cooper was joined on the dais by Kirsten Rosolen, Head of Middle and Upper School (Grades 5-9), who spoke of each graduating student. She quoted their teachers, advisors, and coaches, sharing memories and anecdotes of their time at school, before welcoming them onstage and conferring upon them a customized certificate bound in leather.

Class of 2024 Award Winners

Class of 2024 graduate Cullen Smith of New Canaan received the Gamble Award, which is presented to the student who exemplifies, to the highest measure, the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

James DiBiasio of Darien received the Johansen Award, which is presented to the member of the graduating class who most exemplifies the qualities of care and concern for others, compassion, and a sense of community.
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