Summit’s seventy-sixth Commencement was celebrated on June 5, 2009 as the twenty-eight members of the Class of 2009 became Summit’s newest alums. They shared with family and friends some of their worldly wisdom, reviewed the memorable journey from JrK to ninth grade, played hand bells, sang, and tearfully watched as a slideshow of their ninth grade experience flashed behind them.
Head Michael Ebeling recognized each student, urging them to remember that the word “congratulations” means, “we wish you joy.” He shared excerpts from the recent reflections they wrote about their fellow classmates, and passed on some advice from Summit’s youngest experts.
Kindergartners were asked how they would advise graduates who might be a bit nervous as they head to a new school. Their suggestions: “Call your grandmother and ask her to bake cookies,” “remember the new kids won’t know you are their friends yet,” “when I was scared on a boat I wished I’d had my floaties,” and the go-to answer when seeking advice; “ask your mom.” All of which serves as a reminder that perhaps we do actually learn everything we need to know in kindergarten.
Congratulations Class of 2009 and remember Dr. Ebeling’s parting words, “You will always and forever be members of the Summit School family.”
Dana Alexandra Barnhill Savannah Elaine Jones
Lasley Ann Cash Briana Nicole Lawrence
Caroline Ellen Ciener Maya Jewel Lipscomb
Elizabeth Austin Conger Miranda Janel Lipscomb
Imran Sekhon Cronk Hannah Rebekah Lonsinger
Marian McAllister Daniel John Randolph Mann
Carolyn Margaret Ebeling Bethany Sierra Mann
Mariah Michelle Edwards John McLain McCall
James Gray Eller Hayley Rose Moyer
Samuel Gregson Falken Mary Thompson Phillips
Zada Victoria Gabriel Leslie Shannon Rainey
Jordan Christopher Hicks Evan Marcus Sohmer
Catherine Gray Hinshaw Lauren Whitney Spencer
Robert Trent Holmes Anne Miller Wittenberg