Gerstell Academy joyfully celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2022 with commencement exercises on June 3, 2022. The ceremony was a culmination of hard work and significant achievement designed to honor and acknowledge our 45 graduates. These students set a high standard and made a positive difference in the lives of one another and the community.
Ms. Delaney Maul, Gerstell Academy Student Body President led the invocation, followed by Mr. Brian Abbott, Head of the Upper School who provided opening comments.
Valedictorian Lilly Norbeck spoke eloquently to her classmates about the growth she has witnessed over the past four years, and the efforts made to rally the class to become a cohesive group of young leaders with bright futures.
Ms. Maddie Funk, President of the Senior Class presented the Senior Class gift of furnishings for the senior lounge in the Alumni House.
Mr. Brian Abbott, Head of the Upper School, also addressed the graduates and presented the Norm Smith Leadership Award to senior Elizabeth Chagalis.
Dr. Frederick G. Smith, Founder and Chairman of the Gerstell Academy Board of Trustees along with Mr. John Polasko, President, presented The Stephen Olszewski Excellence in Teaching Award to Mrs. Kimberley Eysaman, long time teacher and beloved member of the Gerstell community.
Dr. Frederick Smith, Founder and Chairman of the Gerstell Academy Board of Trustees, spoke to the graduates and presented the Christopher A. Poklemba Award to senior Andrew Plunkert-Mercier. Dr. Smith also presented the Gary E. Slyman Leadership Scholar Award to Elizabeth Chagalis.
Diplomas were presented by Dr. Frederick G. Smith, Mr. John Polasko, Mr. Brian Abbott, and Mrs. Janine Wilson, Member of the Board of Trustees. Also, in attendance at the ceremony were Dr. Venice Paterakis, and Dr. Jason Hammond, both members of the Board of Trustees.