Lawrence Woodmere Academy’s senior class said “bonsoir” on Tuesday night at Coral House in Baldwin for its “A Night in Paris”-themed junior/senior prom.
But for five students, the evening might have been just a little more special.
Those graduating seniors spent the entirety of their academic careers at Lawrence Woodmere Academy since entering the preschool or kindergarten, according to Laura Murphy, the school’s communications specialist and webmaster.
Marc Hoyle, assistant principal of the Upper School, said that the “Lifers,” as recognized at this year’s academic awards ceremony, are Gabby Irizarry, Hannah Agueci, Nathan Cupidore, Daphny Milord and Charles Howard. These students have gone through the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School of Lawrence Woodmere Academy together.
The three students who began attending Lawrence Woodmere Academy in preschool are Hannah Agueci, Gabriella Irizarry and Charles Howard.
The two students who began in kindergarten, Daphny Milord and Nathan Cupidore, are also considered “Lifers.”
Milord is 18 and has attended Lawrence Woodmere Academy for 13 of those years. Her favorite part about the school is the sense of community she feels. Milord, who will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in the fall, notes that fellow students exchange smiles in the hallways often, regardless of whether or not they know each other personally.
That kind of friendliness can be helpful when someone is coming from another country. Alan Bernstein, in his 12th year as headmaster, said that the school welcomes international students, primarily from China. The graduating class of 33 students celebrated commencement exercises Thursday.
Cupidore, an 18-year-old senior from Baldwin, loves the tight-knit atmosphere the school has created.
Said Cupidore, who will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall, “I’ve been here my whole life so I’ll miss everything,”