Harvey Marks Commencement With School's Largest Graduating Class

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The Harvey School's class of 2014 is its largest class in history to graduate with 75 seniors.
The Harvey School's class of 2014 is its largest class in history to graduate with 75 seniors. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
The class of 2014 does a funny pose for the camera.
The class of 2014 does a funny pose for the camera. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Whitney Johnson, the founder and executive director of the not-for-profit Ubuntu Africa, delivers the commencement address.
Whitney Johnson, the founder and executive director of the not-for-profit Ubuntu Africa, delivers the commencement address. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Valedictorian Lillian Brouwer addresses the audience and gives her class advice.
Valedictorian Lillian Brouwer addresses the audience and gives her class advice. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Rabbi David E. Greenberg of Temple ShaarayTefila of Bedford Corners (left background) and Headmaster Barry Fenstermacher (right background) listen as valedictorian Lillian Brouwer addresses the audience.
Rabbi David E. Greenberg of Temple ShaarayTefila of Bedford Corners (left background) and Headmaster Barry Fenstermacher (right background) listen as valedictorian Lillian Brouwer addresses the audience. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography

KATONAH, N.Y. -- The Harvey School celebrated its commencement with its largest class of 75 seniors, who graduated on Thursday, June 5. 

Bedford native Whitney Johnson, the founder and executive director of the not-for-profit Ubuntu Africa, delivered the commencement address, telling the graduates not to let fear keep them from pursuing what their heart calls them to do.

“Following your heart is not easy, it takes courage,” she said. “Run toward the things that scare you. Take risks, try new things, put yourself out there, and be true to yourself.” Johnson founded Ubuntu Africa when she was 21, shortly after graduating from Colorado College in 2006.

Lillian Brouwer of Stamford, Conn., delivered the valedictorian address, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

She urged her classmates to consider “the power that lies deep within each of us” and use that power as fuel to “light our journey in life.”

The following local students received commencement awards: 

Photography Prize: Samantha Aloi, Yorktown Heights

Ronald W. Duncan Music Award: Tristan Watson, Pound Ridge and Dante Palminteri, Bedford

John A. Shea Latin Prize:  Christian Artuso, Katonah

Japanese Prize:  Tristan Watson, Pound Ridge 

Mathematics Prize: Carolyn Stark, Katonah

Edward Micola Model UN Award: Harrison Solomon, Bedford

Harvey PA Cavalier Award:  Michael Goodkind, Katonah

Lindsley Loring Loyalty Award: Harrison Solomon, Bedford

Founders Honor Cup: Christian Artuso, Katonah

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