2016 Graduation Speech - Alexandra Looney, Class of 2004

Allie Looney - Wilmington Montessori 2016 Graduation SpeakerOn June 10, 2016, Alexandra "Allie" Looney, WMS class of 2004, spoke to the 12 members of the class of 2016 during the annual graduation ceremony.

Allie's Speech (Video):

Congratulations, class of 2016! I know you've all been waiting for this day since you were little kindergartners, toddling around on the carpet, watching all those mysterious "big kids" taking the next big step in their academic careers. And now it's your turn! So I'm going to keep this brief because I also know what's really at stake here today - finally getting your hands on a graduation basket.

I graduated all the way back in 2004, but I still remember how weird it was to leave. Montessori was my whole world, and suddenly, everything was changing; all of my friends were going to different schools - some of them together, others by themselves. The rules of school were going to change dramatically. I was afraid that I was going to accidentally call my new middle school teachers by their first names and get in trouble, and that I would be lost without the amazing community of teachers, families and friends that I had just come from. I was afraid that nobody was going to understand.

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2015 Graduation Speech - Savannah Strange, Class of 2007

June 5, 2015

Savannah Strange, Wilmington Montessori School Class of 2007On Friday, June 5, 2015, the 10 members of the Wilmington Montessori School class of 2015 graduated. At the ceremony, Savannah Strange, class of 2007, shared her memories of WMS and advice to the newest group of WMS alumni.

About Savannah:
When Head of School Lisa Lalama introduced Savannah, she said that she was known "as a writer, reader and artist" with a kind heart. After graduating from WMS, Savannah went on to Hanby Middle School and the International Baccalaureate program at Mt. Pleasant High School, where she served as secretary of the National Honor Society and student governor of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is currently a rising junior at Emerson College in Boston majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. She is interested in the neurology behind autism and hopes to be involved in the field of autism research. She currently volunteers at her campus speech and hearing clinic in a group language therapy program for 2-year-olds on the autism spectrum.
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Savannah's Speech:
Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be here today and would just like to say congratulations to you all. It’s cliché to say but I feel like I was in your shoes just yesterday. One thing I want to let you know right away is that you have already been equipped with the tools you will need for your future. You are all soldiers ready to go into battle, and the battle you are preparing to fight is called middle school! I’m not going to lie to you and say that middle school is a walk in the park, but it is also nothing for you to be afraid of. One thing that Montessori has given to you is the gift of independence. You jumped off a branch and flew from the nest a long time ago. Middle school is just like migrating for the winter - you are armed with the ability to fly and must only trust your path at this point in your lives. 

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Blog Post: Brad Wason, '96 - "Growing Up Teal

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WMS Alumni Receive $10,000 Grant for Metal Detection System

October 2014
WMS alumni Hagan Beatson and Jake Gladfelter are part of a team from Concord High School that has been awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant of $10,000 to create a metal detection system for hospital textile cleaning. Needles, scissors, badges and various medical tools are among the many objects found in soiled linens that are separated by laundry workers in hospitals. The metal detection system will help reduce the number of injuries to healthcare workers and improve productivity.

The team is the first from Delaware to receive an InvenTeam grant and one of only 15 programs nationwide to be selected this year. The 15 students, one teacher, and three volunteer mentors will continue to meet regularly over the school year to work on their engineering project, in conjunction with Christiana Care Health System.

Alumni in the News: Brad Wason, WMS Class of 1996

October 2014
WMS prepares alumni to become creative and innovative leaders who have the confidence to follow their passions into fulfilling careers. Alumnus Brad Wason, whose love of drawing and graphic design landed him his first job with AOL Time Warner at the young age of 17, serves as one of many examples of how WMS prepares today's learners to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Learn more about Brad (son of 5-7 teacher Arlene Wason), his career and his approach to work and leadership in this recent article featured on the local technology news site Technical.ly Delaware.  

2014 Graduation Speech - Sophia Schmidt, Class of 2007

June 6, 2014

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A Field of Dreams: WMS Alum Renovates Baseball Field in Underserved Neighborhood as Eagle Project

Matthew Graesser, Class of 2009
Matthew Graesser WMS class of 2009 working on field with local childrenWhen WMS alumnus Matthew Graesser was 13, he told his parents that he wanted to renovate a baseball field in an underserved city neighborhood for his Eagle Scout project.

His desire grew out of a weekend of games that his summer travel baseball team played at a rundown field in South Philadelphia. Struck by the condition of the field, Matthew began to appreciate the quality of the fields on which his team typically played. He realized that the kids on the other team loved baseball as much as he did and he felt that they deserved to play on a well-kept field too. This summer, 16-year-old Matthew, a 2009 WMS alumnus, current 11th grader at The Tatnall School, and Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 99 in Bellefonte, achieved his goal.

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Class of 1992 grad publishes first book

Jamie (Rohrbaugh) Stroble, Class of 1992
Jamie (Rohrbaugh) Stroble, who started at Wilmington Montessori School as a preschooler at "The Little Red Schoolhouse" in 1983 and graduated as a sixth-grader in 1992, always loved creative writing. Now, along with her furry sidekick "Reuben the floppy tongue dachshund," she has fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a published author with the release of her book A Guide to Braveries for Small Dogs (West Summit Books).

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Class of 2011's Becky Siple and Zach Siple, class of 2013, fly away with awards at kite festival

Becky Siple, Class of 2011, and Zach Siple, Class of 2013
Kite Festival
During Spring Break, Becky and Zach Siple swept the awards at the Great Delaware Kite Festival. Becky came home with the medals for Most Unusual and Most Attractive teen homemade kite for her flying Pegasus kite and Zach came home with Most Unusual and second place for Best All-Around homemade kite for the 12 and under set for his Pi-themed kite. 

WMS alumni win Pennsylvania State History Bowl

Ben Snyder & Ben Connor, Class of 2012
PA History Festival
On Saturday March 16, Elizabethtown High School hosted the Pennsylvania State History Bowl. While it was a competition for Pennsylvania, Delaware schools were also allowed to participate.

P.S. DuPont Middle School was attempting to put together a team on short notice. With only two competitors, the parent/coach invited members to invite a friend or two. P.S. DuPont student and 2012 WMS graduate Ben Connor invited fellow alum Ben Snyder (a student at Wilmington Friends) to join the team just three days prior to the event. As it turned out, the other original member, a student from P.S., was ill that day, leaving the team to just the two Bens (much to their surprise).

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WMS Alumni Recognized at Tower Hill School for Outstanding Academic Achievements

Fall 2012
Two WMS alumni were recently honored for their outstanding achievements in the National Achievement Program. Will Mette was named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program for placing among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who entered the competition. In addition, Zion Thomas has been recognized as an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. He scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 black Americans who requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement® Program when they took the 2011 PSAT/NMSQT.

Congratulations, Will and Zion!

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