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Fifth graders mark end of Lower School at annual closing ceremony

Fifth graders mark end of Lower School at annual closing ceremony

Families, friends, and Haverford School faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the Lower School Closing Ceremony on June 6. During the ceremony, the fifth grade students were honored for their contributions to the Lower School community and for their successful completion of the Lower School academic program. 

Head of Lower School Dr. Pam Greenblatt, Head of School Tyler Casertano, and Dean of Lower School Jay Brown gave remarks during the ceremony. Fifth grade boys received certificates marking the end of their Lower School education, and were celebrated as they transition to the Middle School next year.

In a special tradition, the outgoing Fifth Grade Banner Boys officially transferred their role as leaders of the Lower School over to their incoming counterparts in the fourth grade. Several Lower School students received awards during the ceremony, while others received their awards during Community Time earlier in June. 

Fifth grade awards include:

  • The Davis R. Parker Award, which is presented to a student in fifth grade for outstanding interest and enthusiasm in social studies. Mr. Parker was the fifth Head of School of The Haverford School. The Parker Award was presented to Solomon G. 
  • The Haverford Citizenship Award, which is presented to the most outstanding student in grade five. The Haverford Citizenship Award was presented to Zakariya O.
  • The Marie Tyler Memorial Award is given to the most outstanding student in the fifth grade class. To honor Marie Tyler for her lifelong service to Haverford, the faculty created The Marie Tyler Memorial Award in 1963. Mrs. Tyler was a third grade teacher upon her retirement. The Marie Tyler Memorial Award was presented to Alex S.

Several students in the Lower School received awards during Community Time, but were recognized during the closing ceremony:

  • The Edward I. Haupt Memorial Award recognizes improvement in reading in first and second grades. Mrs. Haupt was a reading specialist for several area schools, including Haverford, Agnes Irwin, Episcopal Academy, and Baldwin. Her husband’s brother James Haupt ’34 attended Haverford and upon her husband’s death in 2006 created the Edward I. Haupt Memorial Award. First grader Alex H. and second grader Leo S. won this award.
  • The Ben W. Malone ’93 Citizenship Award was presented to Hebron T. The award is presented to the most outstanding citizen of second grade and is named after Ben Malone, who came to Haverford as a member of the Class of 1993 in kindergarten. Ben was taken from the community by a drunk driver in the summer of 1983 after finishing second grade. His warmth and friendship will live on in our hearts forever. His grandfather was Watson “Pat” Malone Jr. ’28. 
  • The William “Will” A. Corey ’08 Positive Attitude Award is presented to the student, chosen from the upper two grades, who best exemplifies the determination which will not permit him to quit, however rough the going may be, whether in studies, on the playground, or in striving for general improvement. Will died of cancer on May 30, 2000 and was in the class of 2008. Cole B. was presented with this award.
4 new banner boys accept flag from moving-up 5th graders