Twenty students graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes on June 7.  (submitted photo)
Twenty students graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes on June 7. (submitted photo)

WESTMINSTER -- June 7, 2014, was Graduation Day at Kurn Hattin Homes -- an important and bittersweet milestone for the 20 eighth grade graduates. Graduation proceedings began with Charles P. Kelsey, president of the Board of Trustees, welcoming all and congratulating the students. The Rev. Sami McRae gave the invocation and the benediction.

After Chrystal Longe gave a powerful welcoming salutation, several students received one or more prizes from the 11 categories of awards which included: Academic, Residential, the Massachusetts Board of Directors, Alumni Association, Woodhull Music, Maiola Athletic, Eleanor Ward Achievement, John P. Barry and Christopher W. Barry, W.I. Mayo Memorial, and Michael Bouvier Scholarship Award.

Susanna Compare, valedictorian, bid a heartfelt and moving farewell before the presentation of diplomas by Kelsey and Scott Tabachnick, school principal.

The Kurn Hattin Class of 2014: Musa Abdi of Burlington, Danielle Barber of Springfield, Sairy Bernardez of New York, N.Y., Kaylee Cherbonneau of Claremont, N.H., Princess Brianna Coble of Somerset, N.J., Susanna Compare of North Walpole, N.H., Kyle Fagan of Waterbury, Sarah Graves of Winchester, N.H., Broderick Hamilton of Essex, Breanna Holmes of Winchester, Amza Issa of South Burlington, Gamael Jean-Francois of Manchester, N.H., Brianna Loiacono of East Corinth, Chrystal Longe of Walpole, N.H., Kayley-Jean Rogstad of Chester, Jonathan Sherette of Putney, Brianna Staggers of New York, Stephanie Tingleyof Bennington, N.H., Connor Towsley of Springfield, and Jessica Waite of Brandon.

After graduating, many of the students stay on campus for the summer program, and then will rejoin their families and attend their local high schools in the fall. Others will move on to attend other private schools with a similar mission such as Oakwood Friends and Lower Manhattan Arts Academy in New York, Vermont Academy and Putney School in Vermont, and the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania. Wherever they go, Kurn Hattin will always be their home.

Established in 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster is a charitable home and school for children, ages 6-15, who are affected by tragedy, social or economic hardship, or other disruption in family life.

Its mission: Kurn Hattin transforms the lives of children and their families forever. Visit www.kurnhattin.org for more information.