Lincoln School graduates 67 seniors
Asociación Escuelas Lincoln, the American International School in Buenos Aires, graduated 64 seniors representing 29 nationalities during its 62nd graduation ceremony on June 7.
This year’s valedictorian, Ramiro Marziani Guidone from Argentina, and salutatorians Carlos Fernández Fattorini (from Spain and the US) and Irene Morchio from Argentina, addressed their fellow classmates with traditional graduation speeches. The valedictorian and salutatorian are the students with the highest and second-highest cumulative grade point averages, respectively, in the class.
High school principal Joe Hollenbeck presided over the ceremonies which included a commencement address by AEL Science teacher Joe Miller. Diplomas were presented to the graduates by AEL School Superintendent Philip Joslin and Jorge Estrada, president of the AEL Board of Governors.
US Chargé d‘ Affaires Kevin Sullivan presented the United States Ambassador’s Award to Patricio Gallardo Garcia Freire from Argentina. This award is presented annually to the student who has promoted a closer relationship between the people of the US and other countries through leadership and commitment to international understanding. Daniela Rodrigues Faria Brighenti from Brazil and Gyu Ik (Daniel) Jung from South Korea received the Michael Lawrence Challenge award which is presented annually to a male and female student who best exemplifies the character traits of scholarship, comradeship, courtesy and sportsmanship. Esteban Choi of Argentina received the Danna Mines Award, given to the student who has done the most to promote community solidarity in the high school through his or her interest and impartial support of other students.
Additionally, Esteban Choi and Nicolas Valotta Galazi were awarded the Iris Lestani American Community Schools Alumni Association Scholarship of US$ 1,500 each. The two were chosen based on their excellent academic standing and their personal qualities of honesty, integrity and service. This award, presented by Lincoln alumna Dr. Edgardo Rolla (Class of ’65) is named in honor of Iris Lestani, retired Director of Alumni Affairs, who worked in the AEL high school for more than 40 years. (For more information about the alumni organization or making donations
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In this graduating class, three of the 51 students began their studies at AEL in first grade. These students, who completed 12 years at AEL, were Austin Duplak, Ambar Kleinbort, and William Samson.
As a whole, the class of 2014 has garnered over US$ 1.8 million in scholarships and financial aid to attend universities of their choice. They will attend universities all over the world including the US, Argentina, Canada, United Kingdom and other European, Asian and Latin American countries.
AEL is a private co-educational institution founded in 1936 that offers students the opportunity to earn a US High School diploma as well as the Argentine secondary credential while studying in a multicultural environment. Students may also select advanced courses of study including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.