Four Wiltonians among Ridgefield Academy’s largest graduating class

Wilton residents Stella Dubin, Evan Kauh, Cate Matthews and Maeve Stauff were among the 39 students who graduated from Ridgefield Academy on Tuesday, June 13.

Ridgefield Academy is a coeducational, independent day school for kindergarten through eighth grade in Ridgefield, Conn.

The 2017 class was the largest in the school’s history, and 15 of the graduates had attended Ridgefield Academy since kindergarten — including Maeve.

During the outdoor ceremony, each graduate processed to the stage with his or her “kindergarten buddy,” and spoke to the audience about their Ridgefield Academy journey, what it meant to them and how prepared they feel to conquer future academic and life experiences.

“Bright, outspoken, determined and service-minded” is how Ridgefield Academy Head of School Jim Heus described the 2017 class during the ceremony.

Not only are they “poised to make a difference,” Heus told the audience, but they also have what he called “the glue factor — the ability to bring others together to stick to the chore at hand and accomplish something special.”

Graduation concluded as each member of the 2017 class recessed down the aisle and rang the Patriot Bell for the last time, signifying the end of their days at Ridgefield Academy and the beginning of new life adventures.

Nineteen of the graduates will go on to attend independent day schools, 13 will attend local high schools, and seven will attend boarding schools.