Linden Hall graduates 24

By on May 31, 2017

Linden Hall’s class of 2017 has 24 members. (All photos supplied by Linden Hall)

Linden Hall School For Girls celebrated the commencement of 24 young women on May 26 at Lititz Moravian Church.

The traditional procession of students and faculty led the seniors into the church sanctuary for the ceremony.

The procession of Linden Hall seniors heads to the Lititz Moravian Church for commencement exercises last Friday morning

A musical prelude was provided by Dr. Jeffrey Gemmel, Lititz Moravian’s organist. The Linden Hall Orchestra performed “Land of Hope and Glory.”

The invocation was given by Rev. Dean Jurgen of the Lititz Moravian congregation followed by welcoming remarks from Meg Mueller, co-chair of the Linden Hall board of trustees.

Salutatorians Nan Liao and Jiaxuan Kelly Lu both addressed those assembled. Then, the Linden Hall Medal was presented by Michael E. Waylett, head of school.

This year’s valedictorian and Linden Hall Medal recipient was Esther Plotnick. She delivered an address to her fellow students. Rumor has it that Esther is headed to Harvard University in the fall.

Valedictorian and Linden Hall Medal recipient, Esther Sif Plotnick.

A musical selection, “Home/Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips, was presented by the All-School Choir, Women’s Choir, Musea, and Treble Choirs. The number featured Cassie Lin, piano; Paige Misavage, guitar; Giselle Moss, percussionist; Seraphina Thorpe, glockenspiel; and was conducted by Jennifer Lobo.

The graduation guest speaker was Judy Conlin, Linden Hall’s middle school coordinator.

Graduation candidates listen to speakers inside the Lititz Moravian Church during the Linden Hall Class of 2017 commencement ceremony.

The following women received diplomas. Asterisks indicate members of the National Honor Society.

C. Allen*

NaiQi Sandy Chen*

Josefina Camille Colantoni*

Shelby Rose Colson*

Ling Ding

Emily Elizabeth Frank

Jane Geng

Xurui Sherry Huang*

Yan Janet Jiang*

Miki Kamei

Sarah Rae Kauffman

Nan Liao*

Jiaxuan Lu

Nora Elena Mayer*

Zola Keza Mirenge

Pamela Chika-Roli Nwakakwa

Esther Sif Plotnick*

Alexandra Brenda Popielarski

Grace Elizabeth Stewart*

Qi Dorothy Wang*

Sarah Emily Wolfe*

Anna Xie

Jindi Angela Zhang*

Yatong Zhang

Linden Hall Graduates throw their caps into the air outside Lititz Moravian Church following the school’s commencement ceremony on May 26.

Nearly every senior was accepted to a prestigious university. The list includes, but is not limited to:

Arcadia University, Bryn Mawr College, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, University of Denver, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, University of Hartford, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Lebanon Valley College, University of Miami, Michigan State University, New York University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University (Honors College), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Saint Louis University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Stevens Institute of Technology, Temple University, Ursinus College, and York College of Pennsylvania.

Linden Hall will be holding a summer open house for prospective students and their parents on July 18, from 3 to 5 p.m., on their campus, located at 212 E. Main St., Lititz. Several summer camps for girls are also planned. Learn more at

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