St. George’s celebrates 60th anniversary of first graduating class at Third Annual Tribute Dinner
For three years St. George’s has enjoyed celebrating the character and contributions of our community at the annual Homecoming Weekend Tribute Dinner event, but this year on November 3, there was just that much more to celebrate.
Six decades ago the school graduated its very first class of students. In the years since, more than 3,000 have joined the St. George’s alumni network after walking across the stage at their own graduation ceremonies. Of the eight alumni who make up the Class of 1958, three accepted the Award of Distinction on behalf of their cohort at the Third Annual Tribute Dinner on November 3.
The evening, which benefited the school’s scholarships and bursaries fund, was guaranteed to be emotional. This year’s Community Champion designation recalls a semi-final baseball game in October 2017, during which a St. George’s parent’s first responder training enabled him to save the life of his son’s teammate. Robert Sibthorpe leapt into action when a student with an existing medical condition suddenly collapsed on the field, his instinct allowing the player to make a full recovery after being resuscitated through CPR. The St. George’s community recognized Sibthorpe for his heroic actions at the Tribute Dinner, where he was presented with one of seven awards conferred that night.
In addition to the Award of Distinction and Community Champion accolades, the school presented outstanding community members with Alumnus/Alumna of the Year (Matthew Smiley ’99), Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (Zenia Dusaniwsky), Outstanding Staff Member (Khursheed Khursigara), Young Alumnus/Alumna of the Year (Alexandra Cohen ’14), and Outstanding Student (Jasper Billig ’19).
Head of School Sharon Klein extends her congratulations to this year’s recipients: “Through their exemplary leadership and commitment to serve, they stand out as shining examples of how we can all make a difference and help shape our St. George’s community, our personal or professional communities, and the world at large.”