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graduation Class of 2021

The graduates of the class of 2021 spelling out - we are all in this together, we did it!

Graduation Ceremony

Picture of ZIS Graduates sitting in rows with focus on their hats
  1. Candidate Processional: “Pomp and Circumstance”

  2. Director's Address: Lisa Lyle

  3. Address by Alumna: Christina Keller

  4. Musical Performance: "Cover Me in Sunshine" (as performed by Pink and Willow Sage Hart) Amy Allen and Maureen Anne McDonald; Andrea Canas, guitar and vocals; Callum Umaña-Stuart, percussion

  5. Address by Class of 2021 Students: Lucy Reza and Rohan Dutta

  6. Presentation of Awards: David Markus and Ron Steijn (ZIS Foundation Award, ZIS Community Award, ZIS Grade Scholarship Award, ECIS Award for International Understanding, Principal‘s Awards)

  7. Musical Performance: “Etude in A-flat Major, Opus 25, No. 1” (“The Aeolian Harp”) Frédéric Chopin; Noah Gellner, piano

  8. Presentation of Diplomas: David Markus

  9. Closing Remarks: Martin Samuelsson, Grade 12 Level Leader

  10. Graduate Recessional: “Joyant Winds” by Ed Huckeby

Program

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Alumna and Senior Speakers

Christina Keller

Christina Keller

Christina Keller (Class of 1999) is CEO and President of Cascade Engineering. She holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a BA from Boston College. She also holds a certificate in Economics from American University and a certificate in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.

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Lucy Reza

Lucy Reza

Lucy Reza joined the ZIS community in Kindergarten, in August of 2008. While she will miss the ZIS Community, Lucy is excited to be going back to the United Kingdom this October to study Psychology at the University of Bath.
 

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Rohan Dutta

Rohan Dutta

Rohan Dutta has been a member of the ZIS community since 2006. Rohan is looking forward to starting the next chapter in his academic career, and plans to head to the University of Manchester to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

 

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Award Recipients

Helena Gordon-Agbaje

Helena Gordon-Agbaje

ZIS Foundation Award

The ZIS Foundation Award is presented to a senior who most closely represents the ideals and goals of the ZIS philosophy and who has given evidence of solid academic achievement, has shown concern for the school and/or local community, has participated in co-curricular activities and demonstrates idealism, conviction, courage and imagination. The award is voted on by the faculty of the Upper School.

This year’s recipient of the ZIS Foundation Award is an outstanding young woman who epitomises these qualities through extensive engagement in writing, reading and advocating for social change not only in the ZIS community, but in the wider international school network. This individual has a charismatic capacity to galvanise her peers in debate on difficult and important issues with remarkable ease. This makes ZIS a safer place to grow and learn. As a leader she is skilled at building consensus but not afraid to challenge others, through her actions and words. She began this year as part of the panel speaking to faculty about racism and exclusion in a mature and sensitive manner. She was a founding member of a new club at school that works for inclusion and combating racism and has been involved in the organization Reset Revolution, collaborating with Racetalks to organize the online conference "Being Black at an International School" and spoke eloquently at the conference. Along with her solid academic achievement, this individual embodies idealism, conviction, courage and imagination.

This fall, she will be studying at King’s College London.

Lucy Reza

Lucy Reza

ZIS Community Award

The Community Award is awarded to the senior who has distinguished him or herself by outstanding service to the local and school community and for exemplary and positive leadership. This year’s recipient is a student who consistently performs at the highest level academically while working to create an inclusive community at ZIS. She has led and been involved in a large number of clubs and extracurricular activities, including the Nepal Service Club and Inter/Action club. This year, she was the ‘face’ of ZIS. As student council president, this exceptional young woman has shown initiative and leadership through one of the most challenging school years ever.

She has worked to bring the voice of the students to the forefront, tackling difficult concerns with empathy and humility. Partnering with faculty and administration, she has led one of the most effective student councils in recent history. She humbly supported service projects, student initiatives, and administration decisions while fostering school spirit with a positive and mature attitude. She is not just a community member, she is a community builder.

Ishika Gupta

Ishika Gupta

ECIS Award for International Understanding

This award recognizes students in an international school who are actively involved in promoting international understanding. The nominated student holds some of the following qualities: to be a good representative of their own country, to be positive in their attitude toward the life and culture of others, to be a contributing force in the life of the school, to be known for bringing different people together into a sense of community, thus furthering the cause of international understanding

This year’s winner of the ECIS award is a natural leader and a positive contributor to our learning community, in and out of school. In both her club leadership and academic pursuits, she asks others to consider our greater community and their role within it. Her AP Research paper explored how Pakistani immigrants in Zurich perceive political tensions in South Asia. This outstanding work involved sensitive, in-depth interviews and thoughtful analysis of a complex global issue.

Over the past 4 years, Ishika has been an active member of Amnesty International and this year was elected president of the club. She was an outstanding leader, running the club confidently and independently with very little input from the faculty advisor. She participated in the last Global Issues Network conference to be held physically, before Corona, and this year led a group at the GIN online conference, arguing the need for reform of Swiss rape laws. In the early summer of 2020 she was selected to become a part of the leadership of the GIN organization worldwide, and has been working beyond school as part of the Global Issues Network Bridge Program. In this role, she recruited new students for this team by informing students about the importance of GBP and encouraging their application. She also presented at the most recent Global Issues Network Regional Conference about the work she and others are doing at ZIS to inspire youth to take action about global issues.

She is a fantastic leader of other students and has a way of making others feel appreciated and comfortable. She leads by example. She speaks multiple languages. She is a wonderful representative of her home country, and has been a positive force at ZIS. She will certainly continue to be a force for good when she moves on to university in the UK to study International relations.

This year’s ECIS award for International Understanding goes to Ishika Gupta.

Principal's Award Recipients

Vivienne Jeker

Vivienne Jeker

Vivienne is an all rounder. She is academically strong, actively involved in the ATAC program in music and sports, and genuinely cares about our school community. Vivienne is often seen supporting fellow students. As the president of NHS, Vivienne has impressed faculty and her peers by attaining her goals in a humble but efficient manner. She has been described as “a quiet leader”, making things happen and organizing details in the background without seeking recognition for her work. During a very difficult year of hybrid learning, Vivienne adapted NHS’ role to support students while online by creating ways for NHS to fulfill their commitment to service through virtual tutoring. Vivienne’s engagement and commitment to supporting the school community is also exemplified by her involvement in Amnesty International and role as Student Ambassador. Congratulations on your Principal’s Award, Vivienne!

Pablo Meijer

Pablo Meijer

Pablo took a great leadership role in the Just One Africa service club. Despite our Continuous Learning Program and lockdown, Pablo was able to bring the JOA together as a group, who were all willing to put time and effort into the different activities. With his calm manner he showed great leadership skills. He took his role seriously and organized and structured the work of the team. Pablo was also part of the student group who worked together to present the service work they do here at ZIS to international school students

Ashim Mitra

Ashim Mitra

Ashim is a leader and positive force in our school community. On the student council he has worked collaboratively to bring student council projects to fruition and he is an excellent representative of students committing time and energy into improving the upper school community. Ashim has also been an active member of the NHS Executive committee: always willing to help, enthusiastic and creative, very engaged in serving the community. Thank you Ashim for caring so much about our school community. You deserve a Principals’ Award!

Henri Staehelin

Henri Staehelin

Henri is an exemplary student who has been deeply involved in enhancing all aspects of the ZIS community. He has been an executive member and the face of Project Green over the past 4 years promoting sustainability in our community. Henri was also part of the student group who worked together to present about the service work they do here at ZIS to international school students from around the world at the Global Issues Network (GIN) Regional Conference to inspire youth to take action about global concerns. He has also been a tutor to Lower School students in the young scientists extra curricular program. In addition to tutoring many of his classmates as an NHS tutor, he has also competed internationally with the Young Naturalists working to develop a biodegradable plastic. His passion for science and eagerness to seek out challenges is reflected in a rigorous course load, which includes an independent study in Environmental Chemistry. Henri has also represented ZIS as an athlete for the past 4 years on the cross country running team and cross country skiing team. Congratulations to Henri for your well deserved Principal’s Award.

Esther Thomet

Esther Thomet

This student has been described as ‘living up to all aspects of our school mission’. Esther not only shows excellent academic achievement, but is very active in all activities around our school community. She is the Vice-President of Amnesty International, active in our athletics program, a member of Model United Nations (MUN) and was also a member of the student group who worked together to present the service work they do here at ZIS to international school students from around the world at the Global Issues Network (GIN) Regional Conference to inspire youth to take action about global concerns. She is a composed, intelligent young woman, always respectful, incredibly positive, kind and imaginative: a fine representative of our school. We are very proud to present this Principal’s Award to Esther

Grade Scholarship Award Recipients

Awarded to students who have achieved the highest Grade Point Average. These 8 students have achieved a perfect Grade Point Average of 4.0.

Ana Brenninkmeijer

Ana Brenninkmeijer

Lucy Clifford

Lucy Clifford

Noah Gellner

Noah Gellner

Mark Jhaveri

Mark Jhaveri

Liv Lindgren-Ornass

Liv Lindgren-Ornass

Michiel Rosmuller

Michiel Rosmuller

Caroline Terryn

Caroline Terryn

Esther Thomet

Esther Thomet

Congratulations Class of 2021

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