Lower School News

Lifers Ceremony 2017
Posted 04/27/2017 04:20PM

22 students celebrated for 10 years at Bullis

At the beginning of each year, the senior "Lifers" who entered Bullis in the earliest grade (3rd grade for the Class of 2017) greet the new youngest bulldogs (this year 2nd grade) at the Acorn Ceremony. As the school year comes to a close, these youngest students help to send off the Lifers with a special ceremony in which we celebrate their years at Bullis.

This year's ceremony included the 2nd graders giving the seniors red bud saplings, whose leaves resemble hearts, to help the students "remember in your hearts your time at Bullis," as Lower School Principal Margaret Andreadis explained.

Upper School Principal Robert Pollicino introduced this year's 22 Lifers and reminded the assembled school community of what was happening in our world in 2007 when these Lifers entered Bullis. He recalled:

  • Bullis varsity boys teams won IAC championships in basketball, ice hockey and tennis
  • NASA's Phoenix spacecraft launched, and landed on Mars 10 months later
  • The U.S. enjoyed an economic boom before the 2008 crash
  • Senators John McCain and Barack Obama kicked off campaigns for president
  • The iPhone w/3G launched and the App Store opened
  • American Idol and Dancing with the Stars were our nation's most popular TV shows
  • Avril Lavigne had the top-selling album and "Crank That" by Soulja Boy was the top song
  • The Washington Redskins, Wizards and Caps all made it to the first round of playoffs, and all then lost
  • Nationals Stadium opened

Margaret Andreadis then shared teacher comments from the students' early years in the Bullis Lower School which reflect their interests and personalities then–and which often parallel who these students have become today.

Congratulations to the Lifers from the Class of 2017:

Allison Bass
Ryan Braun
Joey Bullis
Thabi Cooper
Katie Fragoyannis
Ben Halle
Jonas Hosmer
Patrick Leasure
Matthew Linehan
Brenden Lloyd
Julia Lowenthal
Chris Mavrikes
Mason Melnick
Sam Mininberg
Kristin Palmer
Jackie Peacock
Alec Samuels
Avva Sarkarzadeh
Maximillian Theo
Lucia Zelaya
Joey Zimmerman
Nicole Zuckerman

View a photo gallery of the Lifers Ceremony.

We became artists, athletes and learners. We became friends. We became Bullis!

Mark W. '20, 5th grade reflection

Lower School students produce their own newsletter, “The Little Bulldog,” to share news from their viewpoint of activities on campus and the world around them.

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