Class of 2026 honored at Middle School Moving Up

Rabun Gap Class of 2026 honored at Moving Up ceremony

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School celebrated the Class of 2026 on Thursday, May 26 during the Middle School Moving Up Ceremony in the Rearden Theater. The event marked the transition to Upper School for the class of 50 eighth-graders. 

Allen Arbitter of Clayton, GA, Abigail Brenner of Franklin, NC, and Lucy Vogelbacher of Rabun Gap, GA, were chosen by their classmates to speak during the ceremony. Head of Middle School Mr. Weston Willard presented the Spirit of Rabun Gap awards to two students in each grade who exemplify the best of Rabun Gap at the Middle School. The Spirit of Rabun Gap award honorees were sixth-graders Bailey Demmler and Joe Kennett, both of Rabun Gap, GA; seventh-graders Sloan Mattis of Highlands, NC and Gus Williams of Demorest, GA; and eighth-graders Abigail Brenner and Santi Robles, both of Franklin, NC. 

The Niles Bolton Middle School awarded students for year-long academic success in a separate ceremony on Thursday, May 19.  Awards winners included:

Math Awards
8th Grade Math — Sarah Childs
7th Grade Math — Greg Seok
6th Grade Math — Harper Phillips

Science Awards
8th Grade Science — Abby Hartridge
7th Grade Science — Mae Mae McClung
6th Grade Science — Hope Green

English Awards
8th Grade English — Zoe Killian
7th Grade English — Juniper Sperry
6th Grade English — Amelia McCracken

History Awards
8th Grade History — Charlie McSwain
7th Grade History —  Ledger Culpepper
6th Grade History — Ben Weisser

World Language Awards
French 1B — Eulalie McGrath
Spanish 1B  — Allen Arbitter
Mandarin 1B — River Demmler
Spanish 1A — Callie Parker
Mandarin 1A  — Georgia-Brooke Lee
World Language Wheel  — Mont Wood

Elective Awards
8th Grade Singers — Abigail Brenner
8th Grade Showstoppers — MaKenna Bilbrey
8th Grade Visual Arts — Kendall Weisser
8th Grade PE — Brody Fon
7th Grade Singers — Owen Murphy
7th Grade Showstoppers — Ava Klaphdor
7th Grade Visual Arts — Leela Chrestman
7th Grade PE — Gabe Elmer
6th Grade Singers — Cecilia Barry
6th Grade Showstoppers — Porter Mulholland
6th Grade Visual Arts — Haley Manshack
6th Grade PE — Macie Bennett
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service.