Congratulations to the class of 2017

ON MAY 27th, GLBBS CELEBRATED THE GRADUATION OF ITS TENTH CLASS. Sixteen students in total received certificates that bright, sunny day, including 11 from the Traditional Boat Building program and 5 from the Comprehensive Career Program.

The first year students receiving their certification were Pamela Blusk, Rachel Conant, Roger Dunham, Ty Fairchild, Gordon Kwiatkowski, Jonas Johnson, Francis Peet, Joey Perrera, Christopher Ritchie, Ryan Root, and Kaleb Voisin.  The students who elected to complete the Career Program were James Biernesser, Tom Cronan, Samuel Hoffrichter, Jim Nelson, and Mark Pugh.

The day began with a brunch at the new

Les Cheneaux Distillers for our students and their family and friends. Our faculty, staff, volunteers, and GLBBS Board of Directors enjoyed spending time with the students one last time before they departed for the summer.  Many thanks to the Bohn and Bowlby families for hosting us.

Once again, Julie and John Dyle continued their tradition of providing a backdrop of wonderful dulcimer music.

The ceremony began with a welcoming address from Board Chairman, Ken Drenth who congratulated the graduates on their achievements.  Instructors Pat Mahon and Andy James then addressed both the first and second year students, respectively. Pat shared that he felt this group of first year students was “the best” he had ever had the pleasure of teaching. He then admitted, to much laughter, that he has made that observation at every graduation for the last 10 years.  Andy offered an emotional thank you to all of the students for teaching him so many things throughout the year.

Before receiving their certificates, the students were treated to a video review of the year put together by GLBBS Director of Administration, Ryan Hinnen.

Two students were honored as the school’s “Shipmates of the Year” – an award presented to one first-year and one second-year student. Each class voted on the individual they felt best embodied a spirit of enthusiasm, helpfulness, and desire to improve the school’s community atmosphere.

First-year student, Pam Blusk, and second-year student Mark Pugh were chosen.

Each student received a round of applause as they approached the podium to receive their certificate.

The commencement closed with two GLBBS traditions: special recognition for all U.S. Military Veterans who had been part of our educational programs and the “Signing of the Paddle”. All students who have built boats at the school since the tradition began have “signed the paddle”.

Everyone then headed to our waterfront to enjoy the boats built buy our students.

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