TAISM Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2015
On Thursday, May 28, forty-eight Grade 12 students from The American International School of Muscat (TAISM), representing 27 nations, graduated in the presence of H.E. Greta Holtz, U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. Over 500 parents, faculty, and students attended the event which was held in the school’s Bosch Center for the Performing Arts.
The 48 graduates have been accepted and plan to enroll in universities around the world including the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, the GCC and Oman.
Mr. Keith Boniface, High School Principal, presented two special awards to the graduates. The award for Academic Excellence was given to senior Josephine Baltimore, who ended her academic record with Highest Honors (GPA greater than 4.0). The Outstanding Senior Award, selected by faculty, went to a student who best embodied the mission of the school. This year the award went to Vanessa Seymour. Miss Seymour and Miss Baltimore spoke at the ceremony. Lauren Hovland, a graduating senior, was selected by the faculty to be the Master of Ceremony for the event.
Mr. Fawzi Mushantaf, Chairperson of TAISM’s Board of Directors, and Mr. Kevin Schafer, TAISM Director, awarded the diplomas to the graduates. The students were lauded for their outstanding achievements and support towards the school as well as Oman’s community.
The TAISM Concert Band, under the baton of Band Director Dr. Michael Buck, performed the prelude and processional music, including Edward Elgar’s popular “Pomp and Circumstance.” In honor of the graduating seniors, the TAISM High School Choir, directed by Mrs. Melanie Brink, performed the school’s choral anthem, “Like an Eagle.”
Following the Graduation Ceremony, all attendees were invited to a reception in the Bosch Center.
Earlier that day, TAISM held an Awards Ceremony for the High School students who were named as the most outstanding in the following subject areas:
Arabic as a Foreign Language: Sargon Goriel (11)
Arabic as a Heritage Language: Saif Al Hajri (12) & Mithaq Al Balushi (11)
Art: Mai Al Harthy (12)
Athletics: Outstanding Athletes – John Awe (12) & Tania Olier Souza (12)
Choral Music: Maria Chalhoub (12) & Lauren Hovland (12)
Drama: Lauren Hovland (12) & Joshua Lee (12)
English: Joshua Lee (12)
French: Virginia Attina (12)
Instrumental Music: Saif Al Hajri (12)
Mathematics: Hajin Hyun (11)
Physical Education: Ahmed Qaiser (11) & Asya Eminkahyagil (10)
Publications: Lauren Hovland (12)
Science: Mohamed Abdelhamid (11)
Social Studies: John Awe (12) & Josephine Baltimore (12)
Spanish: Josephine Baltimore (12) & Kristin Wilson (12)
Technical Theater: Lauren Hovland (12) & Maria Rodrigues Soares (12)
Technology: Chevontia Raju (11)
Community Service Leadership Award – Vanessa Seymour (12)
Principal’s Award – Saif Al Hajri (12)
TAISM has now completed 17 years of educational service to the American and international communities in the Sultanate of Oman. The school currently enrolls 800 students from Early Childhood through Grade 12, representing 60 nationalities.
Keith Boniface, HS Principal