TAISM Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2017
On Thursday, May 25, forty-two Grade 12 High School students from The American International School of Muscat (TAISM), representing 25 nations, graduated in the presence of H.E. Ambassador Marc J Sievers, 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 42 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. Richard Petersen, High School Principal, presented two special awards to the graduates on the morning of the commencement exercises. The awards for Academic Excellence were given to seniors Mohamed Al Kooheji, Alex Cramer, Nora Jackson, Elisabeth Jilan, Sofia Nadezhdina, Earl John Pagdanganan, Vivienne Seymour and Vansh Sood who ended their academic record with Highest Honors (GPA greater than 4.0). The Outstanding Senior Award, selected by the High School faculty, went to a student who best embodies the mission of the school. This year the award went to Vivienne Seymour. Arielle Combrinck and Nora Jackson spoke at the graduation ceremony. Arielle was selected by the faculty to be the Master of Ceremony for the event and Nora was selected to present the Graduation Address.
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 leadership of Band Director Mr. Dylan Dwyer, 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 areas:
Arabic as a Foreign Language: David Effiong (Grade 12)
Art: Janan Behjoo (Grade 10) and Earl John Pagdanganan (Grade 12)
Athletics / Outstanding Athletes: Arielle Combrinck (Grade 12) and Vansh Sood (Grade 12)
Choral Music: Elisabeth Jilan (Grade 12)
Drama: Cameron Hovland (Grade 12) and Karis Clark (Grade 10)
English: Nora Jackson (Grade 12)
French: Rafaella Saa Rodriguez (Grade 10)
Instrumental Music: Mohammed Al Kooheji (Grade 12)
Mathematics: Zoravar Dhanju (Grade 12)
Physical Education: Emma Grossback (Grade 9) and Johannes Intven (Grade 11)
Publications: Khairi Shahril Effendi (Grade 12) and Vivienne Seymour (Grade 12)
Life Science: Julio Castiblanco Guzman (Grade 10)
Physical Science: Vansh Sood (Grade 12)
Social Studies: Elliott Larson (Grade 12)
Spanish: Allegra Barbalonga (Grade 10)
Technical Theater: Mohamed Ibrahim (Grade 12) and Hamda Qaiser (Grade 10)
Technology: Khairi Shahril Effendi (Grade 12)
Community Service Leadership Award: Natalie Baltimore (Grade 11) and Vivienne Seymour (Grade 12)
Principal’s Award for contributions to the school: Nabaa Al Koheji (Grade 12)
TAISM has now completed 19 years of educational service to the American and international communities in the Sultanate of Oman. The school currently enrolls 750 students from Early Childhood through Grade 12, representing 63 nationalities.