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On May 28, Western Reserve Academy's Class of 2017 was scheduled to be handed their diplomas and take their official steps forward as members of Reserve's alumni.
Danny Mylott '17 is this year's student speaker and Jude Kearney '76, an attorney at the law firm Greenberg Traurig in Washington, D.C. and Chair of the firm's Africa practice, will return to campus as this year's featured speaker.
Recognizing the achievements of this year's senior class:
In 2017, eight members of the senior class were National Merit ScholarFinalists.
More than 20 will continue to play sports at the college level; seven of these students will move onto Division I athletics.
100 percent of the 114 graduates will matriculate to four-year colleges,moving on to pursue bright futures at exceptional academic institutions, such as Cornell University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, Carnegie Mellon University and more.
During their time at Reserve, the Class of 2017 made great strides in academic, athletic, artistic and altruistic achievement. Their resolve to make a difference took them across the country on service trips to Pine Ridge Reservation and around the region with a commitment to positively impact the local community. They traveled regionally to the Cleveland Clinic and as far as Heidelberg, Germany for scholarly experiences in the sciences. Four were named the recipients of the school's highestathletic honor, the Gold Medal award. Many of them will leave behind tangible evidence of their mark on Reserve -- whether it's a hand-crafted bowties made from recycled clothing, a fantastical mural on the wall of Hudson's Land of Make Believe, or a specialized room in a local elementary school designed to soothe children with autism spectrum disorder. The school has chronicled student stories in a new series at https://www.wra.net/foreverpioneers.
Head of School Christopher D. Burner '80 says, "Western Reserve Academy will always remember the incredibly talented, ambitious and dynamic Class of 2017. We can't wait to hear about their next great accomplishments."
"I think we're the true class we're true to ourselves," said Mylott. "I'm very proud to be in this class, and I've been so happy to be with peers who live with kindness and honesty."