Dr. Jonathan Merrill, Woodward's Upper School principal, offered his thoughts on the Class of 2019 in this week's Upper Update. Congratulations to all graduates! We're so excited for what the future holds.
This week we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2019. For those who have not attended a Woodward graduation, the ceremony is truly an impressive and beautiful celebration of the senior class and of Woodward Academy generally. This year, the 269 graduates join the ranks of over 12,000 alumni of Woodward Academy and Georgia Military Academy.
These seniors will matriculate to colleges in every region of the country and even abroad. These seniors have excelled academically, as 17 were recognized as National Merit Scholars Commended and 8 were recognized as National Merit Scholars Finalists. 144 seniors will graduate with honors and 220 seniors earned Gold or Silver Roll honors. This high level of academic achievement was also awarded by colleges. 126 members of the senior class earned scholarships valued at a total of over $13.7 million. In addition, 204 members of the senior class meet Georgia’s HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship criteria.
The members of the Class of 2019 excelled as athletes and artists, as singers and scientists, as debaters and dancers, and so much more. These seniors admirably led our Student Government Association, and served as Service Leaders, Peer Leaders, and members of the Honor Council and Discipline Board.
We are so proud of this class and owe them much gratitude for the leadership they have shown and for establishing a positive tone and attitude for our Upper School student body. I am confident that whatever lies ahead for these seniors they are prepared not just to survive but to thrive. And for those students who will return to the Upper School next year or will join the Upper School for the first time, I am excited to see our next group of leaders emerge and continue the tradition of excellence in the way of the Class of 2019.