This week, with graduation fast approaching, Brookwood School celebrated Upper School students who have achieved the highest levels of academic success in Brookwood’s annual honors ceremony.
“The Brookwood Class of 2019 is a group of very nice young people that are willing to set high goals and to work diligently to attempt to achieve those goals,” says David Grooms, Brookwood’s Upper School Director. “They have generally been a great pleasure with which to work, and it has been enjoyable to see them develop over the past four years.”
All 43 seniors in the Brookwood class of 2019 have been admitted to college, with students being accepted into 57 different universities in 17 states and 2 countries.
“Our seniors have wonderful college options, all of which are a testament to this class’s work ethic and perseverance,” says Kim Lord, Director of College Counseling at Brookwood. “They have served as great academic role models for younger students and have been exceptional stewards of the Upper School.”
Caroline Wolff is the valedictorian for the class of 2019, having earned the highest cumulative grade point average of her classmates in her four years of high school at Brookwood. Wolff will give the final speech in Brookwood’s graduation ceremony.
“Caroline is a very tenacious student,” Grooms says. “She works hard to grasp every concept and is always seeking to improve and willingly accepts guidance and direction from teachers.”
Lord agrees that the skills Wolff developed at Brookwood will serve her well in the future: “Caroline will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall. Wake's community will be blessed by her presence just as Brookwood has -- she's a leader, a student of unfailing character and a true scholar.”
Having achieved the second-highest cumulative GPA among his classmates, Bridger Middleton is the salutatorian for Brookwood’s 2019 class. Middleton will open the graduation ceremony by addressing his classmates, as is tradition at Brookwood.
Grooms praises Middleton’s work ethic: “Bridger is intelligent, hardworking, creative and enthusiastic. He is always willing to help others.”
In addition to the valedictorian and salutatorian of this year’s class, Brookwood honors a number of other students who also had outstanding academic performance during their high school years.
Summa Cum Laude graduates are students who have maintained at least a 4.0 grade point average for four years at Brookwood. Honorees in this year’s class include Brianna Beach, Crichton Bryan, Abby Chapman, Cricket Daniel, Evans Dodys, Michaela Falconer, Audrey Johnson, Julia Johnson, Bridger Middleton, Joseph Parker, Sally Patterson, Raleigh Rollins, Caroline Wolff, and Vincent Yokley.
Magna Cum Laude graduates have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.67. The honorees for the class of 2019 are Jonathan Burns, Abbey Cook, Colin Grimsley, Ellie Harrer, Millie Hogan, Peyton Middleton, Anna Stencel, and Lance Wortman.
Cum Laude graduates are students who have maintained a minimum of a 3.33 grade point average. This year’s honorees are Taylor Culpepper, Nicholas Lauderdale, Kendell Mediate, Reid Myers, Jason Simmons, Jordan Thompson, and Caitlin West.
“We are very proud of the success of each of our students. Through a combination of talent and hard work, they have been able to achieve at a high level. I would also like to take this opportunity opportunity to thank all of the teachers at Brookwood for their hard work, passion, and dedication to student success,” states Headmaster Dr. Randy Watts.
Brookwood School’s graduation ceremony, at which all of this year’s graduates will be honored and Wolff and Middleton will address their peers, will be held on May 18 at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium.