Class of 2021 looks ahead to college life

Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Staff Report
THOMASVILLE - Next fall, the 44 students in Brookwood School’s class of 2021 will begin their college journey in various parts of the country, from Georgia to Illinois to Texas to Colorado. This accomplished group, which includes star athletes, award-winning artists, lead ballerinas, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and humanitarians, received 150 offers of admission from 67 different institutions of higher learning in two countries. They will be attending 26 different colleges and universities in ten states. 93% were accepted into their first or second choice college.
Abigail Middleton recognized how different this admission season was. “It was a bit stressful deciding where to apply as college tours last spring were canceled. However, with the help of the adults who advised me, I was able to clear my head and learn to adjust to applying to schools.” Middleton established her priorities and ultimately chose Elon University in North Carolina, which is a new town she feels will bring great opportunities. Additionally, it is near her brother, Bridger ‘19, who is currently attending the University of Virginia. “I am looking forward to meeting new people from all over! All of the new experiences I know I will have at Elon make me want August to come faster” 
With varying goals and priorities, the class of 2021 chose a wide range of schools to attend. While many students will be attending Georgia’s highly-reputable state institutions, including the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology, others will be attending small liberal arts colleges, like Andrew College (GA), Wheaton College (IL), and Sewanee: The University of the South (TN). Additionally, a number of students will be attending large research universities, including Clemson University (NC), Auburn University (AL), and the University of Colorado, Boulder (CO). 
Jack Boltja is one of ten student-athletes in the graduating class who will continue their athletic careers in college. He will attend Georgia Southern University in Statesboro to play golf. “Brookwood has helped me learn how to manage my time well. Golf and basketball have kept me very busy, and I have learned how to find a good balance of academics and athletics. I am looking forward to the challenge of being in the starting line up next year at Georgia Southern.” 
“What a fantastic conclusion for such a special group of Brookwood students,” shared Dr. Jeremy Kasten, the incoming Director of College Counseling. “They have worked hard over the years and that hard work has paid off. Not only did the senior class have many academic, athletic and personal accomplishments this year, they also had an outstanding admissions result despite the many challenges that were thrown their way. I have been teaching and coaching this group since they were in the seventh grade, and I am very proud of the way they have represented Brookwood and will continue to represent Brookwood in their next stage of life.”
Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.