As the end of the school year nears, Brookwood School celebrated Upper School students who have achieved the highest levels of academic success in the annual honors and awards day ceremony on May 11th.
Anna Ryan is the valedictorian for the class of 2023, having earned the highest cumulative grade point average of her classmates in their four years of high school at Brookwood. Ryan will give the final speech in Brookwood’s graduation ceremony.
Bill Cook, the Upper School Director shared, “Anna is highly motivated and holds herself to very high standards. She is an extremely thorough and dedicated student, who works hard to exceed her own expectations and those of her teachers. Anna has earned the respect of her peers by continually challenging herself, and those around her, to excel.”
The salutatorian for the class of 2023 is Peggy Boltja. Boltja achieved the second-highest cumulative GPA among her classmates and will open the graduation ceremony by addressing her classmates, in keeping with Brookwood tradition.
Cook praised Boltja for her creativity. “Peggy has a relentless curiosity and desire to learn. She not only has the ability to understand the material presented, but can apply it to other situations or problems. Peggy is a classic example of a student who has not settled or become complacent, but has continued to improve throughout her time in high school.”
“I am very proud of Anna and Peggy becoming the Valedictorian and Salutatorian. They are both talented young women of high character who not only excel academically but also are contributors to their community. Part of their role at Graduation is to tell the story of their class and I am confident that they will do a beautiful job of describing and celebrating the achievements and characteristics of the Class of 2023,” stated Headmaster Dr. Randy Watts.
In addition to the valedictorians and salutatorians of this year’s class, Brookwood honored 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 Mary Brian Anderson, Kendall Boggs, Peggy Boltja, Ava Cauley, Mary Claire Chapman, Luke Hilson, Libby Jacobson, Parker Lee, Parker McCollum, Ean Parr, Hannah Richardson, and Anna Ryan.
Magna Cum Laude graduates have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.67. The honorees for the class of 2023 are Tyson Allen, Zack Counts, Kaden Giles, Simon Hilson, Taylor Huffman, Abigail Humphries, Christopher May, Caroline Miller, Tori Noah, Jackson Vaughn, and Justice Widener.
Cum Laude graduates are students who have maintained a minimum of a 3.33 grade point average. This year’s honorees are Hendley Bryan, Tyler Cleveland, Mac Duck, Camden Harbin, Katie Knifer, Isaac Richardson, Spencer Richardson.
Brookwood’s graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 20th in the Joe and Mary Beverly Athletic Center and will be broadcasted on Livestream for those unable to attend.