Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Posted: June 7, 2017

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College Acceptances & Matriculations

The FRA Class of 2017 had 257 college acceptances to 120 different colleges around the nation. Click here for a full list of acceptances.

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First Inductees into Cum Laude Society

Riley Casey, Angela Hua, Alison McKinney, Kari Meko, Emma Murray, Wes Thompson, Ponder Thurmond, and Katie Wall are the first members inducted into the FRA Chapter of the Cum Laude Society, which is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools.

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Quotes from the Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian


Katie Wall, Valedictorian: "Call it rebellion, creativity, independence. Whatever this quality is has led our class to accomplish plenty of firsts for FRA, including bringing the girls cross country team to State for the first time or advancing to the Robotics World Championship and winning the THINK award, no less. We're not ready, but we are making that leap anyway, across 18 states from California to New York. I know our creative, rebellious, bold, independent spirit will take each and every one of us exactly where we want to be. And wherever that is, we will all be happy there. If nothing else, I hope this is the legacy that the Class of 2017 leaves - that we have inspired the underclassmen to be bold and forge their own lives, wherever that may take them."


Alison McKinney, Salutatorian: "The one word I would use to describe our class is prepared. Our strength in our identities and our fearless authenticity have made us prepared for whatever my come. Hold on to that confidence fiercely, regardless of the new circumstances your next chapter may bring. Be proud of the legacy you left behind here and begin forging a new legacy of your own. Our authenticity is what has made us unique, and continuing this genuineness will allow us all to do big things in the future. My challenge for our class is to continue to stay true to ourselves because that is what makes us special, and that is the legacy we should be proud to leave behind."

Five Graduates to Play Collegiate Sports

Congratulations to Riley Casey, Jack Doherty, Maeve Kelly, Ryan Madondo, and Sydney Malham, who have signed to play at the collegiate level. Casey will play basketball at Columbia University; Doherty will play football at the University of Richmond; Kelly will play soccer at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; Madondo will play soccer at East Tennessee State University; and Malham will play soccer at Ohio University.

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Six Graduates to Study the Arts at the Collegiate Level

Congratulations to the six graduates who will continue studying the arts while in college. Justin Cox and Martha Grace Scripps will be attending Samford University; Eli Frizzell will study at DePaul University; Micah Frizzell will study at Syracuse University; Hope Holmes will attend Butler University; Conor Ireland will study at Savannah College of Art and Design; and Erynn Quirk will attend the Parson's School at The New School.


Last Updated: June 7, 2017