Class of 2019 graduation
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 5/21/2019

The commencement ceremony for Whitefield Academy’s Class of 2019 was held on Saturday, May 18, at the Church of the Apostles in Buckhead. Led by Head of School Dr. Kevin Bracher, Upper School Principal Nathan Stevens, and Board Chair Jason Bilotti, 69 graduates received their diplomas and became members of the school’s alumni association.

The keynote speaker was Chief Justice Harold Melton. Justice Melton was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Governor Sonny Perdue on July 1, 2005. Prior to joining the Court, he served as Executive Counsel to Governor Perdue. Before that, he spent 11 years in the Georgia Department of Law under two Attorneys General where he dealt with issues ranging from the creation of the Georgia Lottery Corporation to the administration of Georgia’s tobacco settlement.

Class valedictorian Donovan Pearce and class salutatorian Grayce Guthrie also delivered words of encouragement to the class.

The Class of 2019 was awarded 148 scholarships totaling $9.36 million (not including Hope and Zell Miller Scholarships). They received 287 college acceptances from 111 different colleges in 35 different states and Canada. Students were accepted to colleges and universities ranging from Texas to California to Maine and all across the southeast. Appalachian State University, Auburn University, Clemson University, Elon University, Florida A&M University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Samford University, the University of Georgia, the University of Tennessee, the University of Wisconsin, and Wake Forest University are just a sampling of the schools the graduates will attend in the fall.

The class also included three National Merit Finalists as well as one Questbridge Scholar, one Haslam Scholar, seven Eagle Scouts, one Girl Scout Gold Awardee, and four athletes who will play at the collegiate level.

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