Photo Credit Jan Garrison
June 23, 2015

Whether it is preparing for the service academies, getting ready for their English Speaking Union adventure, or spending the summer studying a foreign language, Culver Academies students and new graduates are already busy making summer travel plans. Check out where everyone is headed on the Commencement 2015 page.

Top of the class

The valedictorian of the Class of 2015 and recipient of the Jonas Weil Award was Boyao Yu (Shanghai, China) with a 3.98 grade-point average for four years and a 4.0 his first-class year. Yu also received the Scholarship Medal as the cadet with the highest cumulative GPA during his final two years (3.96). Yu will continue his education at Carnegie Mellon University. Established by Jonas Weil ’54, the Weil Award provides a monetary award to the valedictorian and salutatorian.

With a four-year GPA of 3.96 and a 3.94 her senior year, Clare Cunningham (Richmond, Ky.) was named the salutatorian/Jonas Weil Award winner. Cunningham also received the Alfred J. Donnelly Scholastic Award for the highest academic average (3.96) her final two years at Culver. Cunningham will matriculate at the University of Notre Dame on a four-year Air Force ROTC Scholarship.

Service academies and ROTC scholarships

Four members of the Class of 2015 will be attending service academies this fall, another will attend the United States Military Academy Prep School, and two more received four-year ROTC scholarships to their respective colleges.

For the first time, the girls outnumber the boys heading to the service academies. Rebecca Gicewicz (Olympia, Wash.) will be attending the Air Force Academy; Katie Salerni (Coronado, Calif.) and Krista Trefren (Hotchkiss, Colo.), the Naval Academy; and Ian Murdoch (Western Springs, Ill.), West Point. Jessie Brownfield (Columbus, Ind.) will attend the United States Military Academy Prep School.

Along with Cunningham, Paul Foersch (Culver) received a four-year ROTC scholarship. Foersch received a Naval scholarship to Oregon State University and is taking the Marine Corps option.

English Speaking Union/ASSIST

Four members of the Class of 2015 will be studying overseas in 2015-16 with theEnglish Speaking Union program. ESU students spend a year studying at a private schools, mostly in the United Kingdom, before entering college. Dana Brown (Granger, Ind.) will study in Yorkshire, Alexandra Jeffirs (Argos, Ind.) in West Sussex, and Noah Trevino (Gary, Ind.) in Southwold. Bradley Truel II (Huntington, N.Y.) will study in Argentina as part of a special program.

Culver Academies also said goodbye to visiting ESU students Alice Dendy (Oxford, England) and Sophie Williamson (Clackmannanshire, Scotland). This is the 21st year that the Academies have been associated with the ESU, which is considered the high school equivalent of the Rhodes Scholarship.

Culver also hosted two students through the ASSIST program: juniors Saga Brismar (Stockholm, Sweden) and Chi Pham (Hanoi, Vietnam). ASSIST students have come to the United States from 51 different countries over the past 45 years.

IU Honors Program

Twelve rising seniors will spend six weeks this summer overseas with the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages. As part of the total immersion program students will live with a host family and are not to speak English during their stay. Five students will study in France: Gabrielle Menard and Matthieu Menard, both of Bear, Del.; Julia Hernandez (Pueblo, Colo.), Lydia Jaqua (Hastings, Mich.), and Hallie Rauch (Evansville, Ind.). Studying in Spain are Chiara Fitzgerald (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia), Erica Sadlowski (Seven Hills, Ohio), Joshua Thompkins (Valparaiso, Ind.), and Madeleine Wildermuth (Lafayette, Ind.). Kieran Hussey (Crown Point, Ind.) and Susan Westman (Orland Park, Ill.) will study German in Austria. Going to China is Alexander Krupp (Mishawaka, Ind.).

Berger, Powell Awards

Zachary Moffett (Liberty, Ind.) was the 2015 recipient of the Mark Todd Berger Scholarship. The scholarship is funded by Berger’s parents and brother, David ’83, and presented to the rising senior who personifies the courage, concern, pleasant nature, and positive outlook of Mark Todd Berger, who died in April 1988 of his first-class year from a congenital heart condition.

Tiffany Powell Leadership Award for 2014-15 went to Katherine Hansen (Culver). The annual recipient is a senior who has excelled in leadership, is academically strong, and involved in the campus community. Hansen is the daughter of Diane Hansen ’75, the Atrium counselor, and the granddaughter of retired math instructor Gerald Thomas. The Class of 2000 established the award in honor of Powell ’98, who died tragically in July 1999.

Unit, Dorm honored for academic success

The Silver Bowl, presented to the CMA organization having the highest academic achievement for the school year, went to Company A with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.54. Band was second with a 3.45 GPA followed by Company B at 3.42.

For CGA, the Benson Bowl for Academic Achievement went to Atrium dorm with a grade-point average of 3.61 for the school year. Ithaka had a 3.55 GPA for second followed by Tower at 3.54.

Three selected for All-State Honors Choir

Angela Miltich ’16 (Jackson, Mich.), Charlotte Root ’18 (Indianapolis), and Ran Tao ’16 (Beijing) have been selected, via competitive audition, for the 2016 Indiana All State Honors Choir. They will begin attending monthly area rehearsals in September, culminating in the combining of the 250 best voices from across the state in a concert at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne in January.

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