There's no time quite like June at Western Reserve Academy. As our 400 students fly home for their well-earned summertime leisure and adventures, campus seems almost forlorn in their absence. But Reserve does not stay quiet for long! Each summer, we happily welcome home old friends and their families as alumni return to celebrate their Reunion Weekend.
This was the year for the 4's and the 9's, as graduates of 2014 all the way to 1949 made the trip to walk familiar paths, reminisce with classmates and learn more about all the ways their alma mater has both kept true to tradition and made steps forward with exciting updates.
Alumni enjoyed all of the favorite events, starting with Friday night's Welcome Back Reception inside Ellsworth Hall, a Saturday morning Fun Run in honor of former faculty member Señor Frasier and more. Per tradition, attendees enjoyed a beautiful firework-studded sky at the Saturday evening gala to toast a wonderful weekend.
New this year were self-guided campus tours to explore recently renovated Seymour Hall, President's House and The Wang Innovation Center. Notably, one group of classmates spent most of their Saturday inside the makerspace, impressed by the new 6,000-square-foot space inside the Knight Fine Arts Center and how students and faculty are taking full advantage of the equipment.
"Can we go back to high school?" one classmate joked.
The WRA Today Chapel program brought a great many alums inside the iconic building to honor and recognize this year's alumni award winners. Congratulations to Dr. Joseph S. Wood '64, who received the Waring Prize, Dr. Leslee L. Subak '79, this year's Morley Science Medal winner, Thomas F. Seligson '69, who received the Alumni Association Award, and beloved former faculty member Marie F. Fiedler, who received the Ellsworth Award.
The program included special recognition of Head of School Christopher D. Burner '80, who is the first recipient of the inaugural Christopher D. Burner Award. The Chapel thundered with applause for his tremendous service and devotion to his alma mater, and all wished him well as he sets off for Buffalo, NY, to head the Nichols School this fall.
Thank you to all who returned to campus to celebrate Reunion Weekend.