In a year like no other, WRA is thrilled to celebrate a graduating class like no other. Though the traditional National College Decision Day is slightly extended this year by considerations around COVID-19, the majority of our 117 Pioneers have committed to the institutions of higher learning where they will begin their next great adventure. We couldn't be prouder.
With hundreds of acceptances, WRA Seniors have chosen to attend 74 different schools across 24 states, the United Kingdom and Germany. This number will continue to climb as more students make their decisions. Take a look at the Class of 2020's college acceptance list.
"What an honor it was to spend my first year at WRA with this group of graduates," said Head of School Suzanne Walker Buck. "I feel personally indebted to them for the incredible welcome they extended to my family and me. I am inspired by that which they have accomplished in the face of great challenges. My colleagues and I can't wait to celebrate these amazing Pioneers and to share our joy for all that they will accomplish. We are thrilled to name them alumni of Western Reserve Academy."
Quantitative superlatives for the class are abundant:
- 100% of students will matriculate to 4-year colleges and universities.
- 84% were admitted to "most competitive" or "highly competitive" schools as ranked by Barron's.
- 35 students accepted and will attend their Early Decision college. An additional 31 will attend colleges where they applied as an Early Action applicant.
- 13 students-athletes committed to playing at the collegiate level.
- The Class of 2020 included 5 National Merit Finalists and 12 Commended students, an outstanding percentage considering the small class size.
- 11 students received acceptances to five Ivy League institutions.
- Six Senior Cancer Immunology and Pathobiology students plan to continue their research in college.
This year's class was guided by a College Counseling Office driven to bring the best possible outcome to every Pioneer. Industry veteran and Interim Director of College Counseling Jen Berry and her team were savvy advocates for an amazing group of students including athletes, opera singers, actors, writers, environmentalists, advocates, magicians, musicians and, simply, an abundance of good people with strong spirits. The tenacity of the class became a requirement in these times.
"We have had tremendous outcomes this year," said Berry. "These successful results are the strongest I have seen in my career. They are testament to the reputation of Reserve with colleges and universities and exemplify our students' strengths in sharing their stories and passions. The numerous hooks and differentiators of Reserve students have caught the attention of colleges. Our students have been admitted to phenomenal schools that match seamlessly with their interests and enormous potential."
Buck believes the sky's the limit for WRA graduates.
"Early in the year, I had the good fortune of meeting many recent graduates who are now spread across the country and the world pursuing their passions, degrees and professions," she said. "The most common refrain from our alumni remains the preparedness they felt for college because of their WRA education. I wish the same for this year's Pioneers: that they arrive at college ready and optimistic, bold and balanced, driven and curious. We will miss their presence on campus but remain grateful for the legacy they leave behind."