By Luke Desch
In order to start a new school year, The Summit Country Day School had to finish the previous one. On Aug. 17, the Upper School gathered in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel to acknowledge the students’ academic achievements during the second semester of the 2017-18 school year.
Seniors Yurui "Jerry" Wu, Montgomery, and Luke Ritter, Anderson Township, were honored for having the highest grade point averages in the class of 2019.
Juniors Maliah Bricking, Sharonville; Ryan Burns, Anderson Township; and Pierce Kreider, East Walnut Hills had the highest grade point averages in the class of 2020.
In the class of 2021, sophomores Sam Perez, Turpin Hills; Grant Gerhardt, Colerain Township; and Sophia Stanisic, Hyde Park, achieved the highest averages.
Students in the class of 2022 will have their first chance to be recognized at the end of the first semester this year.
In addition to honoring the top students in each class, Upper School Director John Thornburg recognizes students from each class who earned a place on the Director’s List with Honors, the top 20 percent of the class, or the Director’s List with High Honors, the top 10 percent of the class.
“We celebrate the academic accomplishments of our Upper School and the students we call up are a representative of all of your hard work,” Mr. Thornburg said. “I realize many students in the audience were successful as well so as we move forward with recognizing these students, please be assured we celebrate our academic pillar as a community.”
Mr. Thornburg also made sure to recognize the work of Victoria Walton, Hyde Park. Victoria was recently published in the Concord Review, a quarterly review of essays by students of history.
Her work chronicled Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and his plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler during World War II.
Submissions to the Concord Review are typically 4,000 to 5,500 words long.
The purpose of the ceremony is not simply to recognize hardworking students, but also encourages their peers to strive to perform at a similar level academically.
In a school that offers so many opportunities through extracurricular activities and leadership experiences, it can be difficult to balance busy schedules with school work, which makes the ceremony so important. The ceremony provides the Upper School student body with the incentive to keep the scholastic portion of the high school experience a main priority.
Author Luke Desch is a senior on the staff of The Summit’s student newspaper, Insight.