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Seniors gathered for a class picture and enjoyed an afternoon of food and fun as they were initiated into Potomac's alumni community during yesterday's PreUnion event. We wish our graduates well as they set out on their next adventures!
LLAMA LLEAP YEAR CHALLENGE Thank you to each of our alumni donors who participated in the February Leap Year Challenge. We couldn't have reached our goal without your help! Because of the alumni gifts listed to the right, we not only met our goal of 500 gifts but we also reached 14% alumni participation for the fiscal year.
Last week The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University announced Kirsten Lodal '97 one of two recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. The awards, which honor Americans under 40
Olivia Pavco-Giaccia '12 has been named by HerCampus as one of their "22 Under 22 Most Inspiring Women" for 2015. The award recognizes college women who are leaders doing big things to make our world a better place.
Davis Guggenheim '79 wrote and drirected HE NAMED ME MALALA. This film is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends' school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
The Potomac School closed its 112th year this morning with the Commencement exercises for the 97 graduates of the Class of 2016.
Henry Dunkelberger, chosen by his classmates to give the Senior Address, spoke warmly of his experiences during his 13 years at Potomac, sharing humorous and heartfelt anecdotes about friends and teachers who have supported him. Then Stephen Wicker, a well-respected Upper School English teacher, delivered the Faculty Address, a moving reflection titled “Love to Be Great,” in which he challenged the Class of 2016 to “love every moment” of life.
Later, after Head of School John Kowalik praised the Class of 2016, he asked the students to make it a point to listen to others and live life with a generous spirit. Quoting Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden, Mr. Kowalik told the students, “You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
The ceremony ended with the traditional release of a flock of white doves, which soared off into the brilliant blue sky, followed by the singing of Potomac’s Alma Mater. Click here to read a recap from the Sun Gazette.
Go well, Class of 2016!
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that Potomac School senior Ryan Kelly will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Of the approximately 1.5 million students who entered this year's competition, only 2,500 received National Merit Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student's abilities, skills, and accomplishments, with an emphasis on high academic achievement.
At Potomac, Ryan excelled in the classroom and as a student leader and three-sport athlete. In addition to taking several AP classes and studying Spanish at the Virginia Governor’s School, he was a member of Potomac’s Model UN club, Math Team, and Youth Empowerment Club, which engages students in conversations about important social issues. He also played varsity football, hockey, and lacrosse. And, during the summer of his sophomore year, Ryan helped build eco-friendly orphanages and care centers in communities around Cape Town, South Africa, with Projects Abroad.
This fall, Ryan will attend the University of Virginia.