WRUS grad­u­ates 9

Record Observer - - Front Page - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Nine se­niors grad­u­ated from Wye River Up­per School on Thurs­day, June 2, and were con­grat­u­lated for their hard work and for seiz­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the school.

The mem­bers of this year’s se­nior class are Mered­ith Dean of Church Hill; Dil­lon DelRicco of Up­per Marl­boro; Christo­pher Dorcey of Col­lege Park; Chance Du­ley of Glen Burnie; Austin Hill of Kennedyville; Toby Hughes of Eas­ton; Kasey Lipsey of Stevensville; Alex Terry of Eas­ton; and David Townsend of Cam­bridge.

Wye River Up­per School is an in­de­pen­dent col­lege prepara­tory school serv­ing bright stu­dents with learn­ing dif­fer­ences. Its mis­sion states that it pro­vides an “in­di­vid­u­al­ized and sup­port­ive high school ed­u­ca­tion in a low-stress, yet chal­leng­ing aca­demic en­vi­ron­ment.”

A large crowd of rel­a­tives and friends filled the main hall of the school, lo­cated in the for­mer Cen­tre­ville Ar­mory on Com­merce Street, and heard from the guest com­mence­ment speaker, the school’s di­rec­tor, the chair­man of its board and sev­eral stu­dents.

“You have learned who you are and learned what works best for you,” Found­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Chrissy Aull told the grad­u­ates. She said they have had a “busy four years and are all on their way to higher learn­ing.”

She thanked the fam­i­lies and friends of the grad­u­ates for go­ing the ex­tra mile to sup­por t them, and the teach­ers and staff at the school for their dili­gence over the years. “Re­la­tion­ships are cru­cial” be­tween stu­dents and staff, Aull said.

A tra­di­tion at WRUS com­mence­ments has been for the grad­u­at­ing se­niors to go out into the au­di­ence to greet fam­ily and friends and thank them for their sup­port dur­ing their time at the school. An­other tra­di­tion is for sev­eral grad­u­ates to ad­dress the cer­e­mony. Mered­ith Dean and Alex Terry took to the podium to thank every­one for what they had done for them over the years. They said it was the best sup­port they could ask for.

Buck Dun­can, pres­i­dent of the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, de­scribed by Aull as “gen­er­ous in its sup­port” of the school, was the com­mence­ment speaker. The foun­da­tion was cre­ated in 1992 to “con­nect pri­vate re­sources with pub­lic needs in or­der to en­hance the qual­ity of life through­out the Mid-Shore re­gion,” ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Dun­can said when he was in grade school he had dif­fi­culty learn­ing, but there wasn’t any WRUS for him to at­tend. He said he fig­ured a lot out on his own and is still learn­ing to­day.

“My life has been, and con­tin­ues to be, chal­leng­ing, in­ter­est­ing, ful­fill­ing and re­ward­ing. I wish our grad­u­ates the same,” he said.

“Make and take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties. The en­tire world is wait­ing for you. Make a positive im­pact,” Dun­can said.

“You have over­come ob­sta­cles, dif­fer­ences, and you per­se­vered, and you are pre­pared,” he said. “Go show the world what you have to of­fer.”

John Devlin, chair­man of the school’s board of trus­tees, also spoke and called the grad­u­a­tion a mile­stone for the nine se­niors.

“I know you worked very hard and there are many more ac­com­plish­ments to come,” he said. Devlin also thanked the staff and fac­ulty, say­ing that “this marks an­other year of growth and im­prove­ment.”

Wye River Up­per School was founded in 2002 and leased space un­til 2014 on the cam­pus of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. It then ac­quired and ren­o­vated the for­mer ar­mory in time for the 20142015 school years.

Half of the school’s stu­dents come from the East­ern Shore and half from the western shore. Av­er­age class size is six to eight stu­dents. The school is ac­cred­ited by the As­so­ci­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Maryland and D.C. Schools.

John Devlin, chair­man of the Wye River Up­per School Board of Trus­tees, tells the nine grad­u­at­ing se­niors that they have worked hard and that many more ac­com­plish­ments await them in the fu­ture.

Nine se­niors grad­u­ated from Wye River Up­per School on Thurs­day, June 2. They are, left to right, David Townsend, Alex Terry, Kasey Lipsey, Toby Hughes, Austin Hill, Chance Du­ley, Christo­pher Dorcey, Dil­lon DelRicco, and Mered­ith Dean.

Wye River Up­per School mu­sic teacher Marissa Muro, sings the Na­tional An­them at grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies. At left are com­mence­ment speaker Buck Dun­can and John Devlin, chair of the school’s board of trus­tees.

PHOTOS BY JACK SHAUM

Chrissy Aull, Found­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Wye River Up­per School wel­comes fam­ily and friends to grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies for the school’s nine se­niors, seated at right.

Alex Terry, one of the nine se­niors who grad­u­ated from Wye River Up­per School on Thurs­day, June 2, ad­dresses the cer­e­mony and thanks all who sup­ported him.

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