WRUS graduates 9
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.
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.