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St. James graduates largest class

June 12, 2006

Fifty-five students were awarded diplomas June 4 at Saint James School, the largest graduating class in the history of the co-educational boarding school since it was founded in 1842.

All 55 graduates will be attending four-year colleges or universities.

The class is the last to have graduates who started as seventh-graders. Saint James currently serves eighth through 12th grade.

Commencement speaker John Mroz, president and founder of the EastWest Institute - a nongovernmental think tank whose works have included assisting the German reunification - offered congratulatory thanks and a message of challenges.

"First, make the commitment of being a leader, and secondly, challenging others as you go along," said Mroz, who has contributed a chapter titled "Leadership Over Fear" in an upcoming book featuring the world's top authors on leadership. "This school is values-based. I would submit to you that there are five values that are absolutely accepted by every culture, every religion, every ethnicity of the world - integrity, responsibility, fairness, compassion and respect. These are considered global values. I hope your experience at Saint James has built these into you."

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Local graduates included:

Hagerstown

  • Alexander Bust, who will attend Davidson (N.C.) College.

  • Nicholas Clements, who will attend Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

  • Thomas Louderback, who will attend West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

  • Hasan Pasha, who will attend Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md.

  • Kellen Riley, who graduated cum laude and received a prize for excellence in Latin and physics. She will attend Wellesley (Mass.) College

  • Nathan Venditta, who received a prize for excellence in philosophy and religion and the Simms A. Jamieson prize for most improvement in years at Saint James. He will attend St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City, Md.


Boonsboro

  • Cody Belcastro, who will attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.


Fairplay

  • Nikolas Holtz, who will attend Gettysburg (Pa.) College.

  • Jonathan Whitcraft, who received a prize for most improvement in oral communication. He will attend the College of Charleston (S.C.).

  • Alexander Yaraghi, who will attend the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.


Sharpsburg

  • Andrew Brooks, who graduated cum laude, and received a prize for excellence in chemistry and mathematics and the State of Maryland Merit Scholastic Award. He will attend Amherst (Mass.) College.


Williamsport

  • Myron Draper III, who will attend the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.


Waynesboro, Pa.

  • Christian Desrosier, who graduated cum laude, and received a prize for English composition. He will attend Amherst (Mass.) College.

  • Kathryn Richwine, who will attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.


Martinsburg, W.Va.

  • Amber Townsend, who graduated cum laude, and received a prize for excellence in biology, the Chaplain's prize for Christian devotion to church life, courteous attitude and personal integrity, and the David Barr prize for sportsmanship and leadership in athletics. She also received the Bishop's Prize, the school's highest prize to a graduating senior who has contributed most to the long-range, long-term welfare of Saint James through accomplishment and/or personal example. She will attend Davidson (N.C.) College.



  • Shepherdstown, W.Va.

    • Alexander Silva, who will attend the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.


    Middletown, Md.

    • Rex Salisbury, who graduated cum laude, and received a prize for excellence in English, a State of Maryland Merit Scholastic Award, the Charles Meehan Prize for all-around athletic ability, the 50th Anniversary Alumni Award for outstanding leadership ability and the Trustees' Prize for Scholarship for the highest achievement in the upper school maintained over a two-year period. He will attend Davidson (N.C.) College on the Belk Scholarship awarded by the college.

    • Robert Wilson, who will attend Drew University in Madison, N.J.


    Myersville, Md.

  • James Crowell III, who will attend the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Urbana, Md.

    • Michael DiGirolamo, who graduated cum laude, and was awarded the Onderdonk Headmaster's prize for serving the wider community beyond Saint James' expectation or requirement and was awarded the Headmaster's Prize for senior who best exemplifies qualities of a gentleman. He will attend Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

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