Ware Academy celebrated its annual commencement Friday at Ware Episcopal Church. After remarks by Ware Headmaster Tom Thomas III, the commencement was addressed by guest speaker Gloria J. Savage-Early, director of the Teletechnet program at Old Dominion University.
During the ceremonies, Thomas presented awards to eighth grade recipients selected by the Ware middle school faculty as follows: Headmaster’s Award, Lilly Turner; Founders’ Award, Mollie Montague; Spotswood Jones Citizenship Award, Jessica Haley; Sportsmanship Awards, Brett Pausic and Sophia Bandurco; and Constance Ingles Award for Improvement, Victoria Wilson.
In addition, Owen Curry, Hannah Holloway, Turner and Wilson received the Ware Academy Decade Award presented to the eighth grade completers who have been at Ware since preschool.
The following students graduated from Ware with High Honors: Owen Curry, Jack Elkin, MaKenzie Fletcher, Callie Hale, Courtney Jenkins-Lipscomb, Katherine Ransone, Wilson, Bandurco, Montague and Turner. High Honors requires an overall grade point average of 3.7 or above.
The following students graduated with Honors: Marianne Warrington, Ashley Waite, James Ord, Sam Jasinski, Olivia Cross and Pausic. The Honors recognition requires an overall GPA of 3.3 to 3.69.
The Ware grads will continue their educations at the following schools: Curry, Elkin, Haley, Ord, Pausic and Waite will attend Christchurch School; Cross, Jenkins-Lipscomb, Warrington and Wilson will attend Gloucester High School; Turner, Bandurco, Jasinski and Ransone will attend Mathews High School; Hannah Holloway will attend Poquoson High School, Hale will attend Salem High School, Fletcher will attend Saint Mary’s School in North Carolina, and Montague will attend The Putney School in Vermont.