Congratulations Class of 2022!
On June 9, 2022, ACDS graduated the largest class in its history. The Class of 2022 was made up of 55 students, with some of its members being the first to graduate from The Learning Center. This year had several other firsts as well. Two students received the Founder’s Award instead one, the Apple Tree-O became the Apple-Core-tet, and the inaugural graduation was held in the Fisher Event Center.
This was also the year when things finally started getting back to normal. The graduates wore red gowns and entered to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” Dr. Jorgenson gave a heartfelt speech, a student speaker spoke on behalf of the class, and students and teachers gave loving tributes. The event was closed by the Apple-Core-tet singing “Wherever You Go.”
Head of School Dr. Olaf Jorgenson spoke about how much change the Class of 2022 weathered and how it is more resilient for it, and student speaker Andrew Lomio shared how his ACDS experience made it possible “for this shy, quiet kid to be able to give this speech” and explained that each of his fellow graduates is also now prepared for the next steps in life. The Founder’s Award was presented by Mrs. Sarah Bratcher to Adrian Grigorieff and Zara Latif who were chosen for their unerring positivity. ACDS Founder Mrs. Nan Hunter was there to witness the proceedings.
Former Head of School Steve Hayden and former teachers Coach Larry Hyde, Mrs. Karen Tomkins, Mrs. Jodi Quigley, Mrs. Vanessa Galante, and Mrs. Elizabeth Semichy were there to support the graduates, and, of course, the event wouldn't be complete without the vocal stylings of Mr. Gary DeMoss, Mr. Mike Fishback, Ms. Shannon Self, and Mrs. Michelle Ahlgren as the Apple Core-tet.
Congratulations to the Class of 2022!
What's Next for the Class of 2022?
Our new graduates will attend a variety of different high schools in the fall. The chart above shows both the number of students who will be attending each school and the percent of the Class of 2022 who will be attending. Below please find a more detailed breakdown:
Other Private Schools Breakdown
Public High Schools Breakdown