On Sunday, May 22, the Class of 2016 became the 10th graduating class for Parish Episcopal School. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas was packed with family and friends who were eager to celebrate the 90 graduating students, including 27 “Lifers,” students who have attended Parish 12 or more years.
The class asked Mr. Jim Wasserman, Upper School faculty, to speak at graduation. He recalled some of the more hilarious moments in class - toe touches, martial arts, telling jokes - and of course, reminisced about some of the academic highlights. Wasserman also challenged students to make the most of their opportunities after Parish and to really consider the question: What do you want to be? For Wasserman, that meant leaving a career in law to become a teacher.
“Having the honor and pleasure to have been a part of these 90 Parish graduates’ lives and seeing how they have matured into great people validates my decision to be in education,” said Wasserman.
So far, the Class of ’16 has shown to be a group of high achieving and academically successful young adults. As of May 25, the class has earned nearly $10.65 million in scholarships, a million dollar plus jump from 2015. Substantial scholarships include: TCU’s Chancellor’s Scholarship, University of Tulsa’s Presidential Scholarship and Vanderbilt’s Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship. Students also have received 12 athletic/special team placements in football, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, golf, basketball, cheerleading and ice skating.
Honors/Special Programs Acceptances
Boston University- Kilachand Honors Program
Clemson- Calhoun Honors College
Emerson- BFA in Comedic Arts
Purdue- Honors College
Syracuse- Honors Program
Texas A&M- Business Honors, Honors
TCU- Chancellor’s Scholarship
Tulane- Honors Program
University of Arizona- Honors College
UC Santa Barbara- Honors Program
University of Georgia- Honors
University of Michigan- Honors College
UT Austin- Plan II, Business Honors, Polymathic Scholars, Dean’s Scholars
Washington & Jefferson- Washington Fellows Honors Program
Other Notable Acceptances
• One student was accepted into Emerson’s inaugural cohort for a BFA in Comedic Arts. The program is the first of its kind in the country, and has a partnership with the famous Upright Citizens Brigade.
• Two students were accepted into UT’s new Polymathic Scholars program.
Dylan Reilly will attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and major in biological sciences.
Alexis Curts will attend the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and major in business.
Congratulations to the entire Parish Episcopal School Class of ’16!