Battle Ground Academy’s 130th graduating class offered $10.3 million in scholarships

Battle Ground Academy’s 130th graduating class offered $10.3 million in scholarships


Battle Ground Academy held its graduation on Sunday, May 19, celebrating the matriculation of 93 students.

Christina Conrady, who will attend Washington University in St. Louis, and Jenna Diab, who will attend Rice University, were the Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively.

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Jenna Diab, Salutatorian
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Christina Conrady, Valedictorian

“The class 2019 has been incredibly successful here at BGA. Having been here for the last five years myself, I can say that is has been a privilege to see them grow into the young men and women that they have become,” BGA Head of School Will Kesler said. “Not only did they broaden their horizons in the college search process – applying to the widest array of schools in BGA history – they also saw their opportunities for college options increase. Eight out of ten got into their first choice college, and 94% of the class qualified for some form of merit-based scholarship.

“Whether it is close to home at Vanderbilt or Belmont, the Naval Academy or West Point, Oregon or Tennessee, we wish them the very best in their bright futures,” he added. “They carry with them the indelible mark of a BGA education, and we know that the character, scholarship, and excellence instilled in them here will serve them well in college and beyond.”

Highlights of BGA’s 130th graduating class include:

•The class collectively received more than $10.3 million in scholarship offers, with more than $5 million being accepted.

•Four out of five students were accepted to their top college choices, with 95% being accepted by one of their top three choices.

•Graduates will matriculate to nearly 55 different colleges and universities throughout the U.S., D.C., Japan and Canada.

•Eli Mayberry has been appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annie Arvizu to the United States Military Academy and Zachary Bankemper to The Citadel, The Military College of the South.

•Twelve students will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

In addition to the Valedictorian and Salutatorian, other graduates honored included:

•Jenna Diab was awarded the Pinkerton Watch, given to the senior who, in the judgment of the faculty, is the best all-around student.

•Eli Mayberry was presented the Paul Guffee ‘61 Memorial Award, which, by a vote of the faculty, goes to the senior who exhibits leadership in athletics and all other phases of school life.

•Ridley Randolph received the Katie Jeter ‘03 Award for Service.

•Sophia Buskirk received the BGA Alumni Association Bill Ross ’72 Award as voted by the student body for helping those in need without the need for recognition.

•Avery Witt was presented the Robin Leigh Altshuler Award given to the senior who exemplifies a spirit of unconditional service to others and the community.

•Laura Abbott received the Durwood Sies ‘40 Leadership Award.

Three faculty members were also recognized by students: O.J. Fleming received the Cannonball Yearbook Dedication; Leah Handelsman received the Golden Apple Award; and Roydell Williams received the Second Mile Award.

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Members of the 2019 Senior Class

Ms. Katherine Abbott

Mr. Robert Glenn Adams III

Ms. Annie Michelle Arvizu

Ms. Gracen Alexis Bailey

Mr. Ryan Matthew Bailey

Mr. Zachary Jerome Bankemper

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Ms. Abigail Mallie Baur

Mr. Chico Demond Bennett Jr.

Mr. Parker James Bennett

Mr. Jack Thomas Burns

Ms. Sophia Mae Ahn Buskirk

Mr. Maxwell Tyree Byram

Ms. Mary Wallace Calvani

Mr. Tony Joe Cavender Jr.

Ms. Mia Camille Churchill

Ms. Christina Elaine Conrady

Mr. Fletcher Ewing Daniel

Mr. Nolan William Davidson

Mr. Aaron Michael Desmond

Ms. Reagan Ann DeSoto

Ms. Jenna Diab

Ms. Morgan Vashti Dial

Ms. Aubrey Hope Diefenthal

Ms. Lindsey Elizabeth Duncan

Mr. Dolan Wesley Eckhart

Ms. Lauren Brooks Eskind

Mr. SiYi Fang

Mr. Caleb James Fleming

Ms. Anna Quinn French

Mr. Jaylen Malik Frierson

Ms. Ella Rose Gallimore

Mr. Evan Carter Gaunt

Mr. Graham Elliot Gibson

Mr. Joseph Ray Goodson

Mr. Ian Tyler Gray

Mr. William Wyatt Greenewalt

Mr. Cooper Lee Helm

Mr. Theodore William Holloway

Ms. Kristin Nicole Hulsey

Mr. Brown Sullivan Jewell

Mr. Charles Anderson Jewell Jr.

Mr. John Patrick Joyce

Ms. Kyah Rhea Keller-Smith

Mr. David Bennett Kesler

Mr. Richard Evans Klausner

Mr. Robert McLane Lape

Mr. Nathan Reece LaRock

Ms. Reed McMurray Locke

Ms. Selah Marie Lowery

Mr. Michael Jeffrey Mahoney

Mr. Eli Oakley Mayberry

Mr. Ian Tarkington McCullough

Mr. Robert Zachary McCullough

Mr. David Juett McDaniel V

Ms. Rachel Yvonne McHenry

Mr. Connor Michael Meulemans

Ms. Sarah Graham Meyer

Mr. James Pelton Morrison Jr.

Ms. Olivia Grace Murrell

Mr. Michael Karl Nawrocki

Mr. Russell Alexander Nicoll III

Mr. Wilson Holland Parker

Mr. Benjamin Walker Payne

Mr. Michael Anderson Puryear

Ms. Elizabeth Anne Ragsdale

Ms. Ridley Ann Randolph

Mr. Kennedy Gabriel Rawls

Mr. Kenneth Jared Rawls

Mr. LaTiyen Nivion Reed

Ms. Charlotte Elizabeth Regul

Mr. Andrew Alexander Sale

Ms. Evan Elizabeth Sanders

Mr. Evan Lake Schelton

Ms. Emma Catherine Schumaker

Mr. Justin Michael Sledesky

Ms. Emma Kathleen Smith

Mr. Samuel Harrison Smith

Mr. Prescott Nathaniel Stanke

Ms. Avery Layne Tidwell

Ms. Taylor Kay Tigue

Mr. Austin James Topping

Mr. Carter Michael Trapeni

Ms. Olivia Kathryn Tutt

Ms. Amanda Dawn Vinzant

Ms. Taylor Anderson Walters

Ms. Yiwei Wang

Ms. Natalie Michelle Watson

Ms. Samantha Taylor White

Mr. David Michael Henry Wilkerson

Ms. Mia Elise Williams

Mr. Wyatt Fay Wilson

Ms. Avery Katherine Witt

Ms. Amelia Michelle Yarbrough

Ms. Yanghongxuan Yu

Established in 1889, Battle Ground Academy is a co-educational, college preparatory school for grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. More information on the school can be found at

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