St. Andrew’s Episcopal School graduated 99 students on June 2 (view the Graduation 2018 photo gallery here), and they are a class full of promising talent. After applying to 253 different colleges and universities around the world, these scholars, artists, athletes, and servants are heading to 38 states, including Washington, D.C., as well as Canada, England, France, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Twenty percent of graduates will attend a school that offered a scholarship. View the Class of 2018 college acceptances and choices here.
Five graduates—Jaxon Cady, Chandon Chhikara, Billy Clark, Hanna Judycki, and Gabriel Kennedy—are heading to NCAA-level competition. Cady will play baseball and Clark will run track for Rhodes College, Chhikara will run cross-country and track for Pepperdine University, Judycki will play soccer and softball for Sewanee (University of the South), and Kennedy will swim for Southern Methodist University.
As a St. Andrew's alumnus himself, Director of Athletics Jeff McCrary knows the level of hard work, dedication, and talent that leads to this accomplishment. He said, “These student-athletes have put an incredible amount of time into their respective sports, and they have excelled in the classroom as well, as evidenced by the colleges they will attend.”
Graduate Carson Witt has been appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Blue and Gold Officer assigned to St. Andrew’s, Clint Connell, explained: “Carson competed with over 17,000 students across the country for 1,200 appointments. It is a highly competitive process, one that involves completing a thorough physical exam, medical exam, and the usual battery of testing scores and recommendations. It also requires securing a recommendation from a U.S. senator, congressman, or the vice president of the United States.”
An appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy is equivalent to a full four-year scholarship. Upon graduation, Witt will have earned a bachelor of science degree and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Connell remarked, “After graduation, Carson will immediately be placed into a position of authority and responsibility. Everyone in this room, everyone in greater Austin community, can be proud of Carson Witt. His achievements and commitment to serve and protect our country set him apart.”
This is the fifth appointment of a St. Andrew’s high school graduate to a military academy. Taylor Fleming ‘05 was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, Kyle Hunt '10 and Andrew Hunt '11 were both appointed to The United States Military Academy at West Point, and Matthew Lee ‘14 was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
St. Andrew’s also bids a special farewell to the 23 “lifers” in the Class of 2018 who started St. Andrew’s in first grade: Jamal Aghazadeh, Jasmine Aghazadeh, Sofia Alcocer, Angela Barrow, Oliver Chapin-Eiserloh, Chandon Chhikara, Julia Coe, Katie Cowan, Riley Cummins, Cason Doyle, Molly Fox, Mary Alex Frishman, James Gernstein, Will Greskovich, Jack Guttell, Henry Howard, Luisa Koitzsch, Alexis Lilley, Sameer Malik, Frankie Reyna, Jackie Smith, Carson Witt, and Cameron Yancy.
Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.