The Linsly School held its 207th Commencement on Sunday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Lockhart Stadium and Fawcett Field, graduating seventy-eight seniors from the Class of 2021. During the commencement ceremony, several graduates were presented awards in recognition of their outstanding qualities in leadership, citizenship, and character.
Kaichen “James” Jin, son of Mr. Xin Jin and Wenqing Jin of Ningbo, China, was named Valedictorian of the Senior Class of 2021 for having the highest upper school cumulative grade point average in the senior class. He will attend the University of California-Los Angeles in the fall.
Lily George, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. George, III of Wheeling, was named Salutatorian of the Senior Class of 2021 for having the second highest upper school cumulative grade point average in the senior class. Lily will attend Washington and Lee University in the fall.
The Headmaster Award, given to that member of the senior class who, in the opinion of the faculty and Headmaster, through her display of leadership, academic excellence, and willingness to serve, acted as a model for all Linsly students, was presented to Molly Heron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Heron of Hickory, PA. Heron will attend Dickinson College in the fall.
The Hofreuter Award, given to that member of the senior class who has been exemplary in her service to her school and community, in the tradition of Dr. Donald H. Hofreuter, Linsly Cadet Major, community leader and longtime Chairman of Linsly’s Board of Trustees, was awarded to Sydney Glessner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Glessner of Valley Grove, WV. Glessner will attend High Point University in the fall.
The Guenther Award, given to those members of the senior class who, in the opinion of the faculty and Headmaster, exhibit outstanding leadership, citizenship and character, given in memory of former Linsly student David Guenther, was awarded to Sydney Glessner and Cole Grimm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Grimm of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Grimm will attend Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall.
The Theodore Scott Owens Award, given to those members of the senior class who, in the opinion of the faculty and Headmaster, exhibit the qualities of determination, seriousness, and persistence respected by all, given in memory of former Linsly student Theodore Scott Owens, was awarded to Lily George and Samuel Gorence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gorence of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Gorence will attend Ohio State University in the fall.
The Buncher Award, given to those resident students, who in the opinion of the Dormitory Masters, Resident Faculty, and Headmaster, exemplify that which is looked for in every boarding student, given in memory of the late Albert Buncher, father of Martin Buncher, former Linsly student, was awarded to Michael Flynn, IV, Joao Lima De Oliveira and Abolaji Oke. Flynn is the son of Mr. Michael R. Flynn, III and Mrs. Ivelissa H. Flynn of Escazu, Costa Rica. He will attend Rollins College in the fall. Lima De Oliveira is the son of Ms. Christina Lima of Niteroi, Brazil. He will attend Alderson Broaddus University in the fall. Oke is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ajibola Oke of Hillside, NJ. She will attend the University of Miami in the fall.
A program continued by President Biden known as the “President’s Education Awards” is intended to recognize students who have attained a high level of academic achievement while pursuing a solid core of academic courses. Receiving this award were members of Linsly’s National Honor Society: Charlie Allison, Annabelle Blosser, Emily Coram, Madison Doughty, Mariah Doughty, Dylan Dunlevy, Heidy Duran, Steven Felton, Liza Fletcher, Cameron Frame, Sicheng Fu, Lily George, Isabella Giovengo, Sydney Glessner, Samuel Gorence, Cole Grimm, Molly Heron, Kaichen Jin, Justin Jokovich, Hunter Kelley, Spencer Knight, Xicheng Liu, Shane McCready, Aiden McPhail, Abolaji Oke, Everett Poole, Karena Recrosio, Tayler Reed, Jacob Richards, Emma Robinson, Matthew Rodenberg, Jadelyn Smerczynski, Brinley Steen, Zachary Taylor, Arman Toyserkani, Chengbo Zhang, Yongjie Zhang and Yining Zhu.
The Linsly Social Studies Award is given to that member of the Senior Class who has achieved an outstanding perception of Social Studies, and has attained the highest cumulative average in that discipline during her four year Upper School career at Linsly. This year’s recipient was Lily George.
The Robert W. Schramm Physics Award, given in memory of Henry Brown, former Linsly Military Institute Mathematics Department Head and the Linsly Mathematics Award, given to that member of the Senior Class who, determined by the Mathematics Department has attained the highest cumulative average in that discipline during his four-year Upper School career at Linsly was awarded to James Jin.
Molly Heron was named the recipient of The Gilleland Award, established in memory of Professor Brady Gilleland, recognizing a graduating senior who studied Latin and succeeded in her study.
Annabelle Blosser was named the recipient of The Linsly Science Award given to that member of the Senior Class who has attained the highest cumulative average in that discipline during her four year Upper School career at Linsly.
The recipients of The Max W. Laborde Award, given to those Senior English students who, in the opinion of the English Department, best met the standards set forth in the department were Lily George and James Jin.
The John Anwar Spanish Award is given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Anwar’s eldest son, John, who passed away in 1991 when he was a senior at Linsly. This award recognizes the graduating senior who, through consistent dedication and hard work, has distinguished himself in the study of Spanish. Receiving the John Anwar Spanish Award was Matthew Rodenberg.
The following students will receive their diplomas as part of The Linsly School’s graduating Class of 2021:
Graduates from West Virginia: Wheeling: Annabelle Blosser, Mecca Collins, Nevaeh Cook, Emily Coram, Dylan Dunlevy, Holden Farnsworth, Steven Felton, Liza Fletcher, Lily George, Aidan Grubler, Aiden McPhail, Everett Poole, Phillip Redford, Sophia Stark, Jacob Stern, Carly Stewart, Zachary Taylor, Arman Toyserkani; Benwood: Isabella Giovengo, Lourdes Giovengo; Bethany: Matthew Rodenberg; Dryfork: Resi Anderson; Moundsville: Dylan Hill; Morgantown: Maxwell Washington; Triadelphia: Emma Brannare; Valley Grove: Sydney Glessner, Tayler Reed; Weirton: Karena Recrosio, Hannah Rokisky
Graduates from Ohio: Beallsville: Jadelyn Smerczynski; Belmont: Genovanni Bisbocci, Emma Robinson; Bridgeport: Vivian Bloomfield, Hunter Kelley, Spencer Knight, Shane McCready; Flushing: Zoe Wooding; Martins Ferry: Jacob Richards; Mt. Pleasant: Kobe Hill; Rayland: Madison Doughty, Mariah Doughty, Shadyside: Gunnar Kernik, Brinley Steen, St. Clairsville: Jenna Barack, Samuel Gorence, Cole Grimm, Blake McNeely; Yorkville: Justin Jokovich
Graduates from Pennsylvania: Hickory: Molly Heron; Venetia: Ryan Dembiczak; Washington: Charlie Allison, Frank Anthony Andy, Marco Aprea, Cameron Frame, Lucas Hillebrand, Sarah Worthington
Graduates from out of the Tri-State Area: Coral Springs, Florida: Charles Austin; Carteret, New Jersey: Heidy Duran; Hillside, New Jersey: Abolaji Oke
International Graduates: Mieming, Austria: Nico Hoellwarth; Niteroi, Brazil: João Lima De Oliveria; São Paulo, Brazil: Frederico Bianchi; Beijing, China: Xinlei Cheng, Xicheng Liu, Chendong Zhao; Inner Mongolia, China: Chengbo Zhang; Nanchang, China: Haohua Li; Ningbo, China: Kaichen Jin, Hejiong Qiu, Yongjie Zhang; Shanghai, China: Yining Zhu; Wuhan, China: Sicheng Fu; Escazu, Costa Rica: Michael Flynn, IV; Kigali, Rwanda: Tracey Lynn Njeri Kariuki, Oluwabori Favour Oladapo; Daegue, South Korea: Minseo Kim; Madrid, Spain: Daniela Sanchez; Ankara, Turkey: Pamir Akin
Among the seventy-eight Linsly graduates of the Class of 2021, sixteen members of the Class of 2021 began their careers at Linsly in the fifth grade, completing grades five through twelve at The Linsly School. Those graduates, also known as “Linsly Lifers” are: Charlie Allison, Anthony Andy, Geno Bisbocci, Vivian Bloomfield, Steven Felton, Liza Fletcher, Lily George, Lourdes Giovengo, Sam Gorence, Luke Hillebrand, Shane McCready, Blake McNeely, Phil Redford, Emma Robinson, Arman Toyserkani and Zoe Wooding.
In his Commencement speech, Linsly Head of School, Mr. Justin Zimmerman, addressed the graduates, reflecting on what has been an unprecedented year. He recognized the numerous accomplishments of the Class of 2021, despite the challenges and adversity they faced as a result of the pandemic. Zimmerman recalled the many academic and athletic accomplishments of the Class of 2021, including being named AP Scholars, a National Merit Finalist, a Presidential Scholar Nominee, winning OVAC Championships and serving their community through volunteer work.
Dr. John Holloway, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, also addressed the graduates, welcoming them as the newest members of Linsly alumni.