Linsly School Celebrates 200th Commencement

The Linsly School held its 200th commencement Sunday at the Stifel Field House graduating 64 seniors from the Class of 2014.

“We can now move forward with no retreat,” said Valedictorian Alexander Reed of Wheeling during the commencement ceremony, referencing the “Forward and No Retreat” 2013-14 school theme, a mantra of the school’s founder, Noah Linsly.

Reed highlighted some of the lessons learned by graduates from their time as Linsly students-lessons that include treating others with respect, being poised to think critically, and recognizing that failure is an inevitable part of life.

“We now have the ability to branch out to discover our own purpose,” Reed said of what lies ahead as all of the graduates plan to attend college in the fall. While looking ahead, he still reminded his class of their unity over the past years.

Parallel to that point, Salutatorian Ava Tennant described the school’s 200 years of rich history as characterized by change.

“We share in the tradition of all those who came before us,” Tennant said, adding that change is what propels things forward.

Interim Headmaster Terry Depew and R. Kevin Stevick, chairman of the Linsly Board of Trustees, both spoke to the strength of the school community.

Stevick encouraged the class to carry on the tradition of success set forth by other Linsly alumni. “Part of you will always be a part of this school,” Depew told students.

During the commencement ceremony, several graduates were presented awards recognizing their outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, and character.

Major award winners included Daniel Truong, of Wheeling: The United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award; Zoe Sue Scarpone of Tiltonsville, OH: The Linsly Headmaster Award and The United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award; Alexander Keith Reed of Wheeling: Valedictorian Award, Hofreuter Award, Guenther Award, The Gilleland Latin Award, The Linsly Science Award, The Linsly Social Studies Award, The Robert W. Schramm Physics Award and the Max W. Laborde English Award; Ava Kathleen Tennant of Wheeling: Salutatorian Award, Guenther Award and The Linsly Mathematics Award; Jacqueline Anne McDermott of Wheeling: Theodore Scott Owens Award and the Max W. Laborde English Award; Luke Jerome Miller, of Wheeling: Theodore Scott Owens Award and The Linsly Social Studies Award; Hamin Joo, of Seoul, South Korea: Buncher Boarding Student Award; Danielle Vlahos Muster of Saltsburg, Pa.: Buncher Boarding Student Award; Arien Antrone Seymour of Nassau, Bahamas: Buncher Boarding Student Award; Patrick Steven Trouten of Wheeling: The Max W. Laborde English Award; Yueli Yu of Shanghai, China: The Max W. Laborde English Award; and Sarah Eileen Johnson of Moundsville: The John Anwar Spanish Award.