In a year like no other, WRA celebrated a class like no other on May 1, traditionally known as National College Decision Day. Though decision day was slightly extended this year by considerations around COVID-19, the majority of the 117 Seniors have committed to the institutions of higher learning where they will begin their next great adventures.

With hundreds of acceptances, WRA Seniors have chosen to attend 74 different schools across 24 states, the United Kingdom and Germany. One-third of the graduating class is local day students from Hudson and neighboring towns.

This includes local students such as Jasmine Wheeler, who will attend Stanford University in California; Lauren Landry who matriculates to Wake Forest University; Noah Luch entering Princeton University; and Megan Hovan, who has committed to playing soccer for Denison University.

"What an honor it was to spend my first year at WRA with this group of graduates," said Head of School Suzanne Walker Buck. "I feel personally indebted to them for the incredible welcome they extended to my family and me. I am inspired by that which they have accomplished in the face of great challenges. My colleagues and I can’t wait to celebrate these amazing Pioneers and to share our joy for all that they will accomplish. We will be thrilled to name them alumni of Western Reserve Academy."

Quantitative superlatives for the class include:

100% of students will matriculate to 4-year colleges and universities

84% were admitted to "most competitive" or "highly competitive" schools as ranked by Barron’s

35 students accepted and will attend their Early Decision college. An additional 31 will attend colleges where they applied as an Early Action applicant

13 students-athletes committed to playing at the collegiate level

The Class of 2020 included 5 National Merit Finalists and 12 Commended students, an outstanding percentage considering the small class size

11 students received acceptances to 6 Ivy League Institutions

6 Senior Cancer Immunology and Pathobiology students plan to continue their research in college

This year’s class was guided by a WRA College Counseling Office driven to bring the best possible outcome to every Pioneer. Industry veteran and Interim Director of College Counseling Jennifer Berry and her team were savvy advocates for a group of students including athletes, opera singers, actors, writers, environmentalists, advocates, magicians, musicians and, simply, an abundance of good people with strong spirits. The tenacity of the class became a requirement in these times.

"We have had tremendous outcomes this year," said Berry. "These successful results are the strongest I have seen in my career. They are testament to the reputation of Reserve with colleges and universities and exemplify our students’ strengths in sharing their stories and passions. The numerous hooks and differentiators of Reserve students have caught the attention of colleges. Our students have been admitted to phenomenal schools that match seamlessly with their interests and enormous potential."

Buck believes the sky's the limit for WRA graduates.

"Early in the year, I had the good fortune of meeting many recent graduates who are now spread across the country and the world pursuing their passions, degrees and professions," she said. "The most common refrain from our alumni remains the preparedness they felt for college because of their WRA education. I wish the same for this year’s Pioneers: that they arrive at college ready and optimistic, bold and balanced, driven and curious. We will miss their presence on campus but remain grateful for the legacy they leave behind."