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ESK graduates 32 to local high schools

Thirty eighth-graders graduated from The Episcopal School of Knoxville Friday, May 23, during morning ceremonies at the school.

The graduates have announced plans to attend high schools which include the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Bearden High School, Dhahran 9th Grade, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Farragut High School, King’s Ridge Christian School in Atlanta, Knoxville Catholic High School, West High School, Webb School of Bell Buckle and Webb School of Knoxville.

Graduating were: Katherine Renwick Ballew, John Alden Batcheller, Jr., A. Christopher Bates, Hannah Elizabeth Bedwell, John Michael Bollenbacher, Nicholas William Brendle, Nicholas Sampson Brewington, Bryce Allan Calhoun, Tori Cox, Robert Frederick Devrnja, Zachary David Dugger, John Michael Dykes, Alexander Charles Frye, Duncan Alexander Greeley, Emily Ruth Kirk, Kaili Carroll Lynn, James Neil Maddox, Edmundo Vargas Menacho, Matthew Bower Murray, Wesley Alexander Orrin, Dylan Thomas Rasnick, Katherine Elizabeth Rose Rogers, Joshua Curtis Seylar, Olivia Loma Smith, Lawson Taylor Steinhauff, Munir Boutros Samuel Tutu, Willis Reeder Walker, Myranda Jane Whited, Joseph Gavin Wike, and J. Trantam Workman.

Of these students, four had attended ESK since kindergarten: Nicholas William Brendle, Nicholas Sampson Brewington, Dylan Thomas Rasnick and Joseph Gavin Wike.

The Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of East Tennessee, offered a blessing for graduates.

Student Government President Olivia Loma Smith was student speaker. Assistant teacher Nancy Watson was guest speaker, as decided by student vote. Assistant Headmaster Peter Klekamp was graduation speaker. Headmaster James Jay Secor III, Klekamp, and David Dugger, chair of the Board of Trustees, presented diplomas.

A special feature of this year’s ceremony was presentation of the first Harry W. Stowers Award to Dylan Rasnick, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Thom Rasnick.

Presented by Mrs. Sarah Stowers, the award goes to a student who best displays service, faith, intellect, gentleness and compassion characteristic of the late Mr. Stowers, a longtime friend of the school.   


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