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Class of 2014 Honored at Senior Recognition Ceremony

Rounds of applause, music, laughs, and heartfelt speeches defined the Senior Recognition for the Class of 2014, which took place on Thursday, May 22 in IMSA’s main gym.

The two hour event opened up with a Choir Performance of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, followed by an Orchestra Performance of Symphony No. 1, an originally composed symphony by Matthew Harms ‘14 that captivated students and staff. When Harms and the orchestra finished their performance the audience in turn gave an extended, roaring standing applause, and Matthew led the orchestra in a bow.  

College and Academic Counseling (CAC) Coordinator Julia Husen had students laughing throughout her speech, which answered five questions that seniors have always wanted to ask, including  “How do you remember the class of ’14” (as the year of going to college with fellow Titans), and “were the seniors really the CACs favorite class all year?” (no).

Following Julia’s speech, seniors Gina Liu and George Harris honored dozens of the students for their academic, athletic, service, research, and musical accomplishments. Students stood up to be recognized for being AP Scholars, NASA Exploration Design Challenge Finalists, publishing a novel, completing over 1,000 service hours, and winning State Championships in History, Speech, and Scholastic Bowl, to name a few. James Tao and Steven Tan were called up to the podium to receive special recognition for earning Gold in the International Mathematical Olympiad and in the IHSA State Swimming Tournament, respectively; they also received standing ovations for these impressive feats. Finally, Principal Branson Lawrence presented the Stephanie Pace Marshall Award, which is given to one student who embodies the mission of IMSA as a leader and who gives back to the community, to Ryan Eberhardt.

After the recognition portion of the ceremony concluded, President Catherine C. Veal spoke to the audience, identifying individuals and groups from the class of ’14 that impressed her with their poise, ambition, thinking and writing skills, and more. Senior Sai Tallaru followed President Veal, and on behalf of Senior Class Club she unveiled the Class of ‘14’s senior gift, which will be a brick fire pit for students to socialize around outside the residence halls.

The ceremony concluded with a final speech from past IMSA President Glenn W. “Max” McGee, which drew cheers from students as he put on an IMSA shirt over his suit, and laughs as he lauded IMSA’s football team, which has “never lost a game.” As the event came to an end, students watched a slide show of pictures and music put together by Senior Class Club.