Richmond native is Darrow School valedictorian


NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Darrow School has named Julia Reynolds of Richmond, as valedictorian, and Charlotte Weisman of Sharon, as salutatorian of the Class of 2014. The students have earned the school's top two academic honors, and will be recognized at Darrow's baccalaureate ceremony on Friday and at the 82nd commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Reynolds, who came to Darrow as a sophomore in 2011, is the daughter of John and Valeri Reynolds. She has excelled in a number of academic and extracurricular disciplines, but most notably in her six seasons with the Darrow Theater Workshop, where she has starred in an adaptations of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Doubt: A Parable," and has also acted in, written, and directed several short plays produced for Darrow's annual Winter One-Act Plays. She has also lent her vocal talents to the Darrow Chorus.

In addition to achieving high honors academically for each of her semesters at Darrow, Reynolds has also served as theater prefect, chorus prefect, French prefect, admissions ambassador, member of the Disciplinary Committee, and the co-manager of the school's 160-gallon saltwater aquarium. She has also served as a diversity prefect and co-president of Darrow's Spectrum club.

Reynolds will attend Smith College in Northampton, Mass., after taking a gap year to participate in the equestrian sport of three-day eventing, a competition in which horse and rider compete across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping.

Weisman, the daughter of Evan and Fiona Weisman, came to Darrow at the start of her junior year and has earned high honors in each of the eight quarters since, in addition to numerous awards for excellent effort. She has also held a number of different leadership positions, including as a residence assistant in Brethern's dormitory, admissions prefect, and activities prefect. She has also competed on the Darrow girls varsity softball team, and participated in noncompetitive sports such as fitness and yoga.

Weisman plans to attend the University of Vermont in the fall, where she will study psychology and hopes to pursue graduate work and, ultimately, a career in therapy and social work.

Darrow School is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12.


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