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Class of 2009 Reunion

It was big smiles and hugs all around as the Class of 2009 and their families returned to Villa Academy for their 4 year reunion. We are so proud of all they’ve accomplished since graduating Villa and, as they head off to college this fall, we are confident in their continued success. Among the colleges and universities members of the Class of 2009 will be attending are: Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, New York University, Santa Clara University, Linfield Collge, Northeastern University, Souther Methodist University, University of Washington, USC, University of Arizona, UCLA, Scripps College, WSU, University of Alabama, Cal Poly, Azusa Pacific University, Pepperdine University, and Gonzaga University.

John Milroy, Kaki Hall, and Tom Hall

During the reunion, Head of School, John Milroy, presented the Angel of Villa statue in memory of Christine Hall, mother of 2009 graduate Kaki Hall. We were honored to have Kaki and her father, Tom, in attendance and all were touched by Tom’s inspiring words.

More photos, including those from the photo booth, will be available next week on the Villa Young Alumni Facebook Page.


O’Dea Recognizes Villa Alumni

O’Dea High School recently recognized the academic achievements of three Villa Academy alumni.  Theodore Looney (’12) received 4.0 Honors, Conall Murphy (’12) made First Honors (GPA: 3.7 – 3.9), and Nicholas Safka (’10) made Second Honors (GPA 3.3 – 3.69). Congratulations!

Alumna’s Leadership Key to Orchestra’s Success

Alumna Bronwyn Early ('09) and the RHS Orchestra. (Photo by Barry Wong.)


Villa Academy alumna Bronwyn Early (’09) and the Roosevelt High School Orchestra took top honors at the 40th Annual Northwest Orchestra Festival hosted by Mount Hood Community College. As concertmistress, Bronwyn was praised for her “key leadership” and “outstanding” performance. Bronwyn was also part of the quintet that took top honors in the small ensemble category. Congratulations, Bronwyn!

Villa Alumni Shine at Seattle Prep

Seattle Prep recently presented forty-six Villa Academy alumni with academic honors. There were 13 former Villa students on the President’s List (GPA>=3.85), 17 on the Dean’s List (GPA>=3.55), and 16 on the Honor Roll (GPA>=3.0).

Villa Academy alumni included on the President’s List are seniors Lauren Matthews, Julien Brundrett, and Julia Anderson, junior Maddie Burnett, Jenay McAuley, and Emma Johnson, sophomores Veronica Hartling, Olivia Pingul, Mackie Graaf, and Jack Stewart, and freshmen Sarah Hampson, Jesse Lewis, and Bailey Aggen.

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Villa Alumni Recognized for Academic Excellence

Thirteen Villa Academy alumni were recently recognized for their academic excellence at Bishop Blanchet High School.  Blanchet students earn academic honors at the end of each semester based on their grade point average for all classes. First Honors recognizes a 3.7 – 4.0 G.P.A. and Second Honors recognizes a 3.3 – 3.699 G.P.A.

Villa Academy alumni receiving First Honors include Erica Blume (10th grade), Anna Clarkson (12th grade), Julie Henling (12th grade), Molly Henling (9th grade), Shelly Henling (10th grade), Alexander Piedra (10th grade), Isabel Piedra (10th grade), and William Whitfield (10th grade).

Villa Academy alumni receiving Second Honors include Erik Johnson (10th grade), Jefferson Lee (11th grade), Nicolina Rutkowski (10th grade), Jack Shephard (9th grade), and Jeremy Tanaka (10th grade).

“The accomplishments of your graduates reaffirm the fine educational preparation and instruction that you have provided them,” said Blanchet President Antonio DeSapio.


Alumni Achievements: Solo Bagpiping Champion

Joe S. class of ’09  was named the 2010 U.S. Junior Solo Bagpiping Champion this weekend at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg.

The competition is open to  all pipers and snare drummers younger than 18.

Joe clinched the title of Champion with a solo performance of “Too Long in this Condition” on a set of Inveran bagpipes.    His prize: the Ralph Murray Memorial Scholarship for room, board and tuition for two weeks at the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming.

Congratulations Joe!

Villa Alumni on the National Merit Semi-Finalist List

Three Villa Academy Alumni are semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program, making them among the top 1 percent of high school seniors. This week the program named 16,000 students as top scorers on the 2008 Preliminary SAT, and among the names were Villa Alumni, Andrew Kaluzny, Michael Penuelas, and Daniel Stewart.

Three students is a very strong showing for a class of only 40 students!  These numbers give Villa’s 2007 graduating class a semifinalist percentage of 7.5!

Students that make the semifinalist level may become finalists eligible for scholarships from National Merit Scholarship, colleges and universities and corporate sponsors.

Congratulations Andrew, Michael, and Daniel!