Elgin Academy Class of 2021
Class of 2021
  • John Yavari waves to family and friends after receiving his diploma during Elgin Academy's graduation ceremony June 5, in Elgin.

    John Yavari waves to family and friends after receiving his diploma during Elgin Academy's graduation ceremony June 5, in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Samuel Bernas Basa fixes his mortar board before the start of Elgin Academy's graduation ceremony.

    Samuel Bernas Basa fixes his mortar board before the start of Elgin Academy's graduation ceremony. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin Academy's Class of 2021 waits for the cue to enter the graduation ceremony.

    Elgin Academy's Class of 2021 waits for the cue to enter the graduation ceremony. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Katia Horn checks her phone before the Elgin Academy's graduation ceremony June 5, in Elgin.

    Katia Horn checks her phone before the Elgin Academy's graduation ceremony June 5, in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • A class debate in French IV/V at Elgin Academy. Most of the students are in the classroom, but one of the debaters was utilizing distance learning from home.

    A class debate in French IV/V at Elgin Academy. Most of the students are in the classroom, but one of the debaters was utilizing distance learning from home. Courtesy of Elgin Academy

  • Elgin Academy in Elgin.

    Elgin Academy in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Updated 6/17/2021 10:43 AM

Graduates in the Class of 2021: 31

Class Officers: Christopher Kademoglou, student council president; Samuel Basa, athletics council president.

 

Graduation Speaker: National Public Radio correspondent Leila Fadel was the speaker at Elgin Academy's 165th Commencement Ceremony on June 5. Fadel is a Lebanese American journalist whose coverage of the situation in the Middle East for both NPR and The Washington Post has garnered her several prestigious awards in her field.

Academic achievements: Five Illinois State Scholars, three AP Scholars with Distinction, six AP Scholars

Athletic achievements:

• Boys' Golf IHSA Sectional Team Champion

Theater productions:

• "Bad Auditions ... on Camera" by Ian McWethy and Carrie McCrossen

What were the most significant challenges faced by the Class of 2021 and how did they overcome them?

The Class of 2021 successfully navigated online learning in Spring 2020 followed by a mix of mainly in-person with some mixed hybrid and online learning throughout 2020-2021. They adapted to limited athletic and co-curricular opportunities with a positive mindset. As athletics returned in the latter part of the year, we have seen a larger number of seniors taking one final opportunity to play for an EA team.

What traditional events were adapted for the pandemic and how?

• School play rehearsals were all virtual. Costumes/props used were found in the student's own home. Performance was live over Zoom.

• Prom was held as a dinner-only event at Pinstripes in South Barrington.

• Commencement was held fully in person with additional distancing on the school quad.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2021:

Our Class of 2021 were leaders on our campus who set the right example for younger students on how to navigate this year with grace. They successfully completed our strong academic program while taking advantage of any athletic and co-curricular opportunities that became available. They all had successful college processes and are ready for success in universities across the nation.

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