Ready to Change the World: St. Martin’s Class of 2021 Prepares to Graduate

On Friday, May 28, members of the Class of 2021 will receive their diplomas on the stage of the Solomon Theater in the school’s 71st Commencement Ceremony. In the days leading up to their special milestone, the near-graduates are completing a few final requirements and have observed time-honored StM traditions.

Senior Favorites
The Upper School announced this year’s senior favorites recently in a virtual video call. This StM custom dates back to the first graduating class, in 1951, which selected two students for their outstanding loyalty and devotion to the school. They came to be known as Mr. and Miss St. Martin’s, and in later years other ‘favorites’ were added.

Mr. and Miss St. Martin’s for the Class of 2021 are Chris Catinis and Katie LaForge.  

Prudence Dudley and Monte Lewis were selected as Most Athletic. Wittiest in the senior class are Erica Ricci and Thomas Devall. Christian Pevey and Camila Figueroa were voted as Most Spirited. The Most Likely to Succeed in the Class of 2021 are Hunter Richardson and Izzy Bartholomew. Selected as Friendliest seniors were Ford Millican and Clara Conatser. Mya Porter and Nic Arensman were selected as the Most Artistic members of the class.

Alumni Luncheon
Before starting exams, the Class of 2021 closed out its last week of classes with a busy, fun-filled final day on Friday, April 30.

The Alumni Association hosted a New Alumni Luncheon for the Class of 2021 as an official welcome into St. Martin’s Alumni Association. Seated on the lawn in the quad, socially distanced on StM beach towels, seniors enjoyed a delicious boxed lunch.

Senior Chapel
Senior Chapel is a treasured St. Martin’s tradition for the graduating class. This St. Martin’s tradition, an idea of Fr. Ralph Byrd, began in 1984. Then-class president Lester Coe ’84 helped facilitate the first Senior Chapel as the class’s homage to the school. 

Senior Chapel this year was held after the Alumni Luncheon. Members of the Class of 2021 shared some of their favorite St. Martin’s memories, from Lower School to the present. Scattered among the reminiscing were photo slideshows, musical performances, and liturgical readings.
               
After the chapel service, the Class of 2021 processed two by two, some with tears of joy in their eyes, to The Bell, located in the heart of campus. Standing in what was the heart of the original Green Acres campus, The Bell has been a fixture of St. Martin’s since the school’s earliest days. With family, friends, and faculty surrounding them, each senior rang The Bell once to signal the close of this chapter in their lives.

13+ Year Clubs
Members of the senior class who have been at StM since pre-k and kindergarten are known as The Julie Dieth 14-Year Club and 13-Year Club, respectively. Alexis Jurisich joined StM’s 13-Year Club, while Eric Berthelot, Clara Conatser, Thomas Devall, Prudence Dudley, Camila Figueroa, and Ford Millican joined the 14-Year Club. Seniors who have been at St. Martin’s since starting in the George Cottage become members of the 15+-Year Club. Three members of the Class of 2021 became members of that club: Isabella Bartholomew, Samantha D’Arensbourg, and Sofia Ortega.
 
College Bound
St. Martin’s Class of 2021 is headed off to 28 colleges and universities across the country (and world). This group of 54 seniors submitted 400+ college applications. Sixty-three percent of the Class of 2021 will be attending out-of-state colleges, and two percent of the Class of 2021 will attend college internationally.

Renee Angerer, University of Alabama
Nicholas Arensman, The University of the South
Isabella Bartholomew, Georgetown University
Abigail Beck, Wheaton College
Eric Berthelot, University of Mississippi
Bentley Boudreaux, Sarah Lawrence College
Rikki Bourg, University of California-San Diego
Meissy Calix, Coe College
Kaylee Caracci, Louisiana State University
William Carroll, Samford University
Jonathan Castaneda, University of Mississippi
Christopher Catinis, Tulane University
Nathan Chatagnier, Louisiana State University
Price Combes, Louisiana State University
Clara Conatser, Princeton University
Ellie Courtney, Loyola University New Orleans
Samantha D’Arensbourg, College of Charleston
Thomas Devall, Millsaps College 
Prudence Dudley, Clemson University
Camila Figueroa, Samford University
Grace Fleshman, Millsaps College
Elena Gaver, Drexel University
Leven Greene, Rhodes College
Ben Hoppe, Southeastern Louisiana University
Alexis Jurisich, University of Mississippi
Katie LaForge, Tulane University
Monte Lewis, gap year
Laura McCrary, University of the South
Jordan McElveen, Louisiana State University
Grace Miester, University of Mississippi
Ross Miller, Tusculum University
Ford Millican III, University of the South
Chandler Monson, University of Louisiana Lafayette
Brooke Monvoisin, University of Southern Mississippi
Sofia Ortega, University of Georgia
Deryn Patin, Amherst College
Adriana Paz, Tulane University
Abigail Pean, University of Mississippi
Christian Pevey, Louisiana State University
Mya Porter, Loyola University New Orleans
Valeria Reyes, Norwich University
Erica Ricci, Loyola University New Orleans
Ava Richard, Louisiana State University
Hunter Richardson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Catherine Ronquillo, New York University
Michael Royerre, Loyola University New Orleans
Rachel Royerre, Loyola University New Orleans
William Salvaggio, University of Louisiana Lafayette
Gavin Sperandeo, gap year
Colby Watkins, Alfred University
Hayes Whitney, Spring Hill College
Steven Xu, University of California-Davis
Andy Zhou, University of Toronto

College Acceptances
Members of the Class of 2021 were accepted to the following colleges:
The University of Alabama
Alfred University
American University
Amherst College
Arizona State University-Tempe
University of Arkansas
Auburn University
Baylor University
Belmont University
Birmingham Southern College
Bryn Mawr College
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Davis
University of California-Irvine
University of California-Los Angeles
University of California-San Diego
University of California-Santa Barbara
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University of America
College of Charleston
Clemson University
Coe College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colgate University
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado School of Mines
University of Denver
DePaul University
Drexel University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Fordham University
Furman University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
University of Georgia
Hampton University
High Point University
Iowa State University
Ithaca College
Kennesaw State University
University of Kentucky
Lipscomb University
Louisiana State University
Louisiana Tech University
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynn University
University of Maryland-College Park
Maryville University of Saint Louis
Medaille College
University of Miami
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Millsaps College
Mississippi State University
University of Mississippi
University of New Orleans
New York University
North Park University
Northern Vermont University
Norwich University
Nova Southeastern University
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
University of Redlands
Regis College
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
University of Richmond
Roanoke College
University of Rochester
Samford University
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seton Hall University
The University of the South
Southeastern Louisiana University
University of Southern California
University of Southern Mississippi
Spring Hill College
Saint Edward’s University
The University of Tampa
Taylor University
Temple University
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
The New School
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Tulane University of Louisiana
University of South Alabama
Villanova University
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Washington University in St Louis
Wheaton College
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Xavier University
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