Every one of them will be moving on to college, nearly half with the assistance of some sort of merit scholarship.


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June 3 marked the end of their careers at Dunn School, as seniors donned caps and gowns to graduate high school under the canopy of ancient oak trees on the school’s grounds. An impressive 45% won merit scholarships, totaling $1.3 million – more than $73,000 per student, said Sherrie Petersen.

One of those is Morgan Sinclaire. While only 16 years old, he was accepted into the Honors program for gifted students at Northeastern University, says Petersen. He has been awarded a Dean’s scholarship, which will cover a portion of his tuition each year.

Also of note is Areli Diosdado. “She is an amazing athlete, strong student and willing volunteer,” says Petersen. “She tackles everything with a smile.” The first in her family to attend college, Diosdado received a full scholarship to Southwestern University, where she plans to study mechanical engineering.

Two others received baseball scholarships from their respective universities. Maddie Sexton, who grew up in the Valley and went to the Dunn Middle School, is now a nationally ranked horsewoman. She will be attending University of Calif., Berkeley.

The full list of graduates is: Laura Barrett-Elfering, Geoffrey Billock, Cody Boal, Jacob Bronfman, Madeleine Carroll, Annie Chen, Joseph Cho, Scott Cho, Jin Choi, Daniel Cullington, Scott Denker, Areli Diosdado-Garcia, Niran Figueroa-Gomez, Jeremy Fox, Cyrus Gill, Scott Goodman, Jay Gould V, John Booker-Grab, Maggie Hernandez, Spencer Huttmann, Yong Hwan Kim, Samantha Ko, Allen Lee, Jack Lee, Jae Lee, You Bin Maeng, Vanessa Martin, Hayoun Moon, Celeste Palmer, Rebecca Qiu, Arissa Seagal, Maddie Sexton, Morgan Sinclaire, Inntath Sirimongkolkasem, Tiffany Vanichviroon, Charles Vincent, Trevor Whelan, Yi Yang, Ryan Yau and Sofia Zu’bi.

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