Every year the Junior Company seniors focus on where to apply to college. Then they wait impatiently for acceptance or rejection, and finally comes the decision of which offer to accept. I don't know if last year's group was unusual in their academic prowess, maybe they just talked more around me about where they were applying and where each was accepted. The list was so impressive that I wanted to share it. Lest any parents think their child is going to sacrifice her academic future by spending so much time at Ballet Memphis, I offer for consideration this list of schools to which our senior class not only applied, but here are all the schools to which they were accepted: Auburn University, Boston University, Bowling Green State, Clemson, College of Wooster, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Fordham, Georgetown, Harvard, Mississippi State, Northeastern University, Northwestern, Princeton, Rhodes, Samford, St. Louis University, Texas Christian University, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas, University of Chicago, UT Knoxville, UT Martin, UT Chattanooga, University of Memphis, University of Michigan, University of Washington, Vanderbilt and Washington University.
I think what's most impressive is how well rounded our dancers are—choosing to pursue studies and careers in many different fields. Rachel Choy graduated from ECS and is attending UT-Chattanooga. Anna Hedgepeth graduated sixth out of 400 at Houston High and is attending Cornell University where she will double major in society and biology–a major for pre-med students who plan on practicing medicine in third-world countries. Ana Marinovic graduated summa cum laude and was Salutatorian of her class at St. Mary's Episcopal School. Although Emory University awarded her a four-year, full scholarship as an Emory Scholar, Ana chose to attend Harvard University. She’d like to double-major in any of the following: government, mathematics, education or creative writing. Leandra Mayfield is off to Bowling Green University to major in music and psychology so that she can be an expressive arts therapist. Sarah McFann graduated from Arlington High School as a National Merit Scholar and is attending the University of Alabama, majoring in both dance and chemical engineering. Lauren Petrin graduated from St. Mary's and is majoring in communications at Boston University. Kristian Swain graduated from Collierville High school and is majoring in elementary education at Mississippi State. Jacqueline Beaird also graduated from Collierville High School and is majoring in Spanish and elementary education at UT-Knoxville.
I couldn't be more proud of the dedication these young women have brought to both their ballet practice at Ballet Memphis, and to those around them.
—Janet Parke, Ballet Memphis School Principal