FORT WORTH, Texas (May 22, 2023) – The 93 graduates in Fort Worth Country Day’s (FWCD) Class of 2023 have earned more than $10.5 million in merit-based scholarships, were accepted to a total of 121 colleges and universities, have committed to attend 44 of them, and will utilize more than $2.1 million of the scholarship money offered at their attending colleges. Fifty-six percent of the senior class will attend college outside Texas in the fall, with 44 percent staying in-state.
FWCD valedictorian, Seth Mayhue, will attend Texas A&M University in the fall, where he will major in computer science. A Malone Scholar at FWCD, he was named a National Merit Scholar, a Cum Laude Society member, a Link Crew Leader, and was the recipient of FWCD’s Senior English Award and the R.D. Varnell National Merit Award. A gifted writer in both English and French, Mayhue was the recipient of a La Société Honoraire de Français Creative Writing Award, and had work published in Élan, an international literary magazine publishing the best writing and art from high school students around the world. Mayhue, who plays the saxophone and bass guitar, is also an active member of Fort Worth Sister Cities International and serves on its Youth Board.
FWCD’s salutatorian, Matthew Lobo, will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where he will major in mathematics. During his time at FWCD, he was named a National Merit Commended Student, a Cum Laude Society member, played on the tennis team, and was the recipient of the Senior English Student, Senior Spanish Student, Senior Latin Student, Outstanding Senior in Science, and the Mathematics Chair awards. Lobo, who was recognized as FWCD’s DAR Good Citizen, also earned the rank of an Eagle Scout, completing his Eagle Scout Service Project in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.
Other Class of 2023 highlights include:
- 17 seniors were named National Merit Scholars, Finalists, Commended, and/or College Board Recognition Programs Scholars
- 16 seniors were named AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honor or AP Scholars with Distinction awards
- 85 percent received merit-based college scholarships or awards
- 25 percent will attend the most selective colleges/universities in the U.S., where 20% or fewer applicants are admitted, including Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, Northwestern University, UCLA, the University of Virginia, and Stanford University
- Six seniors will become collegiate athletes, including:
- Three who will compete on the track & field teams at Stanford University, Cornell University and Oklahoma State University
- One who will compete on the golf team at the University of Oklahoma
- One who will play baseball at Sewanee: The University of the South
- One who will play field hockey at Wake Forest University
- Three seniors will attend colleges for fine arts, including:
- One who will continue his studies in music production/music business at Berklee College of Music
- Two who will study interior design and musical theatre at Savannah College of Art and Design
- Three seniors will attend Ivy League schools, with one attending Cornell University, one attending Dartmouth College, and one attending the University of Pennsylvania
- A total of 10 FWCD alumni from the classes of 2020-23 will attend five of the eight Ivies in the fall, including Cornell University (2), Dartmouth College, Harvard University (3), the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University (3)
Each year since 2014, FWCD’s senior class has donated a “senior gift” that funds a cause of their choice. This year’s class gave more than $6,500 on the day of their commencement that will be used to purchase a new piece of playground equipment for FWCD’s Lower School.
ABOUT FORT WORTH COUNTRY DAY
Since 1963, Fort Worth Country Day has inspired the passion to learn, the courage to lead, and the commitment to serve through a program that fosters the intellectual, physical, emotional and ethical development of its students. Situated on 104 acres in southwest Fort Worth, Fort Worth Country Day’s 220 faculty/staff members lead and teach grades JK-12. Offering a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum, Fort Worth Country Day focuses on the 3A’s—academics, arts and athletics—to bring balance to students’ experiences, provide opportunities to explore multiple interests, and thrive in a compassionate community. To learn more about Fort Worth Country Day, visit www.fwcd.org
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