Renaissance Academy Class of 2014 Graduates with Eyes on the Future

Renaissance Academy Class of 2014 Graduates with Eyes on the Future
Posted on 06/12/2014
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PHOENIXVILLE, PA – Last night, forty-eight seniors graduated from the Renaissance Academy Charter School.  The ceremony was held at 7:00 pm, at the Valley Forge Christian College Flower Chapel, Phoenixville, PA.

The keynote speaker was Amanda (Cook) Smith, who ten years ago in 2005, graduated from Renaissance Academy as a member of the first graduating class.  Mrs. Smith attended Temple University and graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Advertising.  Mrs. Smith spoke to the graduating class about the importance of staying focused in life and to keep working hard to achieve your dreams.  “It is critical to never let go of your dreams and ambitions.”  She went on to say, “Some of the most difficult and trying times may lead to some of your most amazing memories. Along the way, you may even discover a new, better and more enjoyable road that will take you to where you are headed. Embrace it all with enthusiasm, excitement, and vigor.”

Also speaking at the ceremony was Ann Marie Crabb, 2014 Valedictorian and named one of ABC’s “Best of Class”; as well as 2014 Salutatorian, Aneri Bakshi.  In the fall, Miss Crabb will be attending Temple University on a full scholarship with an extra $48,000 stipend to study abroad and Miss Bakshi will attend Penn State University to study biomedical engineering.  Both Miss Crabb and Miss Bakshi have attended Renaissance Academy their entire academic careers, kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Renaissance Academy Charter School Class of 2014 includes:  Cameron Allen (Pottstown), Aneri Bakshi (Collegeville), James Berg (Limerick), Nathan Bruccoliere (King of Prussia), Vashtiy CasionPurdy (Norristown), Danielle Cornish (Norristown), Sara Correale (Phoenixville), Ann Marie Crabb (Royersford), Dylan Cucchi (Phoenixville), Casey Darden (Norristown), Timothy Dooner (Norristown), Joshua DrakeEdwards (Phoenixville), Tamara Ellis (Norristown), Taylor Fitch (Phoenixville), Georgia Fitzgerald (Pottstown), Giuliano Geronimo (Pottstown), Sabrina Good (Phoenixville), Hunter Hepburn (Phoenixville), Branford Lee Holmes (Norristown), Liliana Izaola (Norristown), Corey Janis (East Norriton), ShayLarren Johnson (Norristown), Sophie Kaplan (Phoenixville), Richard Kelley (Norristown), Niall Kelly (Spring City), Taylor Knauer (Norristown), Aretisha Leach (Norristown), Amber Lewis (Norristown), Stefan Martyniak (Phoenixville), Catherine McMahon (Schwenksville), Liana McMahon (Schwenksville), Adam Mika (Norristown), Jordi Porter (Norristown), Molly Pratt (Limerick), Alexander Profrock (Norristown), Thatchana Rajasekar (Royersford), Jeffery Reid (Spring City), Maia Rice (Pottstown), Tori Robbins (Jeffersonville), Benjamin Seward (Norristown), John Shaver (Malvern), Nicole Sheridan (Limerick), Ian Smith (Norristown), Jason Vernot (Phoenixville), Coby Vinson-Ellis (Norristown), James Devon Wayne (East Norriton), Brandon Weaver (Pottstown), and Joseph West Jr. (Norristown).

While attending Renaissance Academy, the Class of 2014 earned over $3,850,000 in academic scholarships and 66 college credits. The Renaissance Academy staff and school board are so very proud of these students and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.  Michelle Boyd, Renaissance Academy Upper School Principal said, “It is always a privilege to be part of the students’ academic and personal journeys.  We expect to hear great things from this graduating class.”

Established in 1999, Renaissance Academy is a K-12, award-winning, tuition-free, college prep, public charter school located in Phoenixville, PA.  The school currently educates over 1000 students from Phoenixville and 20 surrounding school districts.  Renaissance Academy was named on Newsweek’s 2013 Best High Schools in America.  More information about the school can be found at