2021 Commencement Ceremony

Presenting the RA Class of 2021!
Posted on 06/11/2021
RA Graduates tossing their caps into the air

PHOENIXVILLE, PA – On Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, seventy-four seniors graduated from the Renaissance Academy Charter School (RA) in Phoenixville, PA. The ceremony was held at 7:30 pm and, due to inclement weather, included a modification of the RA’s usual commencement ceremony. In addition to the seniors receiving their diplomas, the event featured Brenna Robinson’s Valedictorian speech, various awards and scholarships presentations, as well as, the traditional rose ceremony when the seniors present a rose to their special parent or person as a token of gratitude.

The Renaissance Academy Charter School graduating class of 2021 includes:

Emiko Faith Akamine (King of Prussia, PA), Jordan Ryan Alexander (Norristown, PA), Sarah Ariel Algeo (Royersford, PA), Madeline Ella Alleborn (Norristown, PA), Niyah Nalexis Nicole Anthony (Norristown, PA), Brooke Auris (Collegeville, PA), Grace Asha' Ballentine (Douglassville, PA), Joshua Michael Bower (Pottstown, PA), Saige Reaghan Bradley (Norristown, PA), Imani M. Brant (Pottstown, PA), Darrell Khalil Brunson-Edsell (Norristown, PA), Julianna Antoinette Buli (Schwenksville, PA), Autumn Grace Calabrese (Phoenixville, PA), Derricke L Camack Jr. (Norristown, PA), Darian P. Capobianco (Phoenixville, PA), Allison Marie Carcella (Glenmoore, PA), Seth L. Cavanaugh (West Norriton, PA), Alexander Leopold Chrapowicz (Douglassville, PA), Ayla Frances Collingwood (Berwyn, PA), Gianna Elise Comito (Phoenixville, PA), Emma Grace Coughlin (Norristown, PA), Jorja Cramer (Phoenixville, PA), Brianna Riley Culbreath (Norristown, PA), Amana Amira Douglas-Quill (Pottstown, PA), John R. Duchossois III (Jeffersonville, PA), Liam Joseph Fleming (Norristown, PA), Gianna Nicole Frangiosa (Norristown, PA), Joanna M. Frias (Norristown, PA), Erin Elizabeth Funston (Royersford, PA), Joseph Charles Gombarick, III (Phoenixville, PA), Daniel J. Goulding (Phoenixville, PA), Taylor Samantha Grochowski (Exton, PA ), Zyanne Ah-nisa Guins-Milligan (Norristown, PA), Sophia Harbison - Ricciutti (East Norriton, PA), Jemmah Nacessate Marcia Harris (Pottstown, PA), Stephen Michael Haring (Royersford, PA), Genevieve Renee Heme (Norristown, PA), Elijah VanBuren Hildreth (Norristown, PA), Alexander Matthew Hoy (King of Prussia, PA), Chloe Elizabeth Janis (East Norriton, PA), Vincent Ahbrian Johnson (Norristown, PA), Seth Jones (Pottstown, PA), Kylie Kimmel (Royersford, PA), Elizabeth Katherine Klemp (Audubon, PA), Julia Marie Kraus (Norristown, PA), Elizabeth Rose Krueger (Phoenixville, PA), Quincy Ellis Lee (Pottstown, PA), Anthony Lamont Lowe Jr. (Pottstown, PA), Noah Adam Lunde (Pottstown, PA), Nathan Harris Markle (Pottstown, PA), Cassandra Alice Morinelli (Spring City, PA), Cyprus Quinn Morris (Jeffersonville, PA), Ronan Mullaney (Phoenixville, PA), Layla Jane Murphy (Phoenixville, PA), Kelsey Marjorie O'Shea (Phoenixville, PA), Jillian Mai Khanh Pham (Norristown, PA ), Ranaja Phinizy-Williams (Jeffersonville, PA), John Edward Prante (Norristown, PA), Sean William Preston (East Norriton, PA), Felicity Grace Pugh (Street Spring City, PA), Alexandra Rose Right (Collegeville, PA), Brenna H. Robinson (Phoenixville, PA), Michael Robinson (Norristown, PA), Sydney Schreiber (Audubon, PA), Jacob Thomas Scott (Norristown, PA), Nyseria Sanai Scott (Norristown, PA), Hannah Grace Shreck (Phoenixville, PA), Ijiah Anne Smith (Norristown, PA), Samuel Xavier Smith (Schwenksville, PA), Tyson Immanuel Tate (East Norriton, PA), Cheyenne Ruth Thornton (Norristown, PA), Kelly Virginia Wallace (Phoenixville, PA), Tori Lauryn Watkins (Norristown, PA), Olivia C. White (Phoenixville, PA), and Jade Deborah Wright (Norristown, PA).

These graduates have been accepted to universities such as Georgetown University, Colgate University, William & Mary, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, University of Virginia, Stony Brook University, Villanova University, and Temple University. They have been collectively offered (to date) a scholarship total of $11,352,750.00.

Leading up to the RA commencement was a unique, five-night celebration of the Class of 2021, entitled “Senior Knights”. Each night, a different link was released on the “Senior Knights 2021” website comprised of videos and live feeds with different focuses including a night for athletics, fine arts; and the senior class photo slideshow night. Both the awards night, which included Ronan Mullaney’s Salutatorian speech and, finally, the 2021 commencement ceremony were held live at the school, in an appropriately safe manner with a live stream feed for those who watched from home.

The Renaissance Academy staff and Board of Trustees are so very proud of these students for their hard work, strength of character, and perseverance during the last 18 months, as well as hold the belief that they will continue their level of success in all future endeavors.

Valedictorian, Brenna Robinson said it best in her commencement address when she said, “When it seems like your best isn’t enough, remember everything you have faced this year, and all the challenges you have overcome that have led you to this moment. …You are stronger than you think, and I know you will all go on to do great things.”

RA Student Procession Dr. Guarino Buli, Principal Michelle Boyd, and Board Member, Elizabeth Falcone at the podium

Genevieve Heme singing the National Anthem Commencement Crowd

Valedictorian, Brenna Robinson & Ms. Boyd

Salutatorian, Ronan Mullaney & Ms. Boyd

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