Metropolitan School of the Arts, first academy graduates, from left: Charlyn Rand, Roxanne King, Lexi Rhem, Adia Walker, Samantha Horning, Georgia Monroe, Ben Cherington, Jeremiah Porter, Sarah Christophersen and Allison Hansen.
Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria held its first high school graduation since its opening. Ten area students earned their high school diploma from the Metropolitan School of the Arts Academy, now located in the newly renovated, expanded Alexandria school and studios. Students are heading to colleges around the United States, and earned $1.6 million in academic college scholarships. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.
The 2016 Metropolitan School of the Arts Academy graduates include: Ben Cherington of Fairfax Station, headed to Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburg, Penn; Sarah Christophersen of Fairfax Station, going to University of Michigan; Allison Hansen of Fredericksburg, attending College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.; Samantha Horning of Woodbridge, headed to Emerson College in Boston; Roxanne King of Alexandria, going to Columbia College Chicago; Georgia Monroe of Ashburn,headed to PACE University in NYC; Jeremiah Porter of Brooklyn, N.Y., going to Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.; Charlyn Rand of Virginia Beach, going to Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla; Lexi Rhem of Springfield, attending the The Hartt School at University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn.; and Adia Walker of Fredericksburg, to attend American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.
Metropolitan School of the Arts is closing its Lorton campus June 30, and moving its Academy to its newly expanded Alexandria/Kingstowne headquarters, that will now provide additional space for its Academy, studios and soon-to-be constructed Black Box theatre.
“We’re overjoyed to see these successful graduates go on to some of the most elite college programs, as well as achieving academic scholarships,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria. “We encourage everyone to visit our reconstructed space in Alexandria,” said Dobbs.