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Class of 2023 College Report
Our goal is to create exceptional readiness for extraordinary futures.

The Class of 2023 is prepared to face the challenges and opportunities ahead of them—they are courageous and resilient. "World ready" means something different for every student, yet each is ready to make their mark.

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The 2023 Commencement Program

Saturday, June 10, 2023
9:30 a.m. PDT

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College Bound

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 for outstanding college results

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The Class of '23 is adadaptable and resilient, vacillating between online and in-person learning, enduring college admissions, and achieving so much in spite of all the uncertainty they faced. Our graduates are indeed ready for the world!

Rhody Davis, Director of College Counseling

Our counselor was there every step of the way. They were kind, did their best to remove the stress and anxiety, and were always available. Also, Their knowledge and expertise were amazing.

Parent, Class of 2023

Our students are prepared for a changing world, through an education that goes beyond academic knowledge and skills to develop world-ready graduates.

Mark McKee, Head of School

My counselor helped me with my college list, discussed campus visits, and helped me figure out the school that was the best fit for me.

Student, Class of 2023

  • 99
    99% of Students Accepted to a Four-Year University

Fast Facts on College Apps

Students in the class: 129

Total applications: 1,673
Average number of applications per student: 13

  • 70
    70 Colleges/Universities for the Class of 2023

Fast Facts on Matriculation

Number of Colleges/Universities: 70

States (+ DC, International): 29
4-year public institutions: 51
4-year private institutions: 72
Historically Black College/University: 1
4-year International; institutions: 4
2-year public institutions: 1

Majors

STEM: 35%
Social Sciences: 26%
Business: 16%
Visual and Performing Arts: 11%
Undecided: 7%
Humanities: 5%

Highest Concentration by State

CA: 39
NY: 14
TX: 8
OR: 7
MA:6
GA: 5
IN: 5

Regional Distribution

West: 40%
Southwest: 10%
Mid-Atlantic: 18%
New England: 5%
Midwest: 13%
International: 3%
South: 10%

Class of '23 College Spotlight
The Dartmouth Subtleties Featuring Alumna Payton Schetter ’23 Deliver Pitch-Perfect Performance at Viewpoint

On Wednesday, December 13, The Dartmouth Subtleties A Cappella Group, featuring alumna Payton Schetter ’23, brought their aca-mazing talent to Viewpoint’s campus, delivering a pitch-perfect performance that would make the Barden Bellas proud.

“I did not realize how loved and how competitive college a cappella was until I got there and I was like, ‘Okay, so we're in Pitch Perfect. That's great.’,” said Schetter.  

Payton attributes her choice to pursue music in college to her involvement in the music programs offered at Viewpoint.

"From performing with the Viewpoint Choir to balancing both orchestra and concert choir, my musical journey has been diverse. However, my main form of singing has always been musical theater since the age of five,” said Schetter. “I've participated in all the Viewpoint shows, from 'Grease' to 'Cinderella' and every production since Sixth Grade. During my junior and senior years, I joined Voices Now, which added another dimension to my musical experience."

Payton's journey came full circle as she returned to her alma mater to showcase a diverse repertoire with The Subtleties. The performance featured their unique take on "Toxic" by Britney Spears, a Taylor Swift mashup of "Cardigan," and several holiday tunes to capture the spirit of the season.

“What's really cool about my group is that we write all of our own compositions. So all the songs that you'll be hearing are composed and arranged by members or previous members,” added Schetter.

Following the performance, Payton and the other members of The Subtleties engaged in a Q&A session with Upper School students. They discussed topics such as college life, managing academics with extracurricular activities, and the process of joining an a cappella group on campus.

"I rehearse three times a week, each session lasting two hours, totaling six hours a week spent with these amazing people," shared Schetter. "The atmosphere is just lovely. We chat for a bit, then dive into a warm-up before singing our songs. It's an incredibly welcoming environment, and it's something I always look forward to."

The Dartmouth Subtleties will continue their Winter Tour 2023 through December 18, featuring performances at different events in the Bay Area. To learn more about The Subtleties, you can visit their website here.

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Wyatt Thompson ’23 Nominated as a 2023 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Marking the Third Consecutive Year Viewpoint Film Students Have Received this Honor

Congratulations to Wyatt Thompson ’23 on being nominated as a 2023 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Wyatt is among 60 students from 21 states across nine artistic disciplines to be nominated by the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts). Wyatt was recognized in the Film category for his documentary, Through Fire. This is the third year in a row that a Viewpoint film student has been nominated as a Presidential Scholar, and in 2021 and 2022 Viewpoint students were among the 20 students selected for this highest national honor.

Wyatt described his film this way: “Teenage addiction is a widespread issue that does not receive the attention it deserves. Through Fire tells the story of three teenagers who struggled with different forms of addiction. Through music, photography, and football, they developed new passions and discovered a path forward. The three teens, from very different backgrounds, knew they wanted help, but struggled to find people to talk to. With YoungArts, I hope my message will reach others struggling with addictions and let them know they’re not alone. Everyone goes through struggles in life, but nobody should be defined by them.”

Wyatt and his fellow nominees were selected by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program following National YoungArts Week, the organization’s signature program held in Miami each year for YoungArts finalists across all nine disciplines. The next step is for the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars to select 20 honorees from among the 60 nominees, acknowledging "academic and artistic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, community service, and outreach initiatives, and overall creativity.” 

Wyatt has worked with Film Teacher Dan O’Reilly-Rowe for the past three years, and he had this to say:

It has been apparent to me over the years that Wyatt has been in my film classes that he is a remarkably talented young filmmaker, and it’s wonderful to see that assessment being shared by such a prestigious awards program. To be a finalist in the YoungArts Awards, and then to be subsequently selected as a nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholar’s Award, confirms that Wyatt is operating at a level far beyond what is expected of high schoolaged filmmakers across the country. This type of recognition is an incredible boost to the career of the individual young person who receives it, but it also helps to affirm the work that is being done by Viewpoint’s film community as a whole. The fact that Wyatt has received this honor as a result of his documentary filmmaking is a good indicator of the breadth of the excellent cinematic production happening in our classes. 

As an educator and filmmaker, it is such a rewarding experience to meet students like Wyatt in their middle school or early high school years and support them in their growth toward adulthood, university, and a career. Wyatt is an exceptional cinematic artist and technician, but what I have been most impressed with in the course of our work together these past three years is his thoughtful approach to making an impact with his work. Wyatt is deeply concerned with the ethical implications of audio-visual storytelling and approaches his subjects with a fundamental level of care and respect. We’re so proud of Wyatt and we thank him for representing our school and our department so well on the national stage.

 

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Wyatt Thompson ’23 and Sundiata Enuke ’24 Among Distinguished Group of High Schoolers Across the Country Named  2023 National YoungArts Foundation Award Finalists

Congratulations to Wyatt Thompson ’23 and Sundiata Enuke ’24 on being named 2023 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) finalists for their films Through Fire and Jackie. Chosen from a pool of approximately 8,000 applicants, Wyatt and Sundiata are among 139 finalists in 10 disciplines, who the YoungArts Foundation considers to be the most accomplished young visual, literary, and performing artists from across the country. This is the third year in a row that a student, and now students, from the Viewpoint Film Program, has been named a YoungArts finalist.

This year, Sundiata and Wyatt were among just 10 filmmakers selected as finalists in the Film category through a rigorous blind adjudication process by a discipline-specific panel of artists. YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for financial, creative, and professional development support throughout their entire careers. 

Wyatt said, “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to participate in the YoungArts competition and be named a finalist. Teenage addiction is a widespread issue that does not receive the attention it deserves. Through Fire tells the story of three teenagers who struggled with different forms of addiction. Through music, photography, and football, they developed new passions and discovered a path forward. The three teens, from very different backgrounds, knew they wanted help, but struggled to find people to talk to. With YoungArts, I hope my message will reach others struggling with addictions and let them know they’re not alone. Everyone goes through struggles in life, but nobody should be defined by them.”

Sundiata added, “It is an honor to be chosen as a 2023 YoungArts finalist. I made Jackie at the height of a worldwide movement toward transparency in technology, as human rights violations become more and more rampant in artificial intelligence. Getting a platform for not only my film but algorithmic justice is something I dreamed of. Being among a community of young filmmakers is such an incredible opportunity to grow as a more meaningful storyteller and imaginative person.”

Dan O’Reilly-Rowe, Middle and Upper School Film Teacher, had words of praise for both Wyatt and Sundiata as filmmakers:

“It is an incredible honor for one of our student filmmakers’ work to be recognized by YoungArts. To have two students from our program honored in the same year is just off the charts. I’m incredibly proud of these students and the work that they were able to produce in the Documentary and Film II classes. In many ways these two students’ work is very different from each other’s: Wyatt is being honored for his documentary filmmaking, and Sundiata for a partially animated science fiction short. But there is a commonality in the way each of their films address important issues and take seriously the potential for film to act as a forum where young people can help shape big conversations that affect their lives. Sundiata and Wyatt represent a type of filmmaker whose work is of the highest technical and creative standards, and who have inspirational approaches to the power of filmmaking to make the world a better place.”

YoungArts awards are given in three categories: Finalist, Honorable Mention, and Merit. This year, YoungArts award winners at all levels will receive cash prizes between $100 and $10,000 and the opportunity to learn from leading artists such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, and Wynton Marsalis. YoungArts award winners become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support including a wide range of fellowships, residencies, and awards; virtual and in-person presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private digital network for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate, and learn about additional opportunities.
As  YoungArts finalists, Sundiata and Wyatt will participate in National YoungArts Week in Miami in January 2023 featuring virtual classes, workshops, and mentorship from leading artists in their fields as well as virtual performances and an exhibition for the public.

Sundiata and Wyatt also are eligible to be nominated to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the highest honors given high school seniors bestowed by the President of the United States. As the sole nominating agency, every year YoungArts nominates 60 artists to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. The Commission then selects the 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

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Life-long Friends Madison Foxhoven ’23 and Madison Nadolenco ’23 Sign National Letter of Intent for a Collegiate Sport at Duke University and the University of Georgia

Congratulations to Madison Foxhoven ’23 and Madison Nadolenco ’23 who both signed a National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport on November 9, National Signing Day. Madison Foxhoven will be playing soccer at Duke University, currently ranked seventh in the U.S., and Madison Nadolenco will compete as an equestrienne for the University of Georgia, which is ranked fifth in the nation. National Signing Day has traditionally been the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association.

With their families, friends, coaches, teachers, and counselors in attendance, both Madison and Madison were excited to pick up their pens in the Paul Family Athletic Center to make their commitments to their respective schools. This was especially exciting as they have been friends since pre-school. Madison Nadolenco began at Viewpoint in Kindergarten and Madison Foxhoven joined her in Sixth Grade.

In their remarks, both Head of School Mark McKee and Travis Kikugawa, Director of College-bound Athletes, spoke of the persistence required to become an elite athlete and praised both young women and their families for their dedication to making their lofty dreams become a reality.  

We could not be more proud of both of them and wish them every success on the field and in the arena!

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Highest Concentration by Institution


Three or more attending:
8 University of California, Los Angeles
5 New York University
5 Chapman University
5 University of California, Berkeley
5 Southern Methodist University
4 California State University, Northridge
4 Purdue University
4 University of Miami
4 University of Oregon
4 University of Southern California
3 Northeastern University
3 University of Colorado Boulder
3 University of Washington
3 University of Wisconsin

Two attending:
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Case Western Reserve University
Duke University
Emory University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
Lewis & Clark College
San Diego State University
University of Michigan
University of San Diego
Washington University in St. Louis

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