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Donahue Academy to Graduate Seven After Year of Growth

 Seven seniors will graduate Friday from the Rhodora Donahue Academy, capping a year of growth for the K-12 school in Ave Maria.

 The graduates, who will receive their diplomas after a Mass in the oratory Friday morning, are:

Michael Daniel Delaney
John Francis T. Fox
Thaddeus J. Guerrero
Alex Klucik
Joseph W. Rivera
Emily Marie Wamback -Salutorian
Michelle Catherine Williams-Valedictorian

(Click here for a Naples Daily News profile of Michelle Williams)

The school has grown significantly in the three years it has been open, and Headmaster Dan Guernsey says he is expecting another substantial increase in enrollment - to more than 200 students - for the next academic year.

allan1The school has started to finish space on its second floor to accommodate this growth, Dr. Guernsey said. When the two-story structure opened in 2007, only the first floor was built out.

The Donahue Academy added a number of athletic programs during the year  - including six-man football (right, Gabriel Allan scoring the team's first touchdown) and girls basketball. In a different sort of competition, its JV middle school scholar bowl team finished third in a competition involving all Naples-area middle schools.

The school also was accredited this year by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS), and Dr. Guernsey said that the academy will receive its third and final visit from the Association of Independent Schools in Florida next spring.


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