Academics

Class of 2021

    • Class of 2021

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The 51 members of the 160th graduating class of SCA earned more than $10.2 million in merit awards. They received scholarships for academic merit, leadership, athletics, service, and the arts.

Our graduates were accepted to 110 schools in 27 different states and two foreign countries (France and Spain). They will attend 32 different colleges and universities in 18 states and the United States Marine Corps.

This year, our school theme, I have called you friends was ever-present from the first day of in-person classes in August to the last graduate who walked across the stage to accept her diploma. We are excited that each member of the Class of 2021 will go out into the world knowing they are loved, prepared for the world that awaits them, and confident women of faith who walk with God.

Valedictorian - Madelina Huffman

Valedictorian Madelina Huffman, a graduate of Harding Academy, followed her passion for beauty wherever it led, from performing an operetta to marveling over a mathematical formula. Over her four years at SCA, Madelina has been honored for excellence in Geometry, Literature, French, Chemistry, and History, along with her membership in three honors societies. Madelina also devoted considerable time to volunteering both in and out of school. One of the most evident gifts for which she has been known at St. Cecilia is that of her musical talent. With a voice at once powerful and angelic, Madelina starred often on the SCA stage, most notably as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." While she was involved in many different areas of school life, she was known for her balance, and told younger students, "Work hard and always do the best you can, but know that one bad grade won't destroy your GPA, college plans, or life. If you don't know the material by midnight, stop studying and go to bed. You will be fine." Madelina will attend Vanderbilt University this fall.

Salutatorian - Meghan Rafoth

Salutatorian Meghan Rafoth, a graduate of St. Matthew School, is gifted in science and fine arts and possesses a heart for service. While at SCA she applied her deep understanding of physics not only to science but also to perfecting her dance moves. She was known by her fine arts teachers as a “triple threat” who could dance, act, and sing, and that talent was recognized with TPAC’s 'Spotlight Award for Outstanding Female Dancer' for her role as Flotsam in "The Little Mermaid." Meghan’s sharp intellect and penetrating insights consistently wowed her teachers. She challenged herself throughout high school with honors and AP level classes while maintaining a near-perfect GPA, and her ability to communicate complex concepts in readily understandable terms made her a favorite tutor among her peers. Meghan will attend the Honors College at Indiana University with a full-ride scholarship as a prestigious Wells Scholar, majoring in math and physics.

St. Cecilia Girl - Ruthie McGrady

The 2021 St. Cecilia Girl, the highest honor St. Cecilia Academy confers on a senior by a vote of their junior and senior peers, went to Ruthie Connallon McGrady, a graduate of St. Henry School. Ruthie is a natural leader who has led her classmates with grace and class throughout her high school career. During the past four years, Ruthie excelled in academics while at the same time participating in clubs, class leadership, and being a positive example to her peers. Her enthusiasm and joy have been contagious, whether she was welcoming prospective students as an SCA Ambassador or performing in multiple SCA theater productions. During a challenging senior year, her humor and warm smile radiated goodness within the entire St. Cecilia community. Since her freshman year, she has performed in every drama production and held leadership roles in theater, as well as lending her beautiful voice to choir concerts and the singing of the National Anthem at athletic events.  Ruthie finds the fun in any situation and has formed strong bonds with her peers and teachers alike. She will attend Ave Maria University in the fall and major in Nursing.

St. Cecilia Academy 160th Commencement