NEWS | May 24, 2018

Dunham Commencement Ceremony Celebrates Graduates’ Achievements

The Dunham School celebrated the achievements of the 76 members of the Class of 2018 at its annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at Healing Place Church. 

Harshi Rachamallu, the 2018 Valedictorian, completed her six years at Dunham with a 4.33 grade point average and national recognition as an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction among her many honors. Harshi, who will attend Tulane University to pursue a double major in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Spanish, has received scholarship offers worth approximately $395,072. 


 Savannah Tanguis, the 2018 Salutatorian and a Dunham student for 14 years, finished her high school career with a 4.29 grade point average and has been nationally recognized as an AP Scholar. Savannah will attend Louisiana State University, majoring in Mass Communication with a concentration in political communication. She has received scholarship offers totaling approximately $678,596, including the prestigious Manship Scholarship.


Several special senior awards, chosen by the faculty, were also presented during the commencement ceremony:

Caroline Boswell received 2018 The Crimson and Silver Award, the highest honor awarded to a Dunham senior.  This award is given to the senior who has exemplified the love of Christ with both peers and faculty and whose life has clearly reflected a desire to honor God and acknowledge Him in all his or her ways. Caroline will attend Louisiana State University.  



Miles Jantzi received the 2018 Hall of Fame Award, presented to the senior who has brought the greatest positive community recognition to The Dunham School during the course of his or her high school career. During his high school career, Miles distinguished himself in the fields of music, community service and especially athletics, where he is the most decorated male high school swimmer in Louisiana. Miles has won 8 LHSAA Division IV State titles (6 individual and 2 relay championships) and was named LHSAA Division IV Outstanding Swimmer of the State Championship Meet for three consecutive years.  He will attend St. Peter’s University on a swimming scholarship. The 2017 Hall of Fame Award winner Olivia Huffman ’17 presented Miles with the award.


 Alexandra Brady received the inaugural Artes Domini Gloriae (“Arts for the Glory of God”) award which honors the senior who possesses superior artistry and has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the fine arts. This award recognizes the senior who has exceptional talent and has been dedicated to the fine arts at Dunham while maintaining strength of character and integrity. Ali will attend Baylor University.



Sam Breaux received the 2018 Katharine O. Dunham Award, given to the senior whose conduct and character has exemplified The Dunham School Honor Code, demonstrating a strong sense of personal honor and integrity in daily life during his high school years. Sam will attend the University of Alabama.



Kelsey Day received the 2018 Servant’s Heart Award, given to the senior whose high school career has clearly displayed an attitude of serving others, performing selfless acts of willing and cheerful service at school, at church and in the greater community. Kelsey will attend Louisiana State University.