Randazzo and Mylott Chosen as Senior Speakers

Exams and Prom have all come to a close for the students of Western Reserve Academy, but Senior Celebration and Commencement will truly mark the end of the year for the seniors. A student, elected by the senior student body, represents the student body at each of these two end of the year events. This year the graduating class nominated Joseph Randazzo ’17 for Senior Celebration and Daniel Mylott ’17 for Commencement. These two young men have been given the chance to entertain, teach a lesson and say one last goodbye to the collective class.

Each of the two young speakers were chosen because of their involvement with the community and positive attitude. Joey Randazzo was baseball captain, starred in the school productions, and led the WRA Dub Club. Randazzo enjoyed managing the audiences for various sports events as leader of the WRA Dub Club whether that be coordinating spirit wear or making sure every student knows when and where to be to cheer on the athletes. Randazzo explained that “showing school spirit and getting to hang out together at sporting events helps people to get away from the hecticness of Reserve.” In the fall, he will head off to Fordham University in Bronx, New York in order to change the world. But at the moment, he ia still here, grinding for exams and trying to stay in dress code in the 80 degree heat. Randazzo has the following advice for the WRA community: “I would say try anything you can because it’s much better to look back and say ‘I tried that’ than ‘I never tried, so who knows what I would’ve done?’ So get involved, don’t let any opportunity go over your head. You’ll regret not trying.”

Mylott served as captain of the cross country team and track and field team, starred in the school productions, and led and founded the school’s Students Who Care club that worked to promote mental health. In just a few months, Mylott will begin school at the University of Cincinnati in the College-Conservatory of Music. Mylott expressed that while he was “shocked, then paralyzed with fear” when he first learned he would be the speaker at commencement, he is now “honored, excited, and still terrified” but “hopes to do a good job for [his] classmates.” Mylott would like to express the following: “I love my classmates and teachers. I am so thankful for the opportunity to get to know them and learn from and with them these past four years. These relationships last a lifetime, and I’m so grateful for them in my life.”

As evidenced in the words they have already shared earlier in this article, each of these two fine young men bring a set of special attributes that are sure to shine during their final moments at WRA.

-Harley Fisher ’19

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