About Charles Wright Academy
Tacoma, Wash. – The Class of 2014 graduated from Charles Wright Academy on Saturday, June 7, in an outdoor commencement ceremony on the lawn between the Lower School and the Upper School on a warm and sunny evening. It marked the 50th anniversary since Charles Wright’s first commencement in 1964. Seventy-two seniors received their diplomas, each from a faculty member whom they personally requested to present the honor.
Each year the Parent Association solicits nominations from students, families, alumni, and faculty for an award to acknowledge the unique qualities of an individual teacher that inspire students to learn, families to cherish their child’s experience, alumni to reflect on their CWA days, and faculty to continue to strive to maintain their high standards both in and out of the classroom.
Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy Headmaster Rob Camner will officiate the 2014 commencement ceremony at the Tacoma private school, located at 7723 Chambers Creek Road West, on Saturday, June 7. The outdoor ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. on the Upper School lawn.
Tacoma, Wash. – The Charles Wright Class of 2018 celebrated eighth grade graduation on Thursday, June 5, in the Middle School Commons. Surrounded by family, friends, and faculty, 60 students commemorated their Middle School careers with song and dance, humorous recollections from the classroom and outdoor ed, and well wishes from Head of School Rob Camner, Middle School Head Rudy Ford, and incoming Eighth Grade Team Leader Rob Scotlan.
Chris Steele was a 1982 graduate of Charles Wright. As a student, he threw himself into what Charles Wright had to offer. He played soccer, took an active part in Donn Laughlin’s drama productions, both backstage and onstage, and was a talented art student. He had a particular love for the outdoors, and those who went on trips with Chris recall his passionate enthusiasm for hiking and climbing. After a long fight with cancer, Chris passed away in 2002. In his memory, his family and friends have established an award to honor a Charles Wright staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to the school and its students and faculty.
When art department chair Miles Struxness arrived at Charles Wright Academy in 1978, entire movements—neo-expressionism, metaphorical realism, digital multimedia, remodernism, maximalism—had yet to be firmly established in the art world. Such is the lively evolution of any field over the course of almost four decades, but one of Miles’s most admired traits is a quiet calmness that belies his passion for sharing the vibrant variety of artistic expressions with students. “I love seeing Miles surrounded by the youngest students during C’DAT and teaching them how to make pinch pots,” says Upper School art teacher Brian Hutcheson. “Miles does an amazing job of helping students learn by doing in the classroom—every student in his classes gets his or her hands dirty.”
Seattle, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy senior Isaac Roberts ’14 performed with fellow members of esteemed youth jazz ensemble Seattle JazzED on KING5’s New Day on Monday, May 12, and also appeared in an interview with renowned jazz musician Clarence Acox to discuss the success they have been able to accomplish with help from local performing arts organization ArtsFund.