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Congratulations to Wayland's Class of 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Griffin Hughland `22 and Hailey Kowing `22 in Kimberly Chapel

Wayland Academy’s valedictorian and salutatorian honors are awarded by the faculty to the seniors with high academic achievement and who best fulfill the school motto of “Knowledge and Character.”

We are pleased to congratulate this year’s Valedictorian, Griffin Hughland, and Salutatorian, Hailey Kowing, both from Columbus, Wisconsin.

Olga Johnson, Griffin’s math teacher and faculty mentor, had this to say about the valedictorian, “It was a joy to see Griffin grow academically and personally throughout his years at Wayland. I am so excited that he was selected as valedictorian. His dedication to academics and the Wayland community is commendable. For example, this year he is taking six advanced placement courses, participating in math league, tutoring math and writing, participating in clubs, and is the president of the student council.” She went on to say, “Griffin loves to learn for the sake of just learning, from music to language to how something works. Curiosity drives his fascination, and he receives satisfaction from learning. Whether it be a new skill, a test, or a competition, earning it, not proving it to anyone but himself is what makes him happy. That is the kind of scholar he is.” Griffin has attended Wayland for three years. After graduation, he plans to study political science, physics, and/or philosophy. As a conference champion and state qualifier in both cross country and track and field, Griffin hopes to continue competing in track and field in the future. He talked about his experience at Wayland, saying, “I came to Wayland my sophomore year in pursuit of higher academic rigor. What I did not count on was the people I would meet and the experience these past three years that would shape who I am today. I encountered adversity and triumph and everywhere in between. I am very happy with my own personal growth throughout high school.”

Our salutatorian, Hailey, attended Wayland for four years and plans to study art after graduation in Spain, France, or Switzerland. She has always had a passion for the arts and served as the president of the Art Club at Wayland. Hailey used her skills as an artist to raise funds to support PAVE (an organization that helps domestic abuse victims recover) and established a Wayland thrift store for her Senior Capstone project. She was also a member of the Big Red tennis team and hopes to continue playing in the future. She reflected on her time at Wayland, sharing, “My favorite memories at Wayland have undoubtedly been the long, meaningful conversations with my closest friends. The ones that stretch into the late hours of the night and leave me excited for our futures. I’ve met my best friends here and that means so much to me.” Hailey also acted in the school play last year and hopes to continue acting as a hobby. Justin Behm, Hailey’s art teacher and faculty mentor, said, “Hailey is a dedicated, hard-working student. Whether it’s classes, student organizations, or charitable causes, she gives everything she has. In her four years at Wayland, I have seen her grow into a passionate young adult. Hailey works to make the world around her a better place.  If she sees a need, she will work to fill it—donating time, effort, and skills to her causes. Her care and respect for others is an inspiration to those around her.”

In addition, Wayland’s junior marshals are four students from the class of 2023 elected to lead the school’s faculty and seniors to commencement. They are selected using the same high standards used to evaluate the senior class. This year’s junior marshals are Kaden Buss of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; Lam “Albert” Ho of Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam; Alanna Schuett of Beaver Dam, WI; and Megan Tyranski of Beaver Dam, WI.

We are thrilled to welcome Tom Boldt, Chief Executive Officer of The Boldt Company to campus as this year’s commencement speaker. Representing Boldt’s fourth generation of family leadership, Tom Boldt stands as the bridge between a groundbreaking past and a rich, exciting future. A long-time visionary and committed leader, Tom embraced evocative philosophies such as sustainable building and continuous improvement disciplines as they entered the public consciousness and building industry conversations.

Tom remains deeply dedicated to providing Boldt customers with unparalleled safety, creativity, and exceptional value as they build to achieve their business goals. And that dedication is evident throughout Boldt’s construction landscape.

The Boldt Company (BOLDT), headquartered in Wisconsin, is one of the leading construction management firms in the United States and has been in operation since 1889. Their work can be found coast to coast—from universities and hospitals, to mills, manufacturing facilities, and renewable energy projects.

The 2022 Commencement ceremony will be held at Wayland Academy on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 11 a.m. in Lindsay Auditorium.

Hailey Kowing `22 with Eiffel Tower in background
Griffin Hughland `22 with mountains and city in background
Griffin Hughland, Class of 2022, Valedictorian
Haily Kowing, Class of 2022, Salutatorian