Meet Our Graduates

"I teach and work in a high school, so when my wife and I were first expecting our daughter, I spent a lot of time thinking of who she might become when she became a high school student. I thought of all the students I was teaching, or had taught in the past, and tried to envision which of them I would want her to be like. Who were the most intellectually confident? The most comfortable? The most curious and kind? Far and away the students I thought of most were Orchard graduates. From then on, Orchard would be our school."
- Orchard Parent
The Orchard School's mission and experiential approach to learning dictate our commitment to developing our students' talents, interests and character. Here is just a small sample of our graduates' success in action!
Orchard graduates are doctors, lawyers, presidents and vice presidents of companies. They are marketing managers, publishers, news anchors, artists, musicians, set designers and owners of their own companies. Orchard graduates are also web designers, talent scouts, teachers, community leaders and entrepreneurs. 

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  • Academic Honors

    • 2011 Orchard graduate Julia Weiner was the 2015 Salutatorian at North Central High School. She was also a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist. Julia is studying neuroscience at Yale University.
    • 2014 Orchard graduate Maddie Sersic has been named a Fortune Scholar! As a result of this honor, Maddie received a full, four year tuition scholarship to University High School.  
    • Four 2014 Orchard graduates have been admitted into Brebeuf Jesuit's Class of 2018 Ignatian Scholars program. The Ignatian Scholars are students who are outstanding academically, who have shown exceptional academic accomplishment and promise, fine character and leadership, significant involvement in extracurricular activities, a concern for their communities and interest in the larger world. A 2013 Orchard graduate was also admitted into the program. 
  • Leadership

    2011 Orchard graduate Roderick Bowlby was the only student from the United States chosen to serve as a student officer at The Hague International Model UN. Roderick served as Deputy Chair of the third committee of the General Assembly addressing international social, humanitarian, and cultural issues. Roderick is attending Johns Hopkins University.  
  • Drama

    Several Orchard alumni/ae had starring roles in the 2014 spring musical "Pippin" at University High School.
  • Community Service

    2011 Orchard graduate Melissa Kraft was awarded the Prestigious Schmidt Award at University High School. The award recognizes a UHS junior each year who has done exemplary work in community service. Melissa volunteers at the Julian Center, Special Olympics and Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. She also founded Unify University, a program that pairs incoming students with current UHS students and makes the transition to high school a little easier. Melissa graduated with "highest honors" from UHS in 2015 and is attending Southern Methodist University, where she received the prestigious Hunt Scholarship.

    2014 Orchard graduates Parker Hershberger and Dana Parker are making their eighth grade GPS2 project a reality! The two students proposed opening a transitional facility for the city's homeless population. City leaders estimate their dream could become a reality by the time Parker and Dana graduate from high school!

    Brebeuf Jesuit's principal speaks very highly of Orchard students. Click here to hear what he has to say about our students.

    Click here to hear what the principal at University High School has to say about Orchard Students.

Orchard Grads Sing Our Praises!

High School Choices Made by Orchard Graduates

  • Brebeuf Jesuit
  • University High School
  • Park Tudor
  • North Central High School
  • Cathedral High School
  • Bishop Chatard High School
  • Carmel High School
  • Lawrence North High School
  • Culver Academies
  • Tampa Preparatory
  • Guerin Catholic High School
  • Lake Forest Academy
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Pike High School
  • Zionsville High School

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  • Recent High School Awards and Honors

    • Academic All-Conference Volleyball 
    • Advanced Placement Scholar 
    • Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor 
    • Best Thespian Award 
    • Br. Patrick Sheehey Award 
    • Chiefs Award, Boys Tennis 
    • Chiefs Award, Hockey 
    • Chiefs Award, Boys Soccer 
    • Chiefs Award, Girls Soccer 
    • Cum Laude Society 
    • Indiana Academic Honors Diploma 
    • Indiana University Honors French Abroad 
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma 
    • John Phillip Sousa Band Award 
    • Lucille C. Dunne Performing Arts Award 
    • Matt Grace Mental Attitude, Indiana State Hockey
    • National Honor Society 
    • National Forensic League of Special Distinction 
    • National Catholic Forensic League, Nationals 
    • National Forensic League Degree of Honor 
    • National Honor Society 
    • Odette Karnowsky French Award 
    • Outstanding French Student (given to one student at North Central) 
    • Outstanding Theory of Knowledge Student 
    • (given to one student at North Central) 
    • Outstanding Senior Mathematics Students 
    • Outstanding Senior Science Award 
    • Patricia A. Boaz Instrumental Music Award 
    • Pep Band Award 
    • Principal’s Leadership Award (given to one student at North Central) 
    • Sarah Jane Beck Biological Science Prize 
    • Virginia E. Smith Foreign Study Award 
    • Vocal Music Award 
    • 2004 Prelude Competition Finalists 
  • Recent College Scholarships and Awards

    • Phi Eta Sigma, Butler University
    • Magna Cum Laude graduates, Purdue University
    • National Merit, Arizona State University
    • Indiana Resident Freese Scholarship, IU 
    • Merit Plus Certificate, Texas A & M University 
    • Distinguished Scholars Award, Tulane Univ. 
    • AP Scholar Award, College Board 
    • Academic Success Award, Purdue University 
    • National Achievement Scholarship 
    • Hudson & Holland Scholars Program, IU 
    • W & L Grant, Washington and Lee University 
    • Dean’s Scholarship, Hanover College (2) 
    • Pointe Scholarship, Hanover College 
    • Laureate Scholarship, Howard University 
    • Academic Honors Scholarship, Anderson Univ. 
    • Harold McMahon, Sr. Scholarship Grant 
    • Audition Award, Butler University 
    • Music Award, Anderson University 
    • Academic Scholarship, Butler University 
    • Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Award 
    • Jesuit Heritage Award, Loyola University 
    • Holy Cross College Book Award 
    • Kodak Young Leaders Award  
    • President’s Scholarship, Taylor University 
    • Academic Merit Scholarship, Taylor University 
    • Presidential Scholarship, George Washington Univ. (2) 
    • George Washington Univ. Merit Scholarship 
    • Distinguished Scholarship Award, Xavier Univ. 
    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship 
    • IU Achieve Indiana Award, Indiana University 
    • Damen Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago 
    • Trustees’ Scholarship, Trinity University 
    • Honors College Scholarship, IU 
    • President’s Scholarship, Xavier University 
    • Heritage Scholar, Denison University 
    • Eckerd College Academic Honors, Leadership & Community. Service 
    • Taylor University Presidential Scholarship
    • Wake Forest Univ. National Merit Scholarship 
    • Trustee Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago 
    • Alumni Legacy and Merit Award, DePauw Univ.
  • Recent College Attendance

    • Ball State University 
    • Bradley University 
    • Dennison University 
    • DePaul University 
    • Elon University 
    • Fairfield University 
    • George Washington Univ. 
    • Goucher College 
    • Hope University 
    • Indiana University 
    • Ivy Tech 
    • Maine Central Prep 
    • Miami University 
    • New York University 
    • Purdue University 
    • Savannah College of Art
    • The Citadel 
    • Tulane University 
    • University of Cincinnati 
    • University of Denver 
    • University of Indianapolis 
    • Univ. of Miami 
    • University of Southern Indiana 
    • University of Southern California 
    • Vanderbilt University 
    • Villanova University 
    • Vincennes University 
    • Wabash College
    • Yale University

Orchard Graduates

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We know Orchard grads are doing great things! Our Alumni are artists, scientists, adventurers, change-makers, poets, educators, researchers and much more! Let us know what you are doing to change the world!