After earning an outstanding $1.6 million in merit scholarships, 17 seniors received their diplomas May 16 from All Saints Episcopal School in a Commencement exercise in the school’s Kirby Commons. The Class Valedictorians and Salutatorian were honored during the graduation ceremony.
The Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian announcement took an unusual, but exciting twist. Counselor Gwen Belk explained that three seniors earned exactly the same final GPA of 4.862 after attending All Saints High School for all four years. She announced Ash Bumstead, Graham St. Clair, and Sebastian Whitaker as the 2021 Valedictorians. She also announced that George Lipe earned the next highest GPA with 4.825 and is the 2021 Salutatorian.
The 17 members of the Class of 2021 have proven to be exceptional because the majority of the class earned acceptance into their first-choice college and they earned $1.6 million in merit scholarships during a school year in which many colleges were reducing their number of scholarships due to COVID-19 and 2020 college entrance deferments. In addition, two members of the class (Ash Bumstead and Sebastian Whitaker) are National Merit Commended Scholars.
The student led Commencement was emceed by Student Body President Senior Graham St. Clair. Senior Presley Mills offered the invocation. The commencement address was presented by two different senior speakers. Sebastian Whitaker presented his speech “Our All Saints Family” followed by Ethan Moore’s speech “Finding Joy.” Interim Head of School Robert Brashear and Board of Trustees Chairman Chris St. Clair presented the diplomas to the 17 seniors.
An empty chair draped in blue and white honor cords was placed with the seated seniors in honor of their fallen classmate, Tyler Yannone, at the request of the graduating class. The class had also previously dedicated a newly-planted Russian pistache tree in Yannone’s memory along with a dedication tag on the tree and engraved bench. Yannone attended All Saints his freshman year when his family evacuated from the British Virgin Islands following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. His mother was a Lubbock native and his grandparents still live in Lubbock so the Yannone’s moved to Lubbock for that one year only. He became such close friends with the Class of 2021 that he visited Lubbock several times each year and remained in close contact with the students. The Class of 2021 always considered Yannone to be a member of their class and were saddened when Tyler and his parents were killed in a tragic helicopter crash in the British Virgin Islands in February 2021.
Valedictorian Ash Bumstead is a member of the Varsity Basketball, Cross Country, and Track teams and has earned state honors in each sport. He is a past-president of the Chemistry Club and founding member of the school’s Honor Council and serves as its chairperson. In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and TAPPS Academic Team in which he is a two-time TAPPS 2A State Champion in Mathematics and a 2021 State Champion in Science. Bumstead has also been a member of the High School Band and Mock Trial Team. He is a 2020 National Merit Commended Scholar and has received the prestigious Proven Patriot Award each year of high school along with being named to the Headmaster Honor Roll each year. This year he was awarded with the school’s most prestigious honor, the Man of Character Award. Bumstead is active in his church youth group at Lakeridge United Methodist Church and traveled with them on a Tanzania Mission Trip in 2014 to work with schools in remote villages. He serves All Saints as a Student Ambassador, which includes live TV interviews and promotional videos for student recruitment as well as personally visiting with prospective students and families. His hobbies include his love of playing the piano and guitar along with hunting and fishing. Bumstead will attend Baylor University next fall. His parents, Krista and Matt Bumstead, enrolled Ash into All Saints as a three-year-old Preschool student. His brother, Nate, is in the seventh grade at All Saints while his sister, Susannah, is a 2019 All Saints graduate and a sophomore at Baylor.
Valedictorian Graham St. Clair is the Student Body President and has served as a Student Council Representative his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. In addition, he is a member of the school’s Varsity Football, Basketball, and Golf teams. St. Clair has served as the vice-president of the Chemistry Club and is a member of the National Honor Society, High School Band and Drumline, and Varsity Mock Trial Team. In addition, he has been awarded the Headmaster Honor Roll each year in high school and was selected by the high school faculty and administration as a Proven Patriot his senior year. St. Clair is a lifelong member of Lakeridge United Methodist Church and is active in Younglife. He enjoys volunteering and fundraising for the American Diabetes Association and served as the Junior Ambassador for their Annual Walk to Stop Diabetes. St. Clair served as a Counselor-in-Training for three years at Camp NoLoHi, a local day camp for children with diabetes. He enjoys singing and playing his guitar for audiences around Lubbock. His other hobbies include song-writing, skiing, water sports, and fishing. He is the son of Diana and Chris St. Clair. His older brother, Benton, is a graduate of All Saints and currently attends Baylor University. His younger sister, Katy Jane, attends All Saints Middle School. He has attended All Saints since Kindergarten. St. Clair will attend Baylor University and study Business.
Valedictorian Sebastian Whitaker is very involved with Student Council having served as Class Representative, Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He also is a founding member of the Honor Council and is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Varsity Debate and Mock Trial Teams and the TAPPS Academic Team in which he is the 2021 TAPPS 2A State Champion in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and in Current Events. Whitaker is a member of the High School Band and Drumline and the Varsity Cross Country, Basketball, and Track teams. Whitaker was named a National Merit Commended Scholar in September 2020 and in February 2021, he was awarded the Good Citizen’s Award by the Nancy Anderson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He was one of Lubbock’s delegates to Texas Boys State in June of 2020 and was a delegate to the Model G20 Summit in Beijing, China in 2019. Also, in 2019, Whitaker spent half of his summer serving as a senate page for U.S. Senator John Cornyn in Washington D.C., and the other half serving as a camp counselor at Camp Mishawaka in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He has received the school’s most prestigious Proven Patriot award every year along with being named to the Headmaster Honor Roll. Whitaker volunteers as a Lector and Altar Server at Holy Spirit Catholic Church as well as volunteering at All Saints and many community organizations. He is a history buff and enjoys learning languages, reading, sailing, and participating in sports. Whitaker plans to study political science in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, then pursue a career in law. He joined his All Saints class in 2014 in the sixth grade. His sister, Ashby, is a junior at All Saints. Dana and Jeff Whitaker are his parents.
Salutatorian George Lipe is a four-year member of the state ranked All Saints Varsity Tennis team and serves as the Team Captain. In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society and TAPPS State Academic Team. Lipe has received the Headmaster Honor Roll all four years of high school. He is the 2021 TAPPS State Champion in Ready Writing as well as receiving commendations for his entries in the TAPPS State Art Contests. Lipe’s artwork has been displayed in galleries in the Lubbock First Friday Art Trail numerous times and in the Texas Tech Art Gallery as well. He has completed and presented a personal visual portfolio centered around abstract surrealist representations and interpretations of life and how adversity presents itself through it. Lipe is a classical pianist, having played since he was in the first grade, and has received Superior ratings in hymn festivals, sonatina contests, and guild contests. His hobbies include paddle board, yoga, meditation and volunteering at the Morris Safe House. At the Morris Safe House, he recently coordinated and managed a fundraiser which raised over $5,000 worth of goods and helpful items for the center. Lipe will attend the University of Texas at Austin next fall where he will be enrolled in the College of Architecture. He plans to focus his studies on sustainable ergonomic architecture in an urban setting that prioritizes a combination of natural and man-made design features that allow for a sense of luxury as well as sustainability. Lipe has attended All Saints since he was five-years-old. His sister, Anna Lipe, is currently an All Saints seventh grader. His parents are Beckey and John Lipe.
The Class of 2021 was accepted into 27 universities and earned $1.6 million in merit scholarships. Those schools are: Arizona State University, Baylor University, Clemson University, Georgetown University, Georgia Tech University, Hawaii Pacific University, Louisiana State University, Oklahoma State University, Saint Louis University – Madrid, Spain, Southern Methodist University, Southwestern University, Texas A & M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Texas, Trinity University, The University of Virginia, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of The Redlands, University of Tulsa, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech University, Wake Forest University, and West Texas A&M University.
One senior will take a Biblical Gap Year in Branson, Missouri at Kanakuk. Two students will attend Baylor University while six students will attend Texas Tech University. One student has chosen the University of Notre Dame du Lac. Each of the following schools will each have one All Saints graduate in attendance next fall: University of Tulsa, Southwestern University, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, West Texas A&M University, Arizona State University, Southern Methodist University (SMU), and Texas Christian University (TCU).