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Keeping it balanced at Key: Seniors juggle projects on eve of graduation

The Key School on Hillsmere Drive in Annapolis was founded in 1958 by tutors from nearby St. John's College, where Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner," graduated in 1796. Key School seniors hope that if the institution's namesake were to stroll the school's 15-acre campus, which was once a "gentleman's farm," he would pick up on the culture and traditions that make the independent school unique. Graduation will be held Friday on the Smith House Yard, near the school's mushroom-shaped gazebos. Instead of a keynote speaker, each of the 53 graduating Obezags (gazebo, spelled backward) will select a member of the...