|McCallie Class of 2017 valedictorian and Grayson Medal winner King Jemison, center left, and Campbell Award winner Walt Buzzini are congratulated by Headmaster Lee Burns '87, left, and Assistant Headmaster Kenny Sholl at Awards Day.|
King Jemison’s hard work and dedication during his time at McCallie has culminated in two of the school’s top honors as Commencement 2017 approaches.
The day student from Lookout Mountain was named Valedictorian for the Class of 2017 for his outstanding academic record and followed that the next day by being presented with the Grayson Medal, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the graduating class.
His classmates gave him loud ovations twice during the two-day awards presentation, showing their respect for the young man who will attend Stanford in the fall.
Also bringing the Upper School to its feet was English teacher Sam Currin ’03, recipient of the Keo-Kio Distinguished Teacher award. Boarding student Walt Buzzini from San Antonio, Texas, won the Campbell Memorial Award, recognizing the second most-esteemed member of his graduating class.
Dozens of other students were recognized during the two-day awards presentations, from superior academic accomplishments to outstanding effort in athletics and extracurriculars, from character recognition awards for leadership to awards for service.In addition, teachers and coaches were also recognized for the influence they have had on the lives of students.
Nancy Olencheck was honored with the Houston Patterson Award, recognizing the dormitory advisor who has most positively influenced the residential community over the year.
And coaches Roc Evans '91, Chris Richardson, and Adam Tolar '96 were named recipients of the Coaching for Character Award.
A complete listing of Awards Day recipients is available here: Upper School Awards 2017 (PDF). A photo gallery of the 2017 award winners can be found online. A complete set of awards descriptions is available here: Awards Descriptions(PDF).