Years of hard work and perseverance paid off for several McCallie students at the annual Upper School Awards Day celebrations, with senior day student Allen Liu being named Valedictorian for the Class of 2018 and Graham Hartness winning the Grayson Medal as the top overall student of the senior class.
Liu, a day student from Chattanooga was named Valedictorian for his outstanding academic record and the top GPA in the class, followed closely by Sawyer Lyons, who was named Salutatorian for the Class of 2018 during the first day of awards presentations. The following day, Hartness — also a day student from Chattanooga — was presented with the Grayson Medal, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the graduating class. Liu was named winner of the Campbell Memorial Award, recognizing the second most-esteemed member of the graduating class. Classmates of Liu and Hartness gave each senior loud ovations during the two-day awards presentation, showing their respect for these exceptional young men.
Also bringing the Upper School to its feet was economics teacher Skeeter Makepeace and English teacher Adam Tolar both being named winners of the Keo-Kio Distinguished Teacher award. 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. Callie Burns-Sholl was honored with the Houston Patterson Award, recognizing the dormitory advisor who has most positively influenced the residential community over the year. Varsity lacrosse coach Troy Kemp was named recipient of the Coaching for Character Award.
A complete listing of Awards Day recipients is available online.