On March 10, Headmaster Lee Burns ’87 presented the 2017 Walker Casey Award to senior Joshua Azan during Chapel.
The award is named in memory of Walker Casey '47 and is one of the most prestigious honors McCallie bestows to a senior student. Voted upon by the school’s faculty and student members of Keo-Kio, the Student Council and the Senate, the award recognizes the senior who most profoundly exhibits the strong Christian beliefs and standards exemplified by Mr. Casey.
“While there are other important awards at McCallie, the Walker Casey Award clearly speaks to the very soul of McCallie,” Burns said. “This award seeks to recognize strength of character and the power of positive influence.”
Joshua Azan’s time at McCallie has proved him to be more than worthy of the Walker Casey Award. He has been an active and enthusiastic member of Keo-Kio, the National Honor Society and Cum Laude. In addition, the boarding student from Kingston, Jamaica, serves as a leader, mentor and role model to younger students as a resident advisor in the all-freshman Pressly Dorm. His character goes far beyond the activities he participates in. Teachers described him as passionate, ethical, funny, strong, and an all-star student.
One faculty member said of Azan:
“He has continued to set the standard for everything: attitude, effort, persistence and demonstrated results. We’re all excited about the future awaiting him … He is a source of energy for me, and I know he makes his knowledge available to others in the dorm.”
Walker Casey died from a brain tumor in 1947, six weeks before his scheduled graduation date at McCallie. He was inducted into Keo-Kio, the senior leadership organization, before his passing. The award, established by his parents and the school, is presented each year around Walker Casey’s birthday.