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Jemison named Valedictorian, Grayson Medal winner

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on May 03, 2017

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.

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Topics: valedictorian, class of 2017, Grayson Medal, Campbell Award, Awards Day

Senior Joshua Azan wins 2017 Walker Casey medal

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on March 14, 2017

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.”

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Topics: students, class of 2017, Awards Day, Walker Casey Award

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