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Class of 2017 Valedictory Address by King Jemison

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on May 22, 2017

King Jemison '17 shared the following address with his fellow graduates and their families along with the McCallie faculty at Commencement for the Class of 2017. Jemison will attend Stanford University.

Six years ago, I attended my first McCallie Graduation to honor the senior who drove me to school every morning. I was in awe of how “cool” and smart and most of all, big, he was. I struggled to picture myself ever reaching that pinnacle. As a freshman, I still watched the seniors tower over me, both physically and mentally. Now, as I stand on this stage as a senior, I don’t ever remember going through some dramatic change. Instead, I’ve been shaped by such miniscule changes that I didn’t even realize what was happening. They all added up to the man I am today.

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Topics: commencement, stanford, valedictorian, valedictory address, class of 2017

Caves

Posted by Billy Faires on May 16, 2016

Duncan Moore '16 is the first senior in 13 years to be named Valedictorian of his class and also receive the Grayson Medal, the highest award the school offers, honoring the student who most singularly represents the ideals and qualities sought in a McCallie Man. Mr. Moore will attend Yale University in the fall. The transcript of his address at Commencement is below.

This year, about a week before school started, all the Pressly RAs came to campus to prepare for the incoming class of freshman. Half of each day was spent in constructive activities, learning how to approach messy rooms, smelly laundry, and unruly 15-year-olds.

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Topics: Campus Life, caving, commencement, First Person, friendship, graduation, leadership, relationships, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), spelunking, Upper School Life, valedictorian, valedictory address

A Lucky Burden: Valedictory Address

Posted by Student Contributor on May 18, 2015

By David Bowman

McCallie School 2015 Co-Valedictorian

I’ve recently come to terms with the following fact: Wesley and I have faces that, across all grounds and often from considerable distances, attract homeless people. What happened while Wesley and I were driving just outside of McCallie’s gates junior year laid the groundwork for the realization of this oddity. After an exhausting soccer practice that spring, we were craving some grease-covered “Famous Chicken n’ Biscuits” as we often do.

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Topics: Campus Life, duty, class of 2015, Featured, parents, Posts from the Ridge, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), spotlight, Upper School Life, valedictorian, valedictory address

Ladybugs: Valedictory Address

Posted by Student Contributor on May 18, 2015

 

By Wes Brown
McCallie School 2015 Co-Valedictorian 

I am deathly afraid of ladybugs.

Trust me that I am not making up this confession simply for shock value. Rather, it is truly a crippling fear of mine, something that freezes my blood cold and causes intense nervous sweating whenever I run across one of the cursed insects. I can quite easily trace the roots of this fear back about a decade ago to a horrifying week that my family and I spent in a mountain cabin one summer. The house in which we were staying was long overdue for a visit by the exterminator, and had therefore become the world’s premier breeding ground for the little red and black devils.

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Topics: Campus Life, class of 2015, Featured, First Person, friendship, parents, Posts from the Ridge, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), spotlight, Upper School Life, valedictorian, valedictory address

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