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Liu named Valedictorian and Campbell winner for Class of 2018; Hartness wins Grayson Medal, Lyons is Salutatorian

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on May 01, 2018

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.

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Topics: academics, commencement, leadership, salutatorian, valedictorian, Grayson Medal, Campbell Award, Awards

Class of 2017 encouraged to "Share your gifts, talents and resources" at Commencement

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on June 13, 2017

As Hal Daughdrill ‘73, Chairman of the McCallie’s Board of Trustees, officially welcomed the Class of 2017 into “the long blue line” of alumni, he shared with them a brief reflection on what makes the diploma and their experiences on the Ridge so indelible for their lives. He spoke of his visit to a Golden M reunion, where men celebrate their 50th reunion year and one particular conversation he had.

It was at that point that I turned to one of the gentlemen standing next to me and said to him how remarkable it was that these men felt the impact of McCallie and their teachers so deeply and so strongly so many years after the fact. He turned to me and said, “Hal, it’s been this way ever since the day we graduated. It’s been like this for the last 50 years.”

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Topics: commencement, salutatorian, valedictorian, class of 2017

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

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


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

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