Students in the Middle School gathered Tuesday with family and friends to celebrate in McDonald Hall with Middle School Awards Day in the afternoon followed by the Eighth Grade Celebration that evening in the Chapel.
Middle School Awards Day is a time to recognize the achievements of the boys who will become the next generation of leaders at McCallie, especially the eighth-graders who will soon begin their time in the Upper School as freshmen next fall.
The T.E.P. Woods Academic Medal of Excellence, given to the student or students with the year’s highest GPA in each grade, is the top academic honor for Middle School students. This year’s Middle School winners were:
Sixth Grade: Cullen Mazo
Seventh Grade: Harry Carter and Kohen Kilburn
Eighth Grade: Scotty Brown
The awards list was highlighted by Jay Williams winning the American Legion Citizenship Award and Will Kline being awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship/Patriotism Award. Subject awards were also presented to the top students in specific classes as well as the arts, and students were also honored for excellence in citizenship, generosity and school spirit.
Looking ahead, Harry Carter, James Cross and Carson Gentle were named Middle School representatives to the Student Senate for the next school year, and eighth-grader John Gabbert will serve as the freshman day-student Senate representative for the 2019-20 school year.
At the Eighth Grade Celebration, the boys were honored as a class for their hard work and enthusiasm in the Middle School before being symbolically welcomed to the next phase of their McCallie journey as freshmen in the Middle School next fall. This class of eighth-graders was particularly special to Middle School Principal Scotty Jones, as they were new sixth-grade students during his first year at McCallie School.
Here are the 2019 Middle School Awards:
American Legion Citizenship Award — Jay Williams
This award is presented to the 8th grade student who possesses the high qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service which are necessary to the preservation and protection of the fundamental institutions of our government and the advancement of society.
DAR Good Citizenship/Patriotism Award — Will Kline
This award is presented to an 8th grade student who exemplifies honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.
John Strang Award — Caden Glover
The John "Bud" Strang Award honors an 8th grade student who shares generosity of spirit, integrity, and dedicated faith in God that former Bible teacher John Strang exemplified during his 54 years as a teacher, coach and friend at McCallie.
Distinguished Student Award — Garner Adams, Carter Bennett, Acree Brock, Cole Henry, Connor Parks and Andrew Reynolds
This award honors a student who has distinguished himself in his classes for his exemplary work ethic. It is not necessarily a reflection of high grades, but of those qualities that enhance learning for the student, his teacher, and his classmates. This award is chosen by the faculty.
Student Senate Representatives:
2018-19 — Jackson Cook, John Gabbert and Ander Youngblood
2019-20 — Harry Carter, James Cross and Carson Gentle
2019-20 Freshman Day Student Representative — John Gabbert
A member of the Senate should be above reproach. He displays the characteristics of honesty and truthfulness in his lifestyle. His integrity should be a model for all to emulate. He speaks the truth with his heart and will not slander another with his mouth. His work ethic and deportment will be an example for all to follow.
Physical Science Award — Ben Propes
This award is presented to the 8th grade student who demonstrates academic excellence and extraordinary interest in the 8th Grade Science course.
Intro to Physics Award — Caden Glover
This award is given to the student who consistently endeavors to strive for the highest level of achievement, shows a genuine interest in the area of physics and has demonstrated an excellent understanding of the material.
Mathematic Achievement Award — Machai Clemons, John Gabbert and T.J. Usher
The Mathematical Achievement Award is presented to those students who have demonstrated consistent mastery of mathematical topics as well as a general love of the subject.
English Award — Scotty Brown
This award is presented to the 8th grade student whose work in the overall study of English has been outstanding. Not only has he excelled in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, and literature, but he has also evidenced a genuine talent and passion for the written word.
History Award — Scotty Brown and Jackson Cook
This award is presented to an outstanding American History student who ranks in the top 5% of the 8th grade American History course and is a leader in patriotism and good citizenship.
Art Il Award — Max Wiley
This award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in Art Il.
Director's Award Instrumentalist — William Owen
Director's Award Guitarist — Ollie Carter
Director’s Award Handbells — Will Kline
Director’s Award Strings — Adit Harish
Director’s Award Choral — Caden Glover
Drama Award for Best Actor — Watchman Alexander and McClain Shaw
The Drama Award is given to recognize students showing potential and commitment in Theater Arts.
Public Speaking — Arjun Patel
This award is presented to the student who has demonstrated leadership, commitment, skill, and character and has represented McCallie well in tournaments.
Tennessee Mathematics Teachers’ Association Contest
Geometry (Top 10) — Joss Rafiee
Algebra (Top 10) — Ryan Haun and Kohen Kilburn
Chinese Award — Parker Davidson and Riley Flynn
The Chinese award recognizes that student who has demonstrated great determination in learning the language, both written and spoken, and has shown a tremendous improvement through the last two years of study.
Latin Award — Scotty Brown
The winner of the Latin Award has had one of the highest averages in the class for two years. It is an impressive feat given the incredibly detailed nature of the language. But the grade alone does not speak to his understanding of linguistics and his keen insights about the culture. He has a self-deprecating wit that is warm and friendly. He is always willing to help other students to learn by teaching, not just be giving answers. His questions and comments forward conversation and understanding. He is a positive contributor, deep thinker, curious historian and superlative classicist.
National Latin Exam Recognition
Silver Maxima Cum Laude — James Grauley
Magna Cum Laude — Scotty Brown, Max Lifsey, Jack Moran and Carter Wendt
Cum Laude — Will Kline
These students are recognized for scoring above a specified threshold for the Latin Exam.
Spanish lB Award — Andrew Walldorf
The recipient of this award demonstrates strikingly impressive skills in Spanish. Along with his strong work habits, his oral, aural, and written abilities are remarkable. He shows definite promise for gaining complete fluency in Spanish.
National Spanish Exam Recognition
Gold Certificate — Samuel Baker and Christopher Romero
Silver Certificate — Machai Clemons, Sebastian Leinberger, Connor Parks and Andrew Walldorf
Bronze Certificate — Acree Brock, Caden Glover, Tucker Luna, William Owen, Joss Rafiee, Sameeh Shafi and Henry Veys
Honorable Mention — Teddy Arrowsmith, Arthur Burns, Ollie Carter, Jackson Cook, John Gabbert, Drew Hamilton, Charlie Henderson, Erol House, Jack Hunt, Luke Jacobs, Lawson Parsley, Henry Robbins, Max Wiley and Stoney Wingfield
These students are recognized for scoring above a specified threshold for the National Spanish Exam.
Middle Men — Garner Adams, David Baker, Scotty Brown, Jackson Cook, James Cross, Parker Davidson, John Gabbert, Gabe Getz, Caden Glover, Jack Moran, Manny Poulos, Ben Propes, Andrew Reynolds, William Reynolds, Christopher Romero, Sameeh Shafi, Hayden Smith and Ander Youngblood
The Middle Men is a group of young men committed to serving the school and local community by participating in various acts of service. We thank them for their important and positive contribution to the Middle School and our community.
Faculty Recognition List — Garner Adams, Acree Brock, Jackson Cook, Parker Davidson, Max Lifsey and Christopher Romero
The Faculty Recognition List honors students who have distinguished themselves in their classes for their exemplary work ethic. Thank you for demonstrating ALL of the following qualities each semester of middle school: active involvement, significant investment of time and energy toward academic goals, enthusiasm about course material, eagerness to explore topics fully, initiative in expressing ideas and in seeking out the teacher’s assistance, reliability and resourcefulness in completing assignments, and punctuality.
Honor Roll List — Garner Adams, Teddy Arrowsmith, Acree Brock, Arthur Burns, Ollie Carter, Machai Clemons, Parker Davidson, Riley Flynn, Drew Hamilton, Ryan Haun, Erol House, Jack Hunt, Will Kline, Sebastian Leinberger, Max Lifsey, Tucker Luna, Jack Moran, William Owen, Lawson Parsley, Joss Rafiee, Christopher Romeral, Grayson Smith, Henry Veys, Carter Wendt, Reilly Wood and Ander Youngblood
In recognition of the consistent performance in achieving academic excellence during each semester of his middle school career. Very few men are able to set the priorities and maintain the diligence necessary to achieve a 3.5 GPA each semester in middle school.
Headmaster List — Scotty Brown, Jackson Cook, Caden Glover, Luke Jacobs, Ben Propes, Andrew Reynolds, Brooks Riley, Jeb Salter, Andrew Walldorf and Max Wiley
In recognition of the consistent performance in achieving academic excellence during each semester of his middle school career. Very few men are able to set the priorities and maintain the diligence necessary to achieve all A’s each semester in middle school.
T.E.P. Woods Academic Medal of Excellence Awards:
6th Grade — Cullen Mazo
7th Grade — Harry Carter and Kohn Kilburn
8th Grade — Scotty Brown
This award is presented to the student in each Middle School grade who achieves the highest cumulative grade point average for the year.