Like so many traditions during this Covid-19 season, our 8th Grade Sendoff looked a little different this year, but its heart and purpose was the same—to celebrate the class of 2024 as they move forward into Upper School. We are proud to announce some very special awards presented during during our recent 8th Grade Sendoff drive-in event:
2020 Headmaster's Award
The 2020 Headmaster's Award recipients are Claire McIlwain '24 and Charlie Dantin '24.
The Headmaster’s Award, voted on by the Middle School faculty, is given annually to the eighth grade girl and boy who best exemplify the characteristics that The Dunham School strives to foster in her students. These students exhibit excellence in academics, physical endeavors, and the fine arts. Through social maturity and spiritual development they display such Christ-like qualities as humility, obedience, service, honesty, love, and respect for others.
2020 Two Coins Scholarship Award
The 2020 Two Coins Scholarship recipient is Oscar Boatner '24.
The Two Coins Scholarship is awarded to an eighth grade student who has exemplified the character of the widow in Mark 12:41-44 who gave her all. Mike Jenkins and his late wife Sharon made this gift in honor of their two sons and Dunham alumni Calip ’05 and Wally’09.
This annual award is give to an eighth grade student, selected by the Middle School principal and faculty who instruct the majority of 8th grade students each day. The scholarship recipient is a student who gives his/her all by striving to be an exemplary student of The Dunham School, placing others before self, demonstrating good citizenship , displaying diligence in academics, participating in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and is actively involved in community service and church activities. The scholarship is a one-time award of $1000 applied to the student’s tuition for the next school year.
2020 Spirit of Service Award: 8th Grade
The 2020 Spirit of Service Award recipients are Katie Harris ’24 and Adrian Raymond ’24.
The Spirit of Service Award male and female recipients are nominated by and voted on by their 8th grade classmates. Christian service requires spiritual preparation, sacrifice, risk-taking and compassion. The love of Christ is the motivation for Christian service. The winners of this award were recognized by their peers as exemplifying Colossians 3: 23- 24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your Heart, as working for the Lord, not for Men...It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
2020 Godly Character Award : 8th Grade
The 2020 Godly Character Award recipients are Kai Washington '24 and Taylor Brasell '24.
The Godly Character Award male and female recipients are nominated by and voted on by their 8th grade classmates. Character is a spiritual fruit that is built from our real, godly relationship and commitment to Christ as LORD. The students selected for this award are not always right and sometimes they make wrong choices, but their peers say that they see Jesus in these students. Jesus said that we are to “love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.... and we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.” This Godly Character Award recipient demonstrates a love for God and others.
Congratulations to these young men and women for displaying lives and attitudes that exemplify the mission of The Dunham School.