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For more than 50 years, Webb’s Upper School “A CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE" Special Awards Day has honored students who have demonstrated exemplary character and achievement in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. That tradition continued this year as Upper School students, faculty and staff gathered, May 1, in the Lee Athletic Center to celebrate this year’s award winners.
This year’s Special Awards Day winners are as follows:
• The following students received Webb’s JOHN W. GREEN AWARD FOR SCHOLARSHIP, which was established in 1956 and recognizes students from each grade level with the highest grade-point-average, to date, for this school year:
Anna Bryn Williams ’19, Sidney Vafaie-Partin ’20, Meryl Ye ’20, Josh Chapman ’21, Eva Panin ’22
• The WILLIAM R. WEBB III CITIZENSHIP AWARD, established to honor the founder of Webb School of Knoxville, recognizes students in each class who have enriched the school community through their exceptional commitment to excellence, loyalty, spirit, leadership, participation in school life, and service to others. It was presented to the following:
Zoya Amer, Jack Hamilton, Jonathan Oates, Caroline Ross, Parth Tailor, Zack Tieng
Evan Chow, George Culpepper, Lucas Farr, Michael McClamroch, Luc Nadaud, Anna Stout
Josh Chapman, Quinn Flautt, Sarah Harvey, Crawford Hovis, Caroline Powell, Lily Grace Thome
Maddie Bell, Jackson Hovis, Ed Middlecoff, Katherine Perkinson, Owen Roesch, Lily Slade
• Owen Roesch was named this year’s MOCKINGBIRD AWARD recipient. Established in 2007 by Robert and Mary Jo Potts, this award honors a freshman who has distinguished him/herself by the metaphorical music that he/she has made through his/her kindness and honor, selflessness, gentle playfulness, and active involvement in the life of the Upper School.
• Webb’s CLINT WHITE AWARD, established by the Class of 1986 to honor the memory of their classmate and given to a sophomore who possesses a rare combination of consideration, humor, maturity, and optimism, was presented Crawford Hovis.
• George Culpepper received the ANNE ZIRKLE AWARD, which honors a junior who is spiritually inquisitive, intellectually talented, compassionate, humble, and kind in spirit. This award was established by the Class of 1990 in memory of their friend and classmate.
• The SHANE WEBB AWARD for academic and athletic excellence was presented to University of Virginia’s College at Wise football signee Jahlil Jefferson. This award, established by the Class of 1985 in memory of their classmate, is given to a senior who is committed to the ideals of hard work, the importance of higher academic training, and a career of service to others. The student must have earned at least a B average, participated in at least two sports, provided quality leadership both on and off the field, and plans to pursue a career in the field of medicine.
• Senior cross country/track & field standout and Vanderbilt University signee Niki Narayanireceived this year’s JOYCE HUNTER AWARD, which recognizes a female scholar-athlete. This award was established by the Class of 1992 in honor of Joyce Hunter, longtime head of the mathematics department and girls’ track coach.
• The WARREN HEISER AWARD, established in 2013 by the Upper School faculty and staff in honor of Warren Heiser, longtime Webb English teacher and coach, recognizes a male scholar-athlete. This year's Heiser Award was given to senior Jack Hamilton, who will be swimming at University of Pennsylvania this fall.
• Zack Tieng was presented with Webb’s NANCY S. THOMA AWARD, which is given to a senior who renders a valuable service to the school through a willingness to help others and a spirit of cooperation. This award was established by the Class of 1983 to honor a former college counselor.
• The CHANCE-STRUDER AWARD, given to a senior boy who has made a unique contribution to the life of the school through his sensitivity, insight, enthusiasm, and dedication, went to JC Trotter. Established in 1980, this award honors Art Chance and Ray Struder, both members of the Class of 1980, who through their courage in the face of adversity, enriched the school.
• Madalyn Mead received this year’s SERENDIPITY AWARD. Established by Genevieve Hudson, former headmistress of the Webb School for girls, this award recognizes a senior girl whose presence has been beneficial to others, and who has made a contribution to both faculty and students.
• Webb’s JULIA DOSSETT WEBB SCHOLAR AWARD went to Caroline Ross. This award, established during Webb's 50th anniversary and in honor of Julia Dossett Webb, wife of Webb School founder, Robert Webb, recognizes a senior whose academic work is distinguished by a love of scholarship and who, by example, has contributed most to the academic morale of the school.
• Richa Nathan was presented with the HUDSON CUP, named for Genevieve Hudson, former headmistress of the Webb School for girls. This honor is awarded to a senior girl who best exemplifies the ideals of Webb School.
• Class of 2019 Valedictorian Shiva Senthilkumar was selected as this year’s SPARTAN SPIRIT AWARD recipient. This award is presented to a senior boy who best exemplifies the ideals of Webb School.
• Caroline Ross was the recipient of the ERIC ENCARNACION MEMORIAL AWARD, established by the Class of 2007. It is voted upon by the members of the senior class and is given to a graduating senior who crosses social barriers in his or her class and is valued as a friend by all.
• Webb’s ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AWARD, established by the Class of 2003, was presented to Jonathan Oates and Zack Tieng. This award is voted upon by the members of the senior class and recognizes a member of the graduating class who best exhibits the following character traits: friendliness, humility, respectfulness, compassion, and hard work.
• Webb’s senior class named Derek Spencer, Webb Bookstore Director, as the recipient of the AQUILLA “BABA” COOK AWARD. This award, established by the Class of 2004, is given to an outstanding member of the Webb School staff who by his/her cheerful and positive interaction with the school community, and especially the students, distinguishes him or herself.
• Upper School science teacher Jenifer Lawrie and Upper School English teacher Elli Shellistwere presented with this year’s DR. EDWARD L. TAUXE AWARD. The Tauxe Award, first presented in 1969, is voted upon by the senior class and honors a Webb School teacher who has had a most positive influence on the lives of the students and stimulated them in their academic pursuits.