Photos on FlickrWatch a recording of last night’s commencement ceremony
Student speakers included senior class officers Eloise McCarty and Maddie Touma as well as valedictorian Lauren Rawson. The commencement address was given by former KCD parent, teacher, and administrator Chris Brice, who now serves as Chief Development Officer at Northwestern Mutual. Mr. Brice challenged graduates to remember and to honor their history and their relationships.
Each year during graduation, KCD presents several special awards to honor seniors who have demonstrated exceptional academic and moral leadership. Many of these awards are named in honor of alumni or former faculty members.Valedictorian
This award is given to the senior who ranks in the top 10 percent of their class in consideration of their four-year academic GPA and the rigor of the total course of study. This year’s valedictorian is Lauren Rawson.Honors Program
These seniors have completed the KCD Honors Program, a rigorous, two-year course of study in the humanities: Kyra Anderson, Aisha Asad, Grace Bagga, Arika Dwivedi, Areeba Khan, Hannah Khan, Tala Maya, Heeb Nazeer, Lauren Rawson, Sharika Singh, Judith Topham, and Eddy Zhong.National Merit Finalists
Grace Bagga, Solomon Blinchevsky, Arika Dwivedi, Lauren Rawson, and Eddy Zhong.Susan McElwain Memorial Award
This award is given to the senior boy or girl who is outstanding in character, scholarship, sportsmanship, and athletics. This year’s recipient is Judith Topham.James Pitman Sams Jr. Award
This award is given to the senior girl or boy who has demonstrated in every capacity the high ideals of academics, sportsmanship, and citizenship and the outstanding qualities of character, leadership, and personality exemplified by this beloved alumnus. This year’s recipient is Tommy Halbleib.Science and Math Award
This award is chosen by the science and math departments and is given to one or more seniors in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, good character, and superior intellectual promise in the fields of science and math. This year’s recipients are Lauren Rawson and Eddy Zhong.Chairman’s Award
This award is given to the senior or seniors who have, in the past year, shown a marked development of academic interest, concern for the school, and moral leadership. This year’s recipients are Grace Bagga, Heath Scharf, Meera Sahney, and Hunter Bates.Nancy Bowling Prize in Expository Writing
This award is chosen by the English department and is given to the senior who shows the most talent and interest in this form of prose. This year’s recipient is Hunter Bates.Dorothy O’Brien Award
This award is given to the senior who best represents the qualities that Dorothy Caukin O’Brien fostered in her students by her own example: dedication to Kentucky Country Day School, honesty, respect for others, appreciation for work well done, and humor that restores. This year’s recipient is Grace Clift.Headmaster’s Award
This award is given to the senior boy and girl who best exemplify the standards, attitude, and scholarship of Kentucky Country Day. This year’s recipients are Jake Latts and Maddie Touma.