Alumni Essay Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Alex Cywes ('13) who is the winner of this year's Alumni Scholars Essay Contest. In his winning essay, Alex noted, "JCDS is the foundation upon which my character and academic experiences are built. I am sincerely grateful for the person JCDS has shaped me to be."
Diplomatic would be a good word to describe Alex. He graduated from 6th grade at JCDS in 2013. Upon entering 7th grade, Alex made the decision to run for class office. He never looked back, serving in a student leadership role throughout his middle school and high school career. In the fall, Alex will enter Georgetown University, where the $1,000 scholarship will be put to good use.

“JCDS taught me that diversity should not be viewed as the enemy of success and cohesion, but as a means by which fresh perspectives and true unity can usher in positive change to our community,” he wrote.

As so many JCDS students do, Alex sought varied intellectual opportunities. He challenged himself in history and this led to his participation in Model UN at the national level. 

Having been introduced to the wonders of varied cultures and languages at an early age, Alex chose to study Chinese and this provided him the confidence to study abroad in China, while also maintaining his Spanish language skills. 

He credits JCDS with providing a foundation for academic success. “Because of JCDS, I know the difference between information and knowledge; JCDS not only taught me what to learn but how to learn as well.”

Not only did our school prepare him for academic success, Alex wrote that  “JCDS provided me with the values I needed to decipher right from wrong and understand that it remains my obligation to leave this world a better place than I found it.”

During the recent 2019 commencement at Bolles High School, Alex was awarded the Herman Ulmer Award for giving the most of self in service to the community. This summer Alex is splitting his time between an internship in the district office of a local Congressman and working at Larry's Giant Subs.

“Empathy runs through the foundations of JCDS and its teachings. JCDS truly excels not only in creating smart people but foundationally good people as well,” his essay, concludes.

Click here to read Alex's essay in its entirety.

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Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.