Alumni Update - Winter 2020

We are proud of our school's role in helping prepare our students for academic success, as well as a healthy and productive life.
The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded SmartBox Founder and CEO, Brandon Stallings, “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Small Business Week Celebration at the University of North Florida in May 2019.
Mackenzie Ball Is pursuing a master’s in Education Policy and Management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. “While I graduated from JCDS back in 2004, the impact of this community on my personal growth and academic achievement echoes all the way to this point in my life,” she said. In her passion for education, Mackenzie resembles her mother Cindy Ball, who is a beloved Kindergarten teacher at JCDS. Congratulations to this bright young alum for being accepted at one of our nation’s most prestigious universities!

Chelsea Burns signed a contract to play soccer for PSV Vrouwen in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Chelsea is graduated from Duke this year and has been successful in the classroom as well as on the pitch. Chelsea earned CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team nod (2017), three ACC Honor Roll mentions (2016-18), and a spot on the ACC All-Academic Team in 2017 during her time at Duke.

Sonam Parag is in medical school at Nova Southeastern University's Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine. Starting off as a JCDS Shark, she is now a Nova Shark!

Kenny Gore, as a sophomore at Florida State, and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society last March.

Katelin Gildersleeve, who graduated from JCDS in 2013, won a bronze medal for the U.S. at the World Rowing Junior Championships, which was held in August in Tokyo, Japan. Katelin graduated from the Episcopal School of Dallas last spring and is attending Stanford University. She was most recently named US Rowing’s 19-and under female athlete of the year for all of her accomplishments in and out of the water.

Claire Cywes was awarded the Perspective Writing Award at Bolles. She has just started at Haverford College and is a member of the women's soccer team. Claire and fellow alum Rebecca Duffy were awarded Babe Ruth Foundation Awards at Bolles commencement last May. 

Alexander Cywes and Luke Kobrin were inducted into the prestigious Alpha Society of the National Honor Society at Bolles last April.

Caroline Johnston is attending Clemson University on a Track and Field scholarship. 

Kamren Khan was the 2019 Bolles Valedictorian and was awarded the Rufus R. McClure English Award. Kamren was also a top Senior Scholar at Bolles, along with his fellow JCDS alums Nithya Badarinath, Alex Cywes, Ethan Das, Luke Kobrin, Shourya Sangam, Alexander Tun, and Brooke Zimmerman.

Julia Downes and Jessica Hogan were inducted into the Cum Laude Society at Episcopal School of Jacksonville. Fellow JCDS alum and movie producer Kevin Chinoy (‘83) gave remarks at the ceremony. Julia also started at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on a rowing scholarship this fall.

Edward “Witt” Witt  won the John Philip Sousa Award and Jessica Hogan earned the Tri-M Music Honors Award at Epsicopal for the last school year.  

Jack Munoz won the Brad Sterling Endowed Award lacrosse at the Bolles School in May.

Richa Goel was selected to participate in Girls State last summer. This leadership and citizenship program for high school students sponsored by the American Legion. Program participants elect mock municipal officials and representatives to the mock state legislature. 

Mallorie Sievert is a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and was just nominated as a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. She was also one of the leads in “Guys & Dolls” in the production at her school. Mallorie was named a Young Arts Theater winner, which recognizes her as one of the most promising young performing artists in the U.S. 
Andrea Aschi was awarded the 4th quarter President’s List at Bolles in Spring 2019. Andrea was a co-founder of the Hearts for the Homeless Club. The club assists the homeless, with club members meeting to assemble and distribute numerous bagged lunches. This winter, the club also organized the “Cozy Clothes Drive” and distributed warm clothing to their neighbors in need. 

Avery Patterson has committed to playing soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also won the A. Chester Skinner Jr. Award in the Spring, 2019.

Two JCDS alums received President's List medallions for their examples of servant leadership at Bolles. Mack Chamberlain ('15), who was named to the First Quarter President's List at Bolles. Mack was recognized for starting the first Bolles Foster Closet Club. At Foster Closet, he has been helping foster children shop for things that they need because they have had to leave their homes. He also set up a successful program to help tutor these children. Dalia Handoush was recognized as a leader in her position on the Attitude Committee. Dalia is constantly thinking of others and what she can do to help them, according to the Bolles website. 
Satvik Reddy earned the Olga Pratt Math Award for being an outstanding 8th grade math students and Audrey Cheng, Su Ertekin-Taner, and Leah Zimmerman were named top Freshmen Scholars at Bolles last spring.

Ella Bisher and Ainsley Gray won 8th Grade Presidential Awards for the 2018-19 school year at Episcopal. The President’s Education Awards Program recognizes graduating students who meet high standards of academic excellence (4.0 GPA) and those who have given their best efforts.

Krish Relan won the Bolles Middle School Nelson Brett Instrumental Music Award for being an outstanding Intermediate Band student at Bolles. Ashvatha Arun earned the Top Visual Arts Bolles Middle School Showcase Award. The award is presented to the student whose artwork reflects superior artistic dedication and craft. 

Sean Ramsey was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Upper School Math classes for Geometry at Episcopal.

Daniel Ji won the 7th grade Mathematics Award at Bolles, which is given to students who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge and application of the principles of mathematics.

Ava Witt was recognized for Instrumental Music by Episcopal last spring.
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