We are happy to announce that Allison Henderson (’12) is the 2018 winner of our Alumni Scholars Essay Contest. She graduated from Episcopal School of Jacksonville last May and will be a first-year student at the University of Florida this fall, where she plans to major in Criminology and minor in Spanish. She is a member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society.
“The most vital trait for a young adult to possess is the capacity for true empathy. This is what Jacksonville Country Day School teaches best,” Allison wrote in her essay. “JCDS taught me that it is not only okay, but promoted and encouraged to befriend people who look different, talk differently, and practice religion differently from yourself.”
“I cannot help but notice that it is the JCDS alumni that are admitted into impressive colleges and universities (Cornell, Georgetown, Boston College, New York University, etc.), inducted into National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society, and take on leadership roles in high school and in the community,” she added.
Allison served as the president of both the Upper and Middle School Community Service Councils and the Dominican Republic Club. She co-founded the Middle School Community Service Council with another JCDS alum and received the ESJ Parent Association’s Award for Community Service this year for having the most community service hours in her class. “The commitment of JCDS to educating the whole self (mind, body, and spirit) instilled in me a relentless desire to serve my community,” Allison said.
She will win a one-time scholarship of $1,000. The contest was open to all JCDS alums who were graduating high school seniors in 2017. Contest entrants were asked to compose an essay addressing the topic: What impact did your character education and academic experiences at Jacksonville Country Day School have on your success in middle and high school? Thanks to all of our alums who participated in this contest.