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Middle School Awards Ceremony 2021

On Tuesday, June 1, a virtual assembly was held to celebrate the achievements and good deeds of Graland Middle School students. Head of Middle School Marti Champion hosted the event alongside several faculty members who presented the awards. 
Congratulations to the following Academic Excellence Award Recipients, who have been recognized for their dedication, curiosity, joy, and leadership in the classroom: 
 
Grade 7: 
Quincy Collins (Math)
Annabelle Iten (English)
Drew Summers (Science)
Willa Cohen (History)
Bodhi Miera (French) 
Alex Warot (Spanish)
 
Grade 8:
Ryan Mandes (Math)
Addie Chandler (English)
Carmen Valentine (Science) 
William Solomon (History) 
Sophia Lepard (French) 
Grace Lohr (Spanish) 
 
Colorado Mathematics League Awards were also presented to Mark Popov (Grade 6), Nate Romo-Nichols (Grade 7), and Charlie May (Grade 8).

In celebrating Graland's mission to cultivate compassion, the following students were nominated by their classmates for this year's Kindness Award: 

Grade 5: 
Ben Summers
Henry Cheroutes
Angel DeLeon
Desi Balafas
 
Grade 6: 
Sydney Thompson
Mia Larkins
Coco Chism
Berkeley Williams
 
Grade 7: 
Griffin Adams
Drew Summers
Xavier Chavez
Oliver Hatzidakis
 
Grade 8: 
Fin Bivens
Charlotte Goldstein
Damon Schuetz
Avery Anderson

The awards ceremony concluded with “The Big Three Awards” (the Georgia Nelson Award, the Timothy W. Johnson Service and Leadership Award, and the Johnson Comfort Head of School Award) and a special surprise ending to the virtual event. 

The Georgia Nelson Award is given to a student who consistently goes beyond what is expected through their outstanding work ethic, love for learning, and personal growth. Congratulations to this year's award recipient, Cali Carr! 

The Timothy W. Johnson Service and Leadership Award is presented to a student who demonstrates courage, conviction, and ethical behavior at all times and inspires others to do the same. Congratulations to this year's award recipient, Joseph Masters! 

Finally, the John Comfort Head of School Award is given to an inspirational student who consistently remained dedicated to academics, athletics, the arts, and citizenship throughout their time at Graland. Congratulations to this year's award recipient, Sawyer Vinton!

To conclude the event, the Middle School students revealed that this year's yearbook is dedicated to Nurse Megan and Nurse Fran for their tireless commitment to the health and well-being of the Graland community this year. Congratulations, Nurse Megan and Nurse Fran, on this well-deserved honor and to all of the 2020-2021 Middle School Award Recipients.
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Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.