A few days ago, a new teacher stopped me and asked a question about the plaques adjacent to Robin Morris’s current office. Needless to say, this is was a easy question for me to answer; later, a simple thought crept into my mind: why not devote two postings to these wonderful alumni prizes.
So, please indulge me as I cut and paste info from the Graland website about one of the prizes, The Nancy Nye Priest Award:
The Nancy Nye Priest '39 Alumni Award is presented each year to an outstanding Graland alumnus or alumna who embodies the loyalty and dedication of Nancy Nye Priest, a graduate of the Class of 1939 and a former Graland teacher who retired in 1995 after 43 years as a faculty member. As both a Graland alumna and teacher, Nancy epitomizes the very soul and spirit of the school. Her tireless work with literally thousands of students, as well as her unselfish devotion to her community, clearly makes her a role model many wish to emulate. An award in her name enables Graland to recognize alumni who, through their work, commitment to community, and loyalty to the ideals nurtured at Graland, represent a fitting tribute to both Nancy and those alumni honored in the past.
The purpose of Nancy Nye Priest '39 Alumni Award is to honor alumni whose extraordinary contributions in his or her chosen field of endeavor are reflective of the exemplary qualities of the person, Graland Country Day School, and the global community in which we live.
Recipients of the Nancy Nye Priest '39 Alumni Award
  • 1995 – Nancy Priest '39
  • 1996 – Fathers Roland Freeman '54 & Larry Freeman '54
  • 1997 – Dr. Kerry Brega '76
  • 1998 – Ruth Nunn Steel '43
  • 1999 – Charles Gates '34
  • 2000 – Kevin Plummer '82
  • 2001 – William M. Berger '37
  • 2002 – Kevin Preblud '78 & George P. Caulkins '80
  • 2003 – David C. Decker '81
  • 2004 – Robert Romero '69
  • 2005 – Kent Rickenbaugh '81 & Caroline Rickenbaugh '54
  • 2006 – Jennifer Atler '86
  • 2007 – Madeline McWhinney Dale '34
  • 2008 – Timothy Wirth '54
  • 2009 – Rebecca Love Kourlis '67
  • 2011 – Scott Horsley '81
  • 2012 – Katherine Dines '67
  • 2013 - Valerie Gates '69
  • 2015 - Duke Beardsley '85
  • 2015 - Browning Cannon '85
When I return to more postings related to the Master Teachers’ Wall, I shall talk about this inspiring teacher whose retirement gift from the school left me speechless. It is rare that I, the national spokesperson for logorrhea, could not utter a word that sunny afternoon in June. Stay tuned, folks.

Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
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.