On April 16, the Top Scholars of the ECS Class of 2018 were honored with dinner and tributes by ECS faculty members.
Since 2004, ECS has honored the top ten percent of each graduating class with an elegant banquet and tributes from faculty. The students, their parents, and faculty/staff members are invited to celebrate the academic achievements of these outstanding scholars. Each student requests one teacher with whom they have a close relationship to speak. Also as part of the program, the scholar chosen to receive the E. Brady Bartusch Scholarship/Leadership Award is announced.
On April 16, the Top Scholars of the ECS Class of 2018 were honored with dinner at the Crescent Club. Upper School Principal Barrett Luketic opened the evening with prayer and Head of School Dr. Dan Peterson made introductory comments. Following the dinner, these faculty members offered tributes regarding the honored students: Rene Cavé (Amelia Beckham), Chris Luketic (Hadassah Betapudi), Kim Arnwine (Andrew Johnson), Jenny Shorten (Emma Johnson), Jordan Thompson (Mary Katherine Miller), Ryan Dixon (Will Nearn), Dawn Shute (Kathleen Parrish), Jennifer McGillivray (Ali Romines - Salutatorian), Mark Brink (Virginia Stanley - Valedictorian), and Brandon Tucker (Ashlynn Thetford).
The E. Brady Bartusch Scholarship/Leadership Award honors the top scholar who best embodies the ECS mission. Dr. Peterson presented the award to this year's honoree, Virginia Stanley. For her exceptional academic performance Virginia was named Valedictorian of the Class of 2018. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Society of High School Scholars, and has consistently been named to the Principal's List. She was awarded the Honors Latin III, Bible, AP English 11, Honors Latin IV, and the Honors Pre-Calculus awards. On the National Latin Exams, she received a silver medal each year. She has contributed to the life of the ECS community in a variety of ways. In his tribute to Virginia, Mr. Brink observed, "Virginia, we celebrate that in Christ you are a top scholar, that in Christ you are the valedictorian, that in Christ you are a gifted tennis player, that in Christ you are an effective leader. We celebrate that your identity with Christ gives you the confidence to rest completely in what He has done, that you do not add one iota to his work and at the same time it frees you to pursue a secular calling as hard as you can at the university. What an amazing Savior and Lord— "a grace that asks nothing of us to love us—amazing grace—but at the same time, demands everything from us—my soul, my life, my all." (Quoted from Rankin Wilbourne in Union with Christ)."
Each of this year's Top Scholars is a gifted and accomplished student. They represent a diverse range of achievements in scholarship, the arts, service, and athletics. The Top Scholars Banquet is designed to honor these deserving young men and women. The program (click here) provides further information about the banquet itself, the Bartusch award, and the honored students.