Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes with Akilah Graduates
The Frazier Family
The Soaring Eagle Distinguished Alumnus Award was instituted in 2014 to recognize one alumnus/alumna of St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School who continues to demonstrate the core values and Mission of the School. The ideal candidate will follow the School’s philosophy and be “grounded by a commitment to spiritual and ethical values, a love of learning, and the development of strong character” and will be a leader in their field or community. He or she will demonstrate significant contributions in one or more of the areas of: church/religious involvement, commitment to education, and character.
St. John’s Philosophy:
Spiritual and Moral Formation: Christian values are central to St. John’s mission and philosophy. To assist each child in focusing attention on the spiritual and moral aspects of daily life, the School is committed to providing students of all denominations and faiths with daily Episcopal worship and sound Christian religious instruction. St. John’s cultivates the personal growth and integrity of each student, welcomes diversity, requires respect for the needs and rights of others, encourages compassion, and promotes awareness of and responsiveness to humanitarian needs.
Academic Preparation: St. John’s prepares its students for continued achievement and success at the finest secondary schools by offering a rigorous core curriculum which includes English language and literature, mathematics, the sciences, history, social studies, computer technology, and classical and modern languages. Exposure to studio and performing arts through coursework and extra-curricular activities promotes creativity and self-expression. The School maintains high goals and standards for academic performance, encourages intellectual curiosity, and focuses on the development of life skills, with particular emphasis on self-discipline, a conscientious work ethic, and effective organizational and study habits.
Character Development: St. John’s sets high expectations for behavior and actively fosters the development of strong character, self-confidence, personal responsibility, and healthy social and emotional well being. Christian values are reinforced through daily chapel lessons, weekly divinity classes, and community service opportunities offered throughout the school year. Programs in physical fitness and interscholastic athletics emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of personal fitness. The School believes that all of these traits contribute to shaping well-rounded individuals who demonstrate respect and appreciation for themselves and others.
If you believe you know a Soaring Eagle, please complete the form below. Submissions are due by March 31st. The final selection of the Soaring Eagle will be made by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, Trustees, other alumni, and parents. The award will be announced at Commencement, which in 2017 will take place on Thursday, May 25th at 5:30 p.m. in St. John’s Church.