Contributed by the Middle School Leadership Team

Grade 8 Mindset Awards

This student is among the hardest working that her teachers have seen. She embodies the Mount Vernon Mindsets, showing her willingness to innovate in order to solve new challenges creatively. She is a trustworthy and able collaborator who leads her fellow learners to ever higher levels of achievement. Please join us in congratulating Kennedy Mosley.

This student embodies many of the Mount Vernon Mindsets, especially in his qualities as a creative thinker, communicator, and solution seeker. He is a logical and critical thinker who knows how to evaluate new information relative to the current paradigm. He is an enthusiastic learner and reader who isn’t afraid to engage with difficult concepts. Please join us in congratulating Harris Meriwether.

With every creative opportunity, this student presents surprising new innovations and solutions with her work and her craft. Her humor and infectious joy bring out the best in her collaborative groups, and she consistently has a kind word of encouragement to share. Please join us in congratulating Kennedy Reynolds.

This student’s creativity and playfulness are abundantly displayed in his work and in his collaboration process. He will always dig deeper and take his creative projects to the next level, not out of requirement, but out of an inborn curiosity to see what is possible. Please join us in congratulating Owen Kempa.

Grade 8 Fruits of the Spirit Awards
The Fruit of the Spirit award honors students who distinguish themselves as God’s servants, embodying the Fruit we’re focusing on this year: self-control, faithfulness, joy, and kindness.

Not only does this young woman have a caring heart and a positive attitude, she is beyond polite to adults and her peers alike. Always ready with a smile, a wave, and a ‘hello’, perhaps one of the kindest young women we have ever known, please join us in congratulating Kiera Campbell.

For everything there is a season and a time to every purpose, and one student at least is sure to know when that time is. This student demonstrates self-control in both work and leisure. When she has free time, she redeems it by bringing levity to her friends. When she has a task to complete, she is focused and efficient. Please join us in congratulating Reese Hickey.

This student displays kindness, goodness, and self-control. Her quiet leadership is an asset to the class. She shows integrity and continues to persevere under any circumstance. With a positive attitude, she is always willing to reach out and help her peers, putting them before herself. Please join us in congratulating Caleigh Clark.

This student embodies kindness, self-control, and joy, as well as being a faithful servant to God. This student has moral goodness which is expressed in the way she treats others, always putting them first. She gives her teachers and peers a sense of joy and gladness when she is present. Her kind hearted nature is an asset to all who know her. Please join us in congratulating Kennedy Reynolds.

Grade 8 Visual and Performing Arts Awards

All-Season Artists
Congratulations to Steven Patrick and Dennis Norman.

This year, each Middle School student had the opportunity to create original work and build skills in maker, visual art, mindful yoga, technical design, brain jam, and performing arts. Even in a time of protocols and limitations, several students went above and beyond to create high quality work and give their absolute best no matter what. The Arts+Design Team would like to recognize these students for their achievements this year.

Congratulations to Jackson Adams, Caleigh Clark, Liana Nketia-Gyasi, Collin Maher, Lily Stanford, Sophia Van Name, and Connor Holloway – Mount Vernon’s first All-State Strings Player.

Grade 8 Athletics Awards

Tri-Sport Athletes
Congratulations to Elle Crawford, Christian Karatassos, Ansley King, Collin Maher, Scarlett McCarthy, Jake Pierce, Matthew Pierce, Daniela O’Leary, Tatum Overstreet, Kennedy Reynolds, Jack Schimelman, Anna-Charlotte Toole, Walker Warshaw.

Grade 8 Most Outstanding Athlete Awards

Our most outstanding female athlete is a four-sport athlete in softball, cross country, basketball and track and field. In cross country, she split time on the diamond and on the trails. When she ran with the cross-country team, she led by example showing determination to push herself to new limits. At meets, she made running look effortless as she crushed the competition. She has been described as humble, hardworking, and kind. In basketball, this Mustang was selfless on the court making her a great leader because she always made the necessary sacrifices for her teammates. She knows how to turn on the switch to win. In track & field she came back from an ankle injury and qualified for state. Her coaches say she is a true testament of what it means to work hard and achieve your goals. It is with great pleasure that we present our Most Outstanding Female Athlete Award to Kennedy Reynolds!

Our most outstanding male athlete is a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling and lacrosse. On the football field, this Mustang was a punishing big-play runner, led the team in tackles on defense and was the first one down the field on special teams. He was the catalyst for all that the team accomplished on both sides of the ball. In wrestling, his coaches describe him as a hard worker, great athlete, mentally tough, and an ultimate competitor. He finished first in the Metro-10 Tournament this past winter. In lacrosse, his coaches say his ability to learn and never give up is contagious. And his attitude uplifts the people around him. It is with great pleasure that we present our Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award to Walker Warshaw!

Grade 8 Prefect Award
The Prefect Award is a great honor bestowed upon a grade 8 student. To be nominated for this award, a student must demonstrate exemplary leadership, dedication, and represent the highest ideals of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.mDistinct from our program of Middle School Junior Prefects, this is a separate honor that we bestow upon the one individual who has embodied each of the finest qualities of the Mount Vernon Mindsets, Fruits of the Spirit, and Strengths of Character. This student must be one to embrace challenges, both academically and socially, as well as to seek innovative solutions to all conflicts. Through kindness, empathy, and joy, this 8th grader raises up her classmates and teachers, and she is ever faithful to the integrity of her own character. She continually seeks to improve herself, both seeking creative approaches to topics that interest her, and surrounding herself with true friends. A rare quality in a middle schooler, this student has the courage to do what is right, even in the face of adversity. The 2020-21 Prefect Award goes to Liana Nketia-Gyasi.

Grade 7 Mindset Awards

This student has worked extremely hard as a virtual student this year in addition to being new to our MV community. They showed creative thinker attributes in their writing as well as in their projects. As a virtual student, they showed solution seeker, innovator, and ethical decision maker attributes as they kept up with their work and found innovative ways to stay connected to classmates. They have demonstrated diligence and excellence during such unprecedented times and we couldn’t be more proud of them. Please join us in congratulating Jewel Mayfield. 

This amazing individual joined our MV community later in the year in such a seamless way and has demonstrated excellence in her work every day.  She exhibits creativity in her artwork and narrative writing and is always open to feedback.  She manages to go that extra mile, striving for advanced in every way possible and is always willing to collaborate with others. We are beyond lucky to have her as part of Mount Vernon Middle School.  Please join us in congratulating Sophie Mijatovic.

This student is so intuitive and understanding of different viewpoints and perspectives.  He exemplifies ethical decision making and has such a natural ability to communicate with thoughtful sophistication, an amazing pun, or a funny joke.  He embraces challenges and is constantly thinking of solutions that are outside of the box, and he makes outstanding contributions to small group and whole class discussions.  It is a joy and pleasure to teach this student. Please join us in congratulating Haris Flynn. 

This incredible student has grown tremendously this year in his communication skills and public speaking.  He is always willing to share during class discussions and loves to share his thoughts and ideas around current events or interesting factoids about science and other neat stuff. His class presentations show an outstanding knowledge base as well as passion, as he worked very hard to prepare for them. His love of video games and technology has helped him develop his solution seeing skills. Please join us in congratulating Jesie Bodine. 

This student has truly found his voice as a leader this year.  He is willing to collaborate and communicate with his peers and sets the bar high for excellence in classwork and participation.  He has shown maturity by taking responsibility for the mistakes he has made in the past and independently making the choice to behave better and treat others with more kindness and respect. He also showed outstanding insight and world awareness in his written responses. Please join us in congratulating Hudson Forrest.  

Grade 7 Fruits of the Spirit Awards
The Fruit of the Spirit award honors students who distinguish themselves as God’s servants, embodying the Fruit we’re focusing on this year: self-control, faithfulness, joy, and kindness.

This individual is the rare kind of person who can take on a subject with the seriousness it deserves.  She is attentive, engaged, and hard-working, but is also fun-loving and quick to smile. She does not allow her talents to be a detriment to others around her, as many immature but intelligent adolescents are given to do. She has shown outstanding leadership during her first year at MV as a Junior Prefect. She has elevated our classrooms and we’ve felt fortunate to have her as a student.  Please join us in congratulating Rayne Randle. 

This student exemplifies the fruits of the spirit daily.  She exhibits self control, kindness and joy in and out of the classroom.  She is always generous with her time and willing to help her peers and her teachers with the utmost patience and care.  Please join us in congratulating Brooke Nazarian.

This individual is a great example of joy and patience. She leans into all phases of her learning, from advocating for herself as daily questions arise to lavishing curiosity and care on each and every long-term project. She goes above and beyond on class projects and shows creative insights. We remain grateful for her way of making learning her own. Please join us in congratulating Kirstin Abbott.

This student definitely exhibits kindness and patience with his peers and is able to adapt to different group and working conditions. He is a cheerful collaborator, a creative leader, and leans into brave conversations in a way that makes space for others to do the same. Please join us in congratulating McKinley Tann.  

Not many students can exhibit patience, peace, and gentleness during these challenging times.  But one student in particular managed to do just that.  This young man used his quiet strength to show the fruits of the spirit not always with his words or having a loud voice, but more with his actions and his hard work and interactions with his friends. Please join us in congratulating Matthew Stevens. 

Grade 7 Visual and Performing Arts Awards

All-Season Artists
Congratulations to Avery Cole, Ryanne Kelly, Sierra Peterson, Sonoma Peterson, Sienna Ferrara, Emmie Jarman, and Lily Tuck.

This year, each Middle School student had the opportunity to create original work and build skills in maker, visual art, mindful yoga, technical design, brain jam, and performing arts. Even in a time of protocols and limitations, several students went above and beyond to create high quality work and give their absolute best no matter what. The Arts+Design Team would like to recognize these students for their achievements this year.
Congratulations to Carter Alewine, Simon Ikenberg, Emmie Jarman, and Nico Tur.

Grade 7 Athletics Awards

Tri-Sport Athletes
Congratulations to Ashlyn Beard, Bella Champney, Will Flowers, Hunter Reese Giardino, Hudson Hayes, Harrison Mills, Brooke Nazarian, Coleson Quesinberry, Lauren Reece, Jackson Scotchie, Reece Thompson, and Nico Tur.

Grade 6 Mindset Awards

This student exemplifies several MV mindsets, but one she most demonstrates is collaborator. A collaborator “builds strong partnerships within a diverse team; teaches, coaches, and leads others by example; and accepts feedback, implements decisions, and shares the credit.” Over the course of the year, this student’s involvement in her community, her academic classes, her athletic pursuits as well as her participation as a Junior Prefect show how collaborative she is, regardless of context. She truly leads by example. Please join us in congratulating Allie Parker.

This student embodies the MV mindsets. She is always willing to collaborate with others, and be a leader within the classroom. She consistently approaches problems as a creative thinker and solution seeker and does not shy away from communicating her thoughts for the good of the class. In addition to excelling academically, she is very personable and has a great relationship with her peers, girls and boys alike. Please join us in congratulating Lena McMorrow.

With a sense of humor, this student is “all in” with every assignment he starts.  He generally takes his assignments up a notch and then he uses feedback from peers and teachers to go up one more notch. This constant drive to raise the level is evidenced in the classroom, at recess, and on the athletic field and makes this student an excellent example of an innovator. Please join us in congratulating Ethan Siggers.

This student personifies the MV Mindsets by asking great inquisitive questions in class that enhances discussion and invites deeper thinking.  He consistently communicates with intentionality and respect for teachers and his fellow students. He does not work for grades but works for understanding and learning. He shows leadership qualities by working well with others and being open and willing to collaborate with all of his peers; he is an ethical decision-maker who is respected as a team member because he is intrinsically motivated to seek solutions. Please join us in congratulating James Dockter.

Grade 6 Fruits of the Spirit Awards
The Fruit of the Spirit award honors students who distinguish themselves as God’s servants, embodying the Fruit we’re focusing on this year: self-control, faithfulness, joy, and kindness.

As soon as this student walks into the room, the mood brightens with her genial greeting. Always sharing a positive and joyful view with her classmates, her presence is an invaluable addition to her classes and grade. Her joy is infectious, and she leads others with her positive outlook and joyful spirit. Please join us in congratulating Anna Reid Bull.

From day one, this student engaged his peers with a smile.  He participates in all assignments and tasks with a contagious energy.  He leads by example with a strong voice and as a great listener.  He is an example of joy and kindness. Please join us in congratulating Jalen Hagans.

This student quietly thinks and scrutinizes a problem. She shares her outside-of-the-box thinking with others and then builds on her own idea.  She perseveres through situations and roadblocks to reach solutions.  She handles roadblocks with thoughtfulness and uses setbacks as momentum. Please join us in congratulating Siena Tiffin.

This student exudes enthusiasm, inquisitiveness, and faithfulness in all that she commits herself to. She works well with a variety of classmates, seeks out her teachers proactively, and consistently completes work of high quality and thoughtfulness. Please join us in congratulating Jessie Fentress.

Grade 6 Visual and Performing Arts Awards

All-Season Artists
Congratulations to Charlotte Chaffin, Ryan Deguire, Peyton Fuller, and Vivienne Veach.

This year, each Middle School student had the opportunity to create original work and build skills in maker, visual art, mindful yoga, technical design, brain jam, and performing arts. Even in a time of protocols and limitations, several students went above and beyond to create high quality work and give their absolute best no matter what. The Arts+Design Team would like to recognize these students for their achievements this year. Congratulations to Jake Landt, Aubree Brown, James Dockter, Noah Erwin, Caroline Kincaid, and Malou Welin.

Grade 6 Athletics Awards

Tri-Sport Athletes
Congratulations to Carson Albert, Liam Allum, Chase Betz, Anna Reid Bull, Annabelle Bolton, Cade Dehem, James Dockter, AJ Hunter, Grant Reynolds, Joe Rosenbaum, Ethan Siggers, and Will McInerney.

Congratulations to all award recipients!

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