Eighth-Grade Medal Winners Honored at Commencement Service
When the first eighth-grade class graduated in May 2006, Trinity Episcopal School established five medals to be awarded annually to graduates at the Commencement Service: The Trustee Medal, Fellowship Medal, Trinity Spirit Medal, James Edward Horne Medal, and the Jane Ferguson Hill Medal. The medal winners were celebrated by their families and peers during the Trinity Episcopal School Commencement Service.
This year’s Trustee Medal was awarded to Evie Kadyan, who held the highest overall average in core academic classes in her graduating class. The Trustee Medal reflects Trinity’s Board of Trustees’ dedication to providing an enriched curricular program to each student. They are entrusted with making strategic decisions that continually support a sense of community-wide responsibility to scholarship. Evie achieved excellence in all academic endeavors, as she embodied traits of top scholars: focus, self-discipline, and a sharp mind. Her remarkable success as a Trinity student–enrolled in one of the most rigorous course loads possible–extends beyond the classroom to vast participation in extracurricular programs. However, what sets her apart from even the highest achievers is her depth of character and humility.
Trinity’s 2021-2022 Fellowship Medal was awarded to Alonso Martinez. This medal is awarded to the graduate who best exemplifies inclusiveness, acceptance, and understanding in everyday relationships and experiences at Trinity and in the larger world. Alonso spent nine years spreading joy in the Trinity community. His ability to navigate throughout many groups and his polite manners and infectious smile make him an integral and inclusive member of every team to which he belongs. From the classroom to the stage and fields, his respectful manner, sunny disposition, and commitment to being kind to others have significantly impacted the Trinity community.
The Trinity Spirit Medal is awarded to the graduate who is the tangible example of the intangible Trinity Spirit. This student is characterized by a strong and good-humored work ethic, good citizenship, empathy, appreciation, and high morale. This year’s Spirit Medal was awarded to Hampton Campbell. Hampton pushes herself to do her best in all areas while displaying a friendly spirit and good heart. She balanced remarkable determination with a steady calm in both athletics and academics, and her teachers, coaches, and friends could count on her to do the right thing because that is simply who she is. She has been a model for faithfully and joyfully engaging in the life of the school.
Sebastian Moreno was awarded the James Edward Horne Medal, named for Trinity’s founding Board Chair. This medal is awarded to the graduate who best exemplifies leadership, faithfulness, and a commitment to live in harmony with a greater purpose. Sebastian embodies the positive, dutiful leadership of the Trinity graduate. He engaged wholeheartedly in the life of the school as he explored–and shined in!–multiple areas, inside the classroom and out. Not only bright, talented, and responsible, he is thoughtful and a friend to all. Sebastian is the kind of leader who leads simply by how he lives.
The Jane Ferguson Hill Medal, named in honor of Trinity’s founding Head of School, was established to recognize a graduate for total contribution to the life of the school. This year’s Jane Ferguson Hill medal recipient, Caroline Newby, is an enthusiastic leader who personifies integrity and grace. With quiet confidence and a great sense of humor, she strived to achieve her personal best – from insightful classroom discussions to passionate engagement in many extracurricular activities and service. Her exceptional work ethic, coupled with her natural talents and compassionate heart, inspired others to do the same, and Trinity truly benefited from the bright light she shined.