Student Achievement News Archive

Celebrating Our Seniors

Last week's Leaving Tree Tradition, Baccalaureate Chapel, and Commencement celebrations joyfully capped off our seniors' four years at Episcopal High School. Saturday's Baccalaureate speaker, The Rev. Kai Ryan, Suffragan Bishop Elect and mother of senior Eleanor Ryan, referenced poet Mary Oliver when encouraging the Class of 2019 to pay attention to the world around them and claim a purpose in life. After the guidance, support, and knowledge gained at EHS she asked, "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Rev. Ryan reminded the students that change does not always happen through grand gestures. "Every day you can change the world for the better with one small kindness."

Soon after Chapel at the Senior Banquet, Mea Ayers was announced as the 2019 valedictorian and Gabrielle Small was named salutatorian. Mark Nylund was named Outstanding Male Student and Tyler Donovan was named Outstanding Female Student. The Spirit Award went to Ellie Gilchrist, the Citizenship Award to Claire Kardesch, the Head of School Award went to both Amiri Scrutchin and Jordan Wells, and the Jess Borg Award went to Mitchell Mostyn.

On Sunday, Commencement speaker and valedictorian Mea Ayers compared her fellow students' transformation and growth during high school to the legendary Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Exhibiting potential--if a little awkward—as freshmen, she commented, by senior year they were bright and shiny and standing tall. "Shine!" Ayers exclaimed."Be a beacon of goodness, of compassion, of hope. Take on life's new adventures and gain new values. But remember the values you learned at EHS: to lead lives of significance in service to others."

In total, 182 seniors will attend more than 73 colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, where they have earned almost $20 million in scholarships and grants.

Awards Chapel Honors Top Knights from 2018-2019

Last week's annual Awards Chapel brought the community together to honor standouts from all Four Pillars (see listing below). Additionally, two prestigious awards were announced: The Andrew Heston Hall Kaufman Award and the Marc F. Adler Faculty Award.

This year's Kaufman Award went to junior Noah Cook. Given in honor of Andrew Kaufman '95, who died of meningococcal meningitis the day after his graduation, this scholarship recognizes a student who exhibits humor, friendship, citizenship, and academic excellence. During his years at EHS, Cook has excelled in academics and band and has fully embraced the School's mission for students to explore multiple interests and serve others.

Chair of History and Social Sciences Toshla Guthrie won the 2019 Marc F. Adler Award. Guthrie is known for her teaching expertise, passion for history and psychology, and care for both students and colleagues. Her belief in the mission of Episcopal High School is evident in all that she does, whether in the classroom, cheering for athletes at games, or volunteering with SOS on weekends.

Marc F. Adler is a 1991 EHS graduate who has founded and runs several successful companies. In honor of Marc and in appreciation of the faculty at Episcopal High School, who taught and nurtured him, the Adler Foundation has generously created an award to recognize faculty excellence.

> Full Awards Chapel List & Photos

Knights Win Third Straight SPC Softball Championship

Knights win! That's three straight SPC titles for the girls softball program! #KnightsStandOut
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Congratulations to our students and coaches on a terrific spring athletic season!

One to Watch: Dylan Wilson '22
Like an elite athlete, freshman Dylan Wilson trains up to four hours every day, follows a strict diet, and rests before competitions. But instead of a gymnasium or gridiron, her platform is the stage. Discipline and dedication to craft, plus a natural gift for singing, are propelling the young soprano to success in the world of opera and classical vocals.

Recently, she placed Bronze in the Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Regionals and earned a first-round place in Classical Singer Magazine's Chicago finals in May. She and her voice coach Melissa Truitt, who has worked with Wilson since elementary school, are preparing for performances in Carnegie Hall as well as roles with the New York Lyric Opera. "I have signed a contract with the opera," Wilson says, "and will play Noeme in 'Cendrillon' and Barbarina in 'Le Nozze de Figaro.'"

Wilson has loved singing since she was 3 years old and began taking voice lessons at age 11. In grade school at Annunciation Orthodox School, she eagerly performed in the school musicals and chamber choirs. Here at EHS, she participates in MidKnight Blues, landed a role in the fall play "Othello," and hopes to add more performances with EHS Onstage during the next three years.

Blessed with both drive and passion, Wilson's next steps are sure to impress audiences in Houston and beyond.