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Awarding Excellence in the Upper School

Updated: May 17, 2022

Teachers, parents, and classmates cheered as students received awards for their triumphs this year. In a special chapel held last Wednesday, we recognized Upper School students for their many achievements. Among the awards distributed were athletic awards, academic awards, and Christian character awards. We also had several special recognitions and presentations.

Our athletic department saw twenty-one teams compete in three different seasons this year. The awards for these teams vary according to the sport and are determined by either the coach or team voting. On Wednesday, sixty-five students were recognized for their athletic accomplishments, including awards such as Team MVP, Coach’s Award, and Most Improved. Seven of these athletes earned additional recognition by being nominated by NCIAA to All-Conference Teams: Daniel Watkins for Varsity Boys Soccer, Caiden Morrison for Cross Country, Sydney Collins and Alexis Waters for Varsity Girls Basketball, Isaiah Ramazani and Nic Watkins for Varsity Boys Basketball, Amy Faith Cardwell for Varsity Girls Soccer, and Owen Smith for Varsity Baseball.

Upper school students receiving athletic awards.

Students who hold the highest grade point average in each core class received an academic award to celebrate their success. Core courses include English, History, Math, Science, and Bible. Forty-seven students were recognized for this achievement in the Upper School, with several students receiving the award for multiple courses. Students who hold the highest average in elective courses, such as foreign language, computer, art, and music classes, were also recognized. Forty-six students earned this award.

Upper School students receiving academic awards.

We also celebrated students who are graduating from our Discovery Learning program. Our Discovery Center works alongside students with learning differences to help them flourish academically. The five students who graduated from the program this year demonstrated significant academic growth and self-efficacy. We celebrate their diligence and perseverance in pursuing academic excellence!

Images of student's who graduated out of the Discovery Program.

Salem’s mission goes beyond academic and athletic success; we want our students to grow in their relationship with Christ and be examples of Christ to others. The Christian Character award is given to two students in each grade who demonstrate Christlikeness in their actions, speech, and attitude. Additionally, we recognized seniors who have attended Salem since kindergarten with the Forever Viking Award, and students who maintained perfect attendance throughout the school year.

Images of students receiving special awards.

In honor of Anne Furrow, who faithfully ministered to students as both the Discovery Learning supervisor and Elementary Principal for many years, the Anne Furrow Award is given to a student who has demonstrated tenacity to succeed in spite of obstacles. This award is meant to recognize a student who best reflects Anne’s heart, a student who demonstrates the truths found in Ecclesiastes 9:10 (Whatsoever your hand finds to do; do it with all your might) and 2 Corinthians 12:9 and 10 ( In our weakness, He is made strong). This year, Haley Foster received this award.

Haley Foster receiving the Anne Furrow Award from Mr. Furrow, last year's recipient Connor Robinson, and Principal Dean Campbell.

Representatives from the US Marines and from the ROTC program made special presentations to several seniors during the Awards Chapel. The USMC representative presented Music awards to Kalie Baker and Dylan Weer, Academics awards to Elaine Jimenez and Owen Smith, and Athletics awards to Deanna Bays and Owen Smith. He also recognized Ethan Lunsford for committing to serve in the US Marine Corps following graduation. The ROTC representative presented Noah Baker with the ROTC scholarship to attend Campbell University in the Fall.

Students receiving awards from USMC and ROTC.

As the 2021-2022 school year comes to an end, we are excited to celebrate all that our students have accomplished over the last nine months! We are so proud of you for pursuing excellence!

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