NE W S & EVENTS Founders Day: A Student’s View One of the most significant ceremonies for The American School Foundation is called Founders Day. This special date is important because we honor those who founded this educational center we all love and cherish. They built an entire legacy and shared it with those of us who attend this facility. We all relate ourselves to some aspects of the school, and we can only thank them for permitting us to do so. Each division celebrates this wonderful occasion in its own way. Here at the Middle School, we carry out a very fun and joyous activity. On February 22, at the end of the school day, the sound of excited chatter began to fill the Upper Field. All students were looking forward to the student vs. teacher soccer game. They began to take their seats in the bleachers as the after school soccer teams − boys and girls − warmed up. The first half was played by the girls, who did a wonderful job putting up a fight against the adults— and won. During the half-time break, the Middle School Coordinating Council took the stage, and President Isabel Raz Guzmán presented the Wright Award, for generosity, and the Davis Award, for risk-taking. The Wright award went to eighth grader Fernando Collada, who dedicated his entire Thanksgiving break to help a community in need. The Davis award went to another eighth grader, Alexis Zobeideh, who created a new club called Speak Now, an anti-bullying group (see page 14). This is a club open to all Middle School students, especially those who have suffered bullying in their learning environment. Congratulations to both recipients! The celebration closed with the second half of the game, which was played by the boys against a new set of teachers. For the first time in ASF history, both the boys and the girls beat the teachers! It was a wonderful celebration, honoring wonderful people, and attended by the wonderful students that make the school we have today.
Founders Day Honorees ASF celebrated the anniversary of the laying of its first cornerstone on February 22, and as always there were school-wide festivities that included tributes to the men and women who created the school in the 19th century and those who ushered in its transition to a world-class learning institution in the 20th. The highlight was the annual Founders Day awards ceremony in which outstanding members of the ASF community were honored. Here are the honorees: Cummings Award (Promotes Leadership, Lower School) Camila Cano, top right. Orrin Award (Promotes Community, Lower School) Diego Cortés, second from top. Wright Award (Promotes Generosity, Middle School) Fernando Collada, top left. Davis Award (Promotes Risk, Middle School) Alexis Zobeideh, top left, far left. Cain Award (Promotes the Appreciation of Diversity, Upper School) Alina Aksiyote, third from top. Lamm Award (Promotes Culture, Upper School) Susan Kwon, third from bottom. Faculty Twyla “T.J.” Hanes, second from bottom. Parent Volunteer Tamara Cherem, bottom right. Clifton Award (Promotes Love of Learning, Early Childhood Center) The Entire ECC
— Daniela Madrazo, 8th Grade Student
Files Award (Promotes Initiative, Early Childhood Center) The Entire ECC 6
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