The following is the description leading up the announcement of Salutatorian at Honor's Evening. Students never know who will receive this, so it is a delightful surprise.
This year’s Salutatorian is a true scholar who possesses a deep love for the study of history and political science. Having taken 6 AP classes while managing to maintain an overall average of 98.5%, not only is she one of the top students at our school, but she is known and admired by her peers as a person of integrity, especially among many of the younger girls who look up to her as a model of academic excellence and good citizenship.
While unfailingly polite and well-mannered, our Salutatorian is also a spirited competitor who loves to win and is willing to put in long hours to succeed. She tells us that she is never as happy as when arguing a case as lead attorney on our Mock Trial Team. In her first year at SCA, she was the only freshman chosen to deliver courtroom arguments for Mock Trial, a rare honor and a testament to her native ability for to stay calm and reasonable under pressure. Last year her quiet leadership won her the MVP award for her team. This year’s honoree also had the opportunity to experience the American political system in action when she served as an intern for Senator Lamar Alexander during Interim, an opportunity that convinced her that a future career in law would be a great fit for her gifts.
This year’s Salutatorian has accomplished a great deal outside of the classroom as well. As a Student Ambassador, she has dedicated many hours to sharing with prospective parents and students her love for St. Cecilia, and they are always impressed by her intelligence and wry sense of humor. She has participated in Model United Nations and has served as the Treasurer of the French Club. Additionally, she has volunteered many hours working at the Room in the Inn and the Winter Shelter Program.
Although she has accomplished much in the last four years, our Salutatorian also finds time for fun, especially at the bowling alley where she served as captain of this year’s Varsity bowling team, qualifying for the State championship this spring. In her spare time, this young lady enjoys fashion, displaying a consistently classic style with the “impeccable grooming” and perfect pearls that make Mrs. Bader proud. In fact, this student aspires to write for a fashion blog one day.
With a number of college acceptances, including Furman University and Wake Forest University, she has recently decided that she will enroll in the Honors Program at the University of South Carolina.
Please join us in welcoming our 2017 Salutatorian….
Miss Nicole Elizabeth Chandonnet.
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