CMS Nominates Van Wie, Taylor for Siena Courage Award
Chatham Middle School is proud to announce it has nominated eighth graders Grayson Van Wie and Hannah Taylor for Siena College's Student Courage Award, which honors young people who actively promote the ideal of a just and inclusive society that values diversity and uniqueness. The award is sponsored by the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Nonviolent Social Change.
Grayson is a student leader with high marks and a strong sense of citizenship. He is active in his school’s National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) program, where he prepares and presents lessons to younger students regarding diversity, acceptance, and positive leadership. He continuously advocates for others, whether helping needy families or stepping up to befriend students who are bullied. He has written his own personal code of conduct on how people should treat each other and how his beliefs affect his daily decisions.
Hannah is a scholar-athlete who exhibits high moral conduct and who embodies what it means to be a team player. She has become a role model to her peers because of the decisions she makes, her readiness to accept different viewpoints and personalities, and the respect she shows all students. Whether in class or on the field, Hannah is a kind and helpful person who quietly leads through her own good character and hard work.
In being nominated for the Courage Award, Grayson and Hannah join other courageous students representing schools from around the greater Capital Region. A committee comprised of area leaders in social justice issues will review the nominations, from which they will select three recipients of the award. Award winners will be announced the evening of January 13th during the 30th Annual MLK Art & Writing Invitational Reception and Celebration at Siena College.