On Monday, June 3, Friends’ Central School held its annual Middle School Citizenship Awards Ceremony, recognizing and celebrating a handful of eighth graders in the Class of 2023 for their contributions as citizens to their school community and to the community at large.
Three awards were distributed: the Ida Hill Cahn Award for Peace Through Service, the Frank M. Groff Award for Sportsmanship and Friendship, and the Jacqueline Frances O’Neill Award for Enthusiasm and Spirit, with each award honoring the qualities that are at the very heart of the mission and Quaker values of Friends’ Central School.
The Ida Hill Cahn Award for Peace Through Service was created in memory of Ida Hill Cahn by her children, both FCS graduates, and is given to students who have distinguished themselves in the area of service to both the Friends’ Central community and to the community at large. Through their service, they have helped to work toward peace and to strive to live the message at the heart of our school’s vision – to peacefully transform the world. The Ida Hill Cahn Award for Peace Through Service was awarded to Lauren Coss and Milan Goyal.
The Frank M. Groff Award for Sportsmanship and Friendship, in memory of Frank M. Groff, a beloved P.E. teacher and coach at FCS from 1944-1967, is given to students who demonstrate caring and support of others during athletic activities and who empower and celebrate all team members and even opponents. Created by Joe Ludwig ’69 and Michael Mersky ’72, the Frank M. Groff Award for Sportsmanship and Friendship was awarded to Janie Lytle, Julian Abreu, and Melania Diah.
The Jacqueline Frances O’Neill Award for Enthusiasm and Spirit is an award that was created by alumnus and former Trustee Lincoln Meyers ’80 in memory of his friend and colleague Jacqueline Frances O’Neill, who passed away. The award was established to remember Jackie and to honor her irrepressible spirit. The Jacqueline Frances O’Neill Award for Enthusiasm and Spirit was awarded to Molly Allen, Gemma Kent, and Marcus Chiang.
Alexa Quinn, Friends’ Central Middle School Principal, shared “I think of citizenship as the way in which our students practice and live out our school’s Quaker values. It’s one thing to feel that doing service for others is important, but it’s actually doing service for others that makes one a good citizen. Likewise, these awards give us an opportunity to recognize students who have been exceptionally strong or stand-out examples of how we can put our values into action in ways that benefit our school and wider world.”