By Ralph Spencer, D'Evelyn Education Foundation Board of Directors
The annual Senior Banquet, held on May 17, 2017, at the Lakewood Sheraton Hotel, was a very special event for all D’Evelyn seniors. After all, D’Evelyn students can only attend one senior banquet in their lifetime and bask in the glow of their achievements over the last 4/6 years. As everyone knows, graduating from D’Evelyn is a significant achievement!
Allow me to summarize the 22-senior scholarship/award presentations (worth $20,000!) made that night, not only to honor our graduated seniors, but also to recognize two D’Evelyn teachers and a counselor who claimed prestigious awards.
The award ceremony also included the presentation of two Jamin B. Wilson Excellence in Education (E in E) Awards. Jamin graduated from D’Evelyn in 1999 with an ROTC Scholarship and went on to Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (for ROTC classes). He died tragically in an automobile accident in December 2006 while commuting to his Air Force job in Germany. Jamin’s parents, along with many D’Evelyn community members, friends and family supporters, have donated more than $90,000 over the last 10 years to the D’Evelyn Education Foundation in Jamin’s name to award deserving D’Evelyn educators for their own “excellence in education.” Each E in E Award winner received a $2,500 no-strings-attached check, a framed certificate, and an impressive glass trophy. The recipients of this year's awards were presented to Ms. Deborah Holland, Social Studies Department, and Mr. Robert Northway, Jr. High Counselor. Please take a moment to congratulate the parents (some of whom are still at D’Evelyn) of the above scholarship/award winners the next time you see them as well as the three faculty members whose names can also be found engraved on two special plaques in the school’s front lobby.
The D'Evelyn Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. The Board of Directors oversees the finances, legal issues and long-term strategic plans of the organization