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Grauer School Students Garner Top Awards and Achievements

Encinitas, CA, June 23, 2010 --( The Grauer School announced a series of student honors and achievements as the 2010 academic year came to a close at the graduation and commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 11, 2010. The 19th Annual Headmaster’s Award/Highest School Honor was bestowed on Dylan Whitmore, a graduating Senior who demonstrated resourcefulness and exemplified expeditionary learning during the seven years he studied there, entering at 6th grade. Dylan will continue his studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study aeronautical science and government. The Trustees Annual Service Award for community service was given to 10th graders Summer Kiesel and Corinne Smith. Graduating Seniors Thomas Hopper, Lauragrace Barnes and Spencer Bromley were presented with the Top Music Awards and a representative from the Daughters of the American Revolution honored 11th graders Audrey Grauer and Madison Swoy (both class of 2011) for their service and citizenship.

During the ceremony, the school inducts high school students into the National Honor Society. To qualify, a student must have a 3.75 cumulative grade point average, have competed at least 12.5 hours of community service and must be a student in good standing. Selection for membership is by a faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Inductees for 2010 (Class of 2013) are: Sydney Ellis; Kelsey Ellison; Keanna Gottlieb; Alicia Holliday; Caia Jaisle; Summer Kiesel; Lauren Predki; Rayna Shah and Stewart Wirick.

In each grade, students were also selected to receive the President’s Gold (Highest) Award for Educational Excellence. In order to qualify, students must have a 3.75 and over grade point average and demonstrate excellent citizenship. The award is given to Middle School and High School students. The awards were presented to: 6th graders Julia Chuang, Natalie Espinosa, Parker Johnson, Brandon Pang, Skylar Pia, Natasha Sachs, Mikayla Stuart and Samuel Sugarman; 7th graders Kahol Baniadam, Chris Ellis, Kaylee Helmbacher and Nicholas Higgins; 8th graders Christopher Apodaca, William Braymen, Nicholas Rothbacher, Shelby Smith and Savanah Stewart; 9th graders Sydney Ellis, Kelsey Ellison, Keanna Gottlieb, Alicia Holliday, Caia Jaisle, Summer Kiesel; Lauren Predki, Rayna Shah, Stewart Wirick and Casper Messamann; 10th graders Michael Burton, Nicholas Getz, Mathew Higgins, Summer Kiesel and Madeleine Murphy; 11th graders Audrey Grauer and Jieun Lee; 12th graders Lauragrace Barnes, Michelle Kao, Kaitlyn Kaseno, Taryn Predki, David Samaniego, Cindy Zhang and Dorren Shou.

According to Head of School, Dr. Stuart Grauer, “The extraordinary achievements of our students add fuel to the small schools movement regionally and nationwide---schools of under 200 provide each student with unrivaled mentoring and access to personal opportunity. At a time when budgets are shrinking and students are disappearing into class sizes of 40 and up, The Grauer School remains focused on leadership development and mastery learning. These are lucky kids.”

The Grauer School is located at 1500 South El Camino Real in Encinitas and scholarships are available. For additional information, call (760) 944-6777 or visit

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