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School’s successful seniors in the spotlight
Hamilton Grammar’s prize-giving ceremony took place before a full house of young people, parents, staff and friends.
The event celebrated the outstanding academic success of pupils in the 2016/2017 session.
Head teacher Graeme Sives spoke of his pride and drew on the work of American academic Walter Mischel, who worked in the field of focus and self- control, while outlining his thoughts on ‘the genesis of excellence’.
An engaging evening was compered by depute head teacher Bill Heeps, who gave grateful thanks to the legacy of long-established memorial awards which honour pillars of the school community and keep Hamilton Grammar connected with its distinguished past.
In a break with tradition, the review of the year was provided by head girl and boy, Ellie Laird and Jack Burn.
The S4 Loudon Junior Dux was presented to Alasdair Holmes by Joanne Hood, minister at St John’s Church, maintaining the link with the medal originally struck for the Dux at St John’s Grammar School.
Janika Popova was presented with the S5 James Blacklock Dux medal – named after the founder of Hamilton Academy and previous rector of the school –120 years after it was first awarded.
And the S6 Dr Margaret Davidson Memorial Award was presented to Joshua Menzies.
Lorna Kinsman, representing Education Resources at South Lanarkshire Council, presented the remaining prizes. The awardwinners were as follows.
National 5 subject awards: Katy Anderson, history; Stewart Black, accounting; Emma Blake, art & design; Abbie Craig, drama; Mia Dunnington, French; Abby Gray, administration & IT; Alasdair Holmes, English; Cameron Holmes, computing; Kacy Hunter, RMPS; Nicola Mccallum, design & manufacture; Katelin Mcconville, history; Emma Mcnaughton, hospitality; Matthew Mcquade, design & manufacture; Callum Mcwilliam, chemistry, physics; Katie Mullen, practical cake craft; Zak Murdoch, maths; Rachel Niven, biology; Drew Ritchie, practical woodwork; Georgia Simpson, Spanish; Kate Torrance, geography, business management; Darren Walker, physical education; Sophie White, modern studies.
Higher subject awards: Fraser Arthur, accounting; Jack Burn, design & manufacture; Rachel Caskie, geography; Ellis Crothers, photography; Harshdeep Ghumman, computing; Victoria Hodges, business management; Lucy Hutton, chemistry, maths; Keir Jarvie, drama; Heather Kennedy, history; Megan Kennedy, RMPS; Ellie Laird, art & design; Matthew Miller, music; Natalie Morgan, modern studies; Janika Popova, English, French; Fiona Robertson, history; Gillian Scott, Spanish; Afaan Sheikh, physics, graphic communication; Amaan Sheikh, biology; Abbie Thomson, administration & IT; Sophie White, RMPS; Struan Wilson, physical Education; Amy Lyall, English.
Advanced Higher subject awards: Serena Black, history; Molly Blues, art & design; Lee Chappell, graphic communication; Victoria Hodges, geography; Amy Lyall, English; Callum Manning, computing; Joshua Menzies, biology, Chemistry, maths; Julia Murray, drama, music; Rachel Naylor, music; Kay Richardson, modern studies.
Excellence awards in attainment: Katy Anderson, six A grades at National 5; Euan Carmichael, six A grades at National 5; Abbie Craig, six A grades at National 5; Euan Fraser, six A grades at National 5; Jack Garvin, six A grades at National 5; Alasdair Holmes, six A grades at National 5; Cameron Holmes, six A grades at National 5; Leah Mackay, six A grades at National 5; Euan Mccallum, six A grades at National 5; Nicola Mccallum, six A grades at National 5; Callum Mcwilliam, six A grades at National 5; Luke Miller, six A grades at National 5; Rachel Niven, six A grades at National 5; Ian Page, six A grades at National 5; Georgia Simpson, six A grades at National 5; Layla Simpson, six A grades at National 5; Ross Smith, six A grades at National 5; Vanessza Soos, six A grades at National 5; Sofija Stumbra, six A grades at National 5; Kate Torrance, six A grades at National 5; Dharla White, six A grades at National 5; Fraser Arthur, five A grades at Higher; Claire Brough, five A grades at Higher; Rachel Caskie, five A grades at Higher; Julia Dunn, five A grades at Higher; Caris Hamilton, five A grades at Higher; Lucy Hutton, five A grades at Higher; Ellie Laird, five A grades at Higher; Alistair Paton, five A grades at Higher; Gillian Scott, five A grades at Higher; Amaan Sheikh, five A grades at Higher; Niamh Stretton, five A grades at Higher; Joshua Menzies, three A grades at Advanced Higher.
Hunter Foundation: Shanzay Akhtar, Elizabeth Anderson, Katie Burn, Sophie Hay, Grace Robertson, Eve Shilton and Olivia Thomson.
David Langston Memorial Award: Suzanne Scott.
Ronnie Wiper Memorial Award for Business Education: Fraser Arthur.
James Anderson Memorial Award: Lucy Hutton.
Iain Mcmanus Memorial Award for Outdoor Education: Connor Cox.
Iain Mcmanus Memorial Award for Physics: Afaan Sheikh.
Jan Webster Memorial Award: Janika Popova.
Mary Armour Award for Critical Studies in Art: Ellie Laird and Rosie Payne.
Mrs WL Gold (Nana Ewart) Award for Achievement: Jack Garvin.
Dr John Reid Endeavour Award: Jade Mcgoldrick.
David Knox Memorial Award in Music: Matthew Miller.
400th Anniversary Award in Music: Amy Lyall.
The Mcarthur Shield Young Musician of the Year: Rachel Naylor.
Gilbert and Sullivan Plus Award for Performing Arts: Julia Murray.
Service and Leadership Awards: Euan Carmichael, sports ambassador; Ethan Kerr, sports ambassador; Andrew Brown, head boy; and Fiona Roussis, head girl.
Loudon Award for Excellence in S4: Alasdair Holmes.
Dr Margaret Davidson Memorial Award: Joshua Menzies. Proxime Accessit: Julia Dunn. James Blacklock Dux Medal: Janika Popova. Please post me free & without obligation full Alta2 Pro hearing aid. Tick if pensioner.
Kdetails of the
S5 James Blacklock Dux medal Janika Popova, who has now taken up her place at Glasgow University, was given the honour
Prizewinners Hamilton Grammar School’s senior pupils