Bolles President and Head of School Tyler Hodges, along with student and faculty leaders, hosted the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus Second Quarter Honors Convocation virtually in mid-January. During the event, Hodges announced the Second Quarter President’s List recipients, celebrating students’ upstanding demonstration of The Bolles Way: Pursuing excellence through courage, integrity and compassion.
The eight 2020-21 Second Quarter President’s List recipients are Katrina Aldana '21, Jiaju Du ’21, Dahlia Kirov ’21, Natalie Garcia ’21, Su Ertekin-Taner ’22, Avani Bansal ’21, Max Frohman ’22 and Ava Sickler ’22.
The President’s List is comprised of a select group of students nominated by teachers and students. A faculty committee identifies student candidates who best exemplify The Bolles Way by pursuing excellence through courage, integrity and compassion. Following a new school year precedence that began this fall, President’s List winners explained their service work in pre-recorded videos filmed prior to the virtual meeting.
Students achieved many varied and inspiring works during the second quarter. Enjoy a showcase of their efforts in this video.
Du is receiving this award for his help with an admissions video for which he applied efforts above-and-beyond what was expected of him. With short notice, he not only translated the script, but also narrated the film and recruited other students to take part in the project. This is Du’s second time to be named to the President’s List, a rare occurrence.
Aldana, Kirov, Garcia and Ertekin-Taner and were recognized for their work as a student interns with the Jacksonville chapter of the national nonprofit, Women Writing for a Change. They worked with local writers and helpers to produce an anthology of women-composed works. The women writers came together in writing circles to produce fiction and nonfiction demonstrating the power of female voices. The Bolles students were an important part of the program’s success.
Additionally, Ertekin-Taner joined Bansal, Frohman and Sickler in receiving honors for their leadership on the Student Diversity Committee. The four student leaders organized International Education Week on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus. They helped identify and gather a group of 20 committee members – all unknown to each other and in some cases, distance learning from home. The four committee leaders divided the group into four committees that planned and produce a full week of engaging activities, events and experiences. International Education Week included the creation and display of more than 40 posters and campus flag decorations, games and a speaker panel of alumni, faculty and friends who have traveled, worked or attended school abroad. They successfully met their goal of helping engage Bolles students with the global community that awaits them when they graduate.