Bolles President and Head of School Tyler Hodges announced the 2021 Third Quarter President’s List recipients during a virtual convocation March 23.
Each quarter during the academic year, upper school faculty and staff nominate students for the award. A faculty committee receives the submissions and identifies stand-out student candidates who best exemplify The Bolles Way by pursuing excellence through courage, integrity and compassion. The selected students are announced during a special convocation four times a year.
This year’s Third Quarter President’s List recipients are:
- Taylor Richardson ’22: Richardson received the honor this quarter for her #BlackFriendChallenge campaign – a tremendous undertaking that made an immediate and lasting difference in the School community. Richardson worked diligently during the past few months to get as many copies of Frederick Joseph’s book, “The Black Friend,” to young adults, schools, libraries and organizations as possible. This was an inspirational undertaking, one that has motivated many to accept her challenge and raise funds as well. Richardson exceeded her campaign goals, raising $22,000 and successfully distributing more than 800 books. And she continues to stir progress as plans for the “The Black Friend” panel discussion "Lit Chat with Frederick Joseph" come to fruition on March 31 at 7 p.m.
- Christopher Thanner ’22: Thanner played an integral role in a recent Tai Chi practice on campus. Taking on an act of leadership in a spontaneous and affable way, he organized and managed the 20-minute practice that allowed many upper school students the opportunity to participate in a fun, healthy activity during a stressful time. Thanner applied the same high level of tenacity toward his peers on the Bolles Lower School Whitehurst Campus. When lower school leaders reached out for assistance on commemorating the Chinese New Year, Christopher responded with a positive, helpful attitude. He volunteered his time and knowledge to create a video that ensured his younger peers had a meaningful introduction to the Chinese language and culture.
- Gabe Coleman ’24: Coleman received the honor for his support of the Alzheimer’s Association. He helped coordinate and raise funds for the association’s 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The $1,700 he raised helps advance the association’s care, support and research efforts and is an example to all. Coleman attained Grand Champion fundraiser status, while juggling the rigors of varsity soccer. It is a testament to his community service commitment that he was heralded one of the youngest Grand Champions in the Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Coleman already has begun planning the next walk.
Congratulations to these students for the demonstration of The Bolles Way!