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2018 CHA Alumni Award Winners

2018 CHA Alumni Award Winners

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  • Alumni of the Year Award: Bruce Morgan '70 and Barry Shannon '70

    The Alumnus/Alumni of the Year Award, intended to be given annually, is awarded to an alumnus/i for outstanding service to the alumni association or to SCH. While not restricted to contributions made during the year in which it is given, that was its original intent, with exceptions made on occasion to recognize service and contributions to the school over a period of time.

    ~ Written and presented by Bob Peck ‘70
     
    Class agents are, of course, the backbone of any school’s continuing relationship with its alumni. Unfortunately, over the years - out of neglect or because of the controversies surrounding the handling of the CHA merger with Springside - many CHA classes had lost their class agents and were drifting away from the school.  We did not want to let that happen with our class, or with any others.
     
    And so, starting last fall, Barry Shannon and Bruce Morgan, both members of the class of 1970, volunteered to lead an effort to revitalize the class agent system.  Their goal was to engage at least one agent for every existing CHA class. They have done an amazing job! And for good reason, as their commitment to the school runs long and deep.
     
    Barry was a “lifer” here, joining the school in kindergarten and continuing with distinction through his senior year.  Even though he left Philadelphia soon after graduation, and lives in central Ohio today, he has been a loyal attendee of all of our reunions, and a co-organizer with our late, lamented classmate Rug Hall, of a number of legendary and highly successful “Rugapaluzza” concerts held in the Rec.  Barry has served as our class agent since 2005.
     
    Bruce Morgan, though not a “lifer,” also started CHA in kindergarten, so, like Barry, I have known him for pretty much all of my life.  He left CHA to attend St. Mark’s School in 7th grade, and continued to board there through the rest of his high school career.  Bruce has served as a class agent for his St. Mark’s class for close to 50 years. Amazingly, despite his strong loyalty to that school, he has remained equally loyal to ours.  We are proud to have him as a very active member of the class of 1970.
     
     
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  • Francis P. Steel Jr. ’77 Special Recognition Award: Edgar Sheppard Jr. '42

    Formerly known as the Special Recognition Award, the Steel Award, named for former Head of School Frank Steel, honors an alumnus who, over the course of many years, has made unique contributions and shown an outstanding and extraordinary devotion to the school.

    ~ Written and presented by Clark Groome '60

    Chestnut Hill Academy, Springside School and SCH Academy have been part of Ed Sheppard’s life for most of his 94 years. Ed’s father was a member of the Class of 1900. One of his father’s best friends, who lived at 416 West Springfield Avenue, was a member of the Class of 1901.
     
    One day when Ed was about six years old, he was playing in that house and got trapped in the cedar closet where he was MIA for about a half hour. It is a memory he has every time he visits that house, which then belonged to Charles B. Jennings and his wife. Since 1966, Jennings House has been the official residence of all CHA Headmasters from Nat Saltonstall to Frank Steel and is currently occupied by Head of School, Steve Druggan. Ed has spent a lot of time as a guest at Jennings House, presumably avoiding any return visits to the third floor cedar closet.

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  • Young Alumnus of the Year Award: Chelsey Roebuck '06

    The Award recognizes the achievements of an Alumnus who has graduated within the past 20 years. It honors his excellence in his career or in service to the school.

    ~ Written and presented by Peter Randall ‘69:

    As teachers, we hope that each year we reach a couple students who will find their passion for learning and careers based in some small way on the work we did together.  We like to feel as if we are making a difference in their lives and occasionally, just occasionally, in the lives of those that they in turn reach. In 2006, I had a vague awareness that Chelsey Roebuck enjoyed the classes we shared and working on the robotics team.  He was obviously both talented academically and driven to achieve. His acceptance at Columbia School of Engineering was a clear indication of his success to date. Then, as with most students, he faded away except for the occasional visits back to Chestnut Hill and the lab.

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