Editor’s Note: Annie Evans and Troy Shen spoke of their Culver Experiences during the Baccalaureate Service Saturday morning. Dr. Jim Power, Head of Schools, introduced Annie and Troy before their talks. Here are his remarks along with their speeches.
A three-year senior from Zionsville, Ind., Annie Evans is a Batten Scholar whose many academic accomplishments have been duly recognized by election to Blue Key and Cum Laude.
Having completed AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Physics 1, and AP Chemistry, Annie will graduate with honors in science. But she is also a discerning student of languages and humanities. Of Annie’s contributions to AP English Literature, for example, Dr. Jacquie Erwin has written: “This more than a comment, it is a note of appreciation for not only all your work this year and your ever positive attitude, but also for the spirit of delight in and love of learning that are part of who you are.”
In addition, Annie is a two-sport varsity athlete, contributing significantly to the CGA lacrosse program and chosen by the sailing coaches to act as liaison between sailors and coaches as CGA captain.
Scholar, athlete and leader, Annie has also served as a Model U.N. co-president, Culver Women’s Celebration co-chair, and Leadership Committee for Africa steering committee chair.
A four-year Batten Scholar from Chicago, Troy is a Blue Key and Cum Laude recipient who has achieved the rank of cadet captain.
In acknowledgement of his sustained record of overall excellence, Troy was recently named a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education, one of only 120 12th graders so designated nationwide, from a pool of roughly 3 million graduating seniors! Candidates are evaluated comprehensively, with academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, service, and extracurricular activities all playing a role.
Varsity fencing captain, Model U.N. co-president, and Lancer Band lieutenant, Troy has served the Corps of Cadets as president of the Sergeant Major Club, regimental sergeant major, president of the Cadet Club, and regimental adjutant.
Throughout, he has remained committed to his unit. As Band counselor John Sherck attests: “Troy’s attention to detail and relentless drive continues to impel us forward,” he writes, “and I know that he will do everything he can to ensure that we finish well. Perhaps even more importantly, I have been impressed with the way he takes responisiblity.”