Marist School is going “green” for its 2017 commencement ceremony. Marist grads, faculty, and staff will be wearing “GreenWeaver” caps and gowns made of 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Two hundred Marist seniors will walk in this year’s commencement ceremony. At 23 bottles per cap and gown, a result over 4,600 plastic bottles will be diverted from landfills. 

The move to “GreenWeaver” caps and gowns is in keeping with Marist School’s sustainability initiative, The Terra Project, a comprehensive program the school launched in 2009. Under the guidance of Marist School Director of Sustainability Amelia Luke, the Terra Project’s main goals are to raise environmental awareness, improve the stewardship of resources, reduce waste, and realize cost savings.

“We are always seeking to become better stewards of the earth and to take care of the many resources with which we have been blessed,” said Amelia Luke, director of sustainability. “By moving to green caps and gowns, we are supporting a market for recycled materials for a product that is typically only worn once and we are providing the means to recycle it again after its use. It is important for our students to see us making decisions that follow our sustainability mission.”

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Marist School recently honored three individuals for their exceptional service to the school and to the community. At a luncheon held at the Cherokee Town Club on April 12, the Marist Alumni Association announced the recipients of its 2017 Alumni Awards. 

“It is with great pleasure that we recognize these three Marist School alumni for their exceptional accomplishments,” said Maureen Davidson, Marist’s director of alumni relations. “Both personally and professionally, these individuals have incorporated into their lives the values and principles upon which Marist School was founded. The mission of the school is ever-present in their daily lives.” 

Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient: Mr. Paul Muldawer ’50

The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award honors an individual alumnus/alumna for achievements that demonstrate the qualities of the Marist Mission present in his/her life. 

Paul Muldawer has enjoyed a lauded and successful career in architecture and town planning for 55 years. He began practicing architecture in 1962 after completing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida and a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under Louis Kahn. He also studied traditional town planning and urban design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. 

Outstanding Young Alumna Award Recipient: Titania Gibson Jordan ’99

The Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award recognizes an individual alumnus/alumna who has graduated no more than 20 years ago whose achievements in career and/or service to the community have demonstrated excellence.

Titania Gibson Jordan has an extensive background in technology, social media, public relations, marketing, blogging, and digital media. She has held various roles throughout her career, supporting and connecting parents through different apps and social media platforms.

Father Hartnett Service Award Recipient: Dr. Sarah Carr Evans ’93

The Father Hartnett Service Award brings public recognition to an individual alumnus/alumna or friend of Marist School who has distinguished him/herself by demonstrating exemplary service to Marist School.

Dr. Sarah Carr Evans is a principal consultant at Leadership Insights Consulting, LLC, providing executive assessment, coaching, leadership development, and succession planning. She has partnered with numerous Fortune 500, private, and nonprofit organizations to design, implement, optimize, and measure the impact of human capital initiatives that extend the full breadth of the leadership life cycle from selection to succession.

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Greater Atlanta Christian School junior Parker Jennings captured the Shuler Award for Best Actress at the 2017 Shuler Awards show in her role as Dorothy Banks in 42nd Street. This marks Parker’s second prestigious Shuler Award.  

Jennings won a Shuler last year for Best Supporting Actress for her sensational portrayal of Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. Her performances are always fantastic; her stage presence is magnetic.   

The Shuler Awards were televised live on Georgia Public Television on April 20 at 6:45 p.m. The event is similar to the Tony Awards, but celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre.

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North Springs High School alumna Elizabeth Wilkes was named one of two University of Georgia Udall Scholars for her leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment.

Each year, the Udall Foundation awards about 60 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for their efforts related to Native American nations or their work in environmental advocacy and policy.

Wilkes, from Atlanta, is majoring in geography and ecology and plans to pursue a master’s degree in either food policy or agricultural and environmental studies. Both are Honors students and Foundation Fellows.

Wilkes is currently a research intern with the national Food and Water Watch and a national student representative on the Real Food Challenge steering committee. She mentored high school students through the Young Urban Farmers Program, volunteered on the UGA Office of Sustainability’s zero waste and compost teams, was executive director of the Lunchbox Garden Project and presented at the Association of American Geographers meeting and the Mississippi Sustainable Food Summit.

Her internships have included positions with Food Tank: The Think Tank for Food and First Presbyterian Church of Athens through the Waddel Fellowship. She has been involved as a member of the Roosevelt Institute, Society for Applied Anthropology, Palladia Women’s Honor Society, Presbyterian Student Center and Students for Environmental Action. She also conducted undergraduate research in geography and political ecology and was a community organizer-in-training through the Sierra Student Coalition’s summer program.

Along with her major in human geography, Wilkes will be among the first UGA students to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in ecology. She plans to pursue a career as an advocate for food justice and hopes to transform food systems to promote environmental and social justice.

The Udall Scholarship provides up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses and includes a four-day orientation in Tucson, Arizona, and access to the Udall Alumni Network, an extensive group of environmental and tribal leaders and public servants.

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