Evan Peterson (left) and Dylan Dameron (right)
On Tuesday, January 26th, Evan Peterson signed his letter of intent to run cross country at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Evan has been a member of Pembroke Hill's cross country team for four years, and our track team for three. By his junior year, he had broken every single school record in distance running, from the 5K to the 800m. He also won the Raider Award for "commitment, dedication, desire, and positive contribution to the cross country team"; as well as the first Allison Smith Memorial Award, which is given to "the runner whose spirit most uplifts others."
Evan's honors and recognition extends beyond his athletic ability as well. He has been on the Headmaster's Distinctive Achievement List for all four years of high school. He also received the Freshman Cup for pride, leadership and school spirit; and the Rymer Cup as a junior for scholarship and intellectual curiosity. Outside of the classroom, Evan is a Campus Guide, a member of the Discipline Committee, and president of our Cooking Club. He is a member of the concert band, pep band, and jazz ensemble as a gifted percussionist. Finally, he received the Presidential Service Award for over 100 service hours dedicated to organizations such as KC Community Kitchen, Red Lake Reservation, Crossroads Church, Hope Faith, and KC Community Garden.
Dylan Dameron recently earned the Congressional Award Silver Medal, which is given for the completion of several goals over time. Dylan applied for the award in 2013 and worked with his advisor, Melvin Brown, to achieve his goals. He spent over 200 hours sharing his time and talent for the betterment of the Kansas City community through Voluntary Public Service. He also spent an additional 200 hours developing his interests and social skills through Personal Development, improving his health and quality of life through Physical Fitness, and gaining firsthand knowledge of a new environment through Expedition/Exploration.
Dylan's Personal Development goal was to develop his thespian skills. He achieved this by participating in several school plays, most recently starring in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He also improved his Physical Fitness by running several miles every day. His 200 hours of Volunteer Service went to several local organizations, including various elementary schools, the Ronald McDonald House, KC Film Fest, and Operation Breakthrough. Finally, for his Exploration/Expedition, he served as an intern at Bad Robot Productions out in Los Angeles and learned a lot about the film industry.
We are so proud of Dylan and Evan's achievements! They consistently uphold the values of PHS and exemplify both leadership and service every day.