WCGS Student Named 2018 IESA Scholar Attitude Award Winner

Wheaton Christian Grammar School 8th grader, David Gieser, is an Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) winner of the 2018 Scholar Attitude Award. In March 2018, a panel of judges selected one student from each of the 15 IESA membership divisions for the award.

To be considered, a student from an IESA member school must be of 8th grade status, have a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, must have participated in at least one IESA activity during each year of their two-year Jr. High career, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship during their junior high tenure. In addition, each student is required to submit an essay titled, “The Value of Sportsmanship.”

“I am pleased to announce the 2018 IESA Scholar Attitude Award Winners,” said Steve Endsley, IESA Executive Director. “These 15 students represent the very essence of junior high school interscholastic activities. They have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in fine arts activities, and have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their communities. When this award was created 20 years ago, I was amazed at the caliber of students who won the award. Now, 20 years later, the students are equally impressive and given the advances in technology, bring so many experiences to the classroom. It is indeed an honor to be associated with students who have achieved so much and are so prepared for their high school careers and beyond. In addition to the 15 statewide winners, I also extend my congratulations to the students who applied but were not selected as it is a significant accomplishment just to be selected by their school to apply for the award.”

David participated in basketball in grades 6-8 at WCGS, as well as other numerous extracurricular activities. These included: the Jr. High Musical, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Student Council. This year, he helped lead the Varsity Boys Basketball team to a 4th place finish in State. His basketball coach and teachers describe David as upbeat, personable, and committed.

“David represents His Savior and our school well,” said Principal, Marc Painter. “He pursues excellence in every aspect of his life, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of character before achievement. David lives his life with consistency – in academics, athletics, fine arts, and in his interactions with his teachers, coaches, and classmates. I am so proud of David for this special and well-deserved accomplishment!”

David, his parents, and Head of School, Steve Clum, were honored at a luncheon ceremony on May 1 where David received a plaque, an award medallion, a gift card, and a DVD of the day’s events. Congratulations, David, on this amazing honor! 

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