Alumni Awards Overview
Each year, St. John's honors its outstanding alumni, friends, and faculty with four awards: the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, the Maverick Award, the Honorary Alumnus/a Award and the Lamp of Knowledge.
The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given to an alumnus/a in recognition of outstanding achievements or contributions to St. John's, the community, the state, or the nation.
The Honorary Alumnus/a Award is given to a non-alumnus/a in recognition of and appreciation for that person's endeavors. Nominees for the Honorary Alumnus/a Award may include parents, grandparents, children of St. John's alumni, former faculty members, former Headmasters, or former Trustees. They may also include a non-alum who has had a direct impact on St. John's School.
The Maverick Award is given from time to time to a St. John’s School alumnus/alumna, regardless of age or experience, in recognition of a personal, professional, or artistic accomplishment and/or accomplishments which reflect(s) the creative and independent spirit that St. John’s School seeks to instill in its students. (Adopted by the 2010-2011 SJS Alumni Board on February 8, 2011.)
The Lamp of Knowledge (adopted in 2012) is awarded to a current St. John’s faculty member who inspired recent graduates to live according to the St. John’s Mission. A Lamp of Knowledge teacher guides students in their pursuit of individual, spiritual, ethical, intellectual, social, and physical excellence helping prepare students for a lifetime of personal fulfillment and contribution to society. St. John’s graduates from the past decade may nominate any current faculty member for the award. A committee of the St. John’s Alumni Board will choose the winner from the list of nominees, subject to the Headmaster’s approval.