Emmett Campbell will be valedictorian and Andrew DeLaney will be salutatorian when Morgan Park Academy celebrates its 148th graduation exercises on June 12, 2021.
The awards are based on cumulative high school grade-point average. To be eligible, students must have attended MPA for at least three years, including junior and senior years.
“Emmett and Andrew personify our unofficial motto, the MPA Way, which calls students to be kind and do your best,” said Tom Drahozal, Morgan Park Academy’s Upper School principal. “They are model students who have excelled in the classroom and in activities all over campus. We are proud to have them as students at Morgan Park Academy.”
Campbell, a Beverly resident, is a member of the Cum Laude Society and the National Honor Society who also was a Student Council representative, co-captain of the Model UN team, and a key contributor for Service Council and the soccer, baseball, math, and academic challenge teams. As a sophomore and junior, he won annual awards for U.S. history and English, respectively.
Campbell has attended MPA since seventh grade. He plans to study molecular and cellular biology next fall at the University of California, Berkeley.
“I don’t believe I have ever met someone who is more determined to succeed in life than Emmett,” MPA science teacher Lynsey Panek said. “He gives 100 percent in everything he does. He is always driven and determined to accomplish more.”
DeLaney, an MPA student since preschool, is the president of Student Council, a member of the Cum Laude Society and the National Honor Society, and a key contributor on the basketball, soccer, math, and academic challenge teams. Last year he won the school’s highest award for juniors, the Jerome A. Thrall ’44 Junior Class Leadership Award, and also was recognized for excellence in chemistry.
DeLaney lives in the Loop after growing up in Beverly and the southwest suburbs. He plans to study biochemistry next fall at the University of California, Berkeley.
“Andrew is a great role model and leader for his peers whose intelligence and people skills will carry him far,” French teacher Kathleen Tangel said. “He knows what he wants in life and has a knack for philosophizing and drawing everyone into ideas and discussions on just about anything,”
As befits an institution with nearly 150 years of history, the Academy’s awards for valedictorian and salutatorian have long histories.
The valedictorian receives the Haydn E. Jones Cup, which is named for the lieutenant colonel who helped lead the Academy’s reorganization as a military school a century ago after separation from the University of Chicago. The school’s campus quad also is named in his honor.
The salutatorian receives the Harry D. Abells Award, which is named for the school’s superintendent from from 1917-1945.
Morgan Park Academy’s recent valedictorians include Celeste Kettaneh ’20, Angela Cabrera ’19, Theodore Covello ’18, Berat Gulecyuz ’17, and Madison DeLaney ’16.