CRS 2021 Young Alumni Award: Andrew Daniels ’17

Andrew Daniels joined Charles River School as a seventh-grader in 2015. He quickly gained the respect and friendship of classmates and was elected Class Moderator during his first year at CRS. He also volunteered with the Admissions Office to speak about his experience as a new middle school student. Director of Admissions Kat Whitten says, “It's the rare student who is selected to serve on an Admissions Open House panel just six weeks after starting at a new school, but Andrew made a quick and lasting impression on all of us. Since his graduation, he has frequently returned to campus to speak about how impactful the 7/8 program was for him and how it set him up for success in high school.”
Andrew continued to lend his strong leadership skills to Beaver Country Day where he attended high school. At Beaver, Andrew was elected Student Council Grade Representative during both junior and senior years. He was named captain and MVP for the JV tennis team as a sophomore and went on to play for the varsity team. A talented guitarist, Andrew was also selected for Beaver’s elite Cuban Jazz Ensemble.
Andrew cares deeply about those in his community, particularly those with special needs. As president of the Acoustic Coffeehouse Club at Beaver, he spearheaded a virtual performance of “Here Comes the Sun” for senior centers during the pandemic. Last fall, during a term at the NuVu Innovation School, an intensive, multidisciplinary, studio-based academic program on MIT’s campus, Andrew worked with a man with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy to make an assistive device that allowed him to play the guitar.
At Beaver, Andrew received numerous awards, including Mente Et Manu for outstanding contributions to the school, the Faculty Prize for academic excellence, and the Modern Language Award in Spanish. He graduated near the top of the class with the most demanding academic program Beaver has to offer.
Perhaps most impressive is Andrew’s character. His college counselor describes him as “one of the most impactful, nurturing, humble, generous, and self-aware students I have worked with in 25 years. Extraordinary, bright, hardworking, indefatigable, and curious, there is not a space on our campus he has not touched, tried, and inevitably made better. Andrew inspires others to be their best selves. We have a lot to learn from this remarkable young man.”
Andrew attended Final Assembly in June to receive his award, and shared, “The foundation CRS laid for me made my success in high school possible, and will continue to help me thrive in all facets of life in the future. CRS taught me how to collaborate, think critically, share ideas, problem-solve, work hard, stay curious, and, most importantly, love learning.” Andrew will attend Northwestern University next fall, and we can’t wait to see what he’ll accomplish next.
The Young Alumni Award is presented each year at Final Assembly to that alumnus/a from the past five years who has demonstrated excellence in personal achievement or community service since leaving CRS.
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