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Ian Travis ’19 Receives the 2024 Young Alumni Award

June 14, 2024

“CRS taught me that the sky is the limit…that I should never lower my ambitions or dreams. It taught me to try new things, make good mistakes, and to work hard to make those dreams a reality.”
-Ian Travis ’19, 2024 Young Alumni Awardee

Congratulations to Ian Travis ’19, the recipient of the 2024 Charles River School Young Alumni Award! The award is given every other year to a student who has graduated from CRS in the last five years and was presented at the final assembly of the school year. 

Ian has proven at CRS, and everywhere he has been since he graduated from CRS, to be a compassionate leader. 

After building a strong foundation at CRS, Ian went on to attend Beaver Country Day School. While at Beaver, he was heavily involved in the highly successful Model UN team, where he became a team leader. He was not only the Captain of the swim team at Beaver, but at the end of Junior year, Ian was elected to become Student Council President after serving a year as Vice President. 

After being elected President, Ian recognized that remote and hybrid schooling due to Covid had negatively impacted the student community, so he organized a significant overhaul to Student Government, creating a “Hogwarts house” system which mixed grades within activities, greatly increasing student participation at events, which has been universally praised.

Ian has been a soccer referee since age 14 and his leadership was recognized as the first student invited to join the Wellesley United Soccer League Board in Fall 2022. Ian received the Jodi Lucarelli Outstanding Referee Award in November 2022. 

Ian has just finished his freshman year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he is an honors student pursuing a degree in Government and History, with a minor in Urban Planning. At UVA, Ian is involved in the community as an English Second Language teaching Intern, where he teaches English to UVA staff members. Among his many accomplishments in his freshman year, Ian was elected as one of the twelve College representatives on the Student Council after dedicating extensive amounts of time to improving the university bus system.

Ian is a problem solver, a doer, and a leader. Outside of his academic achievements, Ian has also worked as an ice-cream scooper on a commercial fishing boat off Cape Cod. This summer, you can find him on Samson island in Cape Cod as a ranger for Mass Audubon.