Grauer School Graduates Earn Distinguished Awards

Grauer School Class of 2011 graduates received numerous distinguished awards at the 20th annual graduation ceremony held on campus June 10, 2011

Online PR News – 13-July-2011 – – Encinitas, CA----Grauer School Class of 2011 graduates received numerous distinguished awards at the 20th annual graduation ceremony held on campus June 10, 2011: Semper Fidelis Award for Music Excellence, Miles Smith; Quincy Jones Musicianship Award, Gabriella Espinosa; Annual Trustees’ Award for Humanitarian Service, Marina Rosales; Leadership Award, Madison Swoy and Headmaster’s Resourcefulness (the school’s highest honor) and Presidential Gold Award, Audrey Grauer.

According to Grauer School Founder and Head of School Dr. Stuart Grauer, “All of our graduates have demonstrated unprecedented accomplishments this year and will move forward to make a significant impact on society beyond The Grauer School. Every one of them have served as Grauer Ambassadors during their enrollment and have played an integral part in taking the school from a bare plot of land to a $10 million campus ---- they embody universal values and distinguish themselves as future leaders. Because my daughter (Audrey) was nominated for two awards this year, I recused myself from voting on all awards this year. She is the first student in school history to letter in two sports and is ranked #100 in the state of California (Girls 18) by the US Tennis Association Southern California division, in addition to her academic achievements. All of our students are encouraged to become very high achievers which translates into valuable scholarship offers.” This year, the scholarship offers the 14 members of the Grauer School Class of 2011 received totaled $2,196,520.00.

Principal Dana Abplanalp-Diggs adds, “We’re proud of all of our award winners and they inspire their fellow students to achieve similar accomplishments. For instance, Marina Rosales amassed hundreds of community service hours serving as a volunteer and leader for multiple non-profit organizations as well as chairing a camera drive to equip students from an inner-city school with cameras to document their lives through photography. She went on to spearhead a mentoring program for these students and recruited other Grauer students to participate. Madison Swoy has taken on leadership responsibilities in a brilliant fashion and was an invaluable asset to our ASB. She served as this year’s Vice President of Operations, Youth and Government, participated in community service programs, was Co-Editor of our school newspaper and took a lead in this year’s Film 2 class production, Instant Message. Another shining star was Malia Haines-Stewart who received a Departmental Award in Creative Writing. All these students embrace our core values of intellectual curiosity, resourcefulness, perseverance, compassion, accountability and self-advocacy.”

The Grauer School is a UNESCO associated, independent grades 6 –12 college preparatory school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is renowned for its expeditionary learning and Socratic methods, enabling the school to provide the most balanced pathway to top colleges available. To learn more about The Grauer School experience or enrollment for the upcoming academic year, visit or call 760/944-6777.