SCH honors Ryan Agnew with prestigious Shield Award

Posted 7/4/24

SCH awarded its highest honor, the Shield Award, to the graduating senior.

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SCH honors Ryan Agnew with prestigious Shield Award


In a celebration of academic excellence and community involvement, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) awarded its highest honor, the Shield Award, to graduating senior Ryan Agnew during the school's commencement ceremony on June 8.

The Shield Award, established in 2019 and named after former board chair Richard A. Hayne, recognizes students who embody the values of "unbounded curiosity and independent thought" while maintaining "a courageous and resilient spirit with thoughtfulness and integrity." Agnew is the sixth recipient of this prestigious accolade.

Head of School Delvin Dinkins presented the award, praising Agnew for his "care for knowledge and his education, ability for complex thought, and desire to succeed." Dinkins highlighted Agnew's wide-ranging involvement in school life, describing him as "always all in" across various disciplines including music, athletics, Student Facilitators, and Players.

Agnew's impact extends beyond the classroom. He volunteers at his local library, teaching chess to children and sharing his passion for the game. His community service also includes delivering meals for Meals on Wheels and working as a caddy at Sandy Run Country Club, where he employs his interpersonal skills to engage with diverse groups of people.

Academically, Agnew has distinguished himself with an impressive transcript featuring A's in honors and AP-level courses. His commitment to excellence has earned him admission to Villanova University, where he plans to study business and economics while also joining the marching band.