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Class of 2018 Academic Leaders
Posted 05/10/2018 11:40PM

Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians Named

Carrollwood Day School is proud to announce the valedictorian and salutatorians for the Class of 2018. The valedictorian is Jacob Flansburg and the salutatorians are McKenna Barkett and Madeleine Schabes. These outstanding scholars have distinguished themselves in the classroom and beyond. Recognized by their teachers and peers as highly self-motivated, intellectually curious students, they are also compassionate leaders and accomplished athletes and artists, embodying the qualities of well-balanced IB learners. Collectively these honorees have attended CDS for 37 years; Jake and Madeleine having been CDS Patriots since they were three and McKenna coming to CDS in 6th grade.

Valedictorian: Jacob Flansburg

JacobJacob Flansburg ranks first among the members of the Class of 2018. He excels in all academic areas having earned Academic Excellence awards in Mathematics, Spanish, English, and Design Technology. Last year he was awarded the Harvard University Book Award for combining excellence in scholarship and high character with achievement in other fields. Jake has also been recognized by the upper school teachers and administration with the highest student awards: the Faculty Award and the Principal's Award.

Carrollwood Day School is part of Jake's DNA and he has served as a leader in nearly every student organization. He has presided over Student Government, Student Advisory Board, Key Club, History Fair Club and Gavel Club. He has served as an officer of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, CDS Ambassadors, and Thespian Troupe #7235. He is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society.

Jake has been a shining star in the school performing arts program. He has performed in five school productions, including his final appearance as Captain Hook in Peter Pan. He has competed at One Acts and Individual Events with the thespian troupe, winning "Best Supporting Dramatic Actor" for his portrayal of Honza Kosek in I Never Saw Another Butterfly, the highest honor ever awarded to a CDS actor.

Jake has also been active outside the classroom. He was a member of the varsity cross-country team and the varsity track and field team. He also volunteered at the Humane Society and participated in the school's Outreach360 service trip to Dominican Republic.

Reflecting on his years at CDS, Jake shares, "My time at CDS has shaped me into the person I am today and I will always cherish the memories made here. I am immensely grateful to the faculty, administration, my fellow students, and my theatre family for making these fifteen years as exceptional as they were."

Jake will be going to the University of Florida. 

Salutatorian: McKenna Barkett

McKennaMcKenna Barkett stands out as a scholar and an athlete. An outstanding scholar, McKenna has won Academic Excellence awards at CDS in Biology and Physics. She also was the recipient of the prestigious Princeton University Book Award which is awarded to a junior who demonstrates intellectual promise and academic excellence, exemplary service or extracurricular activities, and outstanding personal character.

McKenna has a strong record of leadership at CDS. She served as president of Mu Alpha Theta, the mathematics honor society, secretary of Student Government and Student Advisor Board, and on the boards of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She is also a member of the CDS Ambassadors and the Student Athletic Board, two important service groups that support our school. McKenna traveled to Nicaragua last year with the school's Outreach360 service trip. 

McKenna has been a member of the CDS varsity golf team and is a four-year member and this year's captain of the varsity tennis team.

"It is such an honor to share this year's Salutatorian with Madeleine. I will always cherish my seven years at CDS. I could not have asked for better friends, teachers, or a loving community," states McKenna.

McKenna will attend University of Florida where she plans to major in Microbiology.

Salutatorian: Madeleine Schabes

MadeleineMadeleine Schabes has consistently achieved the highest honors for her academic work and was recognized for her Academic Commitment in Design Technology, U.S. History/Government and Spanish. She earned Academic Excellence awards in Biology and Math. Last year, Madeleine received the Columbia Book Award in recognition of her intellectual curiosity, outstanding academic achievement, community activism and leadership.

Madeleine is an active member of Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Athletic Board, and is a CDS Ambassador. She has been the club leader for the Archery Club for the past three years. Madeleine also played on the varsity softball team. Outside of school, Madeleine volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Madeleine has distinguished herself as an accomplished artist. As a junior, Madeleine was the recipient of the Academic Excellence award in Art. Her work was selected to be exhibited in the Fall Exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art and in the Congressional High School Arts Competition, where she earned a certificate of special recognition of outstanding performance. This year Madeleine is one of three CDS students to complete the rigorous IB DP Visual Arts program.

Madeleine is planning to attend Florida Southern College where she will major in chemistry.


We are confident that Jake, McKenna, and Madeleine will achieve whatever goals they set for themselves. We congratulate them on their accomplishments and are proud to have them represent the Class of 2018 as Valedictorian and Salutatorians.

The Class of 2018 will be the tenth graduating class from Carrollwood Day School. The commencement exercises will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 20 in the Hayes Family Gymnasium at the Carrollwood Day School Bearss Avenue campus.

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