Jennie Rankin ’89 Nominated for The Guardian Award by Amaria Simmons ’19

At Senior Honors Convocation on May 17, science teacher Jennie Rankin ’89 was named the 2019 Guardian Award winner. Ms. Rankin was nominated by senior Amaria Simmons.

In her nomination of Ms. Rankin, Amaria wrote “I consider her my guardian is because of the constant positivity that she brings into my life. There are so many mornings where I walk into her classroom during my free period exhausted from school work, college preparation, and extracurricular activities. Instead of letting me mope around feeling bad for myself, she reminds me how hard I’ve worked to become the student that I am and that I should always keep pushing myself. Other times, she instructs me to take a nap and gives me a sweatshirt to use as a pillow. She always knows what to say or do and although I may not be the best at showing my appreciation, I am beyond grateful for the hugs, joy, positivity, love, and perspective that she brings into my everyday life.”

Amaria also shared how Ms. Rankin’s support during difficult times in her life had strengthened her faith and always made her feel loved and cared for.   

Ms. Rankin has been a faculty member at Episcopal since 2007 and is the mother of Austin ’15 and Georgia ’22.

The Guardian Award was established in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. William L. Dahl. Seniors are given the opportunity to write an essay about a faculty member who has been a role model for them during their years at Episcopal and has helped them understand how important these guardians are. The senior who writes the winning nomination receives a $1,500.00 college scholarship and the Guardian Award recipient also receives a $1,500 cash award.