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Ladd Discovery Award

The Ladd Discovery Award was established in 1996 in memory of Geoffrey Andrew Ladd, a Saint Andrew’s student from pre-school to sixth grade. Geoffrey's concern for and acceptance of others, eagerness to learn about the world through travel and exploration, and joy in living inspired this award.
The Geoffrey Andrew Ladd Discovery Award is presented to that Saint Andrew's Episcopal School sixth or seventh grade student who exemplifies that same spirit of citizenship, civility, curiosity, and venturesome passion for discovery and learning.
This Award is an honorary one, and is made upon nomination by the faculty and selection by a steering committee, appointed by the Head of School. The Award provides the student selected and an accompanying parent, guardian, or grandparent an educational, travel/learning experience in Australia in honor of Geoffrey’s dual citizenship.

The Geoffrey Andrew Ladd Discovery Award is intended as recognition of the student and as encouragement and support for the student's education through an alternative, learning experience that travel and experience of another country can make possible.

The fall following the trip, the Discovery Award student shares his/her experience with classmates during small group presentations.

Award Holders

(l-r) Head of School Dave Davies along with Geoffrey's sister and nephew, with Discovery Award recipients Julia Hunt, Zoe Ho, Zoe's mom, Davis Fields, Ray Tersini, Tristan Fox, and former Saint Andrew's Rector Ernest Cockrell.

2018 Zoe Ho
2017 Tristan Fox
2016 Shoaib Valani
2015 Luke Cady
2014      Alexa Bartlett
2013      Max Reynolds
2012      Andrew Joseph
2011      Amy Yasukawa
2010      Grace Peterson
2009       Clint Hamilton
2008       Raymond Tersini
2007       Kai Kirk
2006       Amy Saxton
2005       Reed Thornburg
       Tyler Thornburg
2004       Taylor Tate
2003       Kyle Mui
2002       Emma Fish
       Andrew Palmer
2001      Alan Cameron
2000      Chris Tower
       Kelly Meyer
1999      Andrew Kushnir
1998      Davy Fields
1997      Julia Hunt
1996      John Petersen

About Geoffrey Ladd

Geoffrey Andrew Ladd

Geoffrey Andrew Ladd, a Saint Andrew's Episcopal School student from 1987 to 1995, was 11-years old when he died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage. Overcome by the greatest of all losses, his parents turned their darkness into light, by establishing the Geoffrey Andrew Ladd Discovery Award.

During his school years, Geoffrey participated in the junior service program, represented his school on the fifth grade basketball team and took pride in sharing his computer skills with his classmates. Geoffrey always had the latest state-of-the-art computer technology. The friendships he made at school were very important to him.

Geoffrey was an avid tennis player and fan of the game. He delighted in discussing famous players and competition, and had the opportunity to visit Wimbledon and the Melbourne Tennis Center. Geoffrey played baseball with the Saratoga Little League for two years, and, for several years, enjoyed the art of horsemanship. He was always willing to explore and try new skills.

 Geoffrey and his sister, Monique.

Geoffrey loved to plan international journeys with his parents. He reveled in the discovery and exploration of new lands and during his life had many opportunities to do so. In fourth grade Geoffrey spent a semester in London and attended Hill House School. As part of his Hill House experience, he was selected to spend time at their Swiss campus location where he skied the Alps. His summers were always filled with adventure. He could be found fishing in Scotland or on the Great Barrier Reef, touring the Holy Land or sampling the risotto in Italy. Geoffrey had a profound interest in and concern for the natural environment in each of these countries.

During his short life, Geoffrey deeply touched the lives, of his family, friends, classmates and teachers. He is remembered for his self-confidence, acceptance of others, innate ease, telling stories about his beloved dog Casey, joy for living and his big, contagious smile. He packed more grins into eleven years than most people manage in a lifetime.

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