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TASIS Announces This Fall's Magnificent Seven
Posted 12/04/2015 11:24AM

Each fall, TASIS holds a special assembly to honor seven High School students who have shown outstanding dedication to at least one of the qualities the School refers to as the Magnificent Seven—character traits that were extremely important to founder M. Crist Fleming.

It is a testament to Mrs. Fleming and her legacy that choosing just one TASIS student as the embodiment of each quality is a very difficult job. As Headmaster Lyle Rigg noted in his address to the student body that opened the assembly, “Although many of you are worthy candidates for consideration (and many of you were nominated by your teachers), we can only recognize a few members of our community today.”

Below is a list of the seven students who were recognized, a compilation of remarks from the teachers and advisors who nominated them, and a TASIS definition for each “Magnificent” quality.



Dealing honestly with each other and ourselves, and honoring our commitments

Jeremy Kopp ’16

“Jeremy is great in the dorm, in the classroom, and in advisory. He approaches everything with a high level of integrity and character. He has a serious sense of purpose and he always wants to do a good job and never cuts corners. If he does make a mistake, he owns up to it. He has a keen, analytical mind and figuring things out and making discoveries is of keen and sincere interest to him.”  


Demonstrating an appreciation of the dignity of each human being and the beauty of the natural world 

Francis Accilien ’19

“Considering that ‘respect’ usually takes a long time to develop through years of maturity, I believe that Francis is far ahead in this category for being just a 9th grader. He listens so carefully to what is being said by someone else, taking time to think over the ideas being offered and then thoughtfully formulating a response or opinion. Even though his ideas and remarks may not always be in agreement with those suggested by others, he is careful to ‘respect’ their opinions, realizing that there is not  just one way to think about a situation. I have never seen him try to push his ideas onto someone else, but rather he attempts to reach a better understanding of their viewpoint. He is able to demonstrate this ability when talking with his peers or when discussing matters with adults. He is also very good at taking advice from those with more experience, realizing how much knowledge he can obtain from their years of experience. I have an enormous amount of respect for him and his ideas because he has earned it through showing the same sort of respect to myself and others.”


Being accountable for our own actions; not blaming others for our mistakes or taking credit for another’s achievements; upholding obligations to others

Rebecca Wilson ’17

“Rebecca is a strong-minded young woman who expresses herself in straightforward ways. Generous, dependable and often smiling, she is honest to herself and is always prepared to express an opinion forcibly and to argue her point. In a busy and charged IB Diploma program, she takes time to not only honor a commitment to her work, but also to her friendships. She has very high standards for herself and in all that she does, and everything that she does, she does well. She is a valuable asset to our school community.”


Treating others in a kind and caring way

Tatyana Vukovic ’16

“Tatyana has grown substantially over the last two semesters. She feels everything. She is empathetic and compassionate. When she engages with a service group or sports team, she is 100% committed and shows great concern for those involved. Her caring personality and her mature attitude have made her a wonderful part of the dorm and a great proctor. She always has a kind word for her peers and helps others feel comfortable. She is a good leader and encourages others to be more involved in the school. She has a great sense of humor and is always pleasant and upbeat in her interactions with others.”


Acknowledging our weaknesses and learning from them

Diego Blank ’16

“Diego copes well with a very heavy workload. Simply put, he is doing everything right. He has strong dedication to his studies and to his learning. He puts in many hours studying, revising, and practicing, and he performs at high levels. He works hard and has had some solid accomplishments, things to be proud of, yet rather than boast, he always remains humble and is deeply appreciative of those around him.”


Dedicating ourselves to making a positive contribution to our community and world 

Eddy Sella ’16

“Eddy always makes me smile. His sense of humour and wittiness always brighten up my day. He is devoted to making TASIS a better learning environment for his peers. In advisory he is fully engaged and is full of insightful ideas. I can count on him to be a leader and to always step up to the plate when needed. He is compassionate, dedicated, and driven, and he has gained the respect of his peers and of faculty. He is level-headed, hardworking, and an inspiration to other students, and this is demonstrated in his role as president of the student council.”


Making sacrifices in the present to build a better future

Aida Loggiodici ’17

“It's ironic that Aida is receiving this award because I don't think she sees how special she is. I prefer to understand her ‘vision’ in terms of the clarity with which she seems to order her life. She precociously sees what is truly important, in her best interest, and conducive to happiness: she cultivates close relationships with her family, maintains meaningful friendships, engages in the pursuit of knowledge with intellectual curiosity, and loves the arts. This sagacious and discerning habit of mind creates a reassuring impression of balance and stability whenever I'm around her. I suppose that ‘clear vision’ in this sense is just a synonym for wisdom. I observe that she scans the past to make sense of it, analyzes the present to make the best of it, and looks into the future in order to envision herself as a satisfied part of it.”

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