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Every student that graduates from Savannah Christian Prep completes the challenging curriculum while participating in extracurricular activities and becoming servant leaders in the Christian faith. Only one of these students can be the recipient of the highest academic honors, however.

A Raider since Kindergarten, Samuel Bignault has worked hard and played hard to be named Class of 2016 Valedictorian. He has been awarded more than 15 subject awards since his freshman year including: Advanced English 9, 10 and 12, Old Testament, Life of Jesus,  Advanced Ancient World History, Advanced Biology,  AP Physics II, Geometry and more.

In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society and National Beta Club, Sam has made Yearly Headmaster’s List every year during his time in Upper School. Proving excellence in the classroom has resulted in Sam being named a Furman Scholar, a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, a Governor’s Honors Program State Level participant, a recipient of the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award from the University of Rochester  and a recipient of the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit.

“Sam is such a gentleman,” Dana Goodman, Upper School English teacher, said of Sam’s character. “He is so very focused and responsible; he amazes me when I see him handle so many activities at one time — and all of them well.”

Sam was the recipient of the Varsity Boys Basketball Headmaster’s Award his freshman through senior years, as well as the Headmaster’s Award for Varsity Tennis his junior and senior years. He has also received the 2016 President’s Education Award, the Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award and the 2016 Varsity Tennis Most Improved Award.

“Sam is the epitome of a student athlete. He is as tenacious in the classroom as he is on the court!” said Jackie Wetmore, Upper School Math Department Chair.

A student at the Savannah Engineering Academy, Sam also enjoys cooking, trying new things  and traveling both domestically and internationally.

Sam is graduating with a 100.46 GPA and will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall.