VIS Annual Report 2019-2020 - Page 31



Awards 2018-2019
Pieter Schram Award
She came back to VIS regularly to talk about her
This award is given in memory of Pieter Schram.
visits and inspire a new generation of students to
Pieter was a Dutch national, who taught History
support its work.
at VIS from August 1994 to November 1999. He
Sadly, having just married and made a trip to
was a keen soccer player and coach. During his
Maher to share an Indian wedding ceremony
time at our school, he coached both the girls
as part of her wedding celebrations, Jenny died
and boys soccer teams. In his free time, he drew
suddenly while on holiday in New Zealand.
cartoons of school life and caricatures of friends
Jenny’s family credit the VIS community and
and colleagues. His sense of humour was reflected
exposure
in these pieces. He lost his life while trying to save
the
many
different
cultures
represented here as the basis for her embracing
his son Hugo, who was swept away at sea.
Service as a core part of her life. The recipient
The Pieter Schram Award is nominated by the
of this award, chosen by the Secondary School
Grade 12 students themselves and is awarded
teachers, is a student for whom Service in the
to a student who has shown special sporting
VIS community is a way of life; who has shown a
and artistic talent. Sports, extend beyond soccer.
selfless commitment to others and to the world
Artistic talent includes musical or theatrical
in which we live.
attributes.
Student receiving the award:
Student receiving the award:
Bianka Peirce
Caleb Sebastian Korobkov
ECIS Award for International Understanding
Jenny Draxlbauer Service Award
The ECIS Award for International Understanding
This award is given in memory of Jenny Draxlbauer.
is awarded to a student who is a good
Jenny was a student at VIS for her whole school
representative of his or her own country, with a
life. She graduated in 2003.
positive attitude toward the life and culture of
Even during her younger PYP years she was a
others, able to converse in at least two languages,
campaigner, but during her years in the Secondary
a contributing force in the life of the school, with
School, Jenny developed a passion for the work
the ability to bring differing people together into
of Maher. It remained a central part of her life,
a sense of community, thus furthering the cause
through her university years and even after she
of international understanding’
had begun her career. She was a frequent visitor
Student receiving the award:
to India and the Maher Ashram.
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Rayouf Al Humedhi
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