Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Now Accepting Nominations for 2019

Olympic athlete Carlo Valdes (MCS Alumni Class ’04) received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for his determination, courage, and tenacity as a member of the USA men’s bobsledding team in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Established in 2018, this annual award recognizes an MCS Alumni whose accomplishments, affiliations, career and/or ministry has brought honor to the MCS legacy within the community. Our awardee should reflect the 5 Core Values of MCS: Love for Christ, Exemplary Academics, Whole Child Development, Innovative Culture, and Connected Community. Any student who graduated from MCS in 8th grade is eligible for a nomination.

TIME FRAME: MCS accepts recommendations from September 1-December 31 each year. Selections are made during the month of January, and the award is presented at our annual Alumni Chapel. This year, the Alumni chapel is scheduled for Monday, April 29, 2019. All Alumni are welcome to attend and witness the award presentation.


Nominations can be made by any member of the MCS Community, including staff, parents, students, grandparents, and fellow Alumni.

Please submit your nomination to jhellriegel@marinerscs.org. When submitting the nomination, please include:

  • Alumni  Name
  • 3-5 Sentences about why you believe this person is deserving of the award
  • Any relevant links or websites that support your nomination – OPTIONAL (for example, a local news article featuring the Alumni)
  • Alumni contact information (if you have available: email, cell phone, home address, and/or parents’ email/phone).
MCS Students encouraged Carlo during his time in PyeongChang with an MCS blessing banner and box of inspirational notes.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Alumni Relations Director Julie Hellriegel at 714.437.1700 x.183 or jhellriegel@marinerscs.org

We are excited to continue this tradition and recognize the difference MCS Alumni are making in the community and world!

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