Davenport House’s 2012 Service Scholarship Recipient Announced
Savannah Christian Prep’s Carlie Ayn Williams
Over the past years the Davenport House Museum has produced a notable number of Junior Interpreters (JIs) who have gone on to become stand-out students in high school and later in college. To acknowledge this record, the Davenport House presents a scholarship annually to an outstanding high school student who demonstrates qualities which put the museum and its community in the best light. This year’s award will be presented to Savannah Christian Preparatory School senior Carlie Ayn Williams at the Davenport House’s Annual Garden Party on Thursday, June 7th. The Davenport House Endowment Director’s initiated the scholarship program in 2011. The Critz Family is the sponsor of the 2012 Davenport House Service Scholarship.
The Davenport House (DH) began the Junior Interpreter program in March 2003 to provide an educational and a service-oriented program for students in grades nine through twelve. During summer 2003 the first group of JIs completed training and began giving tours of the museum house. In the fall of 2005 the Davenport House and Savannah Arts Academy began offering the JI program in the evening to sophomore American history students. Since 2003 over one hundred and forty young people have participated in the DH’s JI programs.
Carlie Ayn Williams, the only child of Mr. Charles and Dr. Deborah Williams of Guyton, GA, came to the Davenport House during the summer of 2010 for Junior Interpreter training. From the beginning, her mastery of the history discipline was clear. She was the summer’s DH Jeopardy champion. She enjoyed giving tours and was good at it. In October 2010 she was hired as a staff docent and has given tours at the museum on Sundays ever since. She is reliable, thoughtful and committed. Possessing a maturity beyond her years, visitors remark on her tour guiding skills and often ask her if she is a college student.
In addition to her work as a staff docent, she continues to volunteer at the Davenport House.
She is also a gifted photographer. For the past two years she has been the museum’s photographer for Valentine’s Day Weddings. She was also a volunteer photographer at the 2011 Savannah Garden Expo. See the attached photos. She takes hundreds of photos for each event, selects the best and edits them as necessary before donating them to the museum.
She has been accepted to Georgia Southern University’s Honors Program which she will begin in the fall. At Savannah Christian her grade point average is 3.7 and she is ranked fifth out of a class of one hundred and one. She is senior class secretary, National Honor Society secretary, National Beta Club secretary as well as a member of the French Honor Society. At the school’s awards program held on May 1, she received the Advanced Placement European History Award, the Advance Placement Environmental Science Award and the Presidential Award of Academic Excellence.
The Davenport House community hopes that Carlie Ayn will cherish the friendships she has made at the museum and will use the skill she has developed here to do good things.