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2021 Samantha Cothran '07 Spirit of Nardin Recipients Announced

True to Nardin’s value to “ignite possibilities,” the Samantha Cothran ’07 Spirit of Nardin Award is given to a junior who explores intellectual curiosity and exemplifies excellence in the classroom.  Established in memory of Samantha Cothran ’07, Nardin bestowed this award this year to two members of the Class of 2023 this year. Heaven Bisrat ’23 and Fiyori Kulutum ’23 received the award for exhibiting characteristics attributed to Samantha's life.

“Hardworking and dedicated to their course of studies, these juniors strive for  excellence in the classroom each and every day,” said High School Principal Colleen Robertson. “Kind, compassionate, and   demonstrating a love for all of her classmates,  these two young women   are students among students, both possessing  a unique emphatic energy dedicated to the betterment and advancement of Nardin and its community,” she added. 

Samantha Cothran was a cherished member of Nardin Academy’s Class of 2007 who passed away tragically in 2012. Established in 2020, the Samantha Cothran '07 Fund was created to accept contributions to Nardin made in Samantha’s name.

The Samantha Cothran Spirit of Nardin Award is given to Nardin juniors who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and exemplifies excellence in the classroom. The recipients exhibit a passion for and focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), a love for all of her classmates, and a unique energy dedicated to the betterment and advancement of Nardin and its community.

Kendra Brim ’07 is Nardin’s Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Opportunity and one of Samantha’s best friends.

“What I admired most about Samantha was her ambition and determination. Samantha majored in Chemistry at Fisk University, a Historical Black College & University, in Nashville, TN and was looking forward to becoming a pharmacist. For the past year, it has been an honor and a privilege to engage with current students, alumni, and teachers to initiate this new award, which will leave a permanent legacy here at Nardin,” said Brim.

 

Nardin Academy with the Cothran Family are happy to present the Samantha Cothran ‘07 Spirit of Nardin Award to Heaven Bisrat ’23 and Fiyori Kulutum ’23.