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Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award

Established in 2012, this award pays tribute to notable alumni who have used their Shorecrest experience to bring excellence to their professional achievements, provide inspirational leadership to others and develop exceptional qualities.

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Nomination Criteria
For an alumnus to be considered for the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, the candidate must have attended Shorecrest for a minimum of 4 years, and at least 15 years shall have elapsed since his/her graduation.
 
Selection Criteria
  • General contribution to society as evidenced by leadership in and service to the community or Shorecrest, displayed through outstanding contributions in one or more area of society, including but not limited to, professional, academic, athletic, artistic, social, or personal achievements.
  • Above all, the nominee shall serve as a role model for current and future students of Shorecrest.
  • A candidate may be nominated posthumously. 
To submit a nomination, you may fill out the form below or download a nomination form hereDeadline: April 20.

2015 Award Recipient

On February 19, 2016, sophomores, juniors and seniors of Shorecrest's Upper School attended the presentation of the 2015-16 Shorecrest Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award to alumnus Dr. Michael Ison '89, a physician working in transplants and infectious diseases at Northwestern University in Chicago. 

Following his time at Shorecrest, Michael attended Grinnell College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Chinese Studies before returning to Florida where he obtained his medical degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He then completed his Internal Medicine Residency and General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He then obtained his Master of Science in Health Evaluation Sciences and did his Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Michael's research focused on the immunopathogenesis of influenza and its treatment in immunosuppressed and hospitalized patients. He developed an immunocompromised mouse model of influenza to study the development of antiviral resistance. After leaving the University of Virginia, he undertook additional training in Transplant Infectious Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He then joined the faculty of the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2005.

He is currently the Medical Director of the Transplant & Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Service, Northwestern University Comprehensive Transplant Center.

Following his acceptance of the award, Michael delivered a 2016 Career Day keynote address to the students.

More photos here.


Prior Recipients

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  • 2014: Dr. Carlos F. Barbas III ’82

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    Dr. Carlos F. Barbas III ’82
     has been selected to receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award posthumously in recognition of his groundbreaking biomedical research which laid the foundation for new therapies, including those to treat HIV and cancer. 

    After taking every science class Shorecrest Upper School had to offer, Barbas majored in chemistry at Eckerd College. He earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1989, and conducted postdoctoral studies at Pennsylvania State University and at Scripps Research Institute.

    Some of his accomplishments include developing the first human antibody phage libraries, creating the first synthetic antibodies, developing the first artificial transcription factors capable of regulating endogenous genes, and pioneering chemically programmed antibodies. Each of these approaches has resulted in a new drug class that is currently in clinical trials or approved for the treatment of a variety of diseases.

    Dr. Barbas was the Janet and Keith Kellogg II Chair professor, and member of The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at the Scripps. "I always wanted to be a scientist, an astronaut or a brain surgeon," he said in a 2009 interview. "I've also started three companies that are all based on therapeutic antibodies and inventions I've made. I'm very optimistic about the impact of science on the country. I certainly favor channeling more Americans into science."

    In addition to being named a scholar of The American Foundation for AIDS Research and a fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Barbas was the recipient of the Investigator Award from the Cancer Research Institute, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Pioneer Award and the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry.

    Sadly, Carlos passed away June 24th, after a battle with a rare form of medullary thyroid cancer. He is survived by his wife, Annica, and children Derek, Sabrina, Sixten and Viggo.
  • 2013: Patrick Wilson '91

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    Patrick Wilson began his Shorecrest career in Fourth Grade, shortly after his family moved to St. Petersburg from St. Louis. Even in St. Louis he had become involved in theatre productions. His first real Shorecrest show, however, was as a Freshman playing Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors.” In following years, he performed in "You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown", LEE’s SHOW, "Twelfth Night", and "Beauty and the Beast" - all of which were performed in the old Crisp Gymnasium before Shorecrest had the Janet Root Theatre.

    Patrick was a member of Thespians, President of his class, and Captain of the soccer team. Just prior to the start of the soccer season he broke his leg, which not only affected soccer, but also his performance for Thespians. He and Jeff Datillo '94, didn’t let that affect their scene, however, as Patrick adjusted his performance to sitting on a stool with a crutch in hand. They won Critic’s Choice.

    After graduating from Shorecrest, Patrick attended Carnegic Mellon University earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Starting his career on the stage, he earned applause in the national tours of "Miss Saigon" and "Carousel". In 1999, he starred off-Broadway in "Bright Lights, Big City", winning a Drama League Award and receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination. That same year, he made his Broadway debut in "Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm", for which he won another Drama League Award.

    Today, Wilson is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actor who has quickly become well-known for his body of work. Over the years Wilson has tackled lead roles in major Broadway musicals as well as starring in big-budget blockbusters. Recently, Patrick teamed up with Director James Wan for the highly anticipated horror film, "The Conjuring". Opening at #1 to rave reviews, "The Conjuring" is one of the top 5 highest grossing supernatural films of all time. Wilson can be seen alongside Liv Tyler in the film "Space Station 76", a dramatic comedy that takes place in the 1970s versions of the future where both personalities and asteroids collide.

    At the time of writing, Patrick just wrapped filming "North of Hell" starring Jordana Brewster and Katherine Heigl and "Let's Kill Ward’s Wife" alongside Amy Acker and Scott Foley. His motion picture work also includes “Little Children,”; “Prometheus”; “Insidious”; “Young Adult”; “The Ledge”; “Morning Glory”; “The Switch”; “Barry Munday”; “The A Team”; “Watchmen”; “Evening”; “Lakeview Terrace”; “Passengers”; “Life in Flight”; “Purple Violets”; “Running with Scissors”; “Hard Candy”; “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Alamo”.

    On the small screen, Wilson received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his portrayal of the morally conflicted Joe Pitt in the HBO miniseries “Angels in America,” the much-honored 2003 adaptation of Tony Kushner’s award-winning plays “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America: Perestroika.” Wilson also starred in the CBS medical drama, “A Gifted Man”, which you can enjoy on Netflix.

    Wilson has been honored with two consecutive Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical, the most recent coming for his performance as Curly in the successful 2002 Broadway revival of “Oklahoma!,” for which he also received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He earned his first Tony nomination for his work in the 2001 Broadway hit “The Full Monty,” for which he also garnered Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and won a Drama League Award. In 2006, he returned to Broadway to star in the revival of the Neil Simon comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” opposite Amanda Peet. His most recent Broadway credit is the 2008/09 revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” with John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes.
    In 2013, Wilson guest starred on the 2nd season of the award winning HBO original series “Girls.” The episode, “One Man’s Trash,” became one of the most talked about episodes of the show’s history, as well as one of the most watched episodes of the season.

    Patrick lives in New Jersey with his family but returns to St. Petersburg often, including getting together with his family and former Shorecrest classmates. His father, John and brother, Mark '87, are accomplished and well-loved local FOX TV news anchors. His mother, Mary K, is the go-to local lady for voice training, and has trained many of Shorecrest’s accomplished singers over the years. Patrick's brother, Paul '86, owns a local advertising and public relations agency. Sometimes they all rock out on stage as The Wilson Van. Patrick also takes time to visit with current Shorecrest theatre students, whether in St. Petersburg or New York, sharing his love of acting and offering encouragement and advice.
  • 2012: Robert H. Willis, Jr. '77

    A committee including Shorecrest Alumni from every graduating class decade, faculty, and parents of Alumni chose Robert H. Willis, Jr. ’77 as the first ever recipient of this award. Receiving several nominations, Bob Willis was described as “a person who exemplifies all of the ideals that Shorecrest tries to instill in its students.”
     
    While at Shorecrest, Bob participated in football, soccer, track and baseball. He served as Student Body President his senior year and on student council all four years of high school, plus participated in many service clubs.
     
    Bob matriculated to Washington & Lee University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree as an English major and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1981. He also served as the Student Body President as an undergraduate. He went on to Harvard Law School graduating with his Juris Doctor degree Cum Laude in 1985.
    After graduation, Bob served as a law clerk for the Honorable Justice Ben F. Overton on the Florida Supreme Court from 1985-1987 before joining his current firm, Skelton, Willis, Bennett & Wallace, LLP in St. Petersburg, FL, where he is a partner.
     
    In addition to his professional work, Bob has remained active in the local business community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Sabal Trust Company since 2003, on the Ark Royal Insurance Company Board since 2007, on the Hancock Bank South Pinellas Board of Directors since 2007, on the Working Ox Capital Board of Directors, and as General Counsel to the Citizens First Trust Company.
     
    Bob also provides leadership to many not-for-profit organizations including the Salvador Dali Board of Trustees since 2006. He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America, West Central Florida Council since 1967, serving on the Executive Board since 1989 and receiving the Silver Beaver award in 1996. Bob also served on the St. Petersburg Commission on Aging from 1990 to 1992, and served two separate terms on the Shorecrest Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1996 and then again from 1999 to 2007.

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Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award 2013


Patrick Wilson receives the Shorecrest Preparatory School Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, Oct. 2013

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