A tradition spanning more than 130 years was carried out once again at Gloucester High School Wednesday night with the school’s annual Sawyer Medal ceremony.
And while the medals themselves were absent — delayed in delivery from New Jersey, officials said — the school still honored its deserving students, who earn their Sawyer Medals based on theri cumulative grade scores from their previous years in high school or O’Maley Middle School.
One student arrived with a Sawyer Medal already in hand. Michael Joseph Cody, who has earned his own Sawyer Medal, came bearing the medal presented to his late great-grandfather, Freddy Ercolani, in 1935.
“My father is no longer with us,” Roseanne Cody, Michael’s grandmother, told the Times in an email, “but Michael will have the double honor of wearing his great grandfather’s Sawyer Medal as he is given his own Sawyer Medal.”
The actual medals will be presented to the students by GHS Principal Erik Anderson when they arrive.