The Founders’ Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have helped to fulfill the vision of the founders of the Palmer, Trinity, and Palmer Trinity Schools. It is awarded to individuals who have been deeply committed about Palmer Trinity School and who have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership. Through loyal attitude, inspired spirit and unselfish action, they have fulfilled the mission of Palmer Trinity School.

The Head of School’s Alumni Award recognizes distinguished service to the community that exemplifies the Palmer Trininty's values - commitment to the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative growth of all members of our community. Palmer Trinity is an Episcopal School dedicated to promoting academic excellence and inspiring students to lead lives of virtue, humanity, and spirit.

Nominate an alum you know that fits the spirit and service described in either of these awards below.
2018 Founders' Alumni Award presented to:
Brian Gershen ‘98
Presenter: Caroline Goodwin
Brian Gershen ’98 was a successful student-athlete while at Palmer Trinity, playing both baseball and basketball.  His classmates    voted him “most  outspoken” and describe him as a “great friend to all.” After graduating from FSU with a degree in   Business Management, Brian used his charismatic energy to get involved with Palmer Trinity’s Admission Advisory Board, which helped promote PTS among the community during the early 2000’s.  Brian has always been ready, willing, and able to help Palmer Trinity in every capacity.  In 2006, he started playing in the Sandy Golf Tournament to help raise money for financial aid and he joined the committee in 2010 to help organize the tournament, encourage other alumni to participate, and find event sponsors.  Brian has volunteered at College and Career Day and attended almost every alumni event to date.  When the  Alumni Board was established in 2014, Brian was an obvious candidate.  This is Brian’s 4th year serving on the Palmer Trinity Alumni Board and bringing energy and enthusiasm to the Alumni Association.

2018 Head of School's Alumni Award presented to:
Gil Lang ‘97
Presenter: Elena De Villiers
Gil Lang ’97 has been dedicated to serving the community since he was a student at Palmer Trinity.  After graduating from   Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Gil joined the Peace Corps and was stationed in Romania, where he worked in an orphanage filled children who have HIV+. After a year and a half in Romania, Gil was hired by the South African government to forge a campaign geared towards one of the biggest problems there--spousal abuse. Gil's creativity again produced a most amazing campaign affecting behavior change to at-risk audiences. When his work in South Africa was over, he came back to the states with a great job at a local prominent advertising agency. However, Gil felt he was self-serving and not doing enough for humanity writing ads for consumer goods. He became restless and found a job at Fathom Cruise Lines promoting impact travel. Recently, Gil moved back to Miami to lead his family business, The     Madison Collection, in global ethical growth. Gil created a partnership between The Madison Company and “Wine to Water” to help provide safe drinking water to those in need.

2018 Head of School's Alumni Award presented to:
Dax Tejera ‘03
Presenter: Danny Reynolds
Dax Tejera ’03 was a stellar student at Palmer Trinity, dedicating his time to his studies and the drama program and serving as SGA Class President and on the Honor Council. After PTS, Dax went on to earn a degree in History and Government from Dartmouth. Upon graduating, Dax was hired by NBC News to its News Associates program, a program that took him to NBC headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. After nearly 6 years launching shows and covering breaking news at NBC, Dax returned to Miami to help build Fusion, the cable network launched by ABC News and Univision. There he created and executive produced AMERICA with Jorge Ramos, a newsmagazine show. Together, he and Ramos traveled the world telling stories; their final project together was a documentary film entitled Hate Rising, documenting the rise of hate groups in America. At the end of the 2016 election, Dax moved to Washington, DC to work at ABC News as a senior producer covering the Trump administration and Congress. He is part of the team that produces This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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List of 6 items.

  • 2018

    Brian Gershen ‘98, Founders’ Alumni Award
    Gil Lang ‘97, Head of School’s Alumni Award
    Dax Tejera ‘03, Head of School’s Alumni Award
  • 2017

    Brittney (Hoffman) McCabe ‘99, Founders’ Alumni Award
    Jan (Risi) Field ‘77, Head of School’s Alumni Award
  • 2016

    Nathan Zeder ‘98, Founders’ Alumni Award
    Daniel Diaz Leyva ‘98, Head of School’s Alumni Award
  • 2015

    Beth (Brockway) Serrate ’85, Founder’s Award
    Brian Alonso ’97, Head of School’s Award
  • 2014

    Evans (Dunwody) Crews ’91, Founder’s Award
    Tom Magenheimer ’78, Head of School’s Award
  • 2013

    Lynley (Walker) Ciorobea ’96, Founder’s Award
    Patrick E. Murphy ’01, Head of School’s Award
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