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Students stand outside the theater holding the Elmer Brown Award of Excellence banner.

The Elmer Brown Award of Excellence, which is only given to one school in the North Coast Section to honor the school that had the greatest overall success in athletic and scholastic achievement as well as good sportsmanship in the NCS Championships and Scholastic Awards Program.

North Coast Section Commissioner Gil Lemmon presented Branson with the Elmer Brown Award of Excellence, which is only given to one school in the North Coast Section to honor the school that had the greatest overall success in athletic and scholastic achievement as well as good sportsmanship in the NCS Championships and Scholastic Awards Program.

Junior Kwentyn Wiggins, who plays football and basketball, and senior Callie Jones - who plays soccer and runs cross country and track, accepted the award on behalf of Branson during an all-school assembly on Monday, Oct. 8. The students were joined by Veronica Bosque, Associate Director of Athletics, and Tom Ryan, Director of Athletics. There are 179 schools in the NCS.

Connections Magazine Receives CASE Award for Excellence

We are so pleased to have the premiere issue of Branson Connections--our combined magazine and annual report--recognized with a Bronze Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in our region.

Along with the notification that Branson is among those honored among the CASE Awards of Excellence, the committee included this note: 

"We received a large number of submissions this year, and your excellent work stood out among the best. One of our objectives is to share best practices among our colleagues, and your efforts will be recognized as an example for others to emulate. Thank you for producing the kind of work that brings respect to our profession."

Chris Rodriguez Recognized in 2018 Counselors that Change Lives

Chris Rodriguez has been chosen by the Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) membership and Board of Directors as one of the 2018 Counselors That Change Lives. The award states, "This honor is given in recognition of your dedication to the college counseling profession as it reflects the mission of the Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) organization: to promote and support a student-centered college search process."

Congratulations, Chris!

Branson Commons Receives Architectural Honors

In late November, The American Institute of Architects, East Bay, awarded fourteen projects with jury honors for the 2017 AIA East Bay Design Awards. Branson’s Commons and Architect Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects received one of five Merit Awards. An excerpt of their commendation:

“Sited to take advantage of the sunny southern exposure, the new building features large overhead doors that open onto a generous plaza for dining, meeting and outdoor learning. By providing spaces for gathering and socializing throughout the day, The Commons serves as the heart of campus activity. The building is LEED Platinum certified and features many sustainable strategies, including a living roof, radiant heating, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, and pervious paving.”