Memphis University School’s Valedictorian: Brooks Eikner

Brooks Eikner

Brooks Eikner

Brooks Eikner is a highly intelligent and motivated student whose academic achievements have distinguished him throughout his high school career. His many accolades include four years on the Dean’s Scholar list at MUS and recognition as a National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with Distinction.

Gifted with a keen wit and friendly personality, Eikner is very involved outside the classroom, serving as an admissions ambassador, Model UN participant, government club member, and student council representative. He has exercised his leadership skills serving as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and captain of the Knowledge Bowl team. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Cum Laude Society, Latin Honor Society, History Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Quill and Scroll Society.

Eikner is also a talented actor who regularly appeared on the stage of the Hyde Chapel Theater at MUS. He has been nominated for a 2017 Orpheum High School Musical Theater award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his performance as Don Quixote in this year’s spring musical, Man of La Mancha. He acted in numerous productions at MUS and at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, and he also won the regional Shakespeare Monologue Competition as a junior, competing last year in the national competition in New York City.

Always eager to tackle new challenges and collaborate creatively with others, Eikner participated in the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Summer Journalism Workshop Fellowship, and the Tennessee Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers. His last initiative as a senior has been to lead underclassmen in starting a garden on campus.

Eikner, son of Kim and Flip Eikner of Memphis, is the recipient of the school’s Dartmouth Book Award, English Award, Wayne E. Duff Latin Award, and William D. Jemison III Award for Excellence in Dramatics. He will attend Princeton University this fall.