The Summit Country Day School awarded its highest alumni honor on Sept. 15 to Conky Greiwe.
The McKenzie-Sargent Distinguished Alumni Award, named in memory of Anna McKenzie and Olive Sargent, The Summit’s first graduating class of 1893, recognizes alumni from The Summit’s Upper School or former Boys School for their career and community service achievements as well as service to The Summit.
Ms. Greiwe received the award at The Summit’s Leaders of Character Society reception in St. Cecilia Hall.
“When I think of her, I’m reminded of the quote, ‘In family relationships, the most important things are trust and loyalty,’” Head of School Rich Wilson said. “Indeed, The Summit is a close-knit family; trust and loyalty are personified in our McKenzie-Sargent honoree this year.”
Ms. Greiwe, who attended The Summit before the Upper School became co-educational, is a 1961 graduate. Her brothers, Richard F. Greiwe SBS '44 and Robert L. Greiwe SBS '46, and sisters, Mary Jean (Greiwe) Alf '54 and Elizabeth A. (Greiwe) Beresford '64, also graduated from the school. Several members of her extended family including cousins, nieces and nephews also graduated.
As a student, Conky was active in school activities, drawn to those that allowed her to express herself. She was active on Rostrum, the school’s yearbook, becoming editor her senior year.
She has many fond memories of her life at The Summit. One of her favorite memories is a Summit tradition that continues today: May Crowning.
In those days, Boys School teacher Tom Kane led the May Crowning ceremony. He began the rosary and procession from the porch above Convent Lane. At the end of the procession was the first grader carrying the crown, the two senior attendants to the senior who crowned Mary and two first graders who carried her train. When she was a first grader, Conky was one of those who carried the train.
After graduation, she enrolled at Marquette University for a year before coming back to Our Lady of Cincinnati College and Edgecliff College, which would eventually merge with Xavier University. She graduated with an education degree.
Her second tenure at Summit was short-lived as her family relocated to Wisconsin. However, in 1980, she moved back to the Queen City.
After working with MediClub at the Academy of Medicine, she matriculated back to where it all began.
Upon returning, she led the Summit Alumni Association, the annual auction and Summit Parents Association. She led fun and profitable auctions for 12 years.
In 2008, her role changed. She moved into the chaplain’s office to serve as his liaison, a position she truly enjoyed. However, her favorite job of all was preparing the chapel for the Christmas season and Christmas Eve masses.
Later, she resumed serving as the liaison for the SPA and all the duties that come with the role, including planning and hosting the organization’s events. She maintained that position until her retirement following the 2018-2019 school year.
“In every job, she left the position better than when she found it,” Mr. Wilson said. “Few living people know The Summit as well as she does.”