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2010 Upper School Awards

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lriceLast Friday, St. Margaret’s Upper School students gathered in the Pasternack Field House for the 2010 Upper School Awards Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes the exemplary academic work Upper School students have done throughout the school year and honors students for their outstanding work beyond the classroom as well as their contribution to the life of the school.

David G. Boyle, Upper School Principal, gave a warm welcome to all the students, parents and faculty in attendance pointing out that many students present at the ceremony are wiser, understand more about themselves, and appreciate more profoundly the richness of the gifts they have been given of friendship, family, love and their education.

usawardsHeadmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut also acknowledged that, “While most of the awards presented are for distinguished academic work, nearly all carry with them, either implicitly or explicitly, an important acknowledgement of character and ethical behavior.”

Awards were given to both juniors and seniors who showed high academic distinction, outstanding leadership, high character, extracurricular involvement and exceptional athletic ability. Ceremony highlights included the National Anthem performed by junior Carlye Porrazzo, the Invocation and Benediction by The Reverend Earl Gibson and a heartfelt standing ovation to Mr. Larry Rice, Upper School Latin Teacher, who despite his recent health condition and after 17 years at St. Margaret’s, presented the Departmental Book for Latin.

Please congratulate our students; the complete list of winners is below.

Junior College Book Awards
The Colgate Book – Recipient: Mitchell Pok. This book is awarded to a junior ranking in the top of the class while undertaking a most rigorous academic curriculum, earning high academic distinction with outstanding leadership.

The Harvard Book Prize – Recipient: Jonathan Li. This book is awarded to a student who best combines scholastic ability, high character and extracurricular involvement.

The Middlebury Book – Recipient: Kristin Murray. This book is awarded to an exceptional student who has shown remarkable commitment in one or more areas of the liberal arts.

The University of Pennsylvania Book – Recipient: Georgo Ko. This book is awarded to a junior who ranks top of the class and best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of Benjamin Franklin—a scholar, innovator and server of the community.

The Princeton Book – Recipient: Cameron Price. This book is awarded to a junior who exhibits intellectual promise, academic excellence and outstanding personal character.

The Rennsalear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Medal – Recipient: Jonathan Li. This is awarded to a junior who excels in advanced math and science and exhibits a well-rounded involvement in the community.

The Smith College Book – Recipient: Victoria Davidson. This book is awarded to a junior girl who ranks in the top of the class and exemplifies academic achievement, leadership qualities and concern for others.

The Williams College Book – Recipient: Emma Rice. This book is awarded to a junior who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school.

The Yale Book – Recipient: Jared Schoeffel. This book is awarded to a junior who has demonstrated outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.

Dominic Ondryas Memorial Award – Recipient: Hannah Hess. Awarded to the junior who has exercised leadership during their years at St. Margaret’s and who has shown a willingness to improve the community and world by leading others through personal example.

Special Athletic Award
The State Scholar-Athlete Awards – Recipients: Christopher Adams, Natasha Afshar, Spencer Corwin, Will Findiesen, Christina Hart, Savannah Holte, Hayley Miller, Drew Lind, Daniel (Woody) Quinn, Will Travis and Freddy Valencia. Awarded to seniors who maintained a 3.70 unweighted cumulative GPA and excelled in athletics, earning all C.I.F. distinction. Most schools have one or two athletes that meet this achievement, where St. Margaret’s recognized eleven this year.

Senior Awards – Departmental Honors
A Departmental Book was awarded to the seniors who achieved excellence in each academic discipline listed below, selected by the members of each department.

English – Marisa Jue

Chinese – Cameron Lukos

French – Rebecca Miller

Japanese – Ryan Marean

Latin – Fari Valji

Spanish – Sanam Saghafi

History – Rebecca Miller

Mathematics – Brian Chang

Science – Fari Valji

Performing Arts – Taylor Bayles

Visual Arts – Asako Mikumo

The Founder’s Award – Recipient: Andrew Pak. Awarded to the senior who maintained the highest grade point average in the class and is selected this year’s Valedictorian.

Salutatorian Award – Recipient: Rebecca Miller. Awarded to the senior who maintained the second-highest grade point average in the class.

The Bishop’s Award – Recipient: Kasey Jong. Awarded to the senior who has set an example of overall achievement, combining an excellent academic record with exemplary service to the school.

The Board of Trustees’ Award – Recipient: Justin Cheng. Awarded to the senior who has grown the most both as a person and as a student and has taken advantage of many opportunities for involvement.

St. Margaret’s Award – Recipient: Brian Chang. Awarded to the senior whose academic work was distinguished by the love of scholarship and who, by example, contributed most to the academic morale of the school.

PTF Service Award – Recipient: Christina Massrey. Awarded to the senior whose leadership embodies the spirit of selflessness through commitment and involvement.

Faculty Achievement Award – Recipient: Amy Gutierrez. Awarded to the senior who has maintained high academic standards through an exceptional combination of achievement, resilience and perseverance.

Faculty Plate – Recipient: John Swanson. Awarded to the senior who has made the most of their St. Margaret’s experience and clearly manifests the Latin inscription on the award plate, suo marte or by one’s own prowess.

Principal’s Cup – Recipient: Wade Holmes. Awarded to the senior who has grown to exemplify the ideals of Honor, Diligence and Decency. This senior questioned the application and meaning of these ideals in his involvement at SMES, as a student and leader, and has made this school a better place by living life courageously, consistently and compassionately.

Recognitions were also given by Admission Administrative Assistant, Sherry Wagener, on behalf of Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Ryan Dahlem, to the Admission Ambassadors; by Director of Student Activities, Community Service and Events, Lora Allison to the ASB (Associated Student Body); by Assistant Principal, Walt Linaweaver, to the Honor Committee, and by School Counselor Cindee Welch, to the Peer Counselors.

Congratulations to all Upper School Award winners!

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  • Victoria Goodman said:

    CONGRATULATIONS Luke Wagner for your high achievment of EAGLE SCOUT. The small number of young men attaining this high honor fall into the company of U.S. Presidents and fortune 500 CEO’s. We praise you for your long term committment and years of hardwork. We look forward to your bright future. Way to go!

    The Goodman Family