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2013 Upper School Awards Recognize Exemplary Students

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USAwards13.286St. Margaret’s Upper School students and faculty assembled in the Marcus D. Hurlbut Theater on May 6 for the 2013 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.

Eight juniors were honored with College Book Awards, which are defined by the personal and academic qualities connected to the participating colleges. Seniors were also recognized with more than 20 awards, which included seven State Scholar-Athlete Awards, 11 Departmental Honors and nine senior plaques that include their names etched on perpetual plaques in the Upper School.

Tony Jordan, Upper School principal, opened with a warm welcome to all the students, parents and faculty in attendance thanking the Class of 2013 for their leadership, hard work, relentless pursuit of excellence and care for their school community, as well as the exceptional faculty for leading our students.

Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut acknowledged these awards are, “More than a simple calculation of grade point average, these awards are the end result of a process of thoughtful evaluation and reflection that acknowledges at the very highest level what we stand for as a school.” He also encouraged everyone to recognize and thank the teachers, friends, coaches, advisors and other adults who have made a difference in their lives and contributed to these accomplishments. One of his lasting memories of St. Margaret’s will be the ongoing support students show with one another in and out of the classroom and how this is reflected in students honored at this ceremony.

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 Tiffany Choe, the Invocation and Benediction by Chaplain Heather Erickson, a warm acknowledgement to 90 Admission Ambassadors by Director of Admission and Financial Aid Phoebe Larson, a grateful recognition to the Associated Student Body Officers by Director of Community Life Lora Allison, an Honor Committee recognition by Assistant Principal Ryan Dahlem and a recognition of the Peer Counselors by All-School Counselor Janice Avalone. Lastly, Mr. and Mrs. Igor Ondryas were thankful for being part of this ceremony for 12 years and being able to present the Dominic Ondryas Memorial Award in memory of their son Dominic. Mrs. Ondryas also shared how involved Dominic was in the arts and how he was surely smiling from above as this event took place for the first time in the new Performing Arts Center.

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

Junior College Book Awards
The Harvard Book Prize – Recipient: Julianna Coleman. This book is awarded to a student who best combines scholastic ability, high character and extracurricular involvement.

The Middlebury Book – Recipient: Matthew Williams. This book is awarded to an exceptional student who has shown remarkable commitment in environmental studies.

The University of Pennsylvania Book – Recipient: Tessa Hurr. 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: Brian Lee. This book is awarded to a junior who exhibits intellectual promise, academic excellence and outstanding personal character.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Medal – Recipient: Julianna Coleman. 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: Delanie Melbon. 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: Kian Shakerin. 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: Angel Ceballos. This book is awarded to a junior who has demonstrated outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.

Special Junior Award
Dominic Ondryas Memorial Award – Recipients: Luis Ceballos and Brandon Torres. This year was awarded to two juniors who exercised leadership during their years at St. Margaret’s and who have shown a willingness to improve the community and world by leading others through personal example.

Special Athletic Award
The CIF State Scholar-Athlete Awards – Recipients: Stefanie Brunswick, Brandon Price, Andrew Torok, Ashley Torok, Sam Rubenacker, Emily Venable and Harrison White. Awarded to seniors who maintained a 3.70 unweighted cumulative GPA and excelled in athletics, earning all CIF distinction. Additional athlete awards may be presented before the school year ends.

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 – Victoria Lee
Chinese – Robert Deng
French – Iliana Guadalupe
Japanese – Laura Pusey
Latin – Kati Wechsler
Spanish –Harrison White
History – Madeleine Bidmead
Mathematics – David Freed
Science – Garrett Corwin
Performing Arts – Austin Foley
Visual Arts – Carly Page

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

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

The Bishop’s Award – Recipient: Emily Venable. 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: Melisa Osborne. Awarded to the senior who has attended St. Margaret’s for at least two years, 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: Austin Russell. 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: Victoria Lee. Awarded to the senior whose leadership embodies the spirit of selflessness through commitment and involvement.

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

Faculty Plate – Recipient: Winston Robinson. 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: Harrison White. 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 St. Margaret’s, as a student and leader, and has made this school a better place by living life courageously, consistently and compassionately.

Congratulations to all Upper School Award winners!

*Please note in photo gallery, Robert Deng and David Freed were not present to receive their awards due to the boys varsity golf South Coast CIF-SS Divisional tournament.

 

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