2018 Prize Day and Commencement Awards

At King, excellence occurs in a community context. On Prize Day and at Commencement, we called out individuals' names as embodiments of excellence, but the fact is that no one can achieve anything alone. "Teachers, classmates' comments or debates in class or in study groups or teams, great assignments, careful coaching - this is what supports excellence. We all call on each other to see excellence, and we at King never stop seeking it. One of King's Virtues is perseverance, and we believe that this virtue in particular is alive and well," says Interim Head of School and Head of Upper School Marnie Sadlowsky.

Congratulations to all of our winners this year!



English

The English Prize is presented to a member of the senior class whose commitment to and passion for literary and rhetorical studies has allowed him/her to consistently achieve at a high level in English over the course of his or her high school career. The English Prize is presented to Luke Koppenheffer.

The Dater Prize for Improvement in English is presented to a senior and was established by Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Dater in memory of their daughter, Julia Lee Dater, an honors graduate in the class of 1956. This year, the Julia Lee Dater Prize is presented to Lucia Perfumo.

The American Studies Prize is presented to a member of the junior class in recognition of her ongoing intellectual curiosity and dedication to the study of American literature and history. The American Studies Prize is awarded to Hope Deschapelles.

History

The History Prize is awarded to a member of the senior class in recognition of general excellence in the study of history. The History Prize is presented to Harry Walker.

The American History Prize is awarded to a member of the junior class in recognition of excellence in the study of the American past. The American History Prize is presented to Luke Buttenwieser.

The Philosophy Prize is awarded to a senior who shows true passion for philosophy, combined with character and thoughtfulness. The Philosophy Prize is presented to Harriet Winterlich.

Future Global Leader Award – The Future Global Leader Award goes to a junior who has consistently demonstrated academic leadership and achievement with particular focus on global issues and the ability to address innovative problems with global impact. This year's Future Global Leader Award is awarded to Hannah Berrick.

Economics

The Economics Prize is presented to the student who has an outstanding record in the study of economics, and who has the potential to successfully study economics at the college level. The Economics Prize is awarded to Dean Pigott.

Mathematics

American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is held annually nationwide. This year, the Top Scorers for the School are Elena Gribelyuk, Cameron Raker, and Nic Perez. All three were invited to participate in the American Invitational Math Competition.

Every year our school participates in the Fairfield County Mathematics League competition. This year, the Top Scorers for the School are Elena Gribelyuk and Cameron Raker.

The Mary Horne Memorial Prize in Mathematics is awarded to the student who has achieved an outstanding record in the study of Upper School mathematics. The Mary Horne Memorial Prize is presented to Elena Gribelyuk.

The Kenneth Cooper Prize is awarded to the senior who has attained the highest average in mathematics during her time in the Upper School. The Kenneth Cooper Prize is presented to Elena Gribelyuk.

The Rensselaer Medal is presented to a member of the junior class who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in mathematics and science and has the potential for a successful career in a science or technology-related career. The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to Cameron Raker.

The Math Prize is given to a senior who through her determination has achieved at a high level and has earned the respect of the Math Faculty. The Math Prize is given to Annika Ozizmir.

The Statistics Prize is awarded to the students who demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of statistical concepts and with a consistent effort produced outstanding work in AP Statistics. The Statistics Prize is awarded to Max Helman and Luke Koppenheffer.

World Languages

The French Language Prize is given to that student who demonstrates excellent verbal and written skills with the French Language and an outstanding mastery of French grammar and vocabulary. This year's recipient is Jaimie Lopez.

The Spanish Language Prize is given to that student who demonstrates excellent verbal and written skills with the Spanish Language and an outstanding mastery of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. This year's recipient is Alex Kearns.

The Spanish Literature Prize is given to that student who demonstrates an outstanding understanding of Spanish literary works and excellent analytical skills. This year's recipient is Elena Gribelyuk.

The Chinese Prize is presented in recognition of high scholastic achievement in the study of Mandarin Chinese. Congratulations to Ciara O'Donnell.

Performing Arts

The Drama Award is given to that student who, through talent and dedication, has achieved excellence in performance. The Drama Award is presented to Riley Jones.

The Musical Theater Award is given to that student who, through talent and dedication, has achieved excellence in performance. The Musical Theater Award is presented to Ciara O'Donnell.

The Instrumental Music Award is given to a student who has enriched the King Community through their passion for performance in a variety of musical settings. The Instrumental Music Award goes to Luke Koppenheffer.

The Choral Award is given to a student who has shown excellence in choral singing. The Choral Award is presented to Rachel Kadlick.

The Guitar Award goes to that student who has shown passion and excellence. The Guitar Award goes to Sophia Savitz.

The Dance Award is presented to a student who has displayed artistic and technical excellence in Dance. The Dance Award is presented to Harriet Winterlich.

The Boo Forster Drama Award is given in memory of Elizabeth Chapman Forster, former drama teacher at King. Boo was an inspiration to her students and passionate about her work in the theater. The award goes to the student who displays dedication, versatility, and commitment to the King Performing Arts Department. This year the award is presented to Sonali Burns.

Science

The Bausch and Lomb Award is presented to a member of the junior class who has demonstrated excellence in mathematics and science. The Bausch and Lomb Award is presented to Mallory Ehlers.

The Engineering Prize is awarded to a student who has demonstrated not only a passion for the subject but also a talent for constructing innovative solutions to technical challenges. This year's engineering prize goes to Nicholas Shpetner.

The Biology Prize for excellence in the study of biology is awarded to Portia Cummings.

The Chemistry Prize for excellence in the study of chemistry is awarded to Mallory Ehlers.

The Physics Prize for excellence in the study of physics is awarded to Max Helman.

Excellence in STEM – This award is given to the student who has demonstrated: (i) passion for STEM, (ii) excellence in STEM coursework, and (iii) talent for applying interdisciplinary knowledge to address real-world challenges. The award goes to Max Helman.

The Science Fair Awards – There are six awards to be given for this year's Science Fair. This year's recipients are: for the Grade 9 prize - Keaton Abbott, for the Grade 10 prize - Harry Amadeo & Spencer Creveling, for the Grade 11 prize - Luke Buttenwieser, for the Grade 12 prize -Caroline Strom, Rachel Bissel, Jason Liu, Jason Tifford, Nick Shpetner, for the People's Choice Award - Jessica Steib & Luke Nascimento, and the overall prize - Harry Amadeo and Spencer Creveling.

Visual Art

The Catalani Memorial Art Prize - This year, the Catalani Memorial Art Prize is awarded to a student who has known that she needed to be an artist for over a decade. She has pursued this vision with passion, singular determination, and ceaseless work. She has found her voice and identity through art and has inspired and impressed those around her. It is with great pleasure that we award this prize to Olivia Begg.

Global Studies Certificate of Distinction

The certificate of distinction in Global Studies is awarded to those students who successfully completed a rigorous program of study in global studies over the course of their high school career. This year's recipients are Morgan Riley, Maeve Snover, Riley Jones, Kendall Abbott, Matthew Roer, Katy Simpson, Kelly Wappler, Matthew Dalinka, Caroline DiModica, Sonali Burns, Caroline Strom, Alexea Papanicolaou.

World Language Certificate of Distinction

The certificate of distinction in World Language is awarded to students who successfully complete a rigorous program of study in world language studies over the course of their high school career. This year's recipients are Elena Gribelyuk and Rudy Vega.

STEM Distinction

The certificate of STEM Distinction is awarded to those students who have fulfilled the requirements that include, in part, rigorous coursework, club activity, and the completion of a capstone project. This year's recipients are Ali Wheeler, Elena Gribelyuk, and Max Helman.

Leadership Certificate of Distinction

The certificate of distinction in Leadership Studies is awarded to students who successfully complete a rigorous program of study in leadership theory. In addition these students have taken on numerous leadership roles, community leadership projects, and the completion of a capstone project. This year's recipients are Emma Schaeffer, Renn Lints and Kelly Conheeney.

Cum Laude Society

Membership of King in the Cum Laude Society is clearly a hallmark of academic excellence. There are 37,000 high schools in the United States, and just under 400, or 1%, have been named Cum Laude.

Members of the Class of 2018 who were previously inducted as Juniors are:

  • Katherine Burke
  • Anthony DeGrado
  • Elena Gribelyuk
  • Rachel Kadlick
  • Luke Koppenheffer
  • Oona Nash
  • Ciara O'Donnell
  • Harris Walker
  • Alison Wheeler

Seniors who were inducted this year are:

  • Kelly Conheeney
  • Max Helman
  • Jaimie Lopez
  • Pierce Norwood
  • Annika Ozizmir
  • Matthew Roer
  • Gabriel Salvi
  • Harriet Winterlich

Juniors who were inducted this year are:

  • Annie Michalski
  • Mallory Ehlers
  • Paul Noujaim
  • Cam Raker
  • Hope Deschappelles
  • Alex Knorr
  • Ashley Xu
  • Natasha Aysseh

King Scholars

At King, our approach to an Honor Roll occurs by recognizing students in several categories of distinction: honors, high honors, and King Scholar. Achieving the designation of King Scholar, earning a minimum of a 4.0, is a challenge to be sure. Through Semester 1 of this year, the following students have been named King Scholar in every semester since the Fall of their Grade 9 year:

  • Katherine Burke
  • Elena Gribelyuk
  • Luke Koppenheffer
  • Oona Nash
  • Ciara O'Donnell
  • Ali Wheeler

Service Academy Recognition

Every year young people from across the country apply to the federal service academies and successful candidates must earn an appointment from a Member of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives, the Vice President or the President of the United States. Congressman Jim Himes represents Connecticut's 4th District in the United States House of Representatives where he is serving his fifth term. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, serves as the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Chair of the New Democrat Coalition.

Jim Himes appointed Abby Price & Evan Townsend-Henry

Athletic Awards

Karen Peterson Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete is awarded to recognize the strongest female athlete in the freshman class. The Karen Peterson Award is presented to Zoe Tinnesz

Daniel Hudson Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete is awarded to recognize the strongest male athlete in the freshman class. The Daniel Hudson Award is presented to Christopher Gaine

Outstanding Senior Female Athlete is awarded to recognize the strongest female athlete in the senior class. The Outstanding Female Athlete Award is presented to Kelly Conheeney

Outstanding Senior Male Athlete is awarded to recognize the strongest male athlete in the senior class. The Outstanding Male Athlete Award is presented to Renn Lints

The Northrop Cup is awarded to the member of the Senior Class who, during his years at King, has made an outstanding record in athletics, not only because of his ability, but also because of a high level of sportsmanship. The Northrop Cup is presented to Evan Townsend-Henry

Four and Five Year Varsity Letter Winners: At our Upper School assemblies this year, the names of the Four and Five Year Varsity Letter Winners and Twelve Varsity Letter Winners in athletics were announced.

Four-Year Varsity Letter Winners:

Soccer: Rudy Vega

Football: Evan Townsend-Henry, Reid Gesualdi, Kelly Gouin, Renn Lints, Bobby Cribbin, James Scarlatta, Riley Howe

Field Hockey: Callie DiModica, Morgan Riley

Volleyball: Kelly Conheeney, Stephanie Costabile

Cross Country: Robbie Welt, Harrison Linnan, Oona Nash, Caroline Strom

Squash: Maeve Snover, Austin Hanley, Gabe Salvi

Boys Basketball: Renn Lints, Evan Henry

Girls Basketball: Abby Price

Ice Hockey: Richard Focke, Brad Stanton, Kurt Voges

Softball: Abbey Price, Riley Jones, Stephanie Costabile, Mallory Ehlers

Baseball: Renn Lints, Bobby Cribbin

Tennis: Stella Silver, Gabe Salvi, Matthew Roer

Lacrosse: Morgan Riley, Evan Townsend-Henry, Kelly Gouin

Five-Year Varsity Letter Winners:

Softball: Kelly Conheeney

Tennis: Harry Walker

Twelve Varsity Letter Winners:

Evan Townsend-Henry & Renn Lints

At our Spring Athletic Assembly we also announced the recipients of two citywide awards.

Stamford Old Timers Scholar Athlete: Stephanie Costabile

North Stamford Exchange Club Scholar Athlete: Kelly Conheeney

King also had it first All-American in US lacrosse this year: Kelly Gouin

The Jody Veeder Richards Award is presented to an Upper School girl who has demonstrated the highest standard in sportsmanship. The Jody Veeder Richards Award is presented to Christie Jones

The Ware Award recognizes valuable contributions in athletics, high academic achievement, thoughtfulness for others, and a sense of responsibility for the school. The Ware Award is presented to Thomas King

Viking Athletic Service Award is presented to an individual to recognize their outstanding contributions to the King Athletic Program. The Viking Service Award is presented to Thomas B. Main

Class Prizes

The Freshmen Class Prize – is awarded to a student who serves as an outstanding example of leadership. Throughout the year, she exemplified and embraced the virtues of King School. As a student council representative, she advocated for the interests of the grade. Her relentless work ethic and compassion for other students in and out of the classroom have helped shape the character of the 9th grade. Her performance has won the admiration of both her peers and the faculty. The Freshman Class Prize is presented to MaryAlice Smith.

The Sophomore Class Prize – is awarded to a member of the King community who not only works tirelessly to achieve excellence in the realm of academics, but also who leads quietly but confidently on the athletic fields as a tri-varsity athlete. In all pursuits, this student exhibits the King virtues of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect while utilizing the power of a growth mindset and selflessly remembering the needs of the less fortunate. For all who know this student, it has been inspiring to witness the progression of intellectual maturation and personal achievement she has attained. This year's Sophomore Class Prize is awarded to Diana Degnan.

The Junior Class Prize - is awarded to a student who truly embodies King's virtues and is involved in many aspects of our community. She has been a true leader in The Young Republicans club, in Varsity Volleyball and Lacrosse, and in the Math team as well as Model UN. Next year, she will continue to make her mark in our community as part of our Senior Leaders program. Her hard work, commitment, and willingness to help others are traits that are admired by all. This year's junior class prize is awarded to Annie Michalski.

Senior Class Prize – This year's Senior Class Prize is awarded to a student who is an extremely hard worker and who never hesitates to lend a helping hand. Whether she is creating something in the art room, volunteering to work with children, or discovering a new passion for the study of psychology, she is someone who always gives it her all. Through her quiet strength and compassionate nature, this student has helped shaped the character of the 12th grade and won the respect of both her peers and the faculty. The Senior Class Prize is presented to Ellie Garnett.

Club Awards

The King Care Service Prize is presented to 2 members of the senior class who have distinguished themselves by making significant and impactful contributions to the community at large throughout their Upper School Years. Both students have been the founders of connections between King School and organizations focused on athletics and educational success. Through their efforts, they have encouraged several other King students to become involved in community service and made a difference in the lives of countless students athletes.

The first student began our partnership with Harlem Lacrosse and has expanded the relationship to include not only a lacrosse clinic in the Spring, but pen pal letters and fundraisers to put together holiday gifts for lacrosse players in Harlem.

The second student began our partnership with Stamford PEACE and not only organizes weekly trips for US students to tutor, but actually does tutoring on her off seasons as well.

This year the Service Learning prize is presented to Morgan Riley and Caroline Strom.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION – The following students have logged 50-99 hours of service work this year. This work includes that within the King community as well as work around the world.

  • Grethe Andersen
  • Kendall Battles
  • Elijah Busch
  • Thomas Copley
  • Victoria Crowe
  • Caroline Eagleton
  • Mallory Ehlers
  • Daniel Gilbert
  • Sarah Kadlick
  • Davis Knight
  • Grace Nash
  • Wafa Nomani
  • Cam Raker
  • Gwyn Rothman
  • Amber Tapscott
  • Claire Tulloch

BRONZE PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS – This award goes to students who have logged between 100-174 hours of service throughout the year. The award is recognized by President Trump.

  • Tyler Ferdinand
  • Elena Gribelyuk
  • Annika Ozizmir
  • Davis Shattan
  • Jessica Steib

SILVER PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS – This award goes to a student who has logged between 175-249 hours of service throughout the year. The award is recognized by President Trump.

  • Diana Degnan

GOLD PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS – This award goes to a student who has logged over 250 hours of service throughout the year. The award is recognized by President Trump.

  • Eliza Heaton

Student Activities Award goes to a student who has been a member of the club for over two years, and who has organized and created activities that help generate school spirit. The Student Activities award goes to Alexea Papanicoleau.

HOPE Award – goes to two seniors who, over the last four years have dedicated their spare time to doing service. They lead by example and have helped sustain our relationships with Inspirica, Person-to-Person, and the Red Cross. The HOPE awards goes to Ethan Marsh and Annika Ozizmir.

The Diversity and Inclusion Awards is awarded to a student, or students, who foster a commitment to understanding multicultural education. Exhibiting a commitment to multicultural issues that focus on self-reflections, forming allies and building community. Thereby, independently developing an understanding of cross-cultural communication skills and understanding the nature and development for social justice. This year the Diversity and Inclusion awards are presented to Liliana Gordon and Luke Buttenwieser.

The Model UN Prize is awarded to members who have consistently shown enthusiasm and dedication to the Club, and have demonstrated a deep understanding of the global issues and concerns facing the United Nations. The Model UN Prize is presented to Matt Roer and AJ DeGrado.

The Debate Team Prize is awarded to members who have consistently shown enthusiasm and dedication to the Team, and whose debating skills demonstrate excellence in the art of public speaking and argumentation. The Debate Club Prize is presented to Matt Roer and Daniel Gilbert.

The Investment Club prize is awarded to a member of the investment club in recognition of his commitment to improving the club's understanding of the financial world by his enthusiasm, energy, and efforts to organize the club meetings and activities. The Investment Club Prize is awarded to Alex Knorr.

The Publications Prize – This year's Publications Prize honors the hard work and leadership integral to our process of creating the 2018 yearbook. With positive attitudes, an eagerness to learn the skills required of our field, and a steadfast approach to our mission to be inclusive and authentic as we document the year's experience, I am pleased to recognize the pride in and dedication to our work which helped to shape our team. The Publications Prize is awarded to our Senior Editors: Ellie Garnett, Maeve Snover and Caroline Strom.

The Math Teaching Assistants Club provides the service opportunity cross-divisionally by allowing Upper School students to share their knowledge with younger students. The Math Teaching Assistants Club award is given to a senior or seniors who altruistically helped Upper School students throughout the year. The award goes to Ethan Marsh and Elena Gribelyuk.

The Math Team Prize is given to an individual who, through loyalty to the team, faithful participation in its practices, strong involvement, and contributions to the team in competitions, and has won the recognition and respect of the team and its coaches. The Math Team Prize is given to Elena Gribelyuk and Cameron Raker.

King Prizes

The Cornell Book Award was established to recognize a high school junior's academic excellence who demonstrates good citizenship, innovative thinking and an awareness of cultural diversity. The Cornell Book Award is presented to Portia Cummings.

The Meryl Kann Cup is awarded to a senior whose unselfish spirit, dedication, and versatility have enriched the total life of the School. The Meryl Kann Cup is presented to Sonali Burns.

The Lauren Leslie Award is presented to the student who displayed the greatest courage, determination, and fortitude during the upper school years. The Lauren Leslie Award is presented to Olivia Begg.

The Nancy Cunningham Nickerson Award is awarded to a senior in recognition of commitment to improving the lives of those facing physical and/or spiritual challenges, and having an abiding concern for others. The Nancy Cunningham Nickerson Award is presented to Luke Kopenheffer.

The Marc L. Hoffman Award is given to a rising senior who has utilized her strengths along with embracing her learning style to achieve academic excellence. Furthermore, this student has demonstrated honor, integrity, good judgment and fair play. The Marc L. Hoffman Award is presented to Ava Robinowitz.

The Eleanor Christensen Prize is presented to a student who models the attributes of self-awareness, self-advocacy, commitment to their own development as a learner, and has mastered of the art of learning well. The Eleanor Christensen Prize is presented to Christopher Joyce.

The Evald B. Olson Prize is awarded to a senior who, during her years at the School, has combined success in athletics with excellence in the study of mathematics and science. The Evald B. Olson Prize is awarded to Ali Wheeler.

The Boyle Prize is presented to a senior who has entered the School within the last two years and who through enthusiasm and initiative has enhanced the quality of the School. The Boyle Prize is awarded to Max Helman.

The Jefferson Book Award was established to recognize outstanding high school students who show exceptional promise of developing, through education, into leaders who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world. This was Thomas Jefferson's vision when he founded the University of Virginia. This year's recipient of the Jefferson Book Award is Luke Buttenwieser.

Memorial Awards

Bill Wallace Memorial Prize is presented to a sophomore who best exemplifies the qualities that Bill Wallace displayed in his years at King. These qualities include hardwork, a growth-mindset, and a commitment to daily, tireless engagement with the discipline, regardless of immediate outcome. In addition, the student has demonstrated kindness and respect not only to the fellow students, but also to everyone in the community. The award goes to Jacqueline Klein.

The Gregory Dean Muggeo Memorial Award is presented to the member of the graduating class who best exemplifies the qualities Gregory Dean Muggeo displayed in his years at King. These include leadership, devotion, generosity, vitality, and consideration for others. The Gregory Dean Muggeo Award is presented to Ethan Marsh.

The Mildred G. Anderson Memorial Prize is awarded to the member of the Senior Class who has been in the school for a minimum of two years and has shown the greatest overall development both as a student and as a person. The Mildred G. Anderson Prize is awarded to Ethan Marsh.

The William Bartram Memorial Prize is awarded to that member of the Senior Class who has contributed the most to the school in co-curricular activities. The William Bartram Prize is presented to Caroline Strom.

The Michelson Memorial Award is presented to the member of the Senior Class who has maintained his or her position in their class on the basis of outstanding personal effort. The Michelson Award is presented to Elena Gribelyuk.

The Robert Morse Carpenter Memorial Prize is awarded to a member of the Senior Class for high scholastic achievement as well as for an excellent record as a citizen of the school. The Robert Morse Carpenter Prize is presented to Jaimie Lopez.

Prizes awarded during Commencement

The Alumni Prize is awarded to the member of the Senior Class who gives most promise of an adult sense of responsibility and obligation to the community and who, in maturity, intelligence and altruism, seems best fitted to take a place in the world. The Alumni Prize is presented to Elena Gribelyuk.

The Upper School Prize is awarded to a member of the Senior Class who, through scholastic, and athletic or artistic achievements, leadership, and versatile and positive contributions to the life of the School, has earned the recognition of the faculty. The Upper School Prize is presented to Ali Wheeler.

The Faculty Prize is awarded to a member of the Senior Class who, through character, intelligence and thoughtfulness, has won the respect of the faculty. The Faculty Prize is awarded to Jaimie Lopez.

The Ann Ayres Herrick Award goes to the senior who, through loyalty, integrity, and friendliness has contributed most to King's high standards of character. This award is voted on by the entire Upper School, both faculty and students. The Ann Ayres Herrick Award is awarded to Sonali Burns.

Douglas McDermott will present the McDermott Award. The McDermott Award for Faculty Development, given in memory of Patricia A. McDermott, will be awarded by her son, Douglas McDermott, King 1983. The McDermott Award for Faculty Development is presented to Christos Galanopoulos.