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US students embody excellence - 2019 Prize Day

At King, excellence occurs in a community context. On Prize Day, 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 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 Grethe Andersen.

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 Caroline Eagleton.

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 Olivia Borchetta.

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 Paul Noujaim.

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 Catherine King.

The Philosophy Prize is awarded to a senior, or seniors, who shows true passion for philosophy, combined with character and thoughtfulness. The Philosophy Prize is presented to Paul Noujaim and Luke Nascimento.

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 Diana Degnan.

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 Jacob Savitz.

Mathematics

American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is held annually nationwide. The winner of AMC 10 is Nick Jiang. The winner of the AMC 12 is Cameron Raker. Cameron was 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 Scorer for the School is Nick Jiang.

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 Cameron Raker.

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 Kaelin Main.

The Math Prize is given to a senior who through his determination has achieved at a high level and has earned the respect of the Math Faculty.  The Math Prize is given to Nic Perez.

The Statistics Prize is awarded to a student who demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of statistical concepts and with a consistent effort, has produced outstanding work in AP Statistics. The Statistics Prize is awarded to Grethe Andersen

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 Dhasiya Anderson.

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 Hope Deschapelles.

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 Katie Glinka.

The Chinese Prize is presented in recognition of high scholastic achievement in the study of Mandarin Chinese. Congratulations to Amelia Whiteley.

Performing Arts

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

The Musical Theater Award is given to that student who, through talent and dedication, has achieved excellence in musical theater performance. The Musical Theater Award is presented to Grady Boruchin.

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

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

The Guitar Award goes to that student who has shown passion and excellence in the area of guitar performance. The Guitar Award goes to Dhasiya Anderson.

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

The King Community Musician Award is given to a Senior who has over four years at King, demonstrated not only a passion for performing in a variety of settings, but also a passion for sharing musical knowledge with younger students in the King and larger Stamford community. The Community Musician Award is presented to Sam Gleason.

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 Caroline Eagleton.

Science

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

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 Spencer Creveling.

The Biology Prize for excellence in the study of biology is awarded to Mallory Ehlers and Grethe Anderson.

The Chemistry Prize for excellence in the study of chemistry is awarded to Diana Degnan.

The Physics Prize for excellence in the study of physics is awarded to Ari Maki.

The Fairfield University-Sikorsky Engineering Award goes to a junior with excellent achievement in math and science. This year's award goes to Harry Amadeo.

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 Harry Amadeo.

Best in Fair – This award is given to the students who won the overall prize for King's Third Annual Science Fair. This year's Best in Fair award goes to Alex Lim, Ryan Heaton, and Sammy Hillenmeyer.

Visual Art

The Catalani Memorial Art Prize is awarded to a student who is passionate about art. She made the art room her second home. Many of her free periods were devoted to further exploring media that were introduced during class, or to work on her ambitious project, a meticulously constructed model of the house she designed for her family. Endlessly resourceful, creative, and joyful when making art of any kind, she is this year's recipient: Jessica Steib. 

The Ceramics Prize this year is given to an artist who committed to this medium in her freshman year. For 8 semesters she has worked to perfect her skills and research ideas. Unable to fit the class into her schedule this year, she pursued ceramics further as an Independent Study. Inspired by the pottery shards she saw on an archeological dig in Williamsburg last summer, she has spent this semester examining, recreating, and applying colored clay slips to her pottery pieces. Her single-minded dedication to the craft and art of clay has been inspiring. The Ceramics Prize this year goes to Elena Teeter.

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 Justin Zide, Paul Noujaim, Hannah Berrick, John Kennedy, Emily Barnard, Elizabeth Essaid, Henry Meyer, Dean Pigott, Jack Reilly, Riley Hicks, Amelia Whiteley, and Alex Kearns.

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 Mallory Ehlers, Ashley Xu, and Portia Cummings.

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 Chrissy Nelli, Josh Figueroa, Caroline Eagleton, Victoria Crowe, Sam Rabassa, and Grady Boruchin.

Cum Laude Society

These students who have been inducted into the King Chapter of the Cum Laude Society.

Members of the Class of 2019 who were previously inducted as Juniors are:

Annie Michalski

Mallory Ehlers

Paul Noujaim

Cameron Raker

Hope Deschappelles

Alex Knorr

Ashley Xu

Natasha Aysseh

Seniors who were inducted this year are:

Grethe Andersen

Madison Backes

Hannah Berrick

Elizabeth Boeckman

Portia Cummings

Derrick Hassan

Alexander Kearns

Jenna Macrae

Ari Maki

Nicholas Perez

Jacob Savitz

Amelia Whiteley

 

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 Norah Shattan

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 Hugh Hentschel

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

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

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 Henry Meyer

Four-Year Varsity Letter Winners:

Cross Country: Ari Maki, John Kennedy (3years XC/1year FB)
Football: Justin Zide, Jack Meizels, Matt Garavel, Kenny Dyson, Chris Della Jacono, Sam Rabassa, Josh Palmer, Alex Canevari, Lewis Baer, Jack Rilley
Field Hockey: Riley Hicks, Anna Patten, Jess Steib, Diana Degan
Soccer: Josh Figueroa, Alexis Garcia, Jack McOsker, Luke Nascimento, Santi Silvani, Haley Barros, Hope Deschapelles, Marina Mirianthopolous
Squash: Delaney Harris, Henry Lazarus, Ari Maki  
Basketball: Alonna Christy, Alex Canevari, Paul Noujaim, Matt Garavel    
Ice Hockey: Tyler Shiffman, Cam Raker, Henry Meyer
Baseball: Alex Canevari
Lacrosse: Riley Hicks, Annie Michalski, Chrissy Nelli, Anna Patten, Claire Tully, Chris Della Jacono, Kenny Dyson, Jack McOsker, Henry Meyer
Softball: Maddy Backes
Tennis: Katie Glinka

Five-Year Varsity Letter Winner:
Softball: Mallory Ehlers

Twelve Varsity Letter Winner:
Alex Canevari

Stamford Old Timers Scholar Athlete: Michael Carnavalla

North Stamford Exchange Club Scholar Athlete: Mallory Ehlers

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 Katie Glinka

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 Diana Degnan

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 Frank Roche.

Class Prizes

The Grade 9 Class Prize is awarded to a student who serves as an outstanding example of perseverance. He quickly emerged as a model student-athlete, displaying a relentless work ethic in and out of the classroom. Throughout the year, he exemplified and embraced the virtues of King School. His performance has won the admiration of both his peers and the faculty. The Freshman Class Prize is presented to Carson Perlman.

The Grade 10 Class Prize is awarded to a member of King's 10th-grade community who not only works tirelessly to achieve excellence in the realm of academics but also who leads quietly yet confidently on the athletic field and in the Innovation Lab. In all pursuits, this student exhibits the King virtues of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect on a consistent, daily basis while selflessly devoting his time on weekends to tutor and teach computer science and coding to young students in his home town. This student envisions a bright future filled with technologies that will improve life for billions of people and yet he is also keenly perceptive of the significant challenges that humanity must overcome to achieve its next phase of evolution. This year's Sophomore Class Prize is awarded to Ryan Heaton.

The Grade 11 Class Prize is awarded to a student who truly embodies King's virtues and is involved in many aspects of our community.  This year's recipient has been deeply involved in improving our community's capacity for listening across difference and for the community's understanding of diversity through her design in Milestones Club, her co-leadership within the new dialogue club Real Talk, as well as her presentation at the Regional Student Diversity Leadership Conference back in April. Her intense passion for inclusivity has helped move our community forward this year, and we are excited for more growth during her senior year. This year's Grade 11 prize is awarded to Kimberly Villard.

The Grade 12 Class Prize is awarded to a student who has become an integral leader in the King community. Whether it's rallying her class to four consecutive victories in the Homecoming hallway decorating competition, studying in France for a semester, or creating something in the art room, she is someone who always gives it her all. Through her affable 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. She is leaving an exceptional legacy of working tirelessly to improve not just herself, but the King community as a whole. The Senior Class Prize is presented to Dhasiya Anderson.

Club Awards

The Cathy Mishkin King Cares Award: The King Cares Service Award will now be known as The Cathy Mishkin King Cares Award. This year this award is presented to an Upper School student who, following in the footsteps of Mrs. Mishkin, has distinguished herself through her dedication to community engagement and for making a difference in other's lives. She has collaborated with several organizations, led service initiatives, and made impactful contributions to the King community and beyond for the past two years in the Upper School. This student fundraised, planned and collaborated for over a year with the Feed My Starving Children organization for the Mobile packing event this past March.  In addition, to her work with the Feed My Starving Children organization, she helped to lead the initiative for her varsity basketball team to participate and be buddies during Night to Shine, a prom for teenagers and young adults with special needs and disabilities. Through the opportunities she has brought to King, her peers and the Staffulty experienced first- hand the difference they can make, individually and collectively, in the lives of so many others. This year's Cathy Mishkin King Cares Award goes to Diana Degnan.

King Cares Special Recognition - Over the course of the school year, the following students spent over 150 hours engaged in a variety of service related activities within King and the broader community:

  • Sarah Kadlick
  • Jessica Price
  • Mallory Ehlers

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 Caroline Eagleton, Riley Hicks, and Blair Holey.

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 Alex Knorr and Paul Noujaim

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 Anne Michalski, Amelia Whitely, Dean Pigott, Grethe Andersen, and Hannah Berrick.

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 Ashley Xu and Dean Pigott.

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 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 Portia Cummings, Diana Degnan, and Wafa Nomani.

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 Annie Michalski.

Student Council Prize - Luke Buttenwieser is the outgoing President of the Student Council. He is a force to be reckoned with--passionate, organized, persistent and he will no doubt one day rule the world through sheer force of will and cunning deployment of Google Docs. 

King Prizes

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 Hannah Berrick.

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 LeVaughn Lewis.

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 Sam Gleason.

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 Davis Knight.

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 Caroline Eagleton.

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 Cameron Raker.

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 Grethe Andersen

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 Diana Degnan. 

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

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 Eli Busch.

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 Sam Rabassa.

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 Alonna Christy.

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 Luke Buttenwieser.

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 Portia Cummings.

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 Annie Michalski.

The Kenneth and Harriette Cooper Prize is awarded to a student who has combined success in athletics, the arts, and the excellence in the study of the French language and culture. The Kenneth and Harriette Cooper Prize is presented to Dhasiya Anderson.

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 Luke Buttenwieser.