US Students Embody King's Virtues during Prize Day 2021

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 recipients this year!

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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. Recipient: Alisa Kukharkin  

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. Recipient: Arynn Rybalov 

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. Recipient: John Russell

History

The History Prize is awarded to a member of the senior class in recognition of general excellence in the study of history. Recipient: Samantha Berman

The American History Prize is awarded to a member of the junior class in recognition of excellence in the study of the American past. Recipient: Ronnie Harvey

The Philosophy Prize is awarded to a senior, or seniors, who shows true passion for philosophy, combined with character and thoughtfulness. Recipient: Chris Patten

The Future Global Leader Award goes to a junior who has consistently demonstrated academic leadership and achievement with a particular focus on global issues and the ability to address innovative problems with global impact. Recipient: Eleanor Goudie

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. Recipient: Sean Mullen

Mathematics

American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is held annually nationwide. The winner of AMC 10 is Gouri Krishnan (first place); Meredith Joo (second place), and Ben Persily (third place). The winner of the AMC 12 is Clare Liao (first place); Nick Jiang (second place), and Ronnie Harvey (third place). Clare Liao received an invitation and participated in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination - AIME. 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. Recipient: Nadia Kucher  

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. Recipient: Nick Jiang

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. Recipient: Jacob Boyar

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. Recipients: Sammy Hillenmeyer and Alisa Kukharkin 

Computer Science

The Computer Science Prize is awarded to a student whose commitment to coding and general excellence has allowed them to demonstrate great potential in this field. Recipient: Addison Kline

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. Recipient: Jacob Boyar

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. Recipient: Wafa Nomani

The Spanish Literature Prize is given to that student who demonstrates an outstanding understanding of Spanish literary works and excellent analytical skills. Recipient: Will Burke

The Chinese Prize is presented in recognition of high scholastic achievement in the study of Mandarin Chinese. Recipient: Sean Mullen

Performing Arts

The Drama Award is given to that student who, through talent and dedication, has achieved excellence in drama performance. Recipient: Elijah Busch

The Musical Theater Award is given to that student who, through talent and dedication, has achieved excellence in musical theater performance. Recipients: Tyler Ferdinand and Nico Camacho

The Instrumental Music Award is given to a student who has enriched the King Community through a passion for performance in a variety of musical settings. Recipient: Kate Lockyer

The Choral Award is given to a student who has shown excellence in choral singing.  Recipients: Sarah Kadlick and Abi Anderson

The Dance Award is presented to a student who has displayed artistic and technical excellence in Dance. Recipient: Elijah Busch

The Late Bloomer Award is given to a student who has displayed great talent, potential, and enthusiasm in his senior year in the Performing Arts. Recipient: Jacob Boyar

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. Recipient: Charlotte Alexander

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.  Recipient: Charlotte Alexander

Science

The Bausch and Lomb Award is presented to a member of the junior class who has demonstrated excellence in science.  Recipient: Giovanna Armetta

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. Recipient: Alex Lim  

The Biology Prize for excellence in the study of biology. Recipient: Karina Rao

The Chemistry Prize for excellence in the study of chemistry. Recipient: John Russell

The Physics Prize for excellence in the study of physics. Recipient: Gavriel Genger

Excellence in STEM – This award is given to the student who has demonstrated: passion for STEM, excellence in STEM coursework, and talent for applying interdisciplinary knowledge to address real-world challenges. Recipient: Sammy Hillenmeyer

Art and Design

The Catalani Memorial Art Prize is awarded this year to a student who spent her time at King making art every chance she had. Through her innovative work, she explored her identity and made sense of the world around her. She was not afraid to take risks, tackling difficult subjects and working with intimidating media. She enriched our program through her participation in clubs and insightful curricular suggestions. Recipient: Greta Hoffmeister

The Ceramics Prize goes to a senior who only last year took her first ceramics class. She made up for lost time by working in the studio to refine her skills whenever her schedule allowed. She was quick to share her knowledge with younger beginning ceramicists. Her presence helped to create the inclusive, creative atmosphere that makes the King ceramics studio a busy hub of creativity and fun. Recipient: Carolina Oxenstierna

The Art and Design Prize is awarded to a student who represents the spirit of our program. Through practice, she became skillful in a wide variety of media, created original and personal work, and never ceased to explore novel ideas and approaches to art-making. She took great joy in the process and persevered through challenges. Recipient: Adeline Fine

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. Recipients: Alisa Kukharkin, Ava Bussan, Carolina Oxenstierna, Elizabeth Rizk, Nicolas Camacho, Paul Funk, Sophie Pigott, Thomas Kelly, and Thomas Mandel-Mantello

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. Recipients: Alex Lim, Joseph Winterlich, Nadia Kucher, Ryan Heaton, Samuel Hillenmeyer, and Wafa Nomani

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. Recipients: Christine Jansen, Conor Newman, Hannah Greene, Jay Martinez, Rachel Oberst, Tyler Ferdinand, and Zoe Tinnesz

Art and Design Distinction

The certificate of distinction in Art and Design is awarded to those students who have fulfilled the requirements that include, in part, rigorous coursework, club activity, and the participation in the Senior Art Show and Colloquium as well as the submission of an AP Art and Design Portfolio. Recipients: Adeline Fine, Alex Ring, Greta Hoffmeister, and Sydney Essex

Cum Laude Society

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

Members of the Class of 2021 who were previously inducted as Juniors are: Samuel Hillenmeyer, Jacob Boyar, Joseph Winterlich, Addison Kline, Ryan Heaton, Nadiezhda Kucher, Wafa Nomani, Sarah DiModica, Samantha Berman

Seniors who were inducted this year are: Cassandra Jean-Baptiste, Greta Hoffmeister, Dylan Ross, Gavriel Genger, Kate Lockyer, Alisa Kukharkin, Joaquin Silvani, Chris Patten, Hannah Cosgrove, Milei Wyatt

Athletic Awards

Karen Peterson Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete is awarded to recognize the strongest female athlete in the freshman class. Recipient: Tatum Ryan

Daniel Hudson Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete is awarded to recognize the strongest male athlete in the freshman class. Recipient: Benjamin Bradley

Outstanding Senior Female Athlete is awarded to recognize the strongest female athlete in the senior class.  Recipient: Zoe Tinnesz

Outstanding Senior Male Athlete is awarded to recognize the strongest male athlete in the senior class. Recipient: Ethan Anderson

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. Recipient: Sean Mullen

The Jody Veeder Richards Award is presented to an Upper School girl who has demonstrated the highest standard in sportsmanship. Recipient: Kate Lockyer

The Ware Award recognizes valuable contributions in athletics, high academic achievement, thoughtfulness for others, and a sense of responsibility for the school. Recipient: Samuel Hillenmeyer

Viking Athletic Service Award is presented to an individual to recognize their outstanding contributions to the King Athletic Program. Recipient: Tung Tran

Class Prizes

The Grade 9 Class Prize is awarded to a student who serves as an outstanding example of perseverance. This year's Grade 9 Class Prize is awarded to a student who served her community well and has led by example. During a very challenging year, she stepped up to take responsibility as a 9th Grade Leader. She faced challenges with integrity and perseverance. She helped develop innovative ideas and plans for community engagements, problem-solve around guidelines and restrictions, and collaborate with peers to build a strong community. She quickly emerged as a model student who showed genuine kindness and respect towards her peers, teachers, and community. One will regularly find her lending a helping hand and connecting with her peers to lift their spirits. This was her first year at King. And during this time, she won the admiration of both her peers and the faculty through her ability to empathize and willingness to support our community in many aspects. Recipient: Nicole Guido

The Grade 10 Class Prize is awarded to a member of King's 10th-grade community who works tirelessly to achieve excellence in the realm of academics, who projects positivity in all areas of school life, and who personifies King's virtues of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect. In the words of his teachers, this individual is regularly "the most intellectually curious student" in class, a "generous friend," an "old soul" who is "hard working and motivated by the acquisition of knowledge," and a student who can tap into a "reservoir of deep empathy" for others. Recipient: Adom Laryea-Adjei

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 enriching and celebrating our community's uniqueness and character through her leadership and energy in a large number of areas. Whether she was competing with her soccer teammates, representing her class as a member of Student Government, giving tours to potential students, leading clubs, or being a constant force of positivity and friendliness, she spent this difficult year helping to make King a better place for all of us! Recipient: Emmi Freeman

The Grade 12 Class Prize is awarded to a student who has become an integral leader in the King community.  This year's Senior Class Prize is awarded to a student who has a giving nature and always wants to do the right thing for others. She is highly dedicated and actively perseveres through challenges. Whether she is performing on the King stage, creating artwork for posters to advertise upcoming shows, filming musical numbers during COVID, helping with Middle School productions, protecting the goal in field hockey or helping build a vivarium with Mr. DeFelice, she is someone who always gives it her all. Through her maturity 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. Recipient: Charlotte Alexander

 

Club Awards

The Cathy Mishkin King Cares Award: This year the award is presented to two seniors who during their time at King have participated in King Cares events and been very enthusiastic and dedicated leaders of 2 King Cares clubs. Over this past year, they thought of meaningful ways to stay connected with several of King's partner organizations. For instance, one of the seniors worked with club members to send care packages to children at St. Anna's, in New Orleans, a partnership started by Cathy Mishkin, and the other senior organized the assembling of Play to Learn Kits for preschoolers at the Children's Learning Centers, in Stamford. The kindness of these two students, as well as their passion and enthusiasm for helping and working with others, is infectious. Recipients: Sarah Kadlick and Eva Fragner

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. Recipients: Ava Bussan, Thomas Mandel-Mantello, and Alesia Paz.

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. These team captains not only organized team practices and shared their debating experience with our younger debaters, but also they helped grow our ranks and lead our teams to great successes this year, despite the challenging circumstances of the pandemic. These two leaders are indispensable to the Debate Team as well as to King School. Recipients: John Russell and Dean Kaduboski

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. Recipient: JC Fredette

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. Recipients: Ben Persily and Nick Jiang

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. Recipients: Wafa Nomani and John Russell

Student Council Prize - He is the outgoing President of the Student Council. He is a president for the people -- passionate, organized, persistent. I am pleased to present him with the Student Council Prize and this ceremonial gavel. Recipient: Ethan Anderson

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. Recipient: Zoe Tinnesz

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. Recipient: Sarah Kadlick

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. Recipient: Mariana McOsker

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 the art of learning well. Recipient: Tyler Ferdinand

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. Recipient: Joseph Winterlich

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. Recipient: Cassandra Jean-Baptiste

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. Recipient: Catie Baer

The Milestones Club Prize - The Milestones club provides a forum for open consideration of important issues to build awareness about social justice, uplift the voices of marginalized communities, and celebrate diversity -- both at King and beyond. The Milestones Prize is awarded to the student whose commitment to those values is manifest in their conduct at King. This year, the award goes to the club's youngest co-leader for his constance and compassion -- the very balm needed to fuel us through these exceptional times. Recipient: Marcus Dwaine Watts, Jr.

 

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 hard work, a growth mindset, and a commitment to daily, tireless engagement with the discipline, regardless of the immediate outcome. In addition, the student has demonstrated kindness and respect not only to the fellow students but also to everyone in the community. Recipient: Adom Laryea-Adjei

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. Recipient: Sean Mullen

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. Recipient: Nico Camacho

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. Recipient: Hannah Cosgrove

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. Recipient: Joseph Winterlich

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. Recipient: Sammy Hillenmeyer

The Kenneth and Harriette Cooper Prize is awarded to a student who has combined success in athletics, the arts, and excellence in the study of the French language and culture. Recipient: Emily Alexander

Upper School Prize: To a member of the senior class who, through scholastic, athletic, and/or artistic achievements, leadership, and versatile and positive contributions to the life of the school, has earned the recognition of the faculty. Recipient: Alisa Kukharkin

Faculty Prize: To a member of the senior class who, through character, intelligence, and thoughtfulness, has won the respect of the faculty. Recipient: Wafa Nomani

Alumni Prize: To a senior 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.  Recipient: Hannah Cosgrove

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. Recipient: Ethan Anderson

Congratulations to all of the prize day recipients for the 2020-2021 school year!