On the eve of graduation, the Class of 2022 gathered with their families and faculty to celebrate their fellow classmates’ many accomplishments at the Senior Prize Assembly. As he welcomed students and their guests to Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, Head of School Peter G. Curran encouraged seniors to take a moment to appreciate their surroundings and be present in the moment. “Each of you has impacted this community and modeled for younger students your Blair values and the importance of building relationships,” he said. “I urge you to remember the power of connection. Don’t forget that life is short and happiness is found doing things you are passionate about with people you care for.”
The first awards of the evening were presented for academic excellence, and department chairs from across Blair took pride in recognizing their top students. English teacher Kaye Evans announced those seniors who had earned membership in Blair’s Cum Laude Society, and Director of Athletics Paul Clavel ’88 followed by recognizing the senior Buccaneers who had made outstanding contributions to Blair’s athletic teams.
Assistant Head of School and Dean of Faculty Lorry Perry next presented the James M. Howard Jr. Fellowship Prize, which honors a faculty member early in his or her career who has especially impacted the Blair community over the course of the school year. Abiding by tradition, Ms. Perry noted that the Senior Class Council helped choose the recipient and awarded this year’s James M. Howard Jr. Fellowship Prize to science teacher Julia Booth.
The program continued with prizes for those who made significant contributions to other areas of student life and, finally, the Class of 2022 gift, which will support the Class of 2022 Scholarship. This year, seniors Caroline Johnson ’22 and Marc Koch ’22 extended a check for $5,393 to Mr. Curran, noting their class’ pride in raising funds to help deserving students attend Blair.
Head of School Curran concluded the Senior Prize Assembly by sharing a few words of heartfelt congratulation with the class of 2022, encouraging them to soak up their final hours as Blair students and to remember the lessons they have learned. “As you head out this summer and are able to decompress and take some time away from all of the schedules and pressures of the school year, I hope that you’ll remember [the lessons from Day of Service about] being kind and going out of your way to help others, especially those in your community and those around you. I wholeheartedly believe that Blair students are making the world a better place and I am so proud of you,” he said.
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Congratulations to all those recognized at the 2022 Senior Prize Assembly:
CUM LAUDE INDUCTEES:
ROBERT DALLING PRIZE: Keith Delaney
WILLIAM ZESTER MEMORIAL AWARD: Megan Donaghy
HERBERT J. SIEGEL '46 PRIZE: Etka Ayhan
LEE ROSE MEMORIAL TROPHY: Laila Davson
FRANKLIN PRIZE: Aidan Ward
ELAINE & JAMES KELLEY PRIZE: Avery Robertson
SELENA & JAMES HOWARD PRIZE: Zoe LaMent & Gabriel Ramirez
HAROLD F. WALKER MEMORIAL PRIZE: Brad Allen & Selena Sanchez
THE DURLAND PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, awarded to that student who has demonstrated extraordinary ability and interest in computer programming or computer applications while at Blair: Aidan Ward
THE DUMONT ENGLISH PRIZE, awarded to the member of the senior class who ranked highest in English and presented in memory of the late Senator Wayne Dumont and his father, Wayne Dumont Sr. by Mrs. Helen Dumont: Caroline Driscoll & Aidan Ward
THE ROBERT F. HARRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY, awarded to a member of the senior class for special interest and outstanding achievement in the study of English literature: Aidan Ward
THE EDYTH JEFFREY SHAKESPEARE ESSAY PRIZE, awarded to a Blair Academy student based on an essay related to the work of William Shakespeare: Alexandra Schamberger & Timothy Xi
ART DEPARTMENT PRIZES, recognizing outstanding work in these areas:
OVERALL: Sophia Papadopoulo
TWO-DIMENSIONAL ART: Marty Dericks
THREE-DIMENSIONAL ART: Eleanor Dana & Sam Junkermann
PHOTOGRAPHY: Duc Dinh
VIDEO: Dong Bin Won
THE PAUL R. WHITE HISTORY PRIZE, awarded to that student/s considered to be the most proficient history student/s in the senior class: Caroline Johnson & George Gan
THE MARGUERITE DEYSSON HABERMANN MEMORIAL FRENCH PRIZE, awarded to a senior who has done exceptionally well in French: George Gan
SPANISH LANGUAGE PRIZE: Bobby Castillo
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES: Peyton Schreiber & Bobby Castillo
THE WINSON D. EWING PRIZE, awarded to that student who is considered to be the most outstanding mathematics student in the senior class: Ben Liu
NEWTON PRIZE, awarded to the student displaying excellence in calculus: Aidan Ward
THE HARDING MEMORIAL PRIZE, awarded to that student who has contributed most to musical organizations: Schuyler Anderson
THE JOSEPH F. EBERLE MEMORIAL PRIZE, awarded to that student who exhibits outstanding achievement in music: Laila Davson & Max Gao
THE ROBERT F. HARRIS DRAMATICS AWARD, presented to that member of the student body who has shown the highest standard of excellence in dramatics: Sadie Donnelly & Alexandra Schamberger
THE PETER L. AMERMAN RELIGION PRIZE, awarded to that student of religion who has been most challenged by the material encountered and who has demonstrated an effort to re-evaluate the philosophy of life accordingly: Mia Stillerman & Justin Jiang
THE SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, presented to that student who exhibits an overwhelming passion and commitment toward science and who has written a superior academic record in multiple AP science courses: Justin Jiang & Max Gao
THE DONALD E. LAWSHE PRIZE, presented in memory of former Blair physics teacher Donald E. Lawshe to that student who has consistently demonstrated a passion for science and a dedication to interests beyond the classroom: Zoe LaMent
Additional senior prize recipients, announced during the week, include THE JOHN H. WYETH YEARBOOK PRIZE: Duc Dinh, Annalise Fried, Savannah Leach, Olaedo Udensi & Elleen Xue, with special mention to junior editors Ava Satasi '23 and Juliana Zweifel '23