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2022 Underclassmen Awards Ceremony

Kim Gendron, Social Media Coordinator

On Thursday, May 19, the Upper School student body gathered together in Rooke Theater of the Hartness Performing Arts Center for the 2022 Underclassmen Awards Ceremony. In his welcoming remarks, Head of School, David Padilla offered his congratulations to both the individuals who would be recognized and the collective community that makes it all possible – teachers, mentors, friends, classmates, parents, and families. Padilla said, “We are here to celebrate a successful year of hard work, determination, and persistence – the universal ingredients in the recipe for achievement.”
 
In his introductory remarks, Upper School Director, Wes Clarke, called these awards a “celebration of community” in that while each recipient has labored individually, they have been able to do so in a place that “nurtures students to offer their best efforts,” thanks to fellow peers, families, other adult mentors, and especially the teachers at CCES. He also commended the collective efforts of the school community and said, “these awards represent the contributions of all our Upper School students to each other’s intellectual and character development, and to the academic life and culture of the school.”
 
Assistant Upper School Director, Amanda Beckrich, began the presentation of awards, all of which were selected through extensive and collaborative deliberation of the Upper School faculty, and some by classmates. She presented the Cavalier Spirit Awards, which recognize students “who exemplify the Cavalier Spirit – characterized by integrity, enthusiasm, outreach to others, and cooperation.” A boy and girl from both the ninth and tenth grades are selected. This year’s ninth grade recipients are Carson Bowers and Anna von Engel. The tenth grade recipients are Jasmine Ford and Jack Henry Roye.
 
The next awards were presented in memory or honor of former CCES students and teachers.
 
The Daniela Dacco Award is selected by members of the sophomore class and given in memory of Daniela Dacco ’73, the first CCES exchange student. The award recognizes the sophomore who exhibits leadership, concern, and sensitivity for others. The recipient of the 2022 Daniela Dacco Award is Louise Martin.
 
The Katy James Award was established in memory of Judith Katherine James ’13 and is awarded to a member of the sophomore class who pursues diverse interests with joy and enthusiasm. The recipient of the 2022 Katy James Award is Louise Martin.
 
The Meghan McManus Award is given in memory of Meghan McManus ’14 to a senior girl who best exemplifies the qualities for which Meghan was known: a faithful and committed Christian; a compassionate friend to all; an intelligent, grounded, and level-headed young lady; and a well-rounded student, one accomplished academically, athletically, and artistically. The recipient of the 2022 Meghan McManus Award is Betty Frances Thomason.
 
The Connor McManus Award is given in memory of Connor McManus ’17 to a freshman boy who best exemplifies those qualities for which Connor was known: a faithful and committed Christian; an empathetic friend with a big heart for the underdog; enthusiasm for school sports and service; a fun-loving student with a dry wit; and an avid reader. The recipient of the 2022 Connor McManus Award is Tucker Hendrix.
 
The Kathy Adamee Award was established in honor of former CCES English teacher, Kathy Adamee, after 34 years of service in both the Middle School and Upper School English departments. This award recognizes a student in the sohompre class who has demonstrated the greatest growth and/or skill in the areas of academic research and oral presentation in his or her Sophmore Project. This year there are two recipients of the Kathy Adamee Award – Andy Botkin and Mac Spear.
 
The Anna Gibbins Young Women’s Leadership Award was established in memory of Anna Gibbins, who demonstrated her devotion to CCES through her work as a CCES parent, a member of the Board of Trustees, and as Assistant Director of Development in the school’s first Development Office. This award is given to a female from the junior class to encourage leadership development and exploration of interests through a unique summer program opportunity. The 2022 Anna Gibbins Young Women’s Leadership Award recipient is Georgia Merchen.
 
Director of College Counseling, Linda Schulz, Associate Directors of College Counseling, Bartley Sides and Lindsey Waters, and Eleventh Grade Dean of Students, Vaughn Vick, presented the Collegiate Book Awards, selected by Upper School faculty.
 
Columbia University Book Award
Marleigh O’Hanlan
 
Dartmouth College Book Award
Thomas Clark
 
High Point University Book Award
Yasmene Clark
 
Hollins University Creative Writing Book Award
Lauren Brackbill
 
Randolph College Classics Book Award
Anna Kay Robinson
 
Rhodes College Book Award
Sara Bethi
 
St. Lawrence University Book Award
Parker Davis
 
Tulane University Book Award
Naya Bakaes
 
Wake Forest Book Award
Catalina Ossmann
 
Washington and Lee University Book Award
Tom Lowrance
 
Hollins University Mary Beth Hatten Award for Science and Scholarship
Vivian Lin
 
University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award
Max Tong
 
University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology
Hagen Kremenliev
 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award
Maggie Rogers
 
West Point Leadership Award
Harris Clark
 
George Eastman Young Leaders Award
Eliza Hoffman
 
Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award
Isabel Beckrich
 
Student Council President, Alex Eastland, and Honor Council Chair, Dasia Yearby, presented the Jones Endowment Faculty Award. This award was established in memory of two former CCES teachers, Catherine Wing Jones and her daughter, Ellen Jones Donkle ’74. Members of both the CCES Student Council and Honor Council select the recipient, a faculty or staff member of the Upper School who demonstrates genuine commitment to his or her subject area of responsibility. The recipient of the 2022 Jones Endowment Faculty Award is Charlie Woodward, Upper School History Instructor. Woodward is characterized by students as “going above and beyond in every facet of life at Christ Church, pushing his students, advisees, and athletes to be the best versions of themselves.” He is known for his passion for teaching, dedication to students, wit and humor in advisee, and his kind demeanor. Eastland and Yearby stated, “Mr. Woodward truly exemplifies what is means to be an outstanding and passionate educator.”
 
After presenting the faculty award, Eastland and Yearby transitioned their student leadership positions for the 2022-23 school year. Alex Eastland called it an “honor to serve” and turned over the office of Student Council President to Harris Clark. Dasia Yearby said she has “greatly valued” the opportunity to promote personal honor and integrity and then turned over the role of Honor Council Chair to Thomas Clark.
 
The final five awards were presented by Head of School, David Padilla.
 
The Lane Abrams Growth Mindset Award was established in honor of CCES Director of the Achievement Center, Lane Abrams. It recognizes an Upper School student from the freshman, sophomore or junior class who demonstrates achievement while fostering a growth mindset. The awardee is one who exhibits grit and resolve by showing innovation, motivation, and productivity in his or her daily pursuits, both academic and person. The recipient of the 2022 Lane Abrams Growth Mindset Award is McCain McBride.
 
The Blair Babb Smoak Memorial Award is given to the junior who, in the opinion of classmates, best exemplifies the qualities by which Blair Babb Smoak ’93 is remembered – a person of genuine sensitivity and caring for others, a leader who is willing to give of self to help at all times, one whose character demonstrates sincerity and dependability, and one who leads by exhibiting all the attributes of a true friend. The recipient of the 2022 Blair Babb Smoak Memorial Award is Thomas Clark.
 
The Will Grist Scholarship Award is given in memory of Will Grist Jr. ’99 to a rising senior who demonstrates Will’s qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion, and gentleness; a true friend with a zest for life; a wonderful sense of humor; respect for the dignity of the individual and consideration for others. The recipient of the 2022 Will Grist Scholarship Award is Woods Windham.
 
The Jackie Messer Rogers Scholarship Award was established in honor of Jackie Messer Rogers by her children – Charles Jack Rogers ’80 and Mary Rogers Guy ’82. It is awarded to the rising senior with the highest cumulative GPA at CCES in grades nine, ten, and eleven through the first semester, with concentration in AP or IB course work. The recipient of the 2022 Jackie Messer Rogers Scholarship Award is Eliza Hoffman.
 
The Roger, Kirk, and Dena Stone Scholarship Award was established in the names of the children of Mr. and Mrs. E. Randolph Stone. It is awarded to the rising senior who has been in attendance at CCES continuously since grade nine and who has achieved the highest combination of evidence based reading and writing and math scores on any SAT taken through the end of the junior year. The recipient of the 2022 Roger, Kirk, and Dena Stone Scholarship Award is Maggie Rogers.
 
Congratulations to all of the award winners at the 2022 Underclassmen Awards Ceremony!
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    • Louise Martin - Katy James Award

    • Betty Frances Thomason - Meghan McManus Award

    • Tucker Hendrix - Connor McManus Award

    • Andy Botkin - Kathy Adamee Award

    • Mac Spear - Kathy Adamee Award

    • Georgia Merchen - Anna Gibbins Young Women's Leadership Award

    • Charlie Woodward - Jones Endowment Faculty Award

    • McCain McBride - Lane Abrams Growth Mindset Award

    • Thomas Clark - Blair Babb Smoak Memorial Award

    • Woods Windham - Will Grist Scholarship Award

    • Eliza Hoffman - Jackie Messer Rogers Scholarship Award

    • Maggie Rogers - Roger, Kirk, and Dena Stone Scholarship Award

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