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Students receive awards at Class Day ceremony [updated]

The annual Upper School Class Day assembly honors students for achievements in academics, athletics, and the arts. In keeping with tradition, seniors participated in the annual Rose Walk, where they were presented with a rose by JK and kindergarten students.
The Class Day awards are listed below:

The Phi Beta Kappa award is given to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding
academic achievement. This year’s recipient is Lucy Chandler.

The Susan McElwain Memorial Award award is given to the senior boy or girl who is outstanding in character, scholarship, sportsmanship, and athletics. This year’s recipient is Mary Mason Spears.

The James Pitman Sams Jr. Award is given to the senior girl or boy who has demonstrated in every capacity the high ideals of academics, sportsmanship, and citizenship and the outstanding qualities of character, leadership, and personality exemplified by this beloved alumnus. This year’s recipient is Ben Clift.

The Science and Math Award award is chosen by the science and math departments and is given to one or more seniors in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, good character, and superior intellectual promise in the fields of science and math. This year’s recipient is Raina Mahajan.

The Dorothy O’Brien Award award is given to the senior who best represents the qualities that Dorothy Caukin O’Brien fostered in her students by her own example: dedication to Kentucky Country Day School, honesty, respect for others, appreciation for work well done, and humor that restores. This year’s recipient is Lizzie Papalia.

The Ben Tallmadge Jennings Award celebrates and recognizes a senior who is a well-rounded individual and who, through his or her own individual achievement and contributions to Kentucky Country Day, has demonstrated integrity, honor, humor, and above all, a concern for his or her fellow classmates. This year’s recipient is Mason Touma.

The Bill Beam Jr. ’76 Senior Athlete of the Year Award award recognizes outstanding contributions in the area of athletics. This year’s recipients are Jalen Todd and Mary Mason Spears.

The Brown University Book Award is chosen by The English department to honor the junior who best combines academic excellence with clarity in written and spoken expression. The recipient this year is Graesyn Heimer & Bryce Wunderlich.

The Dartmouth Award is given to a member of the junior class “who ranks in the top 10% of the class, demonstrates strong character, has made a positive contribution to the school community, excels in at least one non-academic area, and is a candidate for entrance to a competitive college or university. The recipient this year is Emma Vonder Haar.

The Notre Dame Award is presented to a junior boy or girl in the top 10% of the class who has demonstrated social and intellectual leadership qualities and made a positive contribution to the extracurricular life of the school. This year’s recipient is Laura Bache.

The Smith Award is presented to the junior “with significant academic potential and a commitment to making a difference in their communities.” The recipient is Usma Sajid.

The University of Louisville Award is presented to a junior in the “top 20% of the junior class, and who shows academic promise as determined by the junior faculty. This should not be limited to GPA, but also include factors such as intellectual curiosity and contributions to school and community.” This year’s recipient is Alexandra Fogarty.

The University of Pennsylvania Book Award “recognizes outstanding students whose individual accomplishments embody the University’s highest ideals of scholarship, service, future professional development, and civic contribution.” This year’s recipient is Sem Ferid.

The University of the South ‘Sewanee’ Award is presented to a junior who has “a GPA of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale in a college preparatory curriculum. The recipient should be in the top 20% of the class and have demonstrated leadership in the school community. This year’s recipient is Erin Tabler.

The University of Virginia Award is presented to the junior “who embraces creativity and innovation and embodies the spirit of discovery. The student is a demonstrated leader who works to improve his or her community locally or globally.” This year’s recipient is Meena Rao.

The Yale University Award is presented to a junior who exhibits “outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.” This year’s recipient is Sandhya Lohano.

The University of Michigan Award is presented to an “outstanding member of the junior class from the standpoint of character, scholarship, leadership and involvement.” This year’s recipient is Abbie Grogan.

The Rensselaer Award, chosen by the math and science departments, is presented to the outstanding junior “who is ranked in the top 10% of the class; who excels in advanced math and science courses; who demonstrates potential for success in a challenging academic setting; and who exhibits significant involvement in extracurricular activities. This year’s recipient is Sandhya Lohano.

The Harvard Award is presented to the member of the junior class “who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievements in other fields.” This year’s recipient is Graesyn Heimer.

The Dabney Family Scholarship recognizes a senior who has demonstrated leadership, academic potential, and a high level of involvement in extracurricular and community service activities. This year’s recipient is Marita Gonzalez.

The Jamie Parsley Memorial Scholarship supports students in their pursuit of academic excellence outside of KCD’s regular academic program. Grants may be applied to offset costs for any academic enrichment course of study. This year’s recipients are Katie Vonder Haar & Peter Zhang .

The Frank Houston Miles Science Award recognizes both ability in and devotion to the field of science. This was created by Mr. Miles, in memory of his son and former KCD student, Frank Houston Miles. This year’s recipient is Sandhya Lohano.

The Nancy Bowling Prize in Expository Writing is chosen by the English department and is given to the senior who shows the most talent and interest in this form of prose. This year’s recipient is Youssef Saad.

The Marguerite McLaughlin Certificate is given for outstanding service in scholastic yearbook production, good citizenship, and high scholarship. This year’s recipient is Nicole Wei.

The Amelia Moody Music Award is presented to the junior or senior who has been deemed an outstanding contributor to the Upper School Chorus. This year’s recipient is Laura Bache.

The Julie and Lorraine Short Memorial Award is chosen by the English and Fine Arts Departments and is given to two outstanding juniors or seniors in the areas of creative writing and creative art. This year’s recipients are Morgan Boakye and Aryan Chibber.

The Wade H. Brown Jr. Award is presented to the sophomore boy and girl who embody the qualities of this esteemed educator: high academic scores, devotion to KCD through a wide variety of school involvement, and an innate integrity and irrepressible wit. This year’s recipients are Daniel Bronfman and Emaan Sayied.

The Charles Hunter Dishman Award is given to that boy in the freshman class who is outstanding in achievement and in assuming responsibility in the various activities of the school. This year’s recipient is Adam Hetman.

The Faculty Award is given to that girl in the freshman class who is outstanding in achievement and in assuming responsibility in the various activities of the school. This year’s recipient is Jane Hochman.

The Caementum Award is presented annually to the students, one male and one female in each grade, whose actions and attitudes have enhanced the cohesiveness of their classes thereby earning the respect and affection of their teachers and classmates. The recipients this year as nominated by their classes and chosen by the faculty are:

  • Ninth Grade: Sekayi Charasika & Minhal Nazeer
  • Tenth Grade: Ben Greenberg & Megan Delande
  • Eleventh Grade: Sem Ferid & Kate Whiting
  • Twelfth Grade: Youssef Saad & Lizzie Papalia
Each year, KCD’s troupe #1065 of the International Thespian Society, an honorary society for high school students interested in Theater Arts, recognizes the outstanding students of the troupe with selected awards.

  • This year’s Best Thespian Award recipient is Mason Touma
  • This year’s Most Improved Thespian Award recipient is Roderick Purdy
  • This year’s Best Technical Support Award recipient is Riley Lewis

The Chorale award is presented to the outstanding student in Chorale. This year’s recipient is Jillian Tabler.

The Select Choir award is presented to the outstanding student in Select Choir. This year’s recipient is Heather Colman.

The Ken Wall Award goes to the senior judged by the faculty of the social studies department as its most outstanding student. The winner also receives a cash award to assist them with their first year’s college tuition. This year’s recipient is Mary Mason Spears.

This year’s recipient of the Coach of the Year Award is Bobby Copley.

The Course Awards are given to students for outstanding performance in each department. The winners are listed below. 

Computer Science
  • Software Development Studio - Ayaan Jabbar
  • AP Computer Science A - Lizzie Papalia
  • AP Computer Science Principles - Aidan Yerasimides

  • Advanced English 9: Jillian Tabler
  • Advanced English 10: Lily Ladson
  • AP English 11: Alexandra Fogarty 
  • AP English 12: Sam Berman 

Fine Arts
  • AP Art History: Amanda Williams
  • Orchestra: Monica Mahoney
  • Advanced Orchestra: Natalie Hayden
  • Studio Art, 2-D: Olivia Hall
  • Chorale - Jillian Tabler
  • Select Choir - Heather Colman
  • Ceramics- Hadey Chaker

  • Algebra I: Caroline Hutchins
  • Advanced Geometry: Minhal Nazeer
  • Advanced Algebra 2: Ryan Schuering 
  • Adv. Precalculus: Molly Shapira
  • Calculus: Sam Berman
  • AP Calculus AB: Lizzie Papalia
  • AP Calculus BC: Nicole Wei
  • AP Statistics: Sam Berman

  • AP Chemistry: Amani Ikram 
  • Adv. Chemistry- Daniel Bronfman
  • AP Biology - Usma Sajid
  • Adv. Biology - Emaan Sayied
  • AP Physics - Seth Hatton
  • Physics I Advanced - Ryan Schuering
  • Physics I- Elly Girdler

Social Studies
  • World History: Jane Hochman
  • Government/Economics:  Will Liggett
  • AP Government/Politics: Daniel Bronfman
  • US History: Allie Dreher
  • AP US History: Emma VonderHaar
  • PsychologySiona Chibber
  • AP Psychology: Seth Hatton 

World Language
  • AP French: Morgan Boakye
  • Adv French IV: Ensley Ogden
  • French III:  Maryam Malik
  • French II:  Violeta Higuera
  • French I: Liana Renard
  • Spanish I: Harrison Callahan
  • Spanish III: Ethan Hawes
  • Spanish II: Minhal Nazeer
  • Spanish IV:  Sandhya Lohano
  • AP Spanish: Sanniya Kahn
  • Latin II: Katie Coulter
  • Latin III: Megan Delande
  • Adv Latin IV: Emma Coulter
  • Latin AP: Emily Rawson

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