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Students receive awards at Class Day ceremony

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 kindergarten students.

The Class Day awards are listed below:

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 Eddy Zhong.

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 Maddie Touma.

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 Jake Latts.

The Princeton Award is presented the member of the junior class who displays “intellectual promise and academic excellence; exemplary service or extracurricular activities; and outstanding personal character.” This year’s recipient is Lauren Rawson.

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 Rachel Bradley.

The University of Kentucky Award is presented to the junior “who has excelled in both academics and extracurriculars and who has demonstrated leadership in both areas. Some criteria to consider are: GPA, test scores, strength of academic schedule, leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities.” This year’s recipient is Will Tway.

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 Kyra Anderson.

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 Heeba Nazeer.

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 Eloise McCarthy.

The Washington & Lee Award is presented to the junior who in the minds of the faculty exhibits “academic excellence, personal integrity and strength of character, participation in extracurricular activities and leadership.” This year’s recipient is Tommy Halbleib.

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 Grace Bagga.

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

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 Arika Dwivedi.

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 Lauren Rawson.

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 Eddy Zhong.

The Phi Beta Kappa Award is presented to the senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. This year’s recipient is Ashton Robinson.

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 Anna Balbach.

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 Judith Topham and Ford Liby.

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 Sharika Singh.

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 Robert Thomas.

The Fine Arts Guild Scholarships are awarded to students in grades 5–12 who are participating in accredited summer programs in the arts. This year’s recipients are Mitchel Green, Katie Ensor, Molly Ensor, Marita Gonzalez, and Bella Kern.

Each year the city of Louisville recognizes outstanding seniors in the region. The Outstanding Senior Award goes to a student from the senior class who has, in the opinion of the faculty, been successful in meeting exceptional challenges and has been a vital member of the community. This year’s recipient is Caden Schuessler.

Each year the Louisville Rotary Club recognizes outstanding seniors in the region. Each school is asked to choose a student with average or above average academic standing, dedication to service, working behind the scenes, helping others to shine, but seldom if ever receives recognition. The Unsung Hero Award goes to Heba Kourahbi.

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 Jake Latts.

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 Lilah Kahloon (creative writing) and Sanjana Alankar (creative art).

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 Zahra Khan and Thomas Fogarty.

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 Jalen Todd.

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 Emily Rawson.

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: Ensley Ogden and Tony Chen
  • Tenth Grade: Erin Gillis and Liam Gallagher
  • Eleventh Grade: Grace Bagga and Heath Scharf
  • Twelfth Grade: Grace Lau and Wilder Brice
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 John Jay
  • This year’s Most Improved Thespian Award recipient is Rachel Bradley
  • This year’s Best Technical Support Award recipient is Nathan Zabloudil
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 Shanzeh Sayied.

The Bill Beam Jr. ’76 Senior Athlete of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the area of athletics. This year’s recipients are Lilly Papalia and Josh Lifson.

This year’s recipient of the Coach of the Year Award is Matt Jones.
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