The following awards were presented during the Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Recognition of Newly-Inducted Cum Laude Society Members
Just prior to graduation, the seniors listed below were inducted into the Cum Laude society. The purpose of the society is to encourage and recognize scholarship, and so the Greek words, “Arete” “Dike,” and “Time,” which mean “excellence,” “justice,” and “honor” were chosen for the motto of the society. Since the founding of the local chapter in January, 1956, membership in the Cum Laude society has been considered one of the most esteemed achievements of a student’s career at Cushing Academy.
Nicole Gabrielle Besen
Kevin Yu-An Chen
Emma Bernett Chin Lin
Tiantian Taylor Huang
Yun Ju Jung
Erik Robert Waldemar Ryde
Patrick Stephane Tawil
Qingjie Bob Zeng
The "Bennie E. Butler Prize" is given by Mr. Irving K. Butler, class of 1922, in memory of his brother, Bennie E. Butler, and is awarded to that freshman who has achieved excellence in English. This year’s prize is given to Emma Vorfeld.
The “Herbert E. Nims 1893 Prize” -- Herbert E. Nims, graduate of 1893, was head of the English Department from 1902 to 1934. The Alumni Association awards this prize each year to that sophomore who has excelled in English. This prize is presented to Jessica Kinsley.
The “Brown Book Award” – The Associated Alumni of Brown University have established the Brown Book Award to be given annually to a number of junior-year students throughout the nation who best combine a high degree of ability in English expression, both written and spoken, with outstanding personal qualities. This year the award is given to two students: Kylie Caouette and Julie Donnenfeld.
The “Jane Coy Derr 1896 prize” -- Jane Coy Derr established a prize fund for the purpose of recognizing that member of the junior class who has shown excellence in the study of English. The prize goes this year to Minh Hoang Tony Vien.
The “Ellen E. Osgood Prize” is awarded for excellence in senior English. This year the prize is presented to Emma Chin Lin.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM
The “Robert G. Hall 1930 and Eleanor Thurston Hall 1930 Language Development Prize” is awarded to a student who has shown significant achievement in the Academic Support Program. This year the prize is given to two students: Madeline Battel-Catlin and Sarah Berkowitz.
The “Emily Fisher Landau Language Development Prize” is presented yearly to a senior for significant academic achievement in the Academic Support Program. The name of the recipient will be engraved at the base of a silver bowl that will be on permanent display in Cushing’s Main Building. This year the prize is given to two students: Natalie Hillman and Ethan Leff.
CLASSICAL AND MODERN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT
The “Helen Greenwood Prize” is for that student in Spanish who has attained the greatest level of overall competence during the academic year. This year the prize is given to Amanda Wood.
The “Ellen Osgood Award” is awarded for excellence in the study of French. This year the award is presented to Laura O’Neill.
The “Robert B. Taylor Spanish Prize” is awarded to that senior who has excelled in the study of Spanish. This prize is presented to Erik Ryde.
The “Marguerite Sawyer French Prize” is awarded to that student in French who has attained the greatest level of overall competence in both literature and language. The recipient of this award is Hannah Duckeck.
The “Margaret Spencer Marble 1915 Prize” is presented to that student who has excelled and has demonstrated the greatest overall competence in Latin, Spanish, French or Chinese. This year the prize is given for Chinese and goes to Kayla Sargent.
The "Classical and Modern Languages Department Prize" is awarded to that student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of advanced intermediate Latin. This year the recipient of the prize is Olivia Greene.
The “Eli D. Goodstein Prize” is awarded to that student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of advanced Latin. The recipient of this prize is Zachary Sowerby.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT
“English as a Second Language Department Prizes” are awarded to one student in each ESL level who has achieved academic excellence, exhibited exceptional kindness and compassion for others, and has consistently demonstrated a desire to go well beyond the parameters of class assignments.
* The recipient of the Beginning Intermediate English as a Second Language Award is Chiara Pfosi.
* The recipient of the Advanced Intermediate English as a Second Language Award is given to Michele Bercellesi.
* The recipient of the Advanced English as a Second Language Award is given to Chau Bui.
The “Thamnoon Wanglee English as a Second Language Prize” for excellence in Advanced English as a Second Language is awarded annually to a senior international student who has attained the highest overall average and who has taken an Advanced English as a Second Language course at Cushing Academy. This year the recipient is Danni Wang.
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
The “David C. Lee History Prize” is awarded to that sophomore who has excelled in social science and history. This prize goes to: Mikaela Mutchler.
The “Jeanette Farwell Lamson 1931 History Award” is presented to that student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of history. This year the award goes to Minh Hoang Tony Vien.
The “Frank Prentice Rand 1908 History Prize" is presented to a student for outstanding performance in history. This year the prize goes to Qingjie Bob Zeng.
The “Robert C. Hall History Prize” is awarded to that freshman who has excelled in social science and history. This year the prize is given to two students: Shihua Angelina Pei and Emma Vorfeld.
"Paul J. Heslin Plane Geometry Award" –- Paul J. Heslin was a member of the Cushing faculty from 1929 through 1971. While he is best known as a coach and Director of Athletics, Mr. Heslin was also a well-respected teacher of geometry. This award is given to that student who has excelled in geometry and this year is given to Emily Martin.
The “Delmar Wallace Algebra I Award” is given in tribute to Mr. Delmar Wallace’s contribution to Cushing Academy as chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1967 until 1977 and recognizes outstanding achievement in algebra I. The recipient of this award is Kevin Fay.
“Henry E. Hunt Algebra II Award” --during his tenure at Cushing Academy from 1943 through 1967, Henry E. Hunt served as a mathematics teacher and as Chairman of the Mathematics Department. The “Henry E. Hunt Algebra II Award” is given to that student who has achieved excellence in algebra II. This year the award is given to Vijuan Rachel Zhu.
The “Fred D. Lane 1908 Prize” is given in tribute to Fred D. Lane for his dedication to Cushing Academy as a teacher of mathematics and German for 50 years. The prize is given to the student who has excelled in mathematics and this year, is presented to Jiazhong Frank Mei.
The “Catherine Mary Kenney Butler Advanced Mathematics Award” is presented to that student who has maintained an outstanding record of achievement in advanced mathematics. This year the award is given to Danni Wang.
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute annually awards a science and mathematics prize given to that junior who has excelled in these two fields. This year’s recipient is Minh Hoang Tony Vien.
The “Science Department Biology Prize” is awarded to that freshman and sophomore student excelling in the study of biology. The freshman receiving this prize is Emma Vorfeld, and the sophomore receiving the "Science Department Biology Prize" is Jessica Kinsley.
The “Cora Gilbert Lane 1885 Physics Prize” is awarded to that student who has excelled in the study of physics. This year the prize is given to Zhenyuan Yuan.
The “Arthur G. Johanningsmeier Biology Award" is in honor of Arthur Johanningsmeier, who taught science at Cushing Academy for twenty-six years. The award is given for excellence in the study of biological sciences and is given this year to Danni Wang.
The “L. Clyde Cook Chemistry Award” for excellence in the study of chemistry is given this year to Kwonil Ko.
The “Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award” is presented annually to a junior who has excelled in all phases of science during his or her school years. This year’s recipient is Jiazhong Frank Mei.
The “Robert Alexander Blauner 1995 Technology Prize” is awarded to that student who has demonstrated outstanding skills in the study and pursuit of technology. This year the prize goes to Jiazhong Frank Mei.
The “Nancy Jean Cook Memorial Award” is presented yearly to that freshman girl who has exhibited fine citizenship, academic and athletic success, and in the opinion of the faculty has met the high standards set by Nancy. This year the recipient of this award is Emily Martin.
The “Wayne F. Sanborn Award” was established on October 22, 2011 and honors the career of teacher, coach, mentor, and administrator Wayne F. Sanborn, who was a member of the Cushing Academy community for 37 years, from 1974 to 2011. This award is presented annually to a male and female from the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior class who have competed in three seasons of athletics. The Wayne F. Sanborn award is awarded by vote of the faculty to those student-athletes who best demonstrate leadership, sportsmanship, and scholarship, and who uphold the highest standards of integrity and character both on and off the field.
* This year the freshmen recipients are:
Olivia Blossom Truel and Zachary Banks;
* the sophomore recipients are:
Mackenzie Burke and Scott Harlin;
* the junior recipients are:
Emma Tufts and Joel Daccord;
* the senior recipients are:
Dovey Foote and Jonathan Bianchi
The “Edward G. Watkins 1956 Scholar Athlete Award” is presented to a senior girl and a senior boy for outstanding achievement in both academics and athletics. The award is presented annually and the names of the recipients will be placed on a plaque that will be on permanent display in the Heslin Gymnasium. The recipients this year are Stephanie Martin and Kyu Sang Han.
The “Rosabelle Temple Prize” is awarded to that student who has made outstanding contributions to music at the Academy. This year the prize is given to Kyu Sang Han.
The "Mona Irvine Rice Dance Award" goes to a student in the Cushing Dance Program that possesses the rare blend of excellence in technical skill as well as a passion and gift for choreography. This award is given to Mikaela Mutchler.
PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT & MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The "Mary Graham Fern Award" honors a student who has shown effort, dedication, and successful exploration of the creative process in a variety of disciplines. This student displays the spirit, values and quality of commitment toward making the performing arts an integral part of the Cushing experience as Mary Fern did so successfully during her presence as a faculty member at Cushing from 1967 - 1992. This year the award goes to Ethan Leff.
VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT
The “Deborah Rhoten 1990 Award” is presented to that student who has displayed excellence in the art of metalsmithing. This year the prize is awarded to Clayton Sandage.
The “Rhode Island School of Art and Design Prize” is presented annually to that student who has displayed excellence in the art of portfolio. This year the award is given to Amelia Schneider.
The “Visual Arts Department Award” is presented to that student who has shown excellence in the art of photography. This year the award is given to two students: Keeley Frost and Stephanie Martin.
The “Marion Huse Barstow 1915 Art Prize” is presented to that student who has shown the greatest achievement and industry in artwork. This year the recipient is Young Ah Kim.
The “Jeanette Powell Curry Visual Arts Department Award” is presented to that student for showing outstanding works of art in pottery and is given this year to Seungyong Sean Kim.
TOP ACADEMIC AWARDS
The "Herbert Hwa-Sen Chen 1960 Prize" is awarded to the four-year student who has excelled academically and has made an outstanding contribution to Cushing Academy. The recipient of this prize is Seungyong Sean Kim.
The Heslin Family Prize honors longtime, beloved faculty members Paul and Penny Heslin, as well as their daughter, Paula Heslin Nelson, class of 1953. This prize is awarded annually to a junior class day student who has exhibited an extraordinarily high level of curiosity and an exceptional enthusiasm for learning. The student who has earned this prize is Olivia dei Dolori.
The “Elmira College Key Award”, which is given to that junior who has achieved academic excellence and who has additionally demonstrated outstanding school and community leadership, is awarded this year to Hiu Tik Haidee Chu.
The “Class of 1888 Prize” is drawn from a fund established by the members of the class and makes possible an award to that member of the current freshman class who has achieved the highest academic average in all subjects. This year the recipient is Emma Vorfeld.
The “Raymond E. Farwell Class of 1896 Prize” is given in memory of Mr. Farwell, who was a longtime Trustee and an early benefactor of this great academy. It is awarded to that sophomore who has achieved the highest academic average. This year the recipient is Mackenzie Burke.
The “Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award” is given to that junior who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the humanities and social sciences. This year’s recipient is Kayla Sargent.
The “Harvard Prize Book Award” is sponsored by Harvard University and the Harvard Club of Boston. It is awarded to that boy or girl in the junior class who has shown, throughout his or her school life, exceptional scholarship, character, and the fore-most leadership. the recipient of the “Harvard Prize Book Award” this year is Kayla Sargent.
The "Joseph R. Curry Book Prize" is given to that boy or girl in the junior class who exemplifies the qualities of scholarship, leadership and achievement, has excellent character, and is active in school and community activities. A duplicate of this prize is being placed in the Fisher-Watkins Library in honor of the recipient. This year, the prize is presented to Jiayue Savannah Zhong.
The “Telegram and Gazette Student Achiever Award” is awarded to that senior who most clearly embodies Cushing Academy’s goals for achievement in scholarship, as well as citizenship. This year the award is presented to Stephanie Martin.
The “Mildred Dunn Beebe 1936 and Clifford Beebe Prize” goes to that senior day student who has taken best advantage of Cushing’s academic and leadership opportunities. This year the prize goes to Jordan Comeau.
The “Richard B. Dunn 1931 Prize”, himself a one-year senior, served with distinction as a member of the Board of Trustees for twenty-four years and as President for fourteen years. The prize is awarded to that one-year senior or post-graduate who has maintained the highest cumulative grade-point average during the year just ended. The “Richard B. Dunn 1931 Prize” is given this year to Valerie Otti.
The “Vincent V.R. Booth (Class of) 1923 Awards” are given each year to students who, in the judgment of the headmaster and the faculty, have done a tremendous amount for this academy and deserve special recognition. We congratulate the following seniors for the personal growth that they have exhibited as well as their contributions to the life of this wonderful community:
Cheng-an Andy Chang
Ka Yan Mimi To
“Reitman Teacher of the Year Award" -- This award was established by the Reitman family in 1976, to honor that teacher who, in the estimation of the students and the faculty of Cushing Academy, has achieved distinction as a faculty member. This award represents the highest honor that a faculty member can receive as a part of the Cushing community. This year’s Reitman Teacher of the Year Award goes to Mr. Mark Burke.
Some of the awards were given in the form of Kiva Cards. Kiva is a non-profit organization that connects lenders to borrowers around the world who are seeking business loans to lift them out of poverty. Our students will have the opportunity to choose the loan project that they wish to fund. Then, as they are repaid, they can repeat the process again and again. In awarding Kiva Cards, we continue to encourage students to make a difference – to be the change they want to see in the world.
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