Upper School Celebrates Closing Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, May 28 the Upper School virtually held their annual Closing Awards Ceremony. The Closing Awards celebrates student achievement in leadership, academics, and athletics. Congratulations to the following student for their outstanding achievements:

Underclassmen Awards for Leadership and Service

The Sandi Richards Service Prize: Casey Goss and Maggie Kline
Awarded by The Student Life Committee of The Shipley School Board of Trustees to an underclassman for character and service.

The Mary Law Starr Prize: Vance Yanney
Awarded to a student in grade nine who has demonstrated leadership, influence and responsibility.
Programmatic Awards

The Leila Peck Horticulture Award: Emma Strawbridge
Awarded to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the Shipley Sprouts. The award is given to the person who has been an enthusiastic participant in all phases of Sprouts: shows, projects, and club time. The prize recognizes willingness to work as well as a conscientious worker.

The Frances Kellett Roberts Prize: Julia Barlow
Established in memory of Frances Kellett Roberts, Class of 1947, and given to the student who earns the most points in the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Junior Scholarship and University Book Awards

Harvard University: Emma Strawbridge
For the outstanding junior: excellence in scholarship and achievement in other fields –school spirit, ability, scholarship, and influence.

Janet Neville: Brooke McCarthy
Given in memory of Janet Neville, brilliant and gifted member of the Class of 1946, to a member of the junior class who, like Janet, has true intellectual promise.

Yale University: Emma Lo
For outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.

University of Pennsylvania: Grant Williams
This award is made to a junior who has established an excellent academic record, shown leadership outside the classroom, and has demonstrated high personal and academic integrity.

Williams College Book Award: Abigail Kanes
To a junior in the top five percent of his or her class who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school.

Wellesley College: Sadie Hornung
Wellesley would like to have the opportunity to honor a female student in the junior class at Shipley whose academic record and character are exceptional and who has also made significant personal contributions to the school and community.

George Washington University: Matt Lasorsa
The George Washington University Award is given to a junior who has demonstrated significant achievement in each of the following areas: civic engagement, service, creativity, and independent thought.

Princeton University: Grace Gao
For outstanding academic achievement and exemplary community service.

Haverford College Award: Sutton Grossinger
The Haverford College Book award recognizes a student whose highly distinguished record of scholarship is shaped by deep curiosity and broad intellectual interests, and who wants to make a difference in the world.

Academic Awards: Scholarship & Departmental Prizes

The Senior Scholarship Prize: Sarah McGrath and Lily Nevo
Given to the student with the second highest overall average for the high school years.

Phi Beta Kappa Prize: Maxwell Orr
Given to that senior who has had the highest average for the high school years.

The Latin Prize: Maxwell Orr
The Latin Department prize is awarded only when a student emerges who exemplifies the philosophy and spirit of the department as a whole, and who has produced scholarly work worthy of the highest praise.

The Modern Language Prizes for French, Mandarin and Spanish are awarded to advanced-level honors students who have consistently demonstrated a love of language, a sensitivity to foreign cultures, a strong work ethic, and have attained a high level of proficiency.
Spanish: Allison Mascio
French: Amelia Lawler
Mandarin: Lily Nevo

The Penelope Julliard '56 Double Language Award: Carolina Riley
This award recognizes a student who is committed to language and cultural studies. This award is for a student who has studied more than one language and consistently demonstrated a passion and talent for the learning of language.

The Shipley Art Department Award: Jordan Rampulla
Given to a Senior who has created a wide body of work across multiple creative modalities. The work represents both breadth and depth of artistic vision and fully engages the wider community in the field of visual arts. The work is reflective of Shipley’s mission to use art as a way of expressing broader issues in the world and demonstrating compassion throughout the process.

Anderson Art Prize: Alyssa Chandler
This prize is awarded to a senior art student whose work exhibits depth of vision and a wide range of technical expertise.The juror takes into account the basic considerations such as presentation, composition, and color. Yet the greatest emphasis is placed on those all-important, and most difficult to achieve intangibles: originality and the development of a compelling and cohesive body of ideas.

The June Avery Snyder Prize: Jon Basralian
Given in memory of June Avery Snyder, Class of 1937, by her husband in honor of what would have been her 50th reunion. The prize is awarded to a student who has shown marked proficiency in creative writing, and who combines with that talent, enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, joy for living, compassion, and the leaven of humor.

The Williams Garthwaite English Award: Sarah McGrath and Ginger Tan
Established in honor of two close friends and members of the Class of 1930, Lee Garthwaite and Mary Luise Williams. It is awarded to the student who best combines analytical thought, originality, and elegance of style in writing with genuine and lively contributions to the intellectual life of the classroom.

The Allegra Woodworth History Prize: Sarah McGrath and Lily Nevo
Named in honor and memory of Allegra Woodworth, esteemed history teacher from 1927 to 1971. This prize is awarded to a student who, in the course of studies in the Upper School has demonstrated scholarly zeal in works of distinction.

The George Wrangham & Margaret Ralph History Research Prize: Matt Lasorsa and Anita Raj
This award was established in 2009 in celebration of the extraordinary impact that Mr. Wrangham and Mrs. Ralph had on their students during their years at Shipley. These teachers possessed incomparable passion for learning and commitment to research. This award is given annually to the sophomore or junior student or students who produce the best research paper or project as judged by members of the history department.

The STEAM Award: Aiden Bailey
The STEAM Department prize recognizes a student who has embraced the ability to create, innovate and implement the iterative design process as well as the ability to inspire others.

The Graham Barrott Computer Science Prize: Nelly Duke
Awarded to a student who by her ability, interest, enthusiasm and curiosity has achieved excellent standards of work and produced superior lab programs throughout the year.

The Catherine Bohlen Interdisciplinary Prize: Addie Straub and Randall Brown
This prize is given in honor of this long-time teacher of history and history of art. It is awarded to the student who demonstrates excellence in Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Charles S. Owen Science Department Prize: Ginger Tan
The Science Department prize recognizes students who have inquiring scientific minds and distinguished academic records in upper level courses in all of the three major scientific disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The Margaret Williams Prize in Mathematics: Aiden Bailey
This award recognizes an outstanding student of mathematics who demonstrates genuine intellectual curiosity and revels in exploring complex problems, making connections, and asking questions that spark rich discourse.

The Daniel M. Caesar Award: Zach Abood-Bieber and Lara Culbertson
This award was established in 1993 in memory of Dan Caesar, Class of 1990, in honor of his ability and love of music. The award is given to a student who has contributed the most to musical performance at Shipley.

The Scammon Jones Music Prize: Eric Rosenbaum
This award is given annually to the student who maintains the highest level of achievement in the study of music theory.

The Performing Arts Prize: Jonathan Kimmel and Sana Bokari
This prize is awarded for excellence in theatrical performance.

Athletic Awards

The Merry Tropp Sportsmanship Award: Carolina Riley and Marco Grimmig
Established in 1996 in loving memory of Merry Tropp, head girls’ varsity squash coach to recognize two senior athletes – one girl and one boy – who best demonstrate the dedication, commitment, and sportsmanship, in practice and play exemplified by Merry as a teacher, coach, athlete and friend.

The Esther Forbes Russell Prize: Maxwell Orr
Given to a senior who has excelled in both academics and athletics, this award was established in 1946 by the father of Esther Forbes Russell to honor her accomplishments as a scholar and athlete at Shipley.

The Richard L. Maack Father’s Association Bowl: Randall Brown
Awarded in honor of Richard L. Maack, Director of Athletics from 1991-1999, and is given to the Shipley male athlete who through sportsmanship, ability, and enthusiasm has contributed the most to Shipley athletics.

The White Blazer Award: Lexi Wotelwicz
Honors the senior girl who has played on two or more varsity teams and through her dedication, enthusiasm and skill best exemplifies Shipley’s top female athletes.

Senior Leadership Prizes

The Alumni Prize: Jerry Karalis
For conduct, spirit, and influence.

The Class of 1944 Bowl: Lindsey Davis
To one of the three upper classes with the highest standard of citizenship, and to the student who is truly representative of the citizenship of the class.

The John J. Serrell Prize: Jordan Ramulla & Sarah Cotteta
Given to a senior whose moral character, selflessness, strength in adversity, and involvement in school life have brought Shipley more fully to its mission by making this a community where all are welcomed and all may succeed.

The Theodore Spencer Award: Isaac Keiser
Given to a senior for character and service.

Havermyer Dobie: Caroline Milgram & Karly Terlevich
For effort, cooperation, spirit and service.

The Worden Prize: Sarah McGrath
The Worden Prize is given annually to a student who is likely to perform to the best of his or her abilities, who participates enthusiastically in the life of the school, and who exhibits both a caring for others and a sensitivity to the needs of humankind.

The Lambert Leadership Award: Ginger Tan
Presented to the Upper School student who best exemplifies a commitment to excellence in all areas of school life and models the leadership, strength, and conviction of the three Lambert sisters, Ali '96, Erica '99, and Jill '03, each of whom served as All School President and helped to make Shipley a better school for Shipley students of today and tomorrow.

The Avery Silverman School Spirit Award: Randall Brown
This award recognizes a member of the senior class whose passion, humor, loyalty and conviction renew our spirits, and whose sincerity, openness and honesty command our respect.

The Thomas W. Nammack Award: Maxwell Orr
Presented in honor of Tom Nammack, who led the Shipley Upper School with warmth, humor and integrity from 1993 - 2005; this award goes to a member of the senior class whose character, leadership, and sense of humor represent those personal traits of Tom Nammack and whose breadth of interests and involvement in academics and co-curricular activities have earned the respect of the community and have improved the quality of life at Shipley.

The Tamara Tirjan Memorial Award: Lily Nevo
Given to a senior who has an outstanding academic record, and who has demonstrated perseverance, maturity, personal warmth, common sense, and quiet leadership by example.

The Anne Garrett Buck Memorial Award: Lexi Wotelwicz
To a senior for academic honors through consistent effort, significant extracurricular contributions, and the warmth and generosity of spirit of Sissy Buck.

Emma Bailey Speer Prize: Declan Buckley
In recognition of tremendous personal growth over the years, to a student who has learned the real meaning of Courage for the Deed, Grace for the Doing. The recipient has high standards, a sense of responsibility, a willingness to work, a concern for others and contagious enthusiasm.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.