Shipley’s Upper School held its annual Closing Awards Ceremony virtually on Thursday, May 27. Congratulations to the following Upper School students:
Underclassmen Awards for Leadership & Service
The Sandi Richards Service Prize: Sage Adelman
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: Omoy Miller
Awarded to a student in grade nine who has demonstrated leadership, influence, and responsibility.
The Elizabeth Warrick Curtis Award: Aisha Ali
This award has been established by Kathleen Guy Dawson, class of 1978, and is given in honor of Elizabeth “Betty” Warrick who entered Shipley as one of the first African American students at Shipley in 1964 and became the first African American to graduate from Shipley in 1965.
This award is given annually to an Upper School student whose exemplary leadership and achievements contributed to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture by making a difference and leaving a significant impact on others within the Shipley community. This student will have consistently demonstrated their commitment to respecting and honoring differences through courage and grace, while encouraging and supporting everyone to flourish and thrive.
Junior Scholarship and University Book Awards:
Harvard University: Griffin Chulik
For the outstanding junior: excellence in scholarship and achievement in other fields –school spirit, ability, scholarship, and influence.
Yale University: Alex Qian and Ella Nevo
For outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.
Janet Neville: Jon Basralian
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.
Wellesley College: Peyton Turner
For 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.
Princeton University: Emily Scolnick
For outstanding academic achievement and exemplary community service.
University of Pennsylvania: Alexander Orr
This award is given 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: Madeline Day
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.
The Leila Peck Horticulture Award: Wyatt Strawbridge and Scarlett McDonnell
The Leila Peck Horticulture Award is 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 Senior Scholarship Prize (Senior Prize): Grace Gao and Grant Williams
Given to the student with the second-highest overall average for the high school years.
This year we have a tie.
Phi Beta Kappa Prize (Senior Prize): Emma Strawbridge
Given to that senior who has had the highest average for the high school years.
The David Rich Latin Award: Abigail Kanes and Sutton Grossinger
The David Rich Latin Award is given in honor of the career of David Rich, Latin teacher at Shipley for 31 years. The award is given to the student who best exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of David’s pedagogy, which combined the highest standards for academic achievement with a deep appreciation for the beauty and emotion of Latin literature.
The Modern Language Prizes for French, Mandarin and Spanish
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.
Sebastian Fras for French
Grant Williams and Grace Gao for Spanish
Janine Malseed for Mandarin
The Penelope Julliard '56 Double Language Award: Brooke McCarthy
The Penelope Julliard '56 Double Language 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.
Anderson Art Prize: Arina Shengyi Zhu and Lydia Frorer
The recipient of The Anderson Prize is chosen by an outside juror. 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: Tanner Kelton
The June Avery Snyder Prize is 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: Emma Strawbridge and Arina Shengyi Zhu
The Williams Garthwaite English Award was 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: Matt Lasorsa
This award is 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: Emily Scolnick
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. Mr. Wrangham and Mrs. Ralph possessed incomparable passion for learning and commitment to the 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 Daniel M. Caesar Award: Emma Lo
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: Sophia Fei Mo
This award is given annually to the student who maintains the highest level of achievement in the study of music theory.
The Charles S. Owen Science Department Prize: Emma Strawbridge
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: Grace Gao
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 Graham Barrott Computer Science Prize: Joshua Brown
Awarded to a student who by his ability, interest, enthusiasm and curiosity has achieved excellent standards of work and produced superior lab programs throughout the year.
Technology Service Award: Joshua Brown
This award is presented to the senior who has contributed to the Shipley community (students and faculty alike) through his or her work with technology and specifically at the Help Desk.
The STEAM Award: Bailey Richardson
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 Catherine Bohlen Interdisciplinary Award: Niam Shah
The Catherine Bohlen Interdisciplinary Award 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 Performing Arts Prize: Abigail Kanes
This prize is awarded for excellence in theatrical performance.
The Merry Tropp Sportsmanship Award: Sanaa Redmond and Garett Kelly
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: Grant Williams & Olivia Joseph
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 ’36 to honor her accomplishments as a scholar and athlete at Shipley.
The Richard L. Maack Father’s Association Bowl: TJ McCabe
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: Abby Aughe and Katie Bergen
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: Grant Williams
For conduct, spirit, and influence.
Havermyer Dobie Award: Libby Ronon
For effort, cooperation, spirit, and service.
The Class of 1944 Bowl: Tommy Dee
To a student in 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 Theodore Spencer Award: Casey Goss
Given to a senior for character and service.
The Avery Silverman School Spirit Award: Xavier Griffin
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: Arina Zhu and Niam Shah
Presented in honor of Tom Nammack, who led the Shipley Upper School with warmth, humor and integrity from 1993 - 2005; it is awarded annually 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 for students and faculty at Shipley.
The Lambert Leadership Award: Sutton Grossinger
This award is given annually 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 Worden Prize: Grace Gao
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.
Emma Bailey Speer Prize: Julia Barlow
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 John J. Serrell Prize: Sanaa Redmond
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 Tamara Tirjan Memorial Award: Emma Strawbridge
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: Sadie Hornung
To a senior for academic honors through consistent effort, significant extracurricular contributions, and the warmth and generosity of spirit of Sissy Buck.