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June 1, 2023

Academic and School Awards

On Saturday, June 3, graduating students received academic and School awards during a special afternoon ceremony. Ferguson Scholarships were awarded to a Fourth Form and Fifth Form recipient in the same ceremony.

The Howe Music Prize
to the student who shows the greatest interest and activity in music:

Sean Woosung Jang

The McLeod Prize
to the students who have contributed the most to the dance program through talent, dedication, enthusiasm and spirit:

Lucy Spencer Mason

The James Appleton Thayer Award
to the student whose interests and efforts have contributed most in the activities of the theater program:

Elizabeth Anne Ramos

The Ellsworth Greenley Prize
for excellence in any form of artistic work:

William Cooper Mao

The Ambassador Crowe Prize for Foreign Affairs
Presented by Mr. Philip K. Crowe of the Form of 1928 and formerly American Ambassador to Ceylon, the Union of South Africa, Norway and Denmark, this prize is awarded for the best performance in a Political Science course to:

Lucy Spencer Mason

The Prize Presented by the Sixth Form of 1873
awarded for the best performance in an English course to:

Nicholas William Fink

The Keep Prize
Endowed by Mrs. Albert Keep in memory of her grandson, Albert Keep II of the Form of 1867, the Keep Prize is awarded for the best performance in a History course.

Xiaoyu “Sarah” Hu

The Charles Halsey Clark Award
in honor of the ninth Rector of St. Paul’s School, recognizing demonstrated interest in and appreciation for Chinese language or culture is awarded jointly to:

Matthew John Grady

The Charles and Benjamin Cheney Goodwin Prize
for excellence in Classics:

Xiaoyu “Sarah” Hu

The Malbone French Prize
for the highest rank in French as determined by marks for recitations and examinations:

Ella Victoria Richards

The Spanhoofd Prize
for the highest rank in German, as determined by marks for recitations and examinations:

Baurice Christo Kovatchev

The Ambassador Duke Spanish Prize
for the highest rank in Spanish as determined by marks for recitations and examinations:

William Cooper Mao

The John Hargate Medal
to the student who attains the highest rank in Mathematics:

Alexandria Marie Green

The Vanderpoel Prize in the Natural Sciences
to the student with the most distinguished record in science:

Alexandria Marie Green

Ferguson Scholarships
are the School’s most distinguished prizes for its scholars. Fourth and Fifth Form students are nominated by the faculty, based on high academic achievement. Each finalist submitted an essay to, and completed an interview with, the Ferguson Committee. The winners of the Ferguson Scholarships this year are:

Allison Yang Hu ‘25, Anqi Hu ‘24

The Charles S. Knox Memorial Cup
to the student of the graduating Form who has attained the greatest distinction in scholarship during his or her years at St. Paul’s School:

Xiaoyu “Sarah” Hu

The following students were recognized with School Awards.

The Schlager Prize for Valor
to the student who, during his or her years at the School, has exhibited courage, strength of character and a determination to succeed:

Bryce Patrick Terry

The George W. Chase Award
established in 1997 for cheerful, thoughtful, enthusiastic and selfless inspiration to others in the house:

Ishan Gichohi

The Clifford J. Gillespie Medal
established in 1997 for the qualities of honesty, integrity and an eagerness to undertake the tasks, great and small, that make the School a better place:

William Cooper Mao

The Reverend Dr. Everett P. Smith Prize
to the student who has contributed conspicuously to the morale and well-being of the School, its students or the community:

Katherine Alexis Taylor

The Benjamin Rush Toland Prize
to the Sixth Former who best combines the qualities of intellectual achievement, athletic ability and a gallant spirit:

Anne Margaret Bermingham

The Rector’s Awards
awarded to graduating Sixth Formers who, through selfless devotion to School activities, have enhanced our lives and improved the community shared by all at St. Paul’s School:

Cooper Alexander Bailey, Teaghan Breheny Casey, Catherine Alexa Esteves, Elizabeth Ayana Esteves, Matthew John Grady, Xiaoyu Hu, Alexander Ridder Morton, Skyler Ann Sharfman, Christopher Yijie Shia, and Tianzhi Yang

Rector’s Medal
awarded to a graduating Sixth Former who deserves special recognition for service to the School, is awarded this year to:

Elizabeth Rose Diamond

The School Medal
for excellence in the performance of School duties:

Natalie Ahrens Thayer


The President’s Medal
The President’s Medal is awarded to the president of the Sixth Form in recognition of the excellence exhibited during the year in office and as an acknowledgment of the extraordinary responsibility this position holds. (Awarded during Graduation on Sunday, June 4.)

Natalie Ahrens Thayer

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On Tuesday, May 30, SPS students from all forms were recognized in a special Awards Chapel that celebrated their scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments, talents and service to the greater good.

School Awards

The Horae Editors Medal
Presented to editors of the School literary publication, Horae Scholasticae, for their sustained and highly efficient work.

Olivia Connolly ‘23, Tianyuan “Scott” Jiao ‘23

The Pelican Medal
Established by James W. Kinnear III of the Form of 1946, cofounder and first editor-in-chief of The Pelican, these medals are awarded to the individuals who have contributed the most to the successful development of The Pelican.

Madison Rosato ‘23, Ashley Zhou ‘23

The Abidoye Family Debate Prize
Established by the Abidoye family, this prize is awarded to the students who have contributed the most to the debate program in terms of effort, ability and leadership.

Sharon Lo ‘23, Devin McDonald ‘23, Christopher Shia ‘23

The Maybank Prize for Fine Arts and Architecture
Given in memory of Joseph Maybank III of the Form of 1949 by his sons Joseph Maybank IV of the Form of 1980, Bayard Randolph Maybank of the Form of 1982 and Alexander Haddon Ferguson Maybank of the Form of 1984, the prize is awarded to an exceptional student whose interest and talent in art or architecture would benefit from travel abroad following their Fifth Form year.

Amelia Makara ‘24 

The Margaret Wood Schlich Prize
Established by Mr. And Mrs. Wilfred Kurth, this prize is awarded annually to the author of the best one-act play.

Robert Gao ‘23

The Giles Prize
In honor of Paul Trafton Giles, director of the band for 14 years, this prize was given by his family and friends and the band of 1977. It is awarded to the students who have most closely followed the example set by Giles in spirit, leadership, musicianship and dedication to the St. Paul’s School Music Program, as performers in the wind, brass or percussion section.

Grace Wang ‘23

The Nancy and George R. Smith Prize for Orchestra
This prize was established in 1998 in loving memory of George Rockwell Smith of the Form of 1931 and his wife, Nancy, by his family, formmates, students, and members of the SPS faculty. George Smith spent 48 years at St. Paul’s School, first as a student and then as master, coach, head of the Lower School, and head of the Mathematics Division. It is awarded for the highest degree of leadership, dedication, and achievement in the Chamber Orchestra.

Christopher Shia ‘23

The Sprague Chorus Prize
The Sprague Prize, given in memory of Edward Meade Sprague of the Form of 1973, is presented to the student who, by talent and dedicated spirit, upholds the choral traditions of St. Paul’s School.

Anna Zoltowski ‘23

The Channing Lefebvre Memorial Medal
Presented to the student whose contribution to the choir exemplifies the spirit and devotion with which Channing Lefebvre served St. Paul’s School and the University Glee Club.

Jamie Campbell ‘23

The Hackett Prize
Established by Mr. and Mrs. Montague H. Hackett in honor of their sons, graduates of St. Paul’s School in 1950 and 1953, the Hackett Prize is awarded to the student with the highest grades in the most humanities courses.

Ashley Zhou ‘23

The H. Boone Porter Prize in Applied Religious Studies
This prize was established in 2000 in loving memory of the Reverend Canon H. Boone Porter, Jr. of the Form of 1941 by his family. Boone Porter was a leading Episcopal theologian who was responsible for revising The Book of Common Prayer. His six years as a student at SPS were formative in developing his lifelong interests in theology, humanities, natural history and civic affairs. This prize is awarded to the Fifth or Sixth Form student who submits the best essay discussing the application of religious beliefs and values in formulating public policy in a field chosen by the applicant. The winner is selected by a faculty committee.

Glory Stephen-Wangboje ‘23

The Drumm Prize
Founded by Harry K. White of the Form of 1880 in memory of former master Rev. Thomas J. Drumm, this prize is offered to the student who, irrespective of form, attains the highest distinction in Latin, as evidenced by daily marks and record of examinations.

Grace Wang ‘23

The Oakes Greek Prize
Given in the name of F. Warren Oakes, Jr. of the Form of 1911 by his father, this prize is awarded for the best examination on the writing of Xenophon.

Jack Bocresion ‘24

The Heckscher Prize
The Heckscher Prize was created by Philip and Frances Hofer in honor of the three generations of Heckschers who have attended the School. They are Augúst, Mauríce, Stephen, Philip, Charles, and Benjamin. The prize is awarded annually to one or more Fifth Formers to defray expenses connected with a thesis or project of exceptional merit.

Katy Scott ‘24

The Form of 1971 Visionary Award
Established in 2001, this award honors a Fifth Former who has demonstrated exceptional originality, creativity, capacity for self-direction and other immeasurable, often unheralded, qualities that have been a source of inspiration for fellow students and other members of the St. Paul’s School community.

Hudson Stovall ‘24

The Joseph Howland Coit Medal
Established by Beirne Lay of the Form of 1881 in memory of the second Rector of the School, this medal is awarded to the Fifth Form student who has excelled in the study of mathematics and whose contributions and involvement in mathematical pursuits extend beyond the classroom.

Akito Yamauchi ‘24

The Burke Biodiversity Award
This award is given by Coleman P. Burke of the Form of 1959 to recognize the student who by inclination, participation and achievement has demonstrated the greatest interest in understanding and preserving the natural world and its biodiversity. The award supports further supervised active study and/or direct involvement in understanding the natural world and its biodiversity.

Manon Lesort ‘24

The Lovejoy Science Prize
This award is given by Frederick H. Lovejoy, Jr., M.D. of the Form of 1955 to the student who has best integrated science into a liberal arts education as demonstrated through academic performance, independent project work and enhancement of science in student life.

Ashley Zhou ‘23

The Community Engagement Award
This award honors a Third Former who has demonstrated a desire to positively change the world around them by participating in meaningful community service opportunities since the school year began.

Jaylan Shuea ‘26

The Kiril and Kate Sokoloff Prize
Awarded to a Fifth Former who has shown exceptional kindness and compassion; seeks a personal transformation toward spirituality; demonstrates a vision to make the world a better place through service for the good of mankind; and acts as an inspirational leader to his or her peers and classmates. The prize supports a special project proposed by the student and approved by the Rector and the Dean of Chapel.

Sarah Lee ‘24

Dickey Prizes

The prizes provided from 1910-1918 by Mr. Charles D. Dickey, Form of 1878, a former Trustee of the School, for the outstanding scholars in several studies in the Third through the Fifth Forms, are continued by his son, Mr. Charles D. Dickey, Form of 1911, also a former trustee.

  • Dance: Lulu Mangriotis ‘25

  • Fine Arts: Aedyn Kourakos ‘26

  • Music: Lauren Andree ‘24, Hudson Stovall ‘24

  • Theatre: Mason Deas ‘24

  • Humanities III: Nausicaa Chu ‘26, Aedyn Kourakos ‘26

  • Humanities IV: Cristina Baron ‘25, Gretta White ‘25

  • Humanities V: Catherine Li ‘24, Edie Jones ‘24

  • Chinese: Sebastian Brigham ‘24

  • French: Cora Partridge ‘24

  • German: Edie Jones ‘24

  • Spanish: Henry Dennis ‘24

  • Greek: Sarah Lee ‘24

  • Latin: Jack Bocresion ‘24

  • Geometry: Mona Chen ‘26

  • Algebra 2: Luna Huang ‘26

  • Precalculus: Enoch Huang ‘25

  • Calculus: Sam Du ‘25

  • Advanced Mathematics: Jack Bocresion ‘24

  • Applied Science and Engineering: Catherine Li ‘24

  • Biology: Catherine Li ‘24

  • Chemistry: Sam Bentley ‘24

  • Physics: Wonder Kim ‘24

  • Astronomy: Vicky Zhang ‘25


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Award
Awarded to the Fifth Form student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in advanced mathematics and science courses, the award carries with it the opportunity to receive $60,000 in scholarships.

Colter Sienkiewicz ‘24

The Smith College Club of New Hampshire Award
The Smith College Club of New Hampshire awards the Smith Book Award to an outstanding junior who exemplifies the academic achievement, leadership qualities and concern for others that characterize the thousands of women who have graduated from Smith College.

Anqu Hu ‘24

The Harvard Prize Book Award
The Harvard Prize Book Program was originated by Harvard alumni in 1910. It is awarded to the outstanding student in the next to graduating class who “displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields.”

Katy Scott ‘24

The Ambassador Kenneth Franzheim Prize for Citizenship and School Service
Established by the Honorable Kenneth Franzheim of the Form of 1943, former Ambassador to New Zealand, to be awarded to a member of the Fifth Form for outstanding citizenship and School service.

Cris Ramirez ‘24

The Form of 1980 Award
Established by the members of the Form of 1980 upon their graduation, this annual prize is given to a Fifth Former who has shown selfless devotion and school spirit.

Jerry Fu ‘24

The Thomas Penrose Bennett Prize
Given in memory of Thomas Penrose Bennett of the Form of 1971, this prize is awarded each year to a student with demonstrated ability and interest in Science and Mathematics to assist in carrying out a project related to one or both of these fields.

Diego Gonzalez ‘25

The Archer Prize
Given by John and Margaret Archer, the prize is awarded annually to the girl of the Fourth or Fifth Form who, throughout the year, attains the highest distinction jointly in scholarship and athletics, as determined by a vote of the faculty.

Skylar Christofferson ‘24

The Frazier Prize
Founded by Mr. George Harrison Frazier of Philadelphia for that boy of the Fourth or Fifth Form who, throughout the year, attains the highest distinction jointly in scholarship and athletics, as determined by a vote of the faculty.

Jonathan Dase ‘24

St. Paul’s School Certificates

ASSIST student from Serbia: Dunja Cujic ‘25
Weicker Scholar student from France: Luna Senot ‘26

Attendance Recognition

Career Perfect Attendance, Form of 2023
Given the number of commitments required of each student, achieving perfect attendance is a significant accomplishment. These graduating Sixth Formers made it through their entire SPS career without any unexcused absences:

Annie Bermingham, Jamie Campbell, Sterling Cathey, Raph Clark, Gracie DeSimone, Elizabeth Esteves, William Mao, Lucy Mason, Ridder Morton, Hetti Price-Bailey, Anna Zoltowski

Excellence in Attendance, Form of 2023
These graduating Sixth Formers made it through their entire SPS career with just one unexcused absence:

Bree Ricker, Teaghan Casey, Isabelle Erlinger, Catherine Esteves, Ishan Gichohi, Nicholas Hoerle, Muriel Mercer

Cum Laude Society

The Cum Laude Society, founded in 1906, recognizes academic excellence at the secondary school level. The St. Paul’s School chapter was chartered in 1953, and its members include faculty who were elected in secondary school or to Phi Beta Kappa in college. Students may be elected in the Fifth or Sixth Form.

Newly elected Fifth Form members:
Sebastian Brigham, Henry Dennis, Lilly Ehlinger, Edie Jones, Cora Partridge, Katy Scott, Colter Sienkiewicz, Ellie Ward

Newly elected members of the Form of 2023:
Edie Cahill, Raph Clark, Gracie DeSimone, Isabelle Erlinger, Catherine Esteves, Baurice Kovatchev, Kaka Peng, Natalie Thayer, Grace Wang, Tina Yang

These students join the members of the Form of 2023 who were elected as Fifth Formers:
JJ Detweiler, Robert Gao, Alexandra Green, Sarah Hu, William Mao, Devin McDonald, Christopher Shia, Ashley Zhou