Senior Awards Ceremony

Last Friday morning, we hosted the annual Senior Awards ceremony. Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for their achievements.
Speech and Debate recognition
Michelle Wu ’22 - NSDA Excellence Level of Distinction
Eve Pahoresky ’22 - NSDA Excellence Level of Distinction, OSDA State Qualifier
Grace Gainar ’22 - NSDA Special Level of Distinction, Sons of the American Revolution State Qualifier, OSDA State Qualifier
Lauren Kastelic ’22 - NSDA Special Level of Distinction, OSDA State Qualifier, State Quarterfinalist in Student Congress
Faith Smolik ’22 - NSDA Superior Level of Distinction, OSDA State Qualifier, ranked in top 5 in Duo Interpretation at the OHSSL state tournament, NSDA Duo Interpretation National Qualifier
Clara Morgan ’22 - NSDA Premier Level of Distinction, OSDA State Qualifier, ranked in top 5 in Duo Interpretation at the OHSSL state tournament, NSDA Duo Interpretation National Qualifier
Art Awards
Distinguished Musician Award: presented to the senior(s) who has participated in the music program for at least three years and has displayed exceptional musicianship, character, enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication to the art and to musical excellence.
Nicholas Hayek ’22
Outstanding Senior Art Award: recognizes the student(s) who has gone above and beyond experimenting and investigating infinite possibilities of creating artwork
Riley Beiswenger ’22
Purchase Award: Each year, Gilmour purchases a piece of artwork for display in the school from a student who has produced work that is meaningful and creative.
Meghan Bhanoo ’22 (piece titled “It’s Raining Sunshine!”)
Departmental Awards
Spanish Award: presented to the senior who has demonstrated a true passion for and a genuine interest in the study of Spanish while maintaining a superior academic average
Trinity Turk ’22
Latin Award: presented to the senior who has demonstrated a true passion for and a genuine interest in the study of Latin while maintaining a superior academic average
Vija Tessman ’22
French Award: presented to the senior who has demonstrated a true passion for and a genuine interest in the study of French while maintaining a superior academic average
Sarah Voss ’22
Dual Language Award: presented to the senior who has demonstrated a true passion for language as a dual-language student throughout his/her four years at Gilmour.
Ian Anderson ’22
The Innovation Award: recognizes excellence among technology education students who have exceeded expectations in computer science coursework and excelled in project-based learning
Dominic Schiciano ’22
Yearbook Award: given to students who have made a major contribution to the Yearbook Program
Arianna DiMenna ’22 and Sarah Voss ’22
The John Gale Award: presented to the top Language Arts student(s)
Nicholas Hayek ’22 and Nina Padanilam ’22
The Holy Cross Award in Literature: presented to the seniors who demonstrated the capacity to act as an agent of change and to raise the bar for those around them
Kathryn Randorf ’22 and Clara Morgan ’22
The William G. Moore III English Award: presented to the student whose commitment to the study of literature and whose unparalleled aptitude in the classroom reflect a worthy tribute to the legacy of William G. Moore III ’51, an alumnus and dedicated Gilmour teacher known for challenging his students

Sarah Voss ’22
Mathematics Award: recognizes students who take risks in the classroom by asking questions and extending concepts, demonstrate genuine interest in mathematical ideas and pursue those ideas independently, develop logical and deep analyses to decipher and solve problems, and demonstrate scholarly thoughtfulness and high achievement in their studies
Nicholas Barone ’22
Oliver Seikel Award for Excellence in Science: presented in honor of Oliver Seikel ’55 to the senior who demonstrates the values of academic excellence, unquenchable thirst for knowledge as demonstrated through research, and perseverance in setting and achieving lofty goals
Nina Padanilam ’22
Paul Primeau Science Award: presented annually to the graduating senior who, in the collective judgment of the science faculty, best exemplifies the qualities of competence, scholarship and commitment to the study of science
Meghan Bhanoo ’22
Biology Science Award: presented to the seniors who demonstrate excellence in the biology classroom
Michael DiPuccio ’22, Nicholas Hayek ’22 and Mia Polisena ’22
AP Biology Science Award: presented to the senior who demonstrate a unique and powerful combination of curiosity, critical thinking, perseverance and a desire for excellence
Viraj Jain ’22
AP Environmental Science Award: presented to the seniors who demonstrate superior skills in scientific logic and its application to real world situations, and an aptitude for and sincere interest in the subject matter of this multifaceted area of study 
Sabrina Gremm ’22, Sarah Voss ’22 and Michelle Wu ’22
AP Physics C Science Award: demonstrates superior intellectual abilities, class engagement, leadership and inclusiveness, and brings a positive and charismatic energy to the classroom
Jonathan Berkovich ’22
AP Government Award: presented to the top AP Government students
Arianna DiMenna ’22, Grace Gainar ’22,
Andrew Mayer ’22 and Sarah Voss ’22
Government Award: presented to the top Government students
Alexander Figurella ’22, Desiree Smith ’22 and Vija Tessman ’22
VECTOR Recognition: The following students successfully completed the VECTOR program. These students finished three focused courses, at least 40 hours of experiential learning, reflective writing, and developed a network of professionals as well as a relationship with a faculty mentor.

 Meghan Bhanoo ’22
Science and Medicine
 Arianna DiMenna ’22
Engineering and Design
Lily Elseser ’22
Creativity and Personal Expression
Samantha Fedeli ’22
Business and Entrepreneurship
Nicholas Hayek ’22
Creativity and Personal Expression
Kai Logan ’22
Science and Medicine 
Ava Moe ’22
Science and Medicine
Clara Morgan ’22
Community Engagement and Law
Kaylee Oliveto ’22
Science and Medicine
Kristen Oliveto ’22
Science and Medicine
Nina Padanilam ’22
Science and Medicine
Dominic Schiciano ’22
Engineering and Design
Desiree Smith ’22
Science and Medicine
Sarah Voss ’22
Creativity and Personal Expression
Michelle Wu ’22
Science and Medicine

Special Awards
National Merit Finalists: The following seniors were named National Merit Finalists, a distinction earned by less than one (1) percent of seniors nationally.
Clara Morgan ’22 and Nina Padanilam ’22
Phi Beta Kappa Award: presented to a senior who is truly representative of the qualities of academic integrity, outstanding scholarship and all-around initiative in matters of the mind
Vija Tessman ’22
Thomas P. Mulligan Award: presented to the seniors who possess interest and skills in the forensic arts and potential for a career in the fields of law and public service
Clara Morgan ’22
The Lorraine Dodero Award in Drama: presented to a senior who has participated in Drama Club, made a significant impact on the theater program, has a professional attitude and deep commitment to our productions, and exhibited excellence in acting with every performance
Eve Pahoresky ’22
Cathy and Pat O’Rourke Award for Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives: given to a senior who has demonstrated service above and beyond to contribute to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse community and who has imbued the spirit of intercultural competence
Jayla Pleasant ’22
OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award: honors student-athletes who display exemplary sportsmanship
Mick Hopkins ’22, Dan Jevnikar ’22, Bella Lasecki ’22,
Abby Minello ’22, Grace Terranova ’22 and Harry Rogers ’22
OHSAA Courageous Student Award:  acknowledges student-athletes who have overcome great adversity in a positive way
Cooper Flowers ’22 and Paddy Murphy ’22
OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award: recognizes student-athletes dedicated to academic excellence while participating in interscholastic athletics
Eric Anton ’22, Kelsey Hearns ’22, Mary Lombardo ’22,
Giana Lonardo ’22, Andrew Mayer ’22 and Vince Stafford ’22
NFHS Award of Excellence: awarded to senior student-athletes who have displayed exemplary sportsmanship, ethics and integrity
Camden Bajzer ’22, Alaina Giampietro ’22, Ava Moe ’22,
Ryan Mueller ’22, Jack Popovich ’22  and Kylee Radigan ’22

The Dennis Hoynes Award: presented annually to the outstanding female and male scholar-athletes

Ian Anderson ’22, Meghan Bhanoo ’22, Nathan Flaherty ’22 and Sabrina Gremm ’22

The Charles A. Mooney Trophies: awarded annually to the top outstanding female and male athletes at the Academy in a given school year

Kathryn Randorf ’22 and Alexander Beedles ’22
Gilmour Academy Lifers Recognition: celebrates students who have attended Gilmour
since at least the first grade
Eric Anton ’22, Sofia Di Michele ’22, Nathan Flaherty ’22, Nicholas Hayek ’22,
Isabella Martin ’22, John Popovich Jr. ’22, Harrison Rogers ’22 and Vincent Stafford ’22
Robert Tomaro Honor Award: presented annually to the Gilmour senior who has a keen mind, sense of justice, passion for doing what is right and who most closely mirrors his commitment to the growth and success of the Academy
Trinity Turk ’22
Murlan J. Murphy Award: presented annually in honor of longtime Board Chair Jerry Murphy ’64 to the senior who has demonstrated qualities of leadership within our Gilmour community that exemplify Holy Cross values, motivates and inspires members of the community by setting a high standard of integrity, and has developed the competence to see where changes are necessary and the courage to act to make our Gilmour community and the Academy better
Vincent Stafford ’22
Service and Character Awards
Br. David Baltrinic Award: presented to the senior who best exemplifies former faculty member Brother David’s qualities of scholarship, compassion and caring, and Judeo-Christian service
Desiree Smith ’22
Saint Br. Andre Award: presented to the seniors whose service work has been transformational
Meghan Bhanoo ’22 and Isabella Lasecki ’22

Brother Robert A. Kelly, C.S.C. Outstanding Student Service Award: presented to the seniors who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to serving the less fortunate through diverse and meaningful volunteer experiences and going above and beyond the number of required service hours

Lilliana Colaluca ’22 and Ava Moe ’22
The Charles Murray Student Humanitarian Award: given to a student who, like Charles Murray ’60, personifies the Gilmour mission, having not only the competence to see, but the courage to act in the name of justice and humanity
Kelsey Hearns ’22
Chaplain’s Awards: presented to seniors who go about giving daily witness to their faith and living our Holy Cross Mission
Alexander Beedles ’22, Nico DiFranco ’22, Leo Dunlevy ’22, Hunter Fetterolf ’22,
Olivia Busby ’22, Hannah Kennedy ’22, Kaleigh McNamara ’22, Abigayle Minello ’22, Ariana Perram ’22 and Grace Terranova ’22
Brother James O’Donnell Campus Residency Award: presented annually to the senior or post-grad residence hall students who represent the spirit of Brother James O’Donnell, a former teacher, mentor and dormitory proctor at Gilmour, through strong performance in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, as well as involvement within the residence hall community life
Hadyn Gould ’22 and Kaitlyn Schooley ’22
Director of the Upper School Award: recognizes seniors who have impacted our Gilmour Academy community in significant, meaningful and sometimes unrecognized ways, making Gilmour a better place because they were here
Matiss Bars ’22, Aidan Cosgrove ’22, Alaina Giampietro ’22, James ‘Ross’ Halloran ’22, Sophia Hammond ’22, Karah Henderson ’22, Michael Hopkins ’22, Isabella Lasecki ’22, Kai Logan ’22, Mary Lombardo ’22, Megan Mlinaric ’22, Nathan Nootbaar ’22,
Harrison Rogers ’22 and Alexander Swinarski ’22

Brother Theophane Schmitt Trophies: awarded annually to students who best exemplify outstanding school spirit in the tradition of Br. Theophane Schmitt, C.S.C., the school’s founder
Michael DiPuccio ’22 and Samantha Fedeli ’22
The Gilmour Trophies: The highest honor a student can receive at Gilmour, the award is presented to a male and female in the graduating class who best exemplify the Gilmour outcomes the school hopes to instill in each student.
Meghan Bhanoo ’22 and Andrew Mayer ’22

Click here to see photos from the ceremony. 

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