Annual Upper School Awards Ceremony Held Last Friday

Last Friday morning, we hosted the annual Upper School Awards ceremony. You can vew photos of the ceremony here. Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for their achievements.
Speech and Debate recognition
Emily Currid ’26 - Level of Merit
Joseph Vitale ’25 - Level of Merit
Anna Johannessen ’25 - Level of Merit and OSDA state qualifier
Charlie Jablonski ’25 - Level of Honor and OSDA state qualifier
Ian Miller ’25 - Level of Excellence and OSDA state qualifier
Vincent D’Angelo ’25 - Level of Excellence and OSDA state qualifier
Luke Peterson ’25 - Level of Distinction, OSDA state qualifier, NSDA national qualifier, 2nd in Sons of the American Revolution competition
Michael Wu ’25 - 3rd in Sons of the American Revolution competition and 1st in Rotary Club Four-Way Question Speech competition
Julia Morgan ’24 - Level of Distinction, OSDA state qualifier
Briana Redmon ’24 - Level of Honor, OSDA state qualifier
Anthony Marino ’24 - Level of Honor, OSDA state qualifier
Gia Hilal ’24 - Level of Excellence, OSDA state qualifier
Julia Gainar ’24 - Level of Honor, OSDA state qualifier, 1st in Sons of the American Revolution and 2nd in Rotary Club Four-Way Question Speech competition 
Thomas P. Mulligan Award: presented to a student who possesses skills in the forensic arts and an interest in and potential for a career in the fields of law and public service
Luke Peterson ’25
Art Awards
Excellence in Drama Awards: presented to students who have participated in both the fall and spring productions and demonstrated a clear commitment to the Drama Club
Amiya Conwell ’24, Gia Hilal ’24, Charles Sustar ’25, Edward Turk ’24
Excellence in Technical Theater Award: presented to students who have gone above and beyond on the stage crew for the fall and spring plays
Anastasiia Duravkina ’26, AJ Lowery ’25, Vincent D’Angelo ’25, Jonas Tessman ’24
Fantastical Art Award: recognizes students who are passionate about art, always thinking about how to create “outside of the box” and who continue to ask “what if?” 
Grade 9: Evan Mansour ’26
Grade 10: Leo Stickle ’25, Liam Flynn ’25
Grade 11: Myla Snyder ’24, Kyle Wang ’24, Lily Prebul ’24
Excellence in Music Award - presented to deserving members of the Pops Ensemble who have displayed exceptional development, enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to the art of music
Michael Wu ’25, Jack Overman ’25, Leo Stickle ’25
Distinction in Digital Media: recognizes students who have continually showcased hard work, creativity and dedication to the Digital Media Program
Kevin Flaherty ’24, Liam Colaluca ’24, Nicholas Hayslip ’24
Subject Awards
Spanish Awards: presented to the students who have demonstrated a true passion for and a genuine interest in the study of Spanish while maintaining a superior academic average
Spanish 1 Award
Isabella DiGeronimo ’26, Ryan Panzica ’26, Sophia Velotta ’26
Spanish 2 Award
Grace Hruska ’25, Darby Marshall ’25, Joseph Vitale ’25, Ella Johnson ’25
Spanish 3 Award
Malaya Anaba ’24, Julia Gainar ’24, Tia Shaw ’25
Spanish 4 Pre-AP
Connor Varmecky ’24, Maria Flynn ’24, Jakob Kavcic ’24, Gia Hilal ’24 
AP Spanish
Sophia Sidell ’24, Sloane Richer ’24
Hispanic Language and Culture
Justin Switzer ’26
Latin Awards: presented to the students who have demonstrated a true passion for and a genuine interest in the study of Latin while maintaining a superior academic average
Latin 1
Ava Hirsch ’26, JJ Cistone ’26
Latin 2
Ian Miller ’25, Michael Soeder ’25, Zachary Titas ’25
Latin 3
Tae Callam ’24, Anna Saline ’24, Kelsey O’Toole ’24, Lily Russo ’24
Latin 4
Lily Prebul ’24, Liam Colaluca ’24
French Awards: presented to the students who have demonstrated a true passion for and a genuine interest in the study of French while maintaining a superior academic average
French 1
Zach Berman ’26
French 2
Lauren Jones ’25, Evan Mansour ’26, Eva Savelli ’26
French 3
Addie Wagner ’25, Evelyn Limberg ’25
French 4
Holly Hunter ’26
English Language Studies Award: presented to the student who has demonstrated a true passion for and a genuine interest in the study of English Language while maintaining a superior academic average
Jiantao (Justin) Chen ’26
English Awards
The John Gale Award: presented to the top Language Arts students at each grade level
Grade 9: JJ Cistone ’26, Eva Savelli ’26
Grade 10: Lauren Jones ’25, Ian Miller ’25
Grade 11: Lily Prebul ’24, Grace Madden ’24
The Holy Cross Award in Literature: presented to the student who demonstrates the capacity to act as an agent of change and to raise the bar for those around them
Gia Hilal ’24
Mathematics Award: recognizes students who take risks in the classroom by asking questions, demonstrate genuine interest in mathematical topics by learning independently, investigate their own approach to problem-solving, shows solid effort and achievement and is genuinely engaged and willing to help others 
Grade 9: Charissa Baleskie ’26, Valentina DiCenso ’26, Evan Mansour ’26, Anastasiia Duravkina ’26
Grade 10: Anna Johannessen ’25, Ian Miller ’25, Joseph Vitale ’25, Addie Wagner ’25
Grade 11: Maria Flynn ’24, Jakob Kavcic ’24, Connor Varmecky ’24, Zoe Wolfe ’24
2023 Rensselaer Medal: presented to a promising rising senior who is in the top 10% of the class and excels in math and science
Maria Flynn ’24
Science Awards: presented to students who have demonstrated boundless passion for the subject and curiosity to know and learn; have achieved mastery of the content; and are a positive presence in the classroom and a good role model for their peers
Physics Award: Helen Hunter ’26, Anastasiia Duravkina ’26, Valentina DiCenso ’26, Zach Berman ’26
AP Physics 2: Ian Miller ’25, Samantha Stutler ’24
Chemistry: Liam Flynn ’25, Addie Wagner ’25, Malaya Anaba ’24, Ryder Cooke ’24
AP Chemistry: Julia Morgan ’24
Biology: Jakob Kavcic ’24, Maria Flynn ’24, Ian Miller ’25
Social Studies Awards: honor students who have excelled in each of the history disciplines, show true passion for the topics covered, have gone above and beyond as history students and served as exemplary role models for their peers
Grade 9 World History Award: Anastasiia Duravkina ’26, Valentina DiCenso ’26, Eva Savelli ’26
AP World History Award: Vincent D’Angelo ’25, Liam Flynn ’25, Ian Miller ’25
AP U.S. History: Lucia Martino ’24, Maria Flynn ’24
Specialty Awards
Coakley Scholarship: presented this year to a current junior at Gilmour who shows interest in and potential for a career in journalism
Grace Madden ’24
Glen Oak Scholarship: awarded annually to a young woman/young women in Grade 11 who best represents the spirit of Glen Oak School
Gia Hilal ’24
University Medal and Leadership Awards
University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Science Award: recognizes outstanding high school science students who are completing their junior year
Samantha Stutler ’24
The University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation: recognizes outstanding achievement in the pursuit of innovative approaches and an enthusiasm and appreciation for the possibilities of technology, and leading students with new approaches to old problems, such as innovative community school activities and utilizing communication tools to garner support for these causes
Maddie Samut ’24
The University of Rochester Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award: recognizes commitment to understanding and addressing difficult issues, leadership and dedication to community action, and strong grades in rigorous humanities and social science courses
Gia Hilal ’24
Rochester Institute of Technology Art & Design Award: recognizes outstanding high school students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in art, design and creativity
Lily Prebul ’24
Rochester Institute of Technology Business and Leadership Award: recognizes outstanding high school students who demonstrate an interest and ability in business, leadership and entrepreneurship
Liam Colaluca ’24
Rochester Institute of Technology Women in STEM Award: recognizes outstanding female high school students who have demonstrated high achievement, ability, and interest in science, computing, robotics and/or math
Julia Morgan ’24
University Book Awards
Stonehill College Book Award: recognizes an academically talented and service-oriented student in the junior class
Brayden Green ’24
University of Notre Dame Book Award: recognizes a junior who loves learning and sees beyond grades; desires to use her or his intellectual talents for the betterment of the world and the Church; is a leader inside the classroom; occupies a position of leadership in the areas of student government, publications, athletics or any other important aspect of school life; gives of herself or himself in service to others; and takes his or her faith life seriously
Julia Morgan ’24
Harvard Book Award: originated by Harvard Alumni in 1910 as part of an effort to attract the attention of talented students to the opportunities in Cambridge
Samantha Stutler ’24
Service and Character Awards
Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:  presented to the current Gilmour Academy Civic Engagement Team Justice Leaders who work toward equity and diversity within our Gilmour community through their leadership and sense of justice
Amiya Conwell ’24, Cedric Li ’24, Brayden Green ’24,  Mikyra Elston ’25, Gia Hilal ’24, Casie Crawford ’24
Br. Richard Keller Service Award: recognizes student leaders who have demonstrated reaching out to the community with zeal, hospitality and inclusiveness in a sincere effort to serve those having limited resources
Grade 9: Brendan Hearns ’26, Tinsley Zhang ’26
Grade 10: Jordan Shininger ’25
Grade 11: Gia Rosko ’24, Vaughn Milstein-Croxall ’24
Chaplain’s Awards: presented to students who go about giving daily witness to their faith and living our Holy Cross Mission
Grade 9: 
Alex Batchik ’26, Lizandra Burgos-Ramos ’26, Javi Swinarski ’26, Kylie Lavalley ’26, Blake Baskin ’26, Piper Wick ’26, Ralph Asher ’26, Eileen Zorska ’26, Ryan Panzica ’26 
Grade 10:
Nicholas Iademarco ’25, Mi-Na Diggs ’25, Lars Broberg ’25, Katherine Frawley ’25,  Aiden McNamara ’25, Sadie Gerber ’25, Rielyn Jackson ’25, Dawson Steffee ’25,  Brie Habeeb ’25, Sean Dillard ’25, Elaina Kline-Ruminski ’25 
Grade 11:
Katie Puletti ’24, Timothy Papczun ’24, Kelsey O’Toole ’24, James Lawless ’24,  Amy Weybrecht ’24, Rain Wilson ’24, Alex Melaragno ’24, Malaya Anaba ’24, Connor Varmecky ’24, Anna Grossner ’24
Blessed Basil Moreau Award: recognized by their peers and affirmed by the faculty, recognizes students who live as Holy Cross people by exhibiting a genuine desire to learn and embodying the core values of Holy Cross
Grade 9:
Sophia Velotta ’26, JJ Cistone ’26
Grade 10:
Molly McCrone ’25, Carter Richmond ’25
Grade 11:
Gia Hilal ’24, Nicholas Hayslip ’24
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