At Middle School Closing Exercises this morning, Head of School Sid Rowell presented the 61 members of the Class of 2021 with certificates recognizing the successful completion of their eighth-grade year.
Middle School Director Kyle Armstrong opened the event with a brief address, highlighting the importance of taking part in the life of a community—whether it be at school, at home or in the larger world. "When we choose to engage in our communities, something special happens," he said. "Despite the differences that exist among us, we start developing common interests…We open ourselves to a diversity of ideas."
Following Armstrong, eighth-graders Lauren Howard, Sofia Laboy and Sydney Lapper offered reflections on their time in the Middle School, and a group of eighth-graders recited Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken."
The program concluded with the awarding of honors and prizes (listed below).
Congratulations to our eighth graders on advancing to Upper School and to all of our Middle School students for successfully completing the 2016-17 academic year.
Annual Eighth-Grade Awards
Boys' Athletic Award: Sohan De Silva
Awarded to the eighth-grade boy who, in the opinion of his coaches, best represents the qualities of determination, leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship
Girls' Athletic Award: Isabel Orazietti
Awarded to the eighth-grade girl who, in the opinion of her coaches, best represents the qualities of determination, leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship
Francis Winston Award: Brian Young
Presented to the eighth-grade student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has demonstrated the most significant personal growth
Marjorie Hibbler Award: Ava Escousse
Presented to the eighth-grade student who consistently demonstrates passion for and devotion to independent reading
Frank Mazzocchi Award: Brenen Lavoie
A silver bowl presented to the eighth-grade boy who best exemplifies a friendly manner, a willingness to help others and a devotion to the school
Martha Gray Award: Hayley Armstrong
Presented to an eighth-grade girl who has consistently demonstrated loyalty, integrity and sincerity during her time in the Middle School
Scholastic Honors Award: Jessica Lin
Presented to the eighth-grade student who maintains the highest cumulative grade point average throughout the academic year
Character Club Award: Bartholomew Benoit and Caroline Solondz
A book prize presented to a student who demonstrates honor, respect and integrity each and every day
Eighth-Grade Citizenship Award: Sophie Nourbakhsh
The most important prize that a Middle School student can obtain, the eighth-grade citizenship award is presented annually to the student who best upholds the Gill School motto of faith, honor and consideration.
Eighth-Graders Recognized for Excellence in Academic Subjects
Excellence in English: Hayley Armstrong, Ella Baker, Ava Escousse, Laura Howard, Sydney Lapper, Jessica Lin, Lowy Shim and Caroline Solondz
Excellence in Geometry: Ava Escousse, Sydney Lapper and Lowy Shim
Excellence in Algebra: Sean Carlucci, Harrison Hartzel, Madelyn Most, Maxwell Mullen, Isabel Orazietti and Brian Young
Excellence in History: Hayley Armstrong, Adam Berrocal, Sean Carlucci, Ava Escousse, Laura Howard, Sydney Lapper, Jessica Lin, Maxwell Mullen and Caleb Smith
Excellence in Science: Adam Berrocal, Sean Carlucci, Ava Escousse, Anneliese Gattoni, Liam Jones, Sydney Lapper, Jessica Lin, Maxwell Mullen, Sophie Nourbakhsh and Nicholas Towle
Excellence in Latin: Sean Carlucci, Catherine D’Arcangelis and Laura Howard
Excellence in Spanish: Ella Baker, Brenen Lavoie, Stella O’Connor and Caroline Solondz
Excellence in French: Ava Escousse and Jessica Lin
Excellence in Sculpture/Ceramics: Stella O’Connor
Excellence in Drama: Lauren Fabio
Excellence in Music: Ava Escousse and Zoe O’Connor
Awards for Students in Grades 5-7
Fifth Grade Citizenship Award: Peter Frantz Pendell
Sixth Grade Citizenship Award: Tristen Miscia
Seventh Grade Citizenship Award: Alexander Tulenko & Morgan Zuanic
Seventh Grade Highest Scholastic Honors: Liliana Micera