The Upper School student body gathered for one final assembly in the Arts Center Auditorium on Friday, June 2, 2023 for the annual Prize Day ceremony, a GA tradition to acknowledge the many accomplishments of dozens of deserving students. (SEE PHOTOS)
During the awards ceremony, Ye Primer editors Morgan Hellebusch '23 and Moriyah Wilson '23 presented a copy of this year's yearbook to honored faculty Middle School English teacher Glenda Daulerio 1760 and Upper School Spanish teacher Carol Peery Ayers 1760.
Seniors Matthew McGettigan '23 and Kayla D'Eletto '23 were also presented with their charge papers from West Point (Army) and the Naval Academy (Navy) as they are beginning their post-high school careers in the next few weeks at these prestigious institutions. They were lauded by their peers and teachers with a standing ovation.
The annual House competition winner was also announced, and the winner this year was... OSBOURN! Prefects Carolyn Connolly '23 and Asher Sasson '23 accepted the trophy along with House Head Dr. Adam Wilsman for their victory.
Congratulations to all 568 amazing Upper School students for an amazing school year!
Upper School Drawing & Painting Prize - established in 1967 by Mr. Christian B. Newswanger. Awarded to the student who has contributed most to the art of drawing and painting at the Academy.
Emily Spillane '23
11th Grade Art Prize - Awarded to the student in 11th grade who has contributed most to the art life of the Academy.
Emily Marks '24
10th Grade Art Prize - Awarded to the student in 10th grade who has contributed most to the art life of the Academy.
Katherine Song '25
9th Grade Art Prize - Awarded to the student in 9th grade who has contributed most to the art life of the Academy.
Emmeline Chiang '26
Upper School Photography Prize - Awarded to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the art of photography at the Academy.
Olivia Shafer '23
Upper School Sculpture Prize - Awarded to the student whose portfolio of sculptural works best demonstrates imagination, skill, and hard work.
Claire McMichael '23
Angela B. Kast Digital Media Award - awarded to the student who has consistently shown the highest level of achievement in digital media.
Ava McManus '23
Upper School Music Prize - established in 1960 and endowed by the late Mrs. A.S. Tourison, Jr. Awarded to that student who has made the greatest contribution to the musical life of the Academy.
Ruby Moyer '23
Singing Patriots Award - established in 1961 by Dr. Charles T. Maclary. Awarded to a student who has made the greatest contribution toward maintaining high standards of excellence in the chorus.
Adhi Gadre '23
Upper School Symphonic Band Award - awarded to the student who has made the greatest contribution to Symphonic Band.
Jordan Boymel '23
Upper School String Orchestra Award - awarded to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the String Orchestra.
Yash Chadda '23
The Rudolph S. Baizley Class of 1932 Jazz Prize - awarded to the student who has made the greatest contribution of talent and service to the jazz program of the Academy.
Sarah Beth Sandifer '23
Biggs Belfry Award – created by the Biggs children, all of whom: Alice - Class of 1973; P. Thompson - Class of 1975 and president of the Belfry Club in 1974-75; Mary-Ellen - Class of 1977; and S. Brooks Biggs - Class of 1979 were either pin members of or gave active support to the Belfry Club of Germantown Academy. This award is presented annually for DEMONSTRATED EXCELLENCE over a period of at least two years. By excellence is meant a continuous demonstration of skill, commitment, effort and enthusiasm for the twin goals of: (1) furthering the fine traditions begun and sustained for many years by the Belfry Club (2) personal achievement.
Emma Moyer '24
Upper School Drama Award - presented to a student in any Theatre Arts Class who has demonstrated excellence in both academics and performance.
Brianna Geist '24
McHugh Award - Awarded to the person who has contributed the most to Belfry life.
Morgen Zighelboim '23
Carey Trophy - Awarded to the student who has contributed the most as stage crew or technical support for the theatre.
Asher Sasson '23
The Peter Geraldino Memorial Prize - Given each year to an Upper School student whose exceptional character is grounded in kindness and whose artistic endeavors are distinguished by excellence in both musical and dramatic performance.
Liam Richardson-Harris '24
Freshman E.I.H. Howell Prize - created by Mr. Howell of the Class of 1856 and for many years a Trustee. Awarded to a student who has combined competence in the use of historical materials with an understanding of historical concepts in the search for objectivity and truth.
Abigail Traina '26
Sophomore E.I.H. Howell Prize - created by Mr. Howell of the Class of 1856 and for many years a Trustee. Awarded to a student who has combined competence in the use of historical materials with an understanding of historical concepts in the search for objectivity and truth.
Hannah Greenfield '25
The William B. Bristol, Class of 1932, Prize - for scholarship in Advanced Placement History to the two students who have excelled at both World and American Advanced Placement History.
Quinn Monaghan '24 and Carmela Jenckes '24
Robeson Lea Perot Memorial History Prize - presented to the student who writes the best essay on a subject pertaining to American History. Mr. Perot graduated in 1888 and was a member of the Board of Trustees.
Tatiyanna King '24
The Peter Biggs History Department Prize - was inaugurated in 1981. It is awarded annually to two students in the graduating class. Nominations, beginning as early as freshman year, are made by all members of the department teaching the qualifying courses. To be considered as a possible recipient, each nominee must meet three department requirements:
a - A level of achievement commensurate with the nominee's ability shall have been consistently maintained.
b - Interest, inquiry and integrity shall have been demonstrated and sustained in each course.
c – A minimum of three history courses shall have been taken while at the Academy, one of which must have been a full-year elective.
Aisosa Idahosa '23 and Charles Ota '23
Hassinger Memorial Prize - established in 1900 by the Class of 1891 in memory of their classmate, Charles Megargee Hassinger, for excellence in second year Latin.
Melinda Amorosi '23
Wallace S. Truesdell Memorial Latin Prize - for excellence in third year Latin. Given by the Academy Club in memory of Mr. Truesdell, a teacher of the classics at the Academy, 1891-1925. Mr. Truesdell helped organize the Academy Club in 1924.
Benjamin Getson '25
Carl J. Truesdale Latin Prize - established in 1963 by the Academy to honor the memory of Mr. Truesdale, a Latin teacher at the Academy from 1930 until his death in 1961. It is awarded to the student in advanced Latin who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship combined with literary appreciation.
Andrei Vava '24
Ulmer Memorial Prize - in memory of William A. Ulmer of the Class of 1835, and of George Linn Ulmer of the Class of 1885, to the student attaining high achievement in advanced French.
Clarissa Smith '23
Ulmer Memorial Prize - in memory of William A. Ulmer of the Class of 1835, and of George Linn Ulmer of the Class of 1885, to the student attaining high achievement in advanced Spanish.
Yash Chadda '23
Jim Farwell Memorial French Prize - established by the Class of 1982 and awarded to the student in grade 12 who in the judgment of the Modern Language Department has been most instrumental in fostering interest in the French culture.
Katja Wetzel '23
Jim Farwell Memorial Spanish Prize - established by the Class of 1982 and awarded to the student in grade 12 who in the judgment of the Modern Language Department has been most instrumental in fostering interest in the Spanish culture.
Ella DeCardona '23
The Germantown Academy Chinese Prize – established by the Academy in 2015 and awarded to the senior with the highest level of achievement in Chinese.
Jake Kafrissen '23
Modern Language Department Prize – awarded to one or two students who have demonstrated their passion and appreciation for the study of multiple languages and cultures, and who have gone above and beyond the classroom experience.
Landan DeHaven '24
John W. Cornell Geometry Prize - presented for excellence for the year in Geometry.
Connor Bradley '26
Charles J. Wister Prize - for high achievement in advanced Mathematics. President of the board of Trustees, 1882-1910, Mr. Wister gave his life-long devotion to the Academy.
Anish Sriram '23
C. Robins North Mathematical Prize - established by the Class of 1889 in memory of their classmate. For the student who attains a record of high achievement in advanced Algebra.
Chloe Zhou '26
William C. Harwi Mathematics and Physics Prize - presented to the student in the senior class who demonstrates the greatest perseverance in math and Physics. (presented by math chair at prize day)
Ryleigh Dougherty '23
Nathaniel Kingsbury Memorial Award - to the senior who over a period of years has shown perseverance in the study of mathematics, delight in problem solving, and overall character both in and out of the classroom.
Matthew McGettigan '23
Wilson Oelkers 1760 Mathematics Prize – given to a student who excels in the study of mathematics and who enhances the learning environment through their cooperative and collaborative spirit.
Angie Wang '23
William Martin Roberts Memorial Prize - presented to the student who has attained a record of high achievement in Biology. Mr. Roberts was a Senior Teacher at the Academy from 1920 to 1953.
Charles Ota '23
Harry R. Williams Memorial Prize - established in 1919 by his parents for Mr. Williams, a member of the Class of 1917. For a student attaining high achievement in Chemistry.
Joseph Richards '23
Frederic E. Whitney Memorial Prize - established by the Class of 1919 in memory of Mr. Whitney, science teacher at the Academy from 1905-1919. For the student who achieves excellence in Physics.
Zachary Mateo '23
Bausch and Lomb Award - presented for excellence in Biology.
Elaine Li '24
American Chemical Society Award - presented for excellence in Chemistry.
Roma Reddy '25
American Association of Physics Teachers Prize - given each year to a student whose intellectual curiosity and persistence have led to sound understanding of the principles of physics.
Audrey Yu '26
Rensselaer Medal – given each year to a junior in the top 10% of their class who excels in both advanced math and science classes and exhibits significant involvement in extracurricular activities.
Ansh Kakadia '24
The Carl Franklin Sheppard Memorial Prize - for excellence in English, primarily for written but occasionally for spoken expression. Specifically for correct grammar and usage, clarity, brevity, and absence of redundancy.
Ryleigh Dougherty '23
Parent-Teacher Association Prize - presented annually to a student in the Upper School for outstanding poetry.
Jianna Kim '25
Alumni Prize - presented annually by the Alumni Association to the junior who makes the greatest contribution in English.
Melinda Shen '24
Class of 1896 English Literature Prize - presented to the senior who makes the greatest contribution in English.
Stella Lee '23
Freshman English Prize - Awarded to the outstanding student in freshman English.
Rebecca Rong '26
John C. Brewer Sophomore English Prize - Awarded to the outstanding student in sophomore English.
Roy Zhao '25
Ralph Allen Prize for Excellence in Writing - Awarded to the senior who, over a period of years, has demonstrated both a passion for and excellence in writing in several genres, from poetry to analysis, from memoir to fiction.
Luke Weidemoyer '23
Virginia B. Day Prize - awarded annually to the senior who best exemplifies sensitivity and concern for the welfare of others and a love of literature and theatre. (Awarded jointly with Performing Arts)
Ruby Moyer '23
Michael S. Kane ’73 Memorial Prizes for Published Writing - presented each year in memory of Michael Kane, Class of 1973, who distinguished himself at Germantown Academy as a superb student and a great lover of books.
Prize for Creative Writing - to the student who writes the finest poem or creative prose published in an Upper School publication within the last 12 months.
Alycia Steck '25 for “Pomegranate,” published I the Academy Monthly, March 2023
Prize for Expository Writing - to the student who writes the finest article, essay, editorial, or other expository prose published in an Upper School publication within the last 12 months.
Shae Sawyer-St.Clair '24 for the op-ed article: “Book Banning,” published in The Edition, November 2022
ATHLETIC AND SCHOLARSHIP PRIZES
Leopold Memorial Prize - presented in honor of Dr. Raymond S. Leopold of the Class of 1902. Awarded in 9th grade to two students for the best effort in athletics and scholarship.
Anna Weber '26 & Jett Dickerson '26
Osbourn Memorial Medal - presented by the Academy Club in honor of Dr. Samuel E. Osbourn, Headmaster 1915-1948. Awarded in 10th grade to two students for the best effort in athletics and scholarship.
Andrew Towsen '25 & Sydney Wanner '25
Gummey Memorial Prize - for two members of the junior class who makes the greatest endeavor in athletics and scholarship. Dr. Frank B. Gummey, '85, long-time Trustee and friend of the School, was an outstanding athlete in both school and college.
Isabelle Lieu '24 & Andrew Zhou '24
William David Lyons '46 Memorial Cup - presented by his parents to members of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the Head of School and the Faculty, are outstanding in combining the qualities of academic achievement, leadership and athletic effort.
Kayla D’Eletto '23 & Jonathan Freeman '23
Blazer Pin Award - awarded to the junior who demonstrates the combined qualities of leadership, determination, and capability on the athletic field, in the classroom, and through participation in extra-curricular activities.
Caitlin Lozano '24
Girls Athletic Association Bowl - presented to a senior for sportsmanship and athletic ability.
Serena Bagga '23
Bernard Dallas Award - presented to a senior who has contributed the most to the athletic program with leadership, athletic ability, and sportsmanship.
Walker Schwartz '23
James Buckley Prize - awarded to the two seniors for sportsmanship and significant contribution to the athletic program.
Sage Battisto '23 and Haiden Bonczek '23
Phyllis Morrison Biddle Award - recognizes those seniors who have played three sports for all four years.
Carolyn Connolly '23
Hannah Manusov '23
Abigail Marino '23
Aja McBride '23
Charles Murgia '23
Jacob Spain '23
CHARACTER and INFLUENCE PRIZES
Owen J. Roberts Memorial Prize - established by the Academy in memory of Justice Roberts, Class of 1891, lifelong public servant and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, 1930-1945. To be awarded to two students in 9th grade who best exemplifies the originality of thought and independence of judgment which characterized the life and work of Justice Roberts.
Nina Sager '26 & Evan Badami '26
M.C. Kimber Memorial Prize - established in 1878 by a bequest of Mrs. Margaret C. Kimber in memory of her son Marmaduke Cope Kimber, a teacher in the Classical Department. Presented to two students in 10th grade who in the judgment of the Head of School has shown "diligence of study, and good behavior toward teachers and schoolmates."
Lawrence Zhan '25 & Sarah Cohen '25
E.I.H. Howell Award - presented by Mr. Howell of the Class of 1856 and for many years a Trustee. Awarded to two students in the junior year for character, school spirit, and influence upon classmates.
Isabella Casey '24 & Alexander Brereton '24
Nahill Memorial Medal - established in 1964 by the Class of 1960 in memory of their President, George Gregory Nahill. to be awarded to the students of the senior class who, by vote of the class, has done the most to further class unity.
Morgan Hellebusch '23 & Samuel Wang '23
The Osbourn Award for Ethics - endowed by the Class of 1944, goes to that senior who has made a significant achievement in academics or other activities while adhering to the high ethical standards encouraged by our headmaster, Dr. Samuel E. Osbourn. Particular emphasis is placed on good character demonstrated by integrity and morality, a harmonious relationship with faculty and fellow students, diligent effort in all pursuits and an awareness of duty to school and community.
Amelia Reaume '23
The Christopher J. Nunes Memorial Prize – award to the junior who best embodies the spirit of Christopher J. Nunes, Class of 2014, who passed away during his senior year after a noble battle with leukemia. The recipient should live as Chris lived. He or she should be a proud yet humble scholar who relishes intellectual debate, demonstrates an avid interest in the arts, and is an ‘unsung hero’ who pursues passions for the joy of the pursuit without regard for the spotlight. The recipient receives a plaque of recognition and the privilege of using Chris’s parking spot during the twelfth grade.
Anthony DiFranco '24
Carol R. Buckley Community Scholar Award - given to one or two students in the junior class who, upon entering senior year, are recognized for outstanding contributions to Germantown Academy through service to the GA community, positive influence and leadership, school spirit, and academic effort.
Sebastian Cortes '24 and Lucy Fassler '24
Rotary Club of Ambler Community Service Scholarship - in honor of Dr. K. Stanley Nagahashi, awarded to a student who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities and has demonstrated the primary object of Rotary Internationals motto of "service above self."
Morgan Hellebusch '23
Academy Service Award - To a member of the senior class who has given service to the Academy, the students and the community at large.
Ava Toren '23
The Very Reverend John N. Peabody >32 Award - given each year to a member of the graduating class who, through his or her efforts within the Upper School=s Community Service Organization, best exemplifies the extraordinary spirit of Jack Peabody, Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore. Dean Peabody is honored for his work as a neighborhood activist who secured rights for and services to the poor, and for his untiring efforts in support of world peace.
Hannah Manusov '23
Michael Groll Memorial Award - awarded to a senior "whose scholarship is most esteemed by the faculty."
Luke Weidemoyer '23
John Kenneth Pickering Award - given each year by the parents of the Class of 1991. This prize is awarded to that student in senior year who with most distinction, according to the faculty, has shown joy in learning, pride in hard work, and intellectual interests that are various and deep - in short, to a student who truly is a student.
Stella Lee '23
Harvard Book Award - awarded to the member of the junior class who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields.
Ansh Kakadia '24
Jefferson Book Award - awarded to the member of the junior class who best embodies leadership, commitment to community, and overall academic excellence.
Claire Durkin '24
University of Pennsylvania Book Award - awarded to two members of the junior class who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of Benjamin Franklin – a scholar, innovator, and one who serves the community. Typically within the top five percent of their class and a leader in one or more of the following: student government, music, drama, athletics, journalism or community service.
Samantha Kostacos '24 & Isabelle Lieu '24
Yale Book Award - awarded to the member of the junior class who best displays outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.
Carmela Jenckes ‘24
Princeton Book Award – awarded to the member of the junior class who best demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and exemplary service to community.
Andrew Zhou ‘24
Phi Beta Kappa Prize - awarded by the Philadelphia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to the student in the senior class who excels in scholarship and who possesses inherent integrity and character.
Aisosa Idahosa ‘23
MCNEIL PATRIOT SCHOLARS
The McNeil Patriot Scholarship Award - awarded to four students in the junior class who have built an uncompromised reputation in the following areas: leadership, personal character and conduct, scholarship and full engagement in the extra-curricular life of the school. The four awards are named in honor of four legendary GA educators:
Peter Biggs 1760 - whose teaching of history and unyielding ethical values inspired a love of learning and a respect for scholarship and discipline in a generation of GA students, and whose service as Assistant Head of the School, at that difficult time of transition when GA was establishing itself in Fort Washington, was a model of unselfish devotion to the needs of the larger community.
Andrei Vava '24
Virginia Belle Day 1760 - whose teaching of English and drama, and whose warmth of personality, inspired a love of learning and a love of school in a generation of GA students, and whose leadership as the first Dean of Girls made possible the successful transition of Germantown Academy from an all boys to a fully coeducational institution.
Angie Wang '24
Suzanne Baird Perot 1760 - who, as the school=s first psychologist, and as an English teacher in the Upper School, shared, with a generation of students, teachers, and parents, her extensive knowledge of how students learn, how relationships flourish, and why good stories and good writing matter, and, who, as Dean of the Faculty and Studies, provided the quiet, steady, but passionate in-school leadership that helped create and achieve ambitious Strategic Plans in 1992 and in 1997 that enhanced the school’s reputation for educational excellence and entrepreneurial spirit.
Elaine Li '24
E. Daniels Rankin 1760 - whose teaching of history, especially his creation of the course on Civil Liberties, inspired a love of learning and the development of a social conscience in a generation of GA students, and whose signature role as the founding Dean of the Faculty symbolized the full emergence of the Academy’s focused desire to establish professional standards for the hiring of faculty and for overseeing their professional growth and personal well-being.
Lucas Philip '24