Announcing 2014 Award Recipients

At the end of the school year, our Middle and Upper Schools held awards ceremonies to recognize students for a variety of achievements. Below please find a list of this year’s award winners and join us in congratulating all our students on their accomplishments this school year!

UPPER SCHOOL

Columbia Class of 1957 Forum Award – Senior Class of 2014

Cum Laude Induction – Weifeng Hu, Ryan Grimes, Carolyn Dubnik, Mallory Mintz, Maria Rainero, Ryan Dens, Emily Paszko

Cornell Essay Award – Evan Bourtis

English – Tucker Gosnell ’77 Prize in English – Aamir Zainulabadeen

World Language
French – Ménedès-La Flèche Award – Haley Glazer
Latin Prize – Samuel Ryckaert
Elizabeth Coffin Bynum – Alyssa Marino
Pablo Neurda – Martijn Appelo

Concours National
9th graders
Alexis Carter
Phelan Conheady
Ryann Greene
Danielle Chuprun (N)
Lucien Nicosia
Madelon Queenan

10th graders
Fateemah Saleem
Gavin Flood
Alena Ragan
Pia von Grone

11th graders
William Sutor
Savanna Atwal
Carly Baker
Haley Glazer (N)

12th graders
Olivia Kneller
Emma Rowlands

National Spanish Exam Awards
Level 2 – Eva Appelo (silver), Anne Pinkney (silver)
Level 3 – Haley Glazer (gold), Noah Meyers (silver), Guy Marino (silver), Emily Paszko (silver)
Level 4 – Samuel Ryckaert (bronze)
Level 5 – Alexander Frenett (silver), Martijn Appelo (silver)

National Latin Exam Winners
Mukuundo Luhiso – Cum Laude
Sofi Wolfanger-Vitale – Cum Laude
Nathan Morse – Silver Maxima Cum Laude
James Brimlow – Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Olivia Bono – Cum Laude
Samuel Ryckaert – Gold Summa Cum Laude
Hye Jin Jun – Magna Cum Laude
Xavier Francis – Silver Maxima Cum Laude

Math
Churchill-Yager – Alexander Frenett and Weifeng Hu

Science
Bausch & Lomb – Yanhao Rick Zhao
Class of 1978 Science Prize – John Jamieson

History
Catherine Nevius – Martijn Appelo
Edwin “Ted” Atwood Prize in History– Mallory Mintz

Computer Science Department Award – T.J. Eilinger

Art
Kevin Stein Class of 1982 Art Prize – Emma Rowlands

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Emma Rowlands
Brynne Colella
Ryan Grimes
JaeYeon Chung
Jixuan “Grace” Guo
Abby Lindsey
Shahil Subba

Music
Bob Stata Instrumental Music Award– Russell Hegedorn
Vocal Music Award – Abi Long

Karolina Breit, NYSSMA Piano Festival, Level 4
Calvin Beaton, NYSSMA Vocal Solo, Level 1
Alena Ragan, MCSMA Vocal Solo
Eva Martin, All County Womens Choir
William Sutor, All County Senior High Choir
Jillian Oddo, NYSSMA All-State Vocal Solo Festival, Level 6
Gavin Flood, All County Vocal Jazz Ensemble,
NYSSMA All-State Vocal Jazz Solo Festival, Level 6
Maria Rainero, NYSSMA Vocal Solo Level 5
Abi Long, All County Vocal Jazz Ensemble
NYSSMA All-State Vocal Jazz Solo Festival, Level 6
Conference All-State Vocal Jazz Alternate
Abby Lindsey, Cello, Level 6, AAS Orchestra
Paul Matos, Alto Sax, Level 6
Peter Matos, Alto Sax, Level 5
Rudolph Quamina, Cello, Level 5
Fateemah Saleem, Alto Sax, Levels 3 and 4
Alena Ragan, Cello, Level 3
Danielle Chuprun, Flute, Level 4
Nadia Linton, Violin, Level 6, Orchestra

Drama
Dramatic Arts Award – Martijn Appelo

National Merit Scholarship Recognitions
National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Scholars: Isaac Aub and Olivia Kneller

National Merit Scholarship Corporation – Xerox Foundation Scholarship: T.J. Eilinger

National Merit Scholarship Corporation – National Merit Scholar: Alexander Frenett

Jeff Huff ’84 Memorial Award – Michael Lovejoy

Sherman Farnham, Jr., ’62 and Anne Morris Farnham, ’64 Community Service Award – Lawrence Rowlands

Della E. Simpson Memorial Prize – Maria Rainero

University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award – Emily Yax

Rensselaer Medal – Ryan Dens

Brown University Book Award – Haley Glazer

Dartmouth College Book Award – Emily Paszko

Williams College Book Award – Ricky Yates

Williams Cup – Jessica Pembroke

Community Service Award – Aamir Zainulabadeen

Ray Hickok, Jr. Award – Weifeng Hu

Athletic Association Sportsmanship Award – Christina Myers

Gannett Cup – Shahil Subba

Headmaster’s Prize in Memory of Peter Schwartz by the Class of ’54 – Erin Amborski

John Harrison Alumni Award – Martijn Appelo

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School Merit Award – Indiia Maring

2013-2014 Chris Hickok Award – Caroline Mealey

Helen Monroe Award – Fiona Lutz and Elizabeth Cotter

2013-2014 Cygnet Award – Corwin Perry

Nicholas Milella Memorial Award – Jean-Paul Klem and Maeve Gleeson

Writing Awards
Megan Mogauro (6th grade)
Jean-Paul Klem (7th grade)

National Geographic Bee Medal – JT Coupal

Middle School National Spanish Exam Bronze Winners
Anjana Seshadri
Aditi Seshadri

Middle School Spanish Award Winners
Cassidy Draper (7th Grade)
Rotsirohawi Galban (8th Grade)

Middle School National French Contest Winners
7th graders
Anna Granat
Jean-Paul Klem
Nathaniel Pifer
Misha Zain

8th graders
Lennon Green
Nathan Yax
James Bourtis (N)
Jason (JT) Coupal
Thomas Cylke (N)
Danielle Fuller

French Honors Society
8th graders
James Bourtis
Thomas Cylke

NYSSMA
Riley Leibeck, NYSSMA Vocal Solo, Level 2
Elizabeth Cotter, NYSSMA Vocal Solo, Level 2
Rebecca McQuilken, NYSSMA Vocal Solo, Level 4
Annabelle Blake, MCSMA Vocal Solo, Level 1
Sera Anderson, NYSSMA Piano Solo Festival, Level 4

Middle School Solo Fest Winners
Thomas Cylke, Alto Sax, Level 4
Danielle Fuller, Clarinet, Level 4
Marissa Frenett, Trumpet, Level 2
John Phillips, Trumpet, Level 2
Andrew Ragan, Alto Sax, Level 2, Violin, Level 4
Riley Leibeck, Baritone, Level 2

5th Grader, Zoe Crego, performed a Level 1 solo on the trombone

Middle School Continental Mathematics League
6th Graders
1st – Elizabeth Cotter
2nd – Dylan Reece
3rd – Riley Leibeck

7th Graders
1st – Nathaniel Pifer
2nd (tie) – Cassidy Draper
2nd (tie) – Jean-Paul Klem
3rd – James Morrell

8th Graders
1st – James Bourtis
2nd – Thomas Cylke
3rd – Nathan Yax

American Mathematics Contest Awards
6th Graders
1st:  Henry Nicosia
2nd (tie):  Gifford Campbell
2nd (tie):  Elizabeth Cotter
2nd (tie):  Cameron Perry
3rd (tie):  Annabelle Blake
3rd (tie):  Kyla Carter
3rd (tie):  Joseph (Luke) Dioguardi
3rd (tie):  Cassandra Northrup

7th Graders
1st:   Nathaniel Pifer
2nd (tie):  Nicole Filipi
2nd (tie):  James Morrell
3rd (tie):   Maeve Gleeson
3rd (tie):   Mikayla Gross
3rd (tie):   John Karis
3rd (tie):   John Phillips

8th Graders:
1st:   Thomas Cylke (Also School Winner)
2nd (tie):  Lauren Browning
2nd (tie):  Nathan Yax
3rd (tie):  James Bourtis
3rd (tie):  Rebecca McQuilken
3rd (tie):  Aditi Seshadri

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AC Class of 2014 Receives $3.1 Million in Merit Scholarships

Class of 2014We are thrilled to share that members of AC’s Class of 2014 have been offered $3.1 million in academic college scholarships. Our graduates are heading to exciting places next year, see below for a list of the Class of 2014’s plans for next year:

American University
Amherst College
Berklee College of Music
Carleton College
Cornell University
Emory University
The George Washington University
Ithaca College
Lafayette College
Miami University of Ohio
Nazareth College
Princeton University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Syracuse University
Tulane University
The United States Air Force Academy
University of Michigan (2)
University of Rochester
University of Rochester, Early Medical Scholars Program
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Gap Year, Ithaca College fall 2015
Gap Year, Roberts Wesleyan College fall 2015
Gap Year, Rochester Institute of Technology fall 2015
Gap Year, Washington University in St. Louis fall 2015
Gap Year, applying to universities in South Korea

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Two AC Students Selected as Young Women of Distinction Finalists

Women of Distinction 2014Please join us in congratulating Erin Amborski and Juliana Levinson for their selection as finalists in the Young Women of Distinction Award contest and for Erin’s selection as one of the four $2,000 scholarship winners. High schools nominate young women who have “demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their community, leadership among their peers, and stellar academic achievement” and Erin and Juliana were two of 20 finalists selected from 80 nominations, making AC one of just a few schools to have more than one student recognized. This award is sponsored by the Rochester Business Alliance Women’s Council and the young women were recognized at a ceremony at the SUNY Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. Pictured here are Juliana and Erin with Kristin Merriman, AC’s College Advisor.

Posted in Home, Kid Kudos, Upper School

AC Students Reflect on their Experience Performing at the Strong National Museum of Play

StrongShow1Our Upper School theatre class recently performed the play “You Don’t Have to Wear a Cape” at the Strong National Museum of Play! Our students created this play about a boy’s quest to discover real-life superheros and co-wrote the script, designed the set and costumes, and acted in the production! Several students reflected on this fantastic experience; their comments are included here:

“This experience was unbelievable, as it brought the class together for one big project. We laughed, we acted, and we did it. I feel like this project brought some of us together in a way that no other class would’ve done.” – Peter Riveros

“Like in every theatre group we were thrown unexpected twists and problems that we learned to cope with as a team. We worked together and built a team to create a show that, when completed, I would describe as … rewarding.” – Allyssa Marino

Strong Show 2“My contribution for the production was mostly through the poster design. There were many times where we would get together as a group and see what the poster was lacking or what we could do to make it better. Although it was tedious and time consuming, I am very pleased with the outcome of the poster.” – Mukkuundo Luhiso

“The play at the Strong Museum went a lot better than I had thought it would! Sure there were a few mishaps here and there but there was a dramatic difference in the way we performed the first play to the way we performed the last play! The fourth showing was by far my favorite, everyone improved drastically. I’m very proud of my group of actors and stage hands.” – Caroline Tucker

“Being able to communicate with the young children in the audience was great. I had the opportunity to introduce the show and get everyone excited about what they were about to see. I think they really enjoyed being able to voice themselves and say what their favorite superheroes were – it showed them that their opinions matter.” – Sarah Williams

“Everyone remembered every single line and their positions when they got on stage. All the lights, audience, settings, and performers, everything, everyone made this show. It made me feel successful to be a real director.” – Luxuan Sheng

“Working on the stage crew for the play was a long and stressful process but in the end I thought that it was all worth it to see the play that we wrote and developed come to life on stage. Our actors were able to perform very well with very few errors, and if a line was forgotten, everyone was still able to recover from it, and the set design made it very easy for the scene changes to be done quickly. Overall I think that our first real performance was a success and I hope that our audiences enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed working on it.” – Conner Shumway

“I enjoyed performing at The Strong because it was fun performing at a new place. I also enjoyed writing the play too.” – Quinn Johnson

“Performing at Strong National Museum of Play was exhilarating and daunting at the same time. The first time we performed the play we were a little bit nervous, however by the third and fourth time we had perfected every scene, as the space had become familiar, and so had the dialogues. It was an extremely fun experience that brought us together as a team and helped us form a bond we will never forget.” – Eeman Haider

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Talk to the Expert Tuesday: Martha Bjorklund

AC_FunFactFriday_042814_R1We are excited to introduce a new series called Talk to the Expert Tuesdays! Through this series, once a month we will share insights and information from some of the experts right here on the AC campus.

For our first Talk to the Expert Tuesday, we are delighted to feature AC faculty member Martha Bjorklund. Martha is AC’s Enrichment Specialist and has been at AC for over 14 years with 30 years of teaching experience! If a student or class has a special interest, and they want to investigate more about the subject or dig deeper about what they are studying, Martha is the person to go to! She collaborates with other professionals at AC as well as the outside community to help bring our students real-life learning opportunities. She leads programs like Reading Stars for our pre-kindergarten students and Entrepreneur Day for our third through fifth grade students.

Martha BjorklundMartha is a graduate of Skidmore College with a B.S. in Education and has her master’s degree in Reading from Fordham University. She’s received the Melissa Mosher Bilodeau Memorial Award for superior performance in both academic achievement and fieldwork in education as well as the honor of the Virginia and Fred Gordon Chair in Elementary Education for excellence in teaching in the elementary grades. In addition, Martha is a speaker at the following conferences: the National Science Teachers Association, Association of Math Teachers of New York State, Association of Math Teachers of the Rochester Area conferences, and New York State Independent School Association Technology Conference.

Martha says the best part about her role at AC is working with students of all ages from nursery through fifth grade at Allendale Columbia and collaborating with faculty and students from all divisions. She said, “With my students I am able to encourage curiosity, as well as promote academic, intellectual, and creative development with a variety of projects. I agree with philosopher John Dewey that ‘Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.’”

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