Category: Student Spotlight

Red Carpet Awards 2017

Our annual Red Carpet Awards honored Arts students who excelled in the Music, Dance, Visual Art, and Theater programs. This fun, flashy event recognized Middle and Upper School students who made a notable contribution to the Arts at MacDuffie.

“Art allows us to do just that, to question ourselves and others and to be rule breakers,” said dance teacher Ms. Muzzy as the evening wrapped up. “We as teachers urge you to be big, bold and make mistakes, especially in the classroom. It’s when we step into the unknown and face our deepest fears that we actually accomplish creative, inspiring moments of truth and shine brighter.”

The following is a list of awards and recipients:

Multi-Program Outstanding Multi-Discipline Artist: Guo (Daisy) Cheng ’17
Outstanding Vocalist – Upper School: Courtney Hurley ’17
Outstanding Instrumentalist – Upper School: Camellia Liu ’17
Outstanding instrumentalist – Middle School: Marie Hua, Yunshu Wang ’21
Musical Versatility Award: Allan Wan ’17, Alex Wang ’18
Most Improved Vocalist Award – Upper School: Oliver Wang ’19
Most Improved Vocalist – Middle School: Madi Hernandez ’21
Most Improved Instrumentalist – Upper School: Celine Wang ’18
Most Improved Instrumentalist – Middle School: Zach Mavlouganes ’23
Excellence in Music Technology: Jonah Abrams ’19, Carlo DeFelice ’19
Outstanding Stage Performance: Kezia Nunaki ’17
Senior Recognition: Camellia Liu ’17, Daisy Cheng ’17, Allan Wan ’17, Ade Olua ’17, Presheila Pandori ’17, Kezia Nunaki ’17, Eveline Hamadi ’17, Steven Liu ’17, Brandon Hwang ’17, Haley Yue ’17,
Courtney Hurley ’17, Rustam Samimi ’17, Namphet Wongkanha ’17
Excellence in Technique: Ethan Deecher ’18
Excellence in Creativity: Georgianna Brown ’19, Talia Wiesel ’19
Excellence in Creativity & Technique: Nicolette Peterson ’19, Sarah Scott ’19
The Golden Easel: Alana Ford ’17
Most promising newcomer in Middle School Visual Arts: Julianna Mason ’23
Excellence in Visual Art Creativity: Victoria Vecchione ’21
Excellence in Visual Art Technique: Jillian Ouimet ’21
Excellence in Visual Art Creativity & Technique: Lily Griffin ’21
Most Promising Newcomer in Middle School Visual Arts: Marie Hua ’22
Most Promising Newcomer in Visual Arts: Daniella Tishchenko ’20, Ian Hua ’20
Choreographic Excellence Award: Delores (Dolly) Cupak ’17, Jing (Angela) Tang ’17
Performance Award: Lucia Deda ’17, Julio Kbarek ’17, Jordan Skibel ’18
Emerging Dancer Award: Hannah Donnelly ’22
Dancer Award-Silver Slipper: Sam Hackett ’17, Ratchadapor (Namphet) Wongkanha ’17
Dance Scholar Award: Chloe LaDuke ’19, Taylor Pluta ’18, Sophie Sharp ’19
Dance Service Award aka Right Hand Person: Zeynep Erol ’18, Florence Tshimanga ’17
Senior Dance Award: Alexis Chapin ’17, Daisy Cheng ’17, Dolly Cupak ’17, Lucia Deda ’17, Alexa Dermody ’17, Jake Grondin ’17, Sam Hackett ’17, Eveline Hamadi ’17, Courtney Hurley ’17, Jessie Hurley ’17, Julio Kbarek ’17, Ayano Kubota ’17, Movits Laowrattana ’17, Shannon Li ’17, Whitney Peng ’17, Mai Nguyen ’17, Prisheila Pandori ’17, Isabel Perez ’17, Cassidy Polga ’17, Angela Tang ’17, Tira Xia ’17, Namphet Wongkanha ’17
The Middle School Golden Flashlight: Victoria Vecchione ’21
The Golden Flashlight: Beyza Yilmaz ’18
Best Hot Glue Gun Operator: Seungyeon (Jade) Hong ’18
Outstanding Newcomer in Theater: Nam Vo ’18
Outstanding Supporting Performer: Long Chau ’18
Outstanding Middle School Performer: Sophie Stetson ’22
Outstanding Breakout Performer: Tae Seol (Kevin) Hong ’18
Outstanding Upper School Performer: Varona Maysonet-Ayala ’18
Edwin F. Lyman Technical Award: Alana Ford ’17
Special Achievement in Theater Award: Megan Jacques ’20
Senior Achievement Award: Eveline Hamadi ’17

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to the Arts faculty for cultivating creativity in our community.

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Spring Sports Awards

Congratulations to all the student athletes who were honored at the Spring Sports Awards, and thank you to all the coaches who help make this season a success!

As well as teams, the following individual players were honored:

Most Valuable Player
Ade Olua ’17 – Badminton
Shannon Li ’17 – Crew
Ryleigh Cauley ’19 – Lacrosse
Kacey Deecher ’20 – Tennis
Marus Ludkiewicz ’17 – Track & Field
Connor Stevenson ’17 – Ultimate Frisbee

Most Improved Player
Prin Jitroongruangchai ’17 – Badminton
Avery Anderson ’19 – Crew
Grace Drost ’20 – Lacrosse
Nicholas Wang ’20 – Tennis
Ibrahim Koc ’19 – Track & Field
Vincent Pedersen ’18 – Ultimate Frisbee

Coach’s Award
Ludder Lu ’17 – Badminton
Jake Grondin ’17 – Golf
Talia Wiesel ’19 – Lacrosse
Beyza Tumturk ’18 – Tennis
Nicolette Peterson ’19 – Track & Field
Henry Ho ’17 – Ultimate Frisbee

Players’ Choice Award
Collin Wu ’19 – Badminton
Tim Yu ’17 – Crew
Kiara Rogers ’22 – Lacrosse
Eric Xiong ’19 – Tennis
Evan Murdock ’17 – Track & Field
Ethan Shelburne ’17 – Ultimate Frisbee

Thank you to Mrs. Cauley for the photos!

Kakar Signs with Barton College

Congratulations to  student-athlete Jake Kakar ’17  on signing with Barton College!

Kakar, a 6’4” shooting guard, received a scholarship to play basketball for the Division II Barton Bulldogs. Located in Wilson, North Carolina, Barton College is a private liberal arts school with a strong athletics program. In 2007, the Men’s Basketball Team won the NCAA Division II Championship.

“I believe Barton College gives me the best opportunity to be successful,” says Kakar. “It was a perfect fit, and I hope to have an immediate impact on the court and in the community.”

Nicely done, Jake. We wish you every success!

2016-17 Winter Sports Awards

We held our annual Winter Sports Awards event recently to honor some of our extraordinary student-athletes. Congratulations to those who received an award, and thank you to the teammates, coaches, and fans for your encouragement and support!

Most Valuable Player
Kacey Deecher  ’20 – Basketball
Dana Tate ’18  – Basketball
Jayden Holder ’20 – Basketball
Owen Albanese ’18 – Swimming

Most Improved Player
Jocelyn St. Onge ’18 – Basketball
Franck Kepnang Ndjong ’20 – Basketball
Jola Oke ’18 – Basketball
Rose Nguyen ’20 – Swimming

Coach’s Award
Emilee Auclair ’18 – Basketball
Austin Nzige-Nyambok ’17 – Basketball
Jayden Holder ’20 – Basketball
Whitney Peng ’17 – Swimming

Players’ Choice Award
Sarah Scott ’19 – Basketball
Jake Kakar ’17 – Basketball
Ethan Deecher ’18 – Basketball
Tim Yu ’17 – Swimming

Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College

Each January, our Latin students head to Mount Holyoke College for Classics Day. We had an excellent showing once again this year, with a number of students winning for artwork, oration, and Certamen competitions (sort of like Classics Jeopardy!):

Art Contest, 3rd prize in the poster category, “Roman Timekeeping”: Ethan Shelburne ’17
Art Contest, 2nd prize in the poster category, “Roman Women: Ideals and Realities”: Dolly Cupak ’17
Art Contest: 2nd prize in the model category, “Palace of King Herod”: Emmi Nunes ’22

Oral Recitation, Advanced Level, Poetry, 2nd prize: Yangshuyan Eve Rui ’17

Certamen team, Latin I, 3rd place: Ian Hua ’20, Jinglin Gene Qu ’18, Chloe DeAngelis ’20, Maddie LaChance ’20
Certamen, team Myth, 2nd place: Piper Polga ’22, Kyah Brown ’20, Lily Griffin ’21, Marie Hua ’22

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to Classics teacher Mr. Taravella for the training and to all who participated!