Category: Student Spotlight

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!

 

Students Chosen for UMass Science Program

The University of Massachusetts MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) has partnered with MacDuffie to provide four students with a research opportunity in STEM.

Through ASPIRE (A Student-led Program in Research and Education), the Center’s graduate students (with faculty supervision) mentor high school students in a laboratory experience at UMass Amherst. As part of the 5-week program on Saturday mornings, students perform hands-on polymer laboratory experiments in synthesis, molecular modeling, 3D printing, and mechanical testing. Students also complete an independent project.

Vincent Pedersen ’18, Carrie Lu ’19, Anubhav Khanna ’18, and Jola Oke ’18 were selected after a rigorous application process. Candidates were chosen based on their application, academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and a teacher letter of recommendation.

“This external experience is beneficial in many ways,” said chemistry teacher Kristen Styspeck, who helped coordinate the application process. “It will give the students a real-world, hands-on research experience, allow them to make interpersonal connections at the University, and set them apart from others as they approach the college application process. It’s great to have a resource like the University of Massachusetts with which to partner.”

Congratulations to the participants, and thank you to all who applied. This is quite an honor!

 

2016-17 Fall Sports Awards

We held our annual Fall Sports Awards event last night to honor some of our standout student-athletes. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the student-athletes, coaches, and fans that made the fall season a success!

Most Valuable Player 
Grace Drost ’20 – Soccer
Devon Huard  ’18  – Soccer
Evan Murdock ’17 – Cross Country
Kacey Deecher ’20 – Volleyball

Most Improved Player
Mimi Jung ’18 – Soccer
Mason Baral ’18 – Soccer
Kezia Nunaki ’17 – Cross Country
Maya Levine ’20 – Volleyball

Coach’s Award
Ryleigh Cauley ’19 – Soccer
Julio Kbarek ’17 – Soccer
Ian Hua ’20- Cross Country
Amy Hwang ’18 – Volleyball

Players’ Choice Award 
Ava Marion ’19 – Soccer
Marus Ludkiewicz ’17 – Soccer
Josh St. Pierre ’17 – Cross Country
Donovan Richardson ’17 – Cross Country
Sarah Scott ’19 – Volleyball

Henry Ho ’17 Named Commended Student

Head of School Steve Griffin announced that Henry Ho ’17 has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Henry received a Letter of Commendation from MacDuffie and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic excellence.”

Congratulations, Henry!