Category: Around The Circle

Announcing First Semester Honor Roll

Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students whose academic effort has earned them distinct placement on first semester honor roll. The honor roll serves to recognize students who have achieved noteworthy grades and effort in their course work. The honor roll is determined each semester based on the grades earned in that semester. Truly an achievement to be proud of!


This list is organized by grade and then alphabetically.


First Name Last Name Grade Recognition
Oliver Barcome-Laflamme 6 Maximum Honors
Danielle Kim 6 High Honors
Mateo Lopez 6 Maximum Honors
Brooklynn Moore 6 Maximum Honors
Mika Sellers 6 Maximum Honors
Seth Tramazzo 6 Maximum Honors
Gabrielle Benoit 7 Maximum Honors
Matthew Brown 7 High Honors
Moroni Hua 7 Maximum Honors
Koda Jacque 7 Honors
Samantha Keser 7 Maximum Honors
Ayden Legowski 7 Honors
Tineus McCluster 7 High Honors
Emily Parnicky 7 Maximum Honors
Adam Stetson 7 Maximum Honors
Sara Avery 8 Maximum Honors
Sophie Griffin 8 Honors
Julianna Mason 8 Maximum Honors
Zachary Mavlouganes 8 Honors
John Mayock 8 Honors
Logan Nacewicz 8 High Honors
Artem Nazarov 8 Maximum Honors
Vivian O’Connor 8 Honors
William Platt 8 High Honors
Ryan Priestly 8 Maximum Honors
Jillian Scott 8 High Honors
Gabriel Shumway 8 Maximum Honors
Nathan Stevenson 8 Maximum Honors
Alexis Stratton 8 High Honors
Reece Tramazzo 8 High Honors
Alexa Wiesel 8 High Honors
Edinam Ablordeppey 9 Maximum Honors
Elikem Ablordeppey 9 Honors
Michael Aboukasm 9 High Honors
Mariel Baez 9 Maximum Honors
Kexin Chen 9 Honors
Yuxin Duan 9 Honors
Nevaeh Grimes 9 Maximum Honors
Samantha Jacques 9 Maximum Honors
Zi Jian Jiang 9 Maximum Honors
Brianna Jones 9 Maximum Honors
Seiri Lee 9 Honors
Jiahui Liao 9 High Honors
Zhongxi Liu 9 Honors
Kaitao Luo 9 Maximum Honors
Sasha Middleton 9 Effort
Akana Nakamura 9 Maximum Honors
Madeline Niedbala 9 Honors
Olivia Niedbala 9 Honors
Emmi Nunes 9 Honors
Angelika Osowiecki 9 Maximum Honors
Ashlie Peña 9 Maximum Honors
Piper Polga 9 Maximum Honors
Kiara Rogers 9 Maximum Honors
Polina Spirina 9 High Honors
Brian Squire 9 Maximum Honors
Zi Wang 9 High Honors
Minhao Xie 9 Honors
Chengling Xu 9 High Honors
Lal Yuksel 9 High Honors
Syeda Zahoor 9 High Honors
Zhiyu Zhu 9 Honors
Mohammed Abbasi 10 Maximum Honors
Dima Aboukasm 10 Maximum Honors
Khizre Ahmad 10 Honors
Junqi Cui 10 High Honors
Vy Dinh 10 High Honors
Lily Griffin 10 Maximum Honors
Kiet Hoang 10 Maximum Honors
Ly Hoang 10 Maximum Honors
Qi Hu 10 High Honors
Marie Hua 10 Maximum Honors
Ksenia Kondratyeva 10 Maximum Honors
Anh Le 10 Maximum Honors
Haisu Le 10 Effort
Jinqi Liu 10 High Honors
Jiahao Lu 10 Honors
Katazyna Ludkiewicz 10 Maximum Honors
Evan Manioudakis 10 Effort
Anh Nguyen 10 High Honors
Nam Nguyen 10 Honors
Tuscan Onuoha 10 Honors
Jillian Ouimet 10 Honors
Leslie Peña 10 Maximum Honors
Zachary Roulier 10 High Honors
Chenling Tang 10 High Honors
Maxim Tishchenko 10 Maximum Honors
Laurel Tramazzo 10 High Honors
Zhirui Xia 10 High Honors
Junmin Zhu 10 Maximum Honors
Zhexi Zhu 10 Honors
Wenxin Zou 10 Maximum Honors
Sofiia Akhmechet 11 Maximum Honors
Daiki Akita 11 Effort
Hoang Bui 11 High Honors
An Cao 11 Maximum Honors
Hanghe Cao 11 Honors
Marcus Cole 11 Maximum Honors
Cam Corliss 11 Maximum Honors
Derrick Cruz 11 Honors
Duc Dao 11 Maximum Honors
Dung Doan 11 Honors
Grace Drost 11 High Honors
Cem Erol 11 Honors
Ian Hua 11 Maximum Honors
Efim Ivanov 11 High Honors
Alison Jackson 11 Maximum Honors
Megan Jacques 11 Honors
Arina Kharakhashyan 11 Maximum Honors
Madeleine LaChance 11 Maximum Honors
Ha Le 11 High Honors
Son Le 11 Maximum Honors
Maya Levine 11 Maximum Honors
Peiyuan Lin 11 Maximum Honors
Yujia Liu 11 Honors
Martina Lopez 11 Honors
Ningxuan Lu 11 Honors
Huiqin Mao 11 High Honors
Reiya Matsuoka 11 Effort
Dale Messer 11 Maximum Honors
Gia Khanh Nguyen 11 Honors
Hiep Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Nhung Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Trung Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Quan Nguyen 11 High Honors
Athis Osathapan 11 Maximum Honors
John Parrish 11 High Honors
Cathrine Pedersen 11 Effort
Savannah Richard 11 Maximum Honors
Jordyn Shepard 11 High Honors
Phoebe Shelburne 11 Honors
Daniela Tishchenko 11 Maximum Honors
Ayse Beyza Tumturk 11 Maximum Honors
Mehmet Tuncer 11 High Honors
Si Jun Wang 11 Maximum Honors
Jonah Abrams 12 Honors
Turec Akalin 12 High Honors
Charles Avery 12 Honors
Aurora Basnet 12 Maximum Honors
John Lucas Bellingall 12 Maximum Honors
Georgianna Brown 12 Maximum Honors
Ryleigh Cauley 12 Honors
Asmaa Chaudhry 12 Maximum Honors
Yanru Chen 12 Maximum Honors
Julia Cloutier 12 Maximum Honors
Michael Cruz 12 Honors
Mikhail Galaktionov 12 Maximum Honors
Mustafa Gureltol 12 Maximum Honors
Yunxia Hallowell 12 Maximum Honors
Ziqi He 12 High Honors
Eugene Hong 12 High Honors
Xiaochu Hu 12 Maximum Honors
Hazim Jaber 12 High Honors
Craig Judicki 12 Maximum Honors
Gabriella Keser 12 Maximum Honors
Jessie Kong 12 Maximum Honors
Chloe LaDuke 12 Maximum Honors
Kirill Lazarev 12 Maximum Honors
Huong Le 12 Maximum Honors
May Le 12 Maximum Honors
Alexis Legowski 12 Maximum Honors
Manning Li 12 High Honors
Jiachen Lu 12 Honors
Anna Ludkiewicz 12 Maximum Honors
Ismael Massoud 12 High Honors
Oliver Mercier 12 Honors
Haley Moriarty 12 Maximum Honors
Avery Murphy 12 High Honors
Matthew Niemczura 12 Maximum Honors
Gia Nguyen 12 High Honors
Hoang Nguyen 12 High Honors
Nicolette Peterson 12 Maximum Honors
Morrigan Planter 12 Honors
Chenxi Pu 12 High Honors
Olivia Ramirez 12 Maximum Honors
Jacob Roulier 12 High Honors
Cynthia Saygan 12 High Honors
Sarah Scott 12 Maximum Honors
Emir Sengun 12 High Honors
Arhum Shaikh 12 Maximum Honors
Sophia Sharp 12 Maximum Honors
Danila Shestakov 12 Honors
Mengqi Sun 12 Maximum Honors
Pelin Top 12 Honors
Zhenhao Wang 12 Honors
Zixun Wang 12 Maximum Honors
Talia Wiesel 12 Maximum Honors
Mengxi Wu 12 Maximum Honors
Yinan Xiao 12 Honors
Hanbei Xiong 12 Maximum Honors
Shiyu Zhao 12 Maximum Honors


Two MacDuffie Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent in Ceremony

A crowd gathered in the library Friday afternoon as The MacDuffie School ushered two students onto their next adventure with an NCAA college signing. Seniors Ala Legowski and Mia Levesque were all smiles for photos during the signing of their National Letters of Intent surrounded by family in front of The MacDuffie School banner in proud tradition.


Following brief words by Head of School Steve Griffin and soccer coach and Athletic Director Meirion George, during which they described the two student-athletes outstanding physical achievements in soccer, as well as expressed thanks to parents, teammates, and the MacDuffie community for their tireless support, the signing began.


Legowski, a senior from South Hadley, MA committed to Northeastern will she will join their Division I soccer program. Levesque, a senior from Monson, MA, also a star soccer player, committed to AIC’s Division I team. Both ladies will join their respective programs this fall.


It’s Lee High vs. MacDuffie School on WGBY

Area teens face off Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. on local quiz show co-produced by the local public television and Westfield State University.


WESTFIELD, MASS. — Local high school teams will match wits next weekend in a quiz show competition broadcast on public television.

The two teams, Lee High School and MacDuffie School, will spar on As Schools Match Wits, airing on WGBY public television Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. (rebroadcast Sunday, Jan. 6 at 10:30 a.m. and available for subsequent online streaming at

As Schools Match Wits (ASMW) pits teams of western New England high schoolers against each other in a fun, but competitive game of academic performance. The competition is open to both public and private high schools throughout western New England.

Each season, up to 50 schools go head-to-head in qualifying matches to see which team can earn the greatest number of points. The eight highest-scoring teams of the season then compete in playoff matches to determine the season’s champion, which is then awarded the coveted Collamore Cup, named for the show’s creator.

Quiz shows like ASMW represent an original type of “reality television.” Everyday people play a game testing their everyday knowledge — and viewers love to play along. As Schools Match Wits adds a unique characteristic: local teen contestants from area high schools.

If you ask ASMW host Beth Ward, the value of the show is multifaceted.

“Year after year, these teens never fail to impress me,” Ward says. “We’ve had some dramatic competitions and tough questions. I hear from viewers all the time who remember one school or another. As Schools Match Wits is a local treasure. I’m honored to be starting up a new season.”

ASMW is a collaborative production of WGBY and Westfield State University (WSU). Produced using Westfield State University facilities, students in the Department of Communications serve as the production crew. WGBY supplies the professional producer, broadcast, marketing, and technical support.

Broadcast weekly during the school year on WGBY, questions for As Schools Match Wits are written by longtime ASMWwriter and judge Dr. Todd Rovelli along with WSU faculty and students in accordance with Massachusetts and Connecticut state high school curriculum guidelines. WSU’s Mark St. Jean of the Department of Communication and WGBY’s Tony Dunne serve as executive producers.

For Dunne, the start of the 58th season feels like homecoming.

“After 12 years of co-production with Westfield State University, every fall feels like putting on a comfortable pair of jeans,” Dunne quips. “We’ve built a great team behind the scenes who have been working together for years and are all highly professional and dedicated.”

Dunne and his WSU colleagues have “fired up the ASMW machine” and have already begun prepping new questions, lining up teams from area schools, and setting up the tournament schedule.