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End of Year Honor Roll 2019-2020

Congratulations to The MacDuffie School students who made Honor Roll for the 2019-2020 school year. The entire MacDuffie faculty, fellow students, and your parents and guardians are proud of your sustained academic effort and we believe it is worthy of recognition! This list is sorted by honor, then grade level, and last name.

Effort Honor Roll

Grade 11
Benard, Demitra
Onuoha, Tuscan
Yang, Yutong


Grade 6
Styspeck, Carter

Grade 8
Phuritchonlathit, Benyada
Styspeck, Mary

Grade 9
Li, Chenhao
Mason, Julianna
Wiesel, Alexa

Grade 10
Anz, Teagan
Baez, Mariel
Middleton, Sasha
Niedbala, Madeline
Pileggi, Veronica
Spirina, Polina
Squire, Brian
Toth, Michael
Zhu, Jiaqi

Grade 11
Cui, Junqi
Nguyen, Anh
Ouimet, Jillian
Peña, Leslie
Pontes, Joao
Zhu, Zhexi

Grade 12
Arzumanyan, Hayk
Lorenzini Tavares De Lima, Joao Pedro
Lu, Pengcheng
Poon, Kwan
Yang, Ruochen

High Honors

Grade 6
Li, Kylie

Grade 7
Moore, Brooklynn

Grade 8
Brown, Matthew
Legowski, Ayden
Parnicky, Emily
Phuritchonlathit, Benyapa
Sperry, Lydia

Grade 9
Avery, Sara
Cai, Yiyi
Parente, Emma
Priestly, Ryan
Zhang, Brianna

Grade 10
Chen, Jiayun
Duan, Yuxin
Grimes, Nevaeh
Hwang, Viet
Jiang, Zi Jian
Jones, Brianna
Li, Ang
Nakamura, Akana
Nguyen, Son
Niedbala, Olivia
Osowiecki, Angelika
Rogers, Kiara
Xie, Minhao
Zahoor, Syeda
Xu, Chengling

Grade 11
Belbin, Amelia
Byllemos, Anna
Dinh, Vy
Duque Gonzalez, Alberto
Hu, Qi
Kearney, Declan
Kim, Chan-Ho
Liu, Jinqi
Manioudakis, Evan
Nguyen, Nam
Pham, Lan
Roulier, Zachary
Sypniak, Adam
Tishchenko, Maxim
Tramazzo, Laurel
Xia, Zhirui

Grade 12
Chamnongnit, Sasapat
Cruz, Derrick
Ivanov, Efim
Le, Ha
Lopez, Martina
Nguyen, Ha
Nguyen, Minh
Pongpittayapa, Pitt
Punsaior, Apicha
Sengun, Arda
Shepard, Jordyn
Tuncer, Mehmet
Zhang, Chuanyang

Maximum Honors

Grade 6
Gojgini, Andrew
Injeti, Nikhil
Silva, Arwen

Grade 7
Barcome-Laflamme, Oliver
Lopez, Mateo
Tishchenko, Andrew
Tramazzo, Seth

Grade 8
Hua, Moroni
Keser, Samantha
Stetson, Adam

Grade 9
Aponte, Janelle
Biernat, Paul
Kouzehkanani, Arya
Kuang, Yu
LaChance, Clara
Nazarov, Artem
Shumway, Gabriel

Grade 10
Ablordeppey, Edinam
Hoang, Ngoc
Jacques, Samantha
Nguyen, Tram
Shin, Jihyun
Toth, Raymond
Zhou, Weichen

Grade 11
Abbasi, Mohammed
Cai, Jinxin
Griffin, Lily
Hoang, Ly
Hua, Marie
Kondratyeva, Ksenia
Le, Anh Khanh
Le, Minh Anh
Li, Haisu
Lu, Jiahao
Ludkiewicz, Katarzyna
Nguyen, Phu
Nguyen, Quang
Schmidt-Lund, Emilie
Tang, Chenling
Zhang, Zhuxian
Zhu, Junmin
Zou, Wenxin

Grade 12
Akhmechet, Sofiia
Bui, Hoang
Cao, An
Cole, Marcus
Corliss, Cameron
Dao, Duc
DeAngelis, Chloe
Doan, Dung
Drost, Grace
Hua, Ian
Jackson, Alison
Jacques, Megan
Kharakhashian, Arina
LaChance, Madeleine
Lee, Hannah
Levine, Maya
Lin, Peiyuan
Lu, Ningxuan
Mao, Huiqin
Messer, Dale
Nguyen, Hiep
Nguyen, Khanh
Nguyen, Nhung
Nguyen, Quan
Nguyen, Trung
Osathapan, Athis
Parrish, John
Shelburne, Phoebe
Suárez – Cantón Trueba, Luz María
Tishchenko, Daniela
Tumturk, Ayse Beyza
Wang, Si Jun

Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Community Service Updates

Originally published on The Magnet by Derrick Cruz

MacDuffie’s student-led community service organization, The Key Club, recently experienced a change in leadership with ELL teacher Dana Katz accepting the role as its advisor. Katz has expanded Key Club’s curriculum to include frequent food bank and rehabilitation center visits as well as some visits to soup kitchens. Among these was Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

In November, Neighbors Helping Neighbors took place. It was presented to the entire student body as an opportunity to serve at a local food bank in South Hadley. Students prepared and served meals to the homeless population in South Hadley. Katz was pleased to see many students participate.

“There’s always way more students than I can accommodate, and that is always a good problem to have,” said Katz.

Katz also shared some of the more recent opportunities for community service. Katz mentioned VERO, a rehabilitation center that has allowed students to help out seniors during craft hours. Some work that Key Club members are doing or have already done includes Senior Madeline LaChance’s Toy Drive, The Winter Coat Drive and Socktober. As the year goes on, Katz urges students and parents to reach out to the Key Club if they have any ideas.

As a club, Key Club has increased its membership and the amount of community service opportunities they have been offering. Katz reflects on how 11 students participated in the River Clean Up and in Neighbors Helping Neighbors there were even more.

Katz hopes that the entire MacDuffie community is affected by these opportunities. She hopes that all of them go out and open community service opportunities of their own, whether it be in our school community or whatever is closest to home.

This year, Katz has taken her particular role seriously. She also shared that her intentions and future plans for the Key Club would be to establish two monthly activities which she hopes will have longevity within the MacDuffie community. When she reflects on what she called “a growth edge,” or a particular area where she sees Key Club going or improving upon, she claims Key Club could provide “a connection for Boarders to do work in their own home as they experience community service in America.”

Key Club is an organization where students can individually pursue leadership. At MacDuffie, students are encouraged to participate in the activities that the club provides access to.  Students and the beneficiaries of these services both stand to benefit.

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
Andrew Gojgini 6 Maximum Honors
Nikhil Injeti 6 Maximum Honors
Kylie Li 6 High Honors
Arwen Silva 6 Maximum Honors
Josiah Sperry 6 Honors
Carter Styspeck 6 Maximum Honors
Oliver Barcome-Laflamme 7 Maximum Honors
Mateo Lopez 7 Maximum Honors
Brooklynn Moore 7 Maximum Honors
Andrew Tishchenko 7 Maximum Honors
Seth Tramazzo 7 Maximum Honors
Gabrielle Benoit 8 High Honors
Matthew Brown 8 High Honors
Moroni Hua 8 Maximum Honors
Samantha Keser 8 Maximum Honors
Ayden Legowski 8 Maximum Honors
Emily Parnicky 8 High Honors
Mason Pereira 8 Honors
Benyada Phuritchonlathit 8 High Honors
Benyapa Phuritchonlathit 8 High Honors
Lydia Sperry 8 High Honors
Adam Stetson 8 Maximum Honors
Mary Styspeck 8 Honors
Janelle Aponte 9 Maximum Honors
Sara Avery 9 Maximum Honors
Paul Biernat 9 Maximum Honors
Yiyi Cai 9 High Honors
Sungju Cho 9 Honors
Hiroshi Hirosue 9 Effort
Arya Kouzehkanani 9 Maximum Honors
Yu Kuang 9 Maximum Honors
Chenhao Li 9 Honors
Clara LaChance 9 Maximum Honors
Julianna Mason 9 Honors
Artem Nazarov 9 Maximum Honors
Emma Parente 9 High Honors
Ryan Priestly 9 High Honors
Gabriel Shumway 9 Maximum Honors
Alexa Wiesel 9 High Honors
Brianna Zhang 9 High Honors
Edinam Ablordeppey 10 Maximum Honors
Elikem Ablordeppey 10 Honors
Teagan Anz 10 High Honors
Mariel Baez 10 High Honors
Jiayun Chen 10 High Honors
Yuxin Duan 10 High Honors
Nevaeh Grimes 10 Honors
Ngoc Hoang 10 Maximum Honors
Viet Hwang 10 Honors
Samantha Jacques 10 Maximum Honors
Zi Jian Jiang 10 High Honors
Brianna Jones 10 High Honors
Ang Li 10 High Honors
Zeli Liu 10 Honors
Sasha Middleton 10 Honors
Akana Nakamura 10 Maximum Honors
Son Nguyen 10 Maximum Honors
Tram Nguyen 10 Maximum Honors
Madeline Niedbala 10 Honors
Olivia Niedbala 10 High Honors
Angelika Osowiecki 10 Maximum Honors
Ashlie Peña 10 Honors
Veronica Pileggi 10 Honors
Piper Polga 10 Honors
Kiara Rogers 10 High Honors
Jihyun Shin 10 Maximum Honors
Polina Spirina 10 High Honors
Brian Squire 10 Honors
Michael Toth 10 Honors
Raymond Toth 10 Maximum Honors
Minhao Xie 10 Maximum Honors
Chengling Xu 10 Maximum Honors
Lal Yuksel 10 Honors
Syeda Zahoor 10 High Honors
Weichen Zhou 10 Maximum Honors
Jiaqi Zhu 10 High Honors
Mohammed Abbasi 11 Maximum Honors
Khizre Ahmad 11 Honors
Amelia Belbin 11 High Honors
Demitra Benard 11 Effort
Anna Byllemos 11 High Honors
Jinxin Cai 11 Maximum Honors
Junqi Cui 11 High Honors
Vy Dinh 11 High Honors
Alberto Duque Gonzalez 11 High Honors
Lily Griffin 11 Maximum Honors
Ly Hoang 11 Maximum Honors
Qi Hu 11 High Honors
Marie Hua 11 Maximum Honors
Declan Kearney 11 High Honors
Chan-Ho Kim 11 High Honors
Ksenia Kondratyeva 11 Maximum Honors
Anh Khanh Le 11 Maximum Honors
Anh Minh Le 11 Maximum Honors
Haisu Li 11 Maximum Honors
Jinqi Liu 11 High Honors
Jiahao Lu 11 Maximum Honors
Katarzyna Ludkiewicz 11 Maximum Honors
Evan Manioudakis 11 High Honors
Anh Nguyen 11 Honors
Nam Nguyen 11 High Honors
Phu Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Quang Nguyen 11 Maximum Honors
Jillian Ouimet 11 Honors
Tuscan Onuoha 11 Effort
Leslie Peña 11 Honors
Lan Pham 11 High Honors
Joao Pontes 11 Honors
Zachary Roulier 11 High Honors
Emilie Schmidt-Lund 11 Maximum Honors
Adam Sypniak 11 High Honors
Chenling Tang 11 Maximum Honors
Maxim Tishchenko 11 Honors
Laurel Tramazzo 11 Maximum Honors
Zhirui Xia 11 High Honors
Yutong Yang 11 Effort
Zhuxian Zhang 11 Maximum Honors
Junmin Zhu 11 Maximum Honors
Zhexi Zhu 11 Honors
Wenxin Zou 11 Maximum Honors
Sofiia Akhmechet 12 Maximum Honors
Hayk Arzumanyan 12 Honors
Hoang Bui 12 Maximum Honors
An Cao 12 Maximum Honors
Hanghe Cao 12 Honors
Sasapat Chamnongnit 12 High Honors
Marcus Cole 12 Maximum Honors
Cameron Corliss 12 Maximum Honors
Derrick Cruz 12 High Honors
Duc Dao 12 Maximum Honors
Chloe DeAngelis 12 Maximum Honors
Dung Doan 12 Maximum Honors
Seidina Doukoure 12 Honors
Grace Drost 12 Maximum Honors
Hongde Han 12 High Honors
Haoran Hu 12 High Honors
Ian Hua 12 Maximum Honors
Efim Ivanov 12 Maximum Honors
Alison Jackson 12 Maximum Honors
Megan Jacques 12 Maximum Honors
Arina Kharakhashian 12 Maximum Honors
Madeleine LaChance 12 Maximum Honors
Ha Le 12 Maximum Honors
Son Le 12 Maximum Honors
Hannah Lee 12 Maximum Honors
Maya Levine 12 Maximum Honors
Peiyuan Lin 12 Maximum Honors
Yujia Liu 12 Honors
Martina Lopez 12 High Honors
Joao Pedro Lorenzini Tavares De Lima 12 High Honors
Ningxuan Lu 12 Maximum Honors
Pengcheng Lu 12 Honors
Huiqin Mao 12 Maximum Honors
Dale Messer 12 Maximum Honors
Ha Nguyen 12 High Honors
Hiep Nguyen 12 Maximum Honors
Khanh Nguyen 12 Maximum Honors
Minh Nguyen 12 Honors
Nhung Nguyen 12 Maximum Honors
Quan Nguyen 12 Maximum Honors
Quyen Nguyen 12 Honors
Trung Nguyen 12 Maximum Honors
Athis Osathapan 12 Maximum Honors
John Parrish 12 Maximum Honors
Kiet Pham 12 Honors
Pitt Pongpittayapa 12 High Honors
Kwan Poon 12 Honors
Apicha Punsaior 12 High Honors
Savannah Richard 12 Honors
Arda Sengun 12 Maximum Honors
Phoebe Shelburne 12 Maximum Honors
Jordyn Shepard 12 Maximum Honors
Luz María
Suárez – Cantón Trueba 12 Maximum Honors
Chenhao Sun 12 Maximum Honors
Daniela Tishchenko 12 Maximum Honors
Ayse Beyza Tumturk 12 Maximum Honors
Mehmet Tuncer 12 Maximum Honors
Si Jun Wang 12 Maximum Honors
Ruochen Yang 12 High Honors
Xuan Yi 12 Honors
Chuanyang Zhang 12 High Honors


Mamma Mia! The Winter Musical Is On Its Way

Originally published by Hannah Lee ’20 on The MacDuffie MagnetMacDuffie’s Winter Musical, “Mamma Mia!”, is scheduled to run from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020.

The theater department held “Mamma Mia!” auditions on Dec. 9 to Dec. 11 in the Little Theater.

“Mamma Mia!” includes pop music from the group ABBA that was not written to be a musical. Art Department Chair and Theater Teacher Becky Beth Benedict, who is both the director and the producer said, “the songs are really catchy, and it would be a really good opportunity for us to make the audience feel easier that way.”

She also highlights that it is the first musical including the bagpipes. Compared to past productions, the musicians are also going to be playing more rock and roll instruments such as electric guitars. She is planning to have interactive activities such as photo zones and games for the audience as well.

“I am obsessed with this show. Just talking about it makes me smile… I am excited to make plans, plan all the props, and to have people in the room with me who are also in love with the productions,” said Benedict. She expects the performers to be excited because the show is all about joy.

The show “Mamma Mia!” is about a mother and daughter that live on an island in Greece. The daughter, Sophie, is going to be married soon, but the mother, Donna, is uncertain about the marriage. At the same time, Sophie wants to find out who her father is. After she coincidentally reads her mom’s old journal, she finds out that she has three possible fathers (Bill, Sam, and Harry) and invites all of them to her wedding. Donna invites her enthusiastic best friends who were in the same band as her when they were younger. The mother soon finds out that the fathers are on the island, worries more about her daughter’s marriage and realizes that she is still in love with one of them.

Benedict wants to point out two things: “One, to the people who are thinking, kind of, sort of, possibly, the show is going to be so fun to get involved whatever roles you get. So be brave.” Since thirty people signed up already, she believes there is going to be some competition for leading roles. She is excited to see who is going to show up and eventually come together.

“Last, to anyone who wants to see the show, get the tickets quickly because it is going to be sold out fast.”