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Board of Education Closes 2018-2019 Academic Year, Addresses Facilities Work for 2019-2020 PDF Print Email


By Carol Bartold, Senior Reporter

Jul. 3, 2019: At its final regular meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year on June 20, the Bronxville Board of Education addressed final business for the year and addressed issues facing the district for the 2019-2020 year.

Dan Carlin, assistant superintendent for business reported that the renovation of Chambers Field is complete. Work on the track has been proceeding for approximately a month but has been slowed by several days of rain. Carlin said, however, that completion is expected for late June or early July.

Board trustee Tom Curran expressed concern about field access and security over the summer when school is not in session. “There has been some consideration about bringing in a new fence to enclose the field only and leaving the track open,” he said. He suggested the board evaluate the merits of installing a fence around the field only or maintaining the current fence enclosing the field until the opening of school in the interest of preserving it for students and leaving the track open.

Carlin noted that many of village residents who supported the Chambers Field and track project use the track. “I think keeping the track open over the summer will be very important for the community,” he said.

Tom Curran suggested that the district consider hiring a security guard to patrol the field whether or not it’s fenced. Dan Carlin noted that the district will work more diligently to ensure that only entities that have purchased permits for sports camps will be granted access to the facility during the summer.

Dan Carlin also reported that work on the library commons is progressing and that the contractor is ahead of schedule.

Work on the capital projects, approved by voters in May, is scheduled to begin mid-August. Carlin emphasized that both he and Superintendent Dr. Roy Montesano have expressed to the contractor that the installation of a 36-inch storm water main, designed to alleviate flooding on Meadow Avenue and in the surrounding area, is a top priority

The board accepted the certified official results of the May 21 vote and election:

  • Proposed 2019-2020 budget: 193 votes in favor; 61 votes against.
  • Proposition #1, the $1.5 million Capital Projects Referendum: 204 votes in favor, 49 votes against.
  • For the board seat held by Arleen Thomas: 210 votes in favor, 3 write-in votes
  • For the board seat held by Jack Bierwirth: 208 votes in favor, 2 write-in votes
  • For the board seat held by Tom Curran: 214 votes in favor, 6 write-in votes

The Bronxville Board of Education will reconvene on Thursday, July 11, for its annual reorganization meeting.

Pictured here:  Bronxville School Library under construction

Photo by A. Warner

Bronxville High School Students Recognized At High School Awards Ceremony PDF Print Email


Contributed by Anna Abbatecola, Director, Guidance Department, Bronxville School

Jul. 3, 2019: Editor's note: Below is a list of awards presented to Bronxville High School students at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. The list was given to MyhometownBronxville in this form and has not been edited.

INNOVATION: Awarded to a student for innovating and creating something new from what one knows.

Grade 9:  William Bornmann, Hugh Duffy, Margaret Lockwood, and Maya Madhavan

Grade 10:  Nayanika Clark, Olivia O’Keefe, Wyatt Spiegel, Izaak Thoms, and Amir Yaghoobi

Grade 11:  Joseph Daher, Emma Estes, Jacoby Goodson, Brian Li, Alana McGinness, and Victoria Vigorito

Grade 12:  Celia Kelty, Lauren Lee, Lilly Martin, Matthew Pytosh and Bridget Sands

CRITICAL THINKING: Awarded to a student for thinking critically, gaining understanding and having the courage to change one's mind.

Grade 9:  Lucy Clark, Patrick Greatrex, Chloe Lee, Shayden Sipple, Tyler Tanaka-Wong, Alice Vranka, and Ashley Wetty

Grade 10:  Timothy Atkeson, Megan Barker, Toranosuke Ozawa, and Artemas Radik

Grade 11:  Joseph Daher, Emma Estes, Christopher Hutchins, Brian Li, Claire Rich, and Grace Sperber

Grade 12:  Thomas Bender, Norah Foley, Nicole Semenyuk, Ashton Smith and Ryan Staunton

LEADERSHIP: Awarded to a student for finding his or her voice, communicating clearly, leading passionately with persistence.

Grade 9:  William Bornmann, Elizabeth Brennan, Elizabeth Burnell, Peter Coquillette, and Isaiah Weir

Grade 10:  Megan Barker, Liam Heraty, James P Swenson, Avery Widen, and Catherine Zannetos

Grade 11:  Sofia Fenner, James Ferguson, Grace McSherry, Sabrina Mellinghoff and Amelia Srebnik

Grade 12:  Catherine Burnell, Mia Gradelski, Samantha Huss, Kirsten Ircha, Kevin Leka, and Andrea Shephard

ENGAGED CITIZENSHIP:  Awarded to a student who collaborates and serves, and engages the world to make it a better place.

Grade 9:  Elizabeth Burnell, Maya Madhavan, Fiona Vail, and Ashley Wetty

Grade 10:  Timothy Atkeson, Liam Heraty, Isabel Overby, and Bjorn Samios

Grade 11:  George Cooney, Alexandria (Sasha) Paradise, Emily Perry, Chloe Slater, and Grace Sperber

Grade 12:  Catherine Burnell, Elena Camacho, Samantha Huss, Sophia Sulimirski and Abigail Thomas


THE NATIONAL SCHOOL CHORAL AWARD is given in recognition of singular merit, ability and achievement, for outstanding contributions to the success of the school vocal program, and for an unusual degree of loyalty, cooperation and high achievement.  Awardee:  Jack Palermo

THE SOUSA AWARD recognizes young musicians displaying superior musicianship, leadership, dependability, loyalty, cooperation and other qualities of conduct that school instrumental music programs strive to impart. The Sousa Award is the top nationwide prize in the school band field. Awardee:  Arisa Hara

LOUIS ARMSTRONG AWARD  Louis Armstrong changed the course of jazz music through his phenomenal creativity and skill as a trumpeter, singer, and band leader.  In addition to his musicianship, Armstrong was beloved for his humility, generosity, and compassion.  The Louis Armstrong award is given in recognition of excellence in the performance of musical jazz and contributions to the school’s music program.  Awardee:  Madeline Hanley

THE JOE RAPOSO SING AWARD was initiated by Mr. Raposo’s family in memory of the highly acclaimed composer.  Mr. Raposo’s family had lived in Bronxville, with two of his children attending the Bronxville School.  Mr. Raposo’s contributions as a composer continue to live on, as well as his memory.  The awardee is chosen by the Music and Drama Departments for outstanding achievement in both fields.  This year’s student’s talent and personal contributions made it easy to recognize our recipient of the Joseph Raposo Sing Award.  Awardee: Catherine Burnell

THE NATIONAL SCHOOL ORCHESTRA AWARD is presented in recognition of leadership and excellence in the performance of orchestral and chamber music. Awardee: Sofia Ricciarini

THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN ORCHESTRA AWARD is presented in recognition of excellence in both musical performance and musical composition. Awardee: Theofore Liao

THE DRAMA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is given in recognition of merit, ability and achievement for outstanding contributions to the success of the school’s drama program. Awardee: Matthew Pytosh

THE ROBERT JACKSON TECHNICAL THEATRE AWARD recognizes a student who has superior commitment to the execution of the technical theater requirements of theatrical productions. It is named for Robert Jackson, the designer who gave our theater program direction.  The award is in recognition of this student’s time, commitment and dedication to continued excellence. Awardee: Lauren Lee

THE KATE WELLING MEMORIAL AWARD is presented in memory of Kathryn Welling, a 2002 BHS Graduate, to a senior who shares Kate’s love of music and her ability to brighten the lives of everyone she encountered. Awardee: Susanna Goodell


THE ART AWARD recognizes the talent and achievement of students in the visual arts. These emerging artists not only produce high quality work but in sharing their art, enrich the cultural life of the Bronxville community. Awardees: Brian Braumuller and Sarah Goodell

THE OCTOBER GROUP award is given for excellence in art which has been contributed by a group of Bronxville artists known as THE OCTOBER GROUP. Each year they honor a student who has demonstrated artistic growth and development through talent and dedication to the Art discipline. Awardee: Lauren Lee

THE SPENCER MEMORIAL ART AWARD is awarded in memory of Edward Hathaway Spencer, given by his family, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Flannery.  Mr. Spencer served the Bronxville community as a school board member and community servant.  He was also an avid art enthusiast. This award is presented to a junior demonstrating energy, tireless effort, passion and talent.  Awardee: Ruby Howell

THE CYNTHIA GRIGG-FRANK MEMORIAL AWARD honors Cynthia Grigg-Frank whose tireless energy and creativity graced Bronxville with many years of beauty, especially at Graduation. It is awarded to a senior dedicated to the arts and seeking out and promoting a unique artistic vision. Awardee: Alisa Fominykh

THE AP STUDIO ART STUDENT ARTIST AWARD is given to an outstanding senior whose vision and authentic voice has been appreciated by her classmates over the past four years. Her artistic voice is uniquely her own and an inspiration to others. She has thoughtfully and earnestly compiled a cohesive body of work this year as she explored and developed her independent thesis. Awardee: Vance Wood

AP ART HISTORY AWARD is given to an exceptional student of AP Art History whose dedication and scholarship contributes greatly to the class. This student is observant, inquisitive and versatile and plans to incorporate this knowledge into future studies. Awardee: Catherine Burnell

THE BRANT FOUNDATION ART AWARD This award has been contributed by The Brant Foundation, a local Art Research Study Center, which promotes education and appreciation of contemporary art and design.  This student has demonstrated passion, energy and scholarship in Art and Art History throughout high school. The recipient of this award will have the opportunity to complete an internship at the Brant Foundation and begin pursuing a career in the arts. Awardee: Celia Kelty


THE LUCIE MASSEY MEMORIAL AWARD  is presented in memory of Lucie Massey who taught French in Bronxville from 1957-1972.  She held a Ph.D. from La Sorbonne in Paris and was chairperson of the Foreign Language department throughout her tenure.  She was a demanding teacher with a keen interest in the French language, literature and culture.  This award recognizes an outstanding student in his or her Junior year who demonstrates superior achievement, genuine interest and an appreciation for the study of French language and culture. Awardee: Michael Grieco

The JOHN ZIDIK MEMORIAL AWARD is an achievement award in Latin presented in memory of John Zidik, a Latin teacher at the Bronxville School.  John began his career as a Latin teacher and also served as an Assistant Principal and Acting Elementary School Principal during his twenty years in the Bronxville School.  This award is presented in remembrance of his outstanding teaching ability and dedication to all of his Latin students. Awardee: Sabrina Mellinghoff

THE MIGUEL DE CERVANTES AWARD is an award given by members of the community to recognize superior achievement, genuine interest and an appreciation for the study of Spanish language and culture.  Awardee: Grace McSherry

National Language Exams Awards 2019

National Latin Exam 2019

In March of this year, students from Bronxville High School participated in the 2019 National Latin Exam.  These students were joined by over 139,000 others from all 50 states  and 20 foreign countries including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  Congratulations to the following students who received awards on the exams.  When your name is called, please come to the stage to receive your awards.


Silver Medal Maxima Cum Laude:

Kelly Baclija

Alice Vranka

Magna Cum Laude:

Patrick Wu

Isaiah Weir

Charlotte Pulkkinen

Cum Laude:

Eric Genden

Patrick Greatrex

Teresa Markola

10th GRADE

Silver Medal Maxima Cum Laude:

Liam Heraty

Jack Pagano

George Daher

Annabelle Krause

Earl Gretzinger

Cum Laude:

Liam Angelone

Macklin Pettee

11th GRADE

Gold Medal Summa Cum Laude:

Ellie Dessart

Silver Medal Maxima Cum Laude:

Sabrina Mellinghoff

Emily Perry

Cum Laude:

Jed Hodulik

12th Grade

Silver Medal Maxima Cum Laude:

Kunzang Namgyal

Cum Laude:

Olivia Doyle

National Spanish Language Exam

The 2019 National Spanish Language Exam is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  This year 150,303 students participated in this National Contest. Please join me in congratulating the following students who won various awards for having done exceptionally well in both parts of the exam.


Silver Medal

Donna Napolitano - Sp 9H

Bronze Medal

Avery Jones - Sp 9H

Christopher Kelty - Sp 9H

Alexander Kupersmith - Sp 9H

Tyler Tanaka-Wong Sp 9H

Honorable Mention

Teresa Markola - SP IH

Joel Ayala - SP IH 

Arisbell Beato - SP IIH

Rowan Baror - Sp 9H

Ava Black - Sp 9H

Elizabeth Brennan - Sp 9H

Peter Coquillette - Sp 9H

Olivia Gunther - Sp 9H

Edmond Hannigan - Sp 9H

Charlotte Harwood - Sp 9H

Megan Krestinski - Sp 9H

Molly Stoltz - Sp 9H

Sydney Tuck - Sp 9H

10th GRADE

Gold Medal

Timothy Atkeson - SP IIIH

Silver Medal

Beatriz Nascimento-Leite - Spanish 9H

Arianne Wortel - Spanish IVH

Bronze Medal

Maya Engenheiro - SP IIIH

Honorable Mention

Jane Becker - SP IH

Michael Randall - SP IH

Mariana Apostolatos - SP IIIH

Maya Brinster - SP IIIH 

Ashley Goldbaum - SP IIIH

Ashley Toal - SP IIIH

Avery Widen - SP IIIH

Annabelle Krause - Spanish IV H

Emily Plaza - Spanish 9H

Catherine Proskoff - Spanish 9H

Misha Pustovit - Spanish 9H

Kelly Weild - Spanish IVH


Silver Medal

Sofia Fenner - AP Spanish

Caroline Pastilha - SP IH

Grace Sperber - Spanish IVH

Bronze Medal

Grace McSherry - Spanish IVH

Honorable Mention

Layla Brinster - Spanish IVH

Charlotte Cagliostro - Spanish IVH

Jacqueline Coquillette - Spanish IVH

Patrick Krestinski - Spanish IVH

Jack Moore - Spanish IVH

Claire Rich - Spanish IVH

Marguerite Scotti - SP IH


Honorable Mention

Camila Blikstad - AP Spanish

Caroline Brashear - Spanish IVH

Samantha Huss - AP Spanish

Lucas Rodembusch - SP IIIH


THE GERTRUDE & WARING WILLIS MEMORIAL AWARD is presented to the senior student who has demonstrated a commitment to and an aptitude for science.  The student chosen has explored the science curriculum at Bronxville with a curiosity that is to be applauded.  Awardee: Barrett Dollar

THE RENSSELEAR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AWARD is given to a junior who excels in math and science and demonstrates potential success in science or technologically-oriented profession.  Awardee: Michael Grieco

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE MEDAL is awarded to a junior who has obtained the highest grade point average in  STEM coursework  Awardee:  Grace McSherry

SENATOR SHELLEY MAYOR CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT for the recipient of the Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair NASA Earth System Science Award. Awardee:  Jay Burstein


THE OSCAR DEY WILLIAMS AWARD recognizes the student who has shown outstanding effort and progress in the field of mathematics during the ninth and tenth grades. Awardees: Liam Heraty

THE BERNICE ORSHANSKY AWARD has been donated by the family and friends of Bernice Orshansky in recognition of the outstanding role she played for over twenty years as a mathematics teacher in the Bronxville School.  Miss Orshansky was able to develop character, knowledge and appreciation of mathematics in her students.  The award is presented to eleventh grade students who successfully completed the eleventh year mathematics course and who have demonstrated appreciation and understanding of that level of math by exhibiting perseverance and acceptance of responsibility for their education.  Awardees:  Clara DeMagalhaes and Peter (Jack) Hommeyer


AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE LEARNING recognizes a student for outstanding achievement in the online environment.  This is awarded by OC21, a consortium of schools in Westchester providing online courses.  All students participating in online courses within OC21 from schools throughout Westchester are eligible.  This year, a Bronxville High School student was awarded for his achievement.  Awardee:  Lucy Clark


Athletics in the Bronxville School play an important role in teaching leadership and team play to our students.  Over two thirds of our students participate in some sport or extra-curricular activity during the course of their enrollment in the high school. While most of the Athletic awards are given out at sports awards assemblies held at the end of each season, we honor some students with special awards today.

THE JOHN CHAMBERS ATHLETIC SPIRIT AWARD recognizes outstanding school spirit and athletic growth. Our former superintendent, John Chambers, was an inspiration and champion of the interscholastic program at Bronxville during his ten years as Superintendent.   Awardees:  Barbara Chrappa and Rachel Peacock

DAVID INGALLS MEMORIAL AWARD   The Class of 1970 presents this annual award in memory of David Ingalls, to a sophomore boy.  The award recipient strives to improve athletically and scholastically.  It is the dedication to become a better athlete through hard work and effort that characterizes the winner of this honor.  Awardee:  Henry Donohue

THE GREGORY TIDWELL AWARD   This award is presented in recognition of Varsity athletic achievement, but also includes traits that have been passed on through Bronxville history:  sincerity, honesty and devotion to student activities.  Awardee:  Timothy Cushman

THE BRONXVILLE SCHOLAR/ATHLETE AWARD is presented annually to the outstanding senior athletes who by their performance, example and influence as both scholars and competitors have done the most during their high school careers to excel in the classroom and on the field of competition.  Awardees:  Clio Dakolias and Joseph Kochansky

DICKERSON STREET, a past School Board member, had a commitment to student participation in the competitive sports program.  The Street Medals are awarded to the athletes who have been outstanding in interscholastic competition throughout their high school careers and have exhibited leadership and citizenship in their activities.  This is the highest Bronxville athletic achievement award given at this time.  Awardees:  Caroline Brashear, Fiona Jones, Thomas O’Connell, Alexander Rizzo, Matthew Rizzo, Isabel Sondey, Seamus Watters and Natalie Weiner

ELLEN O’TOOLE D’ARCY TEAM SPORTS AWARD   This sports award  goes to a two-sport varsity athlete who has consistently shown self-sacrifice, commitment and teamwork in each of the sports in which she has participated -- irrespective of talent, performance or wins and losses.  This award reflects the type of community and team sacrifice that every small school like ours needs in order to consistently field multiple athletic programs.    Awardees:  Caroline Brashear and Fiona Jones

THE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS - The Bronxville High School Physical Education Department presents each year to two students, in the senior class, who demonstrate school spirit, enthusiasm towards competition and good sportsmanship. Win or lose, these students always put forth their very best effort.  Awardees:  Lucas Rodembusch and Natalie Weiner


THE EASTCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT honors Thomas C. Viafiore with a scholarship for the student who has during the last four years exhibited a pattern of growth and development.  Awardee:  Andrea Shephard

THE EASTCHESTER VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS establishes an annual scholarship to be awarded to a Bronxville High School senior, for outstanding Community Service.  Awardee:   Madeline Hanley and Kevin Leka

ST. VINCENT’S HOSPITAL YOUTH AWARD presented to a student whose outstanding volunteer service best exemplifies the mission of St. Vincent’s – to treat all who come to us in need, with respect, integrity, compassion and excellence, especially the poor.  Awardee:  Anna Normand

THE EASTCHESTER VETERANS ASSOCIATION AND LT. COL. SAM DIRIENZO VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 2285 are honoring a graduating senior with a $1000.00 scholarship.  This is given in recognition of those veterans from our community who are presently serving on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.  We wish to recognize their sacrifice and commitment to our country.  An important characteristic of this recipient is academic excellence and the earned respect from the school and community alike.  Awardee:  Elena Camacho

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD is the highest award for leadership and service presented in American Scouting.  Awardee: Kirsten Ircha

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA EAGLE SCOUT RANK is the highest award for leadership and service presented in American Scouting.  Awardee:  Timothy Cushman 

WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM ASSOCIATION OF SUPERINTENDENTS outstanding student recognition. Awardees:  Celia Kelty and Jack Kochansky

THE COMMUNITY FUND OF BRONXVILLE, EASTCHESTER, TUCKAHOE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD is given to deserving students in honor of Policeman Michael Frey, an Eastchester policeman who was killed in the line of duty and to celebrate the work of all emergency personnel in the area – police, fire, ambulance and other workers. This award is given in recognition of service and dedication in support of their peers in school and the community at large. The award is to be used to help further these students’ higher education.  Awardees:  Zachary Flangos, Alisa Fominykh and Nicole Semenyuk

2017 SERIES SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE are given by the New York State Education Department to students who demonstrate academic excellence and plan to attend a University of the State of New York.  Awardees:  Olivia Doyle, Alyssa Lee, Nicole Semenyuk and Sophia Sulimirski


ATTORNEY GENERAL TRIPLE “C” AWARD recognizes “character, courage and commitment.”  Awardees: Lyric Abbott and Jay Burstein

NYS COMPTROLLER THOMAS DiNAPOLI CERTIFICATE - awarded to a senior who has shown academic excellence and the potential for leadership through involvement in activities that improve the school and/or the community.  Awardee:  Catherine Burnell

NYS ASSEMBLYWOMAN AMY PAULIN LEADERSHIP AWARD – given to a senior who has exhibited leadership in either journalism, speech and debate, student government, or another civic minded club.   Awardee:  Kunzang Namgyal

NEW YORK STATE SENATOR SHELLEY MAYER AWARD – given to a senior who has been involved in the community through the school.  Awardee:   Anton Tarazi

U.S. CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL AWARD – given to two seniors in recognition of their overall leadership abilities within the community of the high school.  Awardees:  Fiona Jones and Sophia Sulimirski


Each year the National Merit Scholarship Corporation honors approximately 50,000 students from the million plus juniors that take the PSAT exam.  This year we are proud to have nine students in the Class of 2019 earn the distinction of Commended Student.  This distinction is earned by demonstrating mastery on the PSAT exam given in the fall of the junior year.  Clio Dakolias, Charles Gay, Susanna Goodell, Samantha Huss, Joseph Kochansky, Paul Magaud, Patrick Mooney, Sophia Sulimirski, Anton Tarazi


These seniors have achieved the distinction of being named National Merit Finalist, then achieved the distinction of being named Semi-Finalist then Finalist. This is: Joseph Kochansky and Anton Tarazi

Recognition of Freshman Transition Leaders for 2018-2019

Lyric Abbott, Catherine Burnell, Mairead Cain, Elena Camacho, Barbara Chrappa, Lindsey Cruikshank, Timothy Cushman, Clio Dakolias, George Daskalakis, Isabella Dibbini, Barrett Dollar, Eliza Elder, Norah Foley, Alisa Fominykh, Charles Gay, Sophie Geer, Sarah Goodell, Susanna Goodell, Mia Gradelski, Liam Grealy, Patricia Haggerty, Madeline Hanley, Arisa Hara, Samantha Huss, Kirsten Ircha, Fiona Jones, Celia Kelty, Denise Kinas, Peyton, Kinon, Margaret Knight, Jack Kochansky, Lauren Lee, Kevin Leka, Olivia Lewis, Dayan Malley, Emma Mandanas, Timothy McGrath, Patrick Mooney, Mary Moynihan, Kunzang Namgyal, Jennifer Pettee, Charles Preusse, Thomas Purdy, Katharine Quigley, Nathan Revadigar, Alexander Rizzo, Matthew Rizzo, Bridget Sands, Kathryn Schnepp, Andrea Shephard,  Ashton Smith, Caroline Spitz, Mckenna Stoltz, Sophia Sulimirski, Nina Veru, Lilly Vorbach, Seamus Watters


THE BRONXVILLE ROTARY CLUB is honoring two students who have exemplified their motto of service above self. Robert W. McGrath and Arthur Miller Award for "Service Above Self" Awardees:  Catherine Burnell and Kirsten Ircha

THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (ANNE HUTCHINSON CHAPTER) YOUTH CITIZENSHIP AWARD presents Good Citizenship Medals to students who by their personal acts and attitudes have proven most outstanding citizens and represent values embraced by Anne Hutchinson such as respect for value diversity, and the promotion of the democratic spirit of freedom of thought.  Awardees:   Olivia Doyle and Celia Kelty

THE JEAN CALVERT GARRY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE AWARD is presented on behalf of the Bronxville Democratic Committee to a senior who has demonstrated character and integrity.  The recipient continually seeks the best in herself, while seeing the best in others and has shown a commitment to community service.  The recipient’s generosity of spirit sets an example for us all.  Awardee:  Patrick Mooney

THE JANSEN HOSPICE/ PALLIATIVE CARE - WILLIAM BUNKER SNYDER MEMORIAL AWARD is given in recognition of Mr. Snyder’s exemplary commitment to the Jansen Memorial Hospice.  He was described as a quiet, compassionate man.  His sense of humor and genuine love for mankind were demonstrated through his tireless efforts as a community servant.  We are pleased to join the Jansen Hospice in honoring one of our students who demonstrates exemplary compassion and service to others.  Awardee:  Eliza Elder


THE CORINNA DISTEFANO 2017 OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD is in honor of Corinna DiStefano who was a counselor here in Bronxville from 1966 to 1981.  Prior to her death in 2007, she endowed a scholarship for deserving Bronxville High School graduates to pursue higher education at a public university in New York State.  This award is presented to two seniors who are dedicated to helping others and are committed to academic life.  Awardees:  Peter Brennan IV and Lauren Lee

THE JACK MURRAY MEMORIAL AWARD in honor of Jack Murray, a gentle man and educator at Bronxville Schools for over 50 years, honors a student who displays fairness and friendship with grace and dignity.  Awardee:  Camila Blikstad

THE FAMILY OF THE LATE FRANCES AND H. MAURICE DARLING has established an annual book prize for a sophomore student of the school in memory of their parents who took an active, committed interest in the school during their many years of residence here in Bronxville.  The award is presented to the student who combines an outstanding academic record in World History, and shows a genuine interest toward issues of present day peace.     Awardee:  Annabelle Krause

S. JAMES BLOCK AWARD is a scholarship that was established by the family of Mr. S. James Block in honor of their husband and father, S. James Block.  Mr. Block was a teacher in the Bronxville School District for many years serving as the Chair of the Business Department.  Mr. Block was also heavily involved in student organizations during his tenure in the Bronxville School System.  The award is being presented to a student who has shown school spirit, sportsmanship, and respect for teachers and peers.  Awardee:  Patricia Haggerty

THE BRONXVILLE TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION/MEG CONNORS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD is an annual award that honors the memory of Margaret (Meg) Connors, a graduate of the Bronxville School.  The award is given to two Bronxville seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement consistent with their ability and who have displayed responsible citizenship to the school and to the community. This year, we chose to honor two students who have challenged themselves academically and have been most assiduous in meeting the responsibilities of service and good citizenship to the school.  Awardees:  Camila Blikstad and Norah Foley

THE NATHAN VERNON MEMORIAL AWARD has been established to celebrate the life of a 1990 Bronxville graduate, and the cherished son of our former colleague, Mrs. Linda Vernon.  In celebrating his life, we dedicate this award to his memory.  Nathan Vernon was a sensitive young man.  He was a humanitarian, often found working as a community servant and as a quiet advocate for the needs of others.  Awardee:  Samantha Huss

WENDY RUHM MEMORIAL AWARD The Wendy Sturges Ruhm Theater Arts Award is given in Memory of Wendy Ruhm a member of the Bronxville Class of 1993. Wendy loved theater, music and the arts.  She performed in every theatrical production and choral concert during her High School years. In college she was a member of student run dramatic society which produced their own shows. When she moved to New York she joined a large musical theater group where she was actively involved in all aspects of the organization, including stage management, set construction, program design and member of the Board of Directors. This award is given to a junior in recognition of a commitment to and excellence in Theater Arts.  Awardee:  Sofia Fenner

THE BUDINGER FAMILY MEMORIAL AWARD is given to a student who has made contributions to the arts both in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities.  Awardee:  Norah Foley

THE W.M. BURT MEMORIAL AWARD is given to two seniors who have demonstrated a dedication to academics as well as a commitment to the school.  Awardees:  Celia Kelty and Lauren Lee


A number of colleges and universities offer book prizes or certificates to high schools to acknowledge excellence in academics, general or subject specific, leadership in the classroom and in outside activities, including volunteer service, to members of the junior class.

The entire faculty is asked to submit nominees and there is a committee composed of representatives of each department, the counselors and administrators, which selects the recipients. We make a serious attempt to choose those candidates best suited to the spirit of the college award based upon the criteria provided and staff nominations. There are so many capable students in this class that we know it is impossible to acknowledge each one today.

There is no established connection to the level of competition of the university with the grade point average of the student, except for a few which identify the most capable overall or in individual disciplines such as English, social studies or science. In specific subject areas the individual department staff make those selections.

American Association of University Women recognizes young women who promote equity for all women and positive societal change.           


In Writing – Olivia Doyle

In the Study of English - Susanna Goodelll

The Bowdoin College Book Award is for extraordinary service to the common good and an unusual passion for inquiry, discover and innovative thinking.  Awardee: Hailey Mullen

The Brown University Book Award is given by the College’s alumni association to a junior selected for outstanding personal qualities and a high degree of academic performance in English expression, both written and spoken. Awardee: Grace Sperber

Colorado School of Mines is intended to recognize an outstanding student in math and science and encourage him/her to consider an engineering career.  Awardee:  Brian Li

Columbia University Alumni Club Book Award is given to a junior with a high degree of interest in science and math.  Awardee:   Grace Sperber

The Cornell University Book Award is presented to a junior demonstrating excellence in English as well as an interest in related extra-curricular activities.  Awardee:  Caroline Pastilha

The Dartmouth Club Book Award is given to two juniors who best demonstrate academic excellence  Awardees:  Justin Barr and Luke Freeman

The George Washington Book Award recognizes a high school junior who embodies the GW drive and spirit of academic excellence, leadership, diversity of thought and ability to put knowledge into action.  Awardee:  Alexandra Bruno

The Harvard Book Prize is sponsored by the Harvard/Radcliffe Club of Westchester and the Harvard Alumni Association. The award is given to a junior who combines excellence in scholarship and high character, with achievement in other fields.  Awardee:  Brian Li

Johns Hopkins Book Award  is given to a junior who best exhibits the qualities and characteristics that form the core of the Johns Hopkins ethic:  A demonstrated desire for intellectual and moral growth, an uncommon interest in, and capacity for, independent and original scholarship and the strength of character necessary to employ the results of their scholarship for the betterment of society.  Awardee:  Claire Rich

Mt Holyoke Book Award is presented to a junior for exceptional work both inside and outside the classroom.  Awardee:  Sofia Ricciarini

Princeton Alumni Club Award is presented to the Junior who is at the top of his or her class academically, and demonstrates both intellectual leadership and strong character.  This student also best exemplifies the spirit behind Princeton’s motto, ‘In the Nation’s service, and in the service of all humanity.’  Awardee:  Ellyn Paris

Rhodes College Book Award is presented to a tenth grade student for exemplary community service coupled with a commitment to leadership and helping others.  Awardee:  Elise Russo

The Sage College Book Award is presented to two exceptional juniors who have shown remarkable commitment to, and achievement in, one or more areas of the liberal arts.  Awardees:  Alice O’Connell and William Tormey  

St. Lawrence University Book Award is to a junior who has displayed a significant commitment to community service.  Awardee:  Esther Devitt

St. Michael’s College Book Award presented to juniors demonstrating achievement in academics with a commitment to community service.  Awardees:   Erin Kaye and Natalie Morato

The University of Pennsylvania Book Award is given through its alumni association to a high school junior who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of Penn's founder, Benjamin Franklin -- a scholar, innovator and community servant.  Awardee:  James Ferguson

The University of Rochester

Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award to a junior with high achievement and rigor in science classes, high math scores and a positive contribution to the school.  Awardee:  Emily Perry     

Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for commitment to and understanding difficult social issues, leadership and dedication to community action and strong grades and rigorous courses taken in the humanities and social sciences.  Awardee:  Chloe Slater

George Eastman Young Leaders Award for strong leadership experience at school and in the community, high grades and challenging courses and extensive involvement in extracurricular activities.  Awardee:  Anabel Maldonado

Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology is presented to a junior with a strong interest in innovation and/or information technology and a high level of achievement in this area.  This student has had exposure to new technologies outside of school, such as pursuing serious work opportunities in local laboratories or industry.  Awardee:  Joseph Daher

The Smith College Book Award - The Westchester Smith Club presents a book award to a member of the junior class who combines academic excellence with participation in extracurricular activities and a commitment to community service and cultural activities. Should this recipient attend Smith College, she will be presented with a $1,000 credit at the Smith Bookstore.  Awardee:  Alisa Kanganis

Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award recognizes spirit, integrity and intellectual qualities of a strong leader.  Awardees:  Jacqueline Coquillette and Victoria Vigorito

The Wellesley in Westchester Alumni Club presents a book award to a junior of exceptional academic achievement, character, and contributions to extracurricular and community life.  Awardee:  Jordan Hoang

The Williams College Book Award is presented to the junior who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made significant contributions to the school.  Awardee:  Patrick Krestinski

The College of William and Mary Book Award is presented to the junior who has demonstrated leadership in the classroom including strong academic achievement as well as leadership in the school.  Awardee:   Charlotte Cagliostro

Tulane: is presented to a junior who has demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership and public/community service.  Awardee:  Layla Brinster

The Yale Book Award is given to a junior who best demonstrates academic excellence combined with an enthusiasm and spirit in contributing to the extracurricular life of the school.  Awardee:  Sabrina Mellinghoff

The LIGHTHOUSE AWARD is given to a member of the Junior Class, as voted on by her classmates, who exemplifies the school’s educational ideals of enthusiasm for learning, pride of accomplishment, self-discipline, self-esteem and consideration for the ideas and values of others, and who, through selfless dedication and service to school and community during her years at Bronxville, has done the most to foster those ideals in others.  The Bronxville School Foundation sponsors this award to provide recognition of a very deserving student and to celebrate the qualities of mind, spirit and service that have helped to make the school and the Foundation so successful. Awardees:   Alice O’Connell

SFL AWARD is presented annually to the student who has served as President of the Student-Faculty Legislature.   Awardee:  Bridget Sands

THE LOUIS H. BRAUN SUPERINTENDENT’S AWARD - this annual award is presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership and service to the school.  It honors the man who demonstrated these qualities throughout his service as Superintendent of the Bronxville School from 1957-1976.  During those years, Mr. Braun created a reputation of excellence, and demonstrated a genuine love for his profession and his position.  Bronxville was fortunate to have Mr. Braun serve for all of those years. This year’s recipient is also recognized for excellence in academics, leadership and service to the Bronxville School.  Awardee:  Bridget Sands

THE PRINCIPAL’S AWARD is given to a member of the senior class for outstanding citizenship, demonstrated through high ideals, high standards of conduct and contributions to the life of our school.  Awardee:  Catherine Burnell


Photo by A. Warner

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Retiring Faculty at Bronxville School Has Combined Experience and Service of 310 Years PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School     

Jun. 26, 2019:  With combined experience and service to the district of 310 years, twelve Bronxville School teachers and faculty members are retiring this school year.

On March 1, Paul Furfaro, a middle school art teacher, retired after 31 years. On June 30, Karin Coons, a high school special education teacher, is retiring after 21 years of service; Theresa Craparo, an office assistant, is retiring after 31 years; Manda Gersten, a high school mathematics teacher, is retiring after 31 years; Pamela Kohlhoff, an elementary school teacher, is retiring after 23 years; Vicki Ann Kreiss, a middle school special education teacher, is retiring after 29 years; Adrienne Laitman, elementary school assistant principal, is retiring after 22 years; Joyce Myers, a middle school home and careers teacher, is retiring after 28 years; Valerie Palacio, an elementary school teacher, is retiring after 24 years; Brian Parise, a middle and high school physical education teacher, is retiring after 33 years; Georgiana Stewart, a high school special education teacher, is retiring after 18 years; and Joyce Vastola, a middle school psychologist, is retiring after 19 years.

The dedicated educators, who have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students, said they will miss the daily interactions with their committed colleagues and curious students.

“I have been inspired by the level of commitment and professionalism they bring to work each day,” said Laitman, who served the elementary school as assistant principal for seven years and as a teacher for 15 years before that. 

Kohlhoff, who teaches third grade, said spending the last 23 years in the K-12 building has been exciting and it has been a privilege to watch her students grow throughout their school years. Kreiss and Stewart, both special education teachers, said they will miss their students and colleagues, with whom they have developed great relationships over the years.

“Many of my colleagues have become close friends over the years,” Kreiss said. “Those friendships will go with me and continue in my retirement.”

The Bronxville School wishes continued success to the beloved faculty members as they embark on the next chapter of their lives and thanks them for their dedicated decades of service to their students. 

Pictured here (L to R): Manda Gersten, Valerie Palacio, Adrienne Laitman, Pam Kohlhoff, Joyce Myers, Vicki Kreiss, and Georgiana Stewart.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School 

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Bronxville 8th-Graders Celebrate Milestone in Moving-Up Ceremony PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Jun. 26, 2019: Bronxville Middle School eighth-grade students, members of the Class of 2023, celebrated an important milestone in their academic careers during a moving-up ceremony on June 19 before an audience of friends, family, and administrators. The students will embark on the next phase of their educational journey as high school freshmen in the fall.

Select student representatives – Jake Berman, Savannah Delli Colli, Hope Hershberg, and Timothy Lockwood – addressed their classmates and reflected on their experiences in middle school. They acknowledged their parents, teachers, and friends for instilling confidence in them, supporting their passions and interests, and encouraging them during their years of growth.  

“I have had many great inspirational teachers this year and throughout middle school,” Berman said. “I thank them all for sparking the desire to be a better person and inspiring me to achieve my life goals.”

Savannah Delli Colli addressing her classmates          

Jake Berman receiving his moving-up certificate.

The students also spoke about their tight-knit school community, the bonds they have shared with their classmates, and the opportunities they have had to selflessly serve others – from volunteering in soup kitchens and nursing homes to donating canned foods for people in need. They also addressed the importance of learning from their mistakes, accepting new opportunities, and growing along the way. They assured their peers that they are ready to take on the next stage in their educational journey as high school freshmen in September.

Timothy Lockwood addressing his classmates

“There have been good times and challenging times, and all of these experiences have taught us how to have fun, focus, and work hard,” Hershberg said. “The past three years have set the foundation for not only the next four years but for the rest of our lives.”

In his address, Principal Dr. Thomas Wilson encouraged the Class of 2023 to pay attention to the small moments that truly make a meaningful, connected life.

“Being present in your own life is the key to happiness, even when you are doing routine and ordinary things,” Wilson said. “It is certainly human to want to be a part of things, but try your best not to become fixated on feeling that you are missing out, because the reality is that you miss out on almost everything that happens in the world, and that should be more than OK with you.”

Signifying the conclusion of one chapter and the beginning of another, the students were called one by one to accept their certificates. Following the ceremony, the seventh-grade class hosted a reception for the graduates and their families.

Pictured at top: Bronxville Middle School eighth-grade students celebrated an important milestone in their academic careers during a moving-up ceremony on June 19 before an audience of friends, family, and administrators.

Photos courtesy The Bronxville School 

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Reformed Church Nursery School Junior-K Class Donates to Bronxville Public Library PDF Print Email


By Irena Choi Stern, Co-Vice President, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

Jun. 26, 2019: Teaching her class about the three “R’s,” Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, at the Reformed Church Nursery School is one of Tevon Troja Palermo's favorite lessons. But she never imagined her five-year-olds would take the lessons to heart and initiate a drive that resulted in a donation of more than 1,000 used books, toys, and games to the Bronxville Public Library and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

“My class participated in project-based learning, in which their essential question was ‘how can we reuse our toys and books when we’re finished with them?’” Palermo said. “The children got stuck on the reusing idea. Our church does a clothing drive and they thought of a drive of their own.”

The children also had the opportunity to meet with a veteran, Bronxville resident Captain John M. Murtagh, who had been deployed with the marines to Afghanistan and spoke to the children about his service.

The Junior-K class with Captain John Murtagh.

“On the actual day, the children worked the stands, helped sell baked goods, and sorted the books, toys, and games,” Palermo said. “In the following weeks, they helped write thank-you notes to the donors.” 

On May 30, the children made their donation to the Bronxville Public Library.

“They donated a total of $100 to the FOBPL to reach ‘Faulkner Friend’ status and donated over 300 books to the library,” said Jessica Veissy, the library’s head of youth services. “This was a project the children decided to do themselves and got their teacher on board. It was such a lovely surprise!”

Palermo is proud of the work her students have done to give back to their own community while also learning the important lesson of giving to others.

“I truly hope that this spirit of giving inspires them and others for years to come,” she said.

Pictured at top:  The Junior-K class with Ms. Jessica and Ms. Maureen in the children's room at the Bronxville Public Library.

Photos courtesy the Reformed Church Nursery School

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