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Bronxville High School Seniors Present Music and Art at Baccalaureate 2020 PDF Print Email

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Drawing by Bronxville Senior Harry Charlton of his brother Will

By Staff

Jun. 24, 2020: Members of Bronxville High School's Class of 2020 gathered virtually on Friday, June 19, for their Baccalaureate. 

The event began with opening remarks by Courtney Alan, Visual Arts Teacher & Curriculum Leader. She talked about how people have looked to the arts for solace during these unprecedented times.

Her introduction was followed by presentations of music and art from talented members of the class of 2020. The program highlighted students playing different instruments, including the cello, piano, guitar, violin, clarinet, and more, as well as student projects in the visual arts, including drawings, paintings, social commentary media, digital art, oil paintings, and more. There were also several beautiful singers.

This year, the Baccalaureate speaker was Social Studies Teacher William Meyer, who told a story with the overriding message of "do your best," let go of outcomes, goal setting, and judgments and be present in your life.

High School Principal, Ann Meyer, gave the closing remarks. She congratulated the Class of 2020 and all of the seniors who presented their work. She shared some remarks from television personality Mr. Rogers, who spoke years ago at her brother's college graduation. These remarks included the following: "Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel....in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal...we are infinitely related..." 

Below is the Baccalaureate Program.

Click here to view Baccalaureate 2020. 

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Bronxville Middle School Eighth Graders Ready to Make A Difference in the World PDF Print Email

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By Plamena Quintavalla, Syntax for the Bronxville School

Jun. 24, 2020: Vowing to continue to grow, embrace new challenges, and use their voices to make a difference in the world, members of Bronxville Middle School’s eighth grade class celebrated the next chapter of their educational journey during a virtual moving-up ceremony on June 18. 

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The celebration, which was livestreamed on YouTube, opened with a musical performance from the middle school orchestra and featured reflections from eight student representatives – AJ Diaz, Simos Dimas, Will Gottlieb, Chris Horvers, Frannie Krause, Alden Martinelli, Tony Tao-Guerrero and Ella Tuck. They reflected on current events, discussed overcoming adversity, growing from their mistakes, and making good choices. They urged their classmates to be active citizens in their community. 

“We have learned that we should strive for respect and dignity for all people and that basic rights are worth fighting for,” eighth grader Frannie Krause said. “The Bronxville School has taught us how to ‘be the change we want to see in the world’ and how to shape our history, the history that will be taught to the next generation of eighth grade students.”

Ella Tuck encouraged her classmates to remember the good times they shared throughout their middle school years and embrace the new challenges they may face in high school. 

“In order to truly succeed, you will have to acknowledge that unexpected journeys are a part of life,” she said. “Accept that you can’t plan everything out. Planning out life only brings regret, and I am grateful for my middle school experience for showing me that. We never planned for a pandemic. Don’t let these uncertain times mask the goods times we have shared over the years. Let’s enter high school open to adjustments and ready to manage any unforeseen situations.” 

Tony Tao-Guerrero reflected on becoming more organized, responsible, and self-motivated as a result of being engaged in online classes during the pandemic. 

“I am proud of us for all we have been able to accomplish during this trying time, and I really look forward to seeing what we’ll all be able to achieve in the years to come in high school,” he said. 

Alden Martinelli said she was confident she and her classmates were ready to take on the challenge of making an impact in their community.

“We have not only been living through a pandemic, but we have witnessed racial conflicts escalate across the country, protesters fighting for black lives and equality, and a country struggling as a whole,” she said. “It is only with strong character and conviction that we can make a difference, especially now when it is so desperately needed. Our words and conversations are just the beginning. Much more will be needed from us as we move into high school, and we are ready for this challenge.”

In his address, Principal Dr. Thomas Wilson described the Bronxville School Class of 2024 as a group of students who have passion, commitment, and a drive to live in a better world. 

“You are truly living history, and there is no doubt you will remember eighth grade better than any other class that has graduated from this school in memory,” Dr. Wilson said. “On a daily basis, you are witness to a changing world, and in so many critical ways, you are a part of making a future for all of us.” 

He said the rising high school freshmen are ready to act and make real-life choices because they’ve been groomed for leadership and are taught the importance of civic responsibility.

“As imponderable and daunting as some of the things we are facing may seem, I am personally optimistic for the future because I have the honor of knowing each one of you,” Dr. Wilson said.

Signifying the conclusion of one chapter and the beginning of another, the students’ names were read aloud one by one by their teachers. The ceremony concluded with Dr. Wilson expressing his gratitude toward the teachers for their creativity and dedication and toward the community for their continued support. 

Earlier in the day, the eighth graders received their certificates during the drive-through celebration at their school. 

See photos from the 8th grade celebration below.

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Photos by J. Heathwood 


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Bronxville Elementary School Fifth Graders Move Up to Middle School With a Car Parade and Virtual Ceremony PDF Print Email

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By Plamena Quintavalla, Syntax for the Bronxville School

Jun. 24, 2020: As fifth graders who were driven by their families pulled up to Bronxville Elementary School on June 17, they were greeted by the enthusiastic waves of their teachers and administrators. During the drive-through celebration, the students received their certificates and marked the successful completion of their elementary school days. 

Following the car parade, the school held a virtual moving-up ceremony that featured remarks from Principal Tricia Murray, student reflections, and a slideshow to celebrate the students’ achievements. In her remarks, Murray said she admires the students’ spirit and their ability to be positive and engaged no matter what comes their way. 

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“It has been wonderful to see you grow and mature over the years,” she said. “When you were faced with taking on distance learning in your last few months of elementary school, you stepped up to the plate. You took it on without hesitation, knowing that it may be difficult and knowing that you could do it anyway. The resilience that you built within yourselves over the years has served you well, and it will continue to.” 

Murray acknowledged that the students have consistently thought critically, participated in important discussions with each other, shown tremendous leadership by working together through the years, and engaged in their community and world by speaking up about issues about which they were passionate. 

“You’ve shown us that you understand the enormous impact you can make on the world,” said Murray, quoting excerpts from “I Am Human: A Book of Empathy” by Susan Verde, that all fifth graders read as part of their schoolwide read this year. 

She encouraged the students to remember the lessons they learned in elementary school, such as the importance of making good choices, being kind and fair, acting with compassion, and recognizing when to say they’re sorry. Speaking on behalf of their teachers and parents, Murray said they are all proud of the fifth graders and wished them continued academic success in middle school. 

“As your teachers said, your ability to step up to a challenge and show resilience is inspiring,” Murray said. “We can’t wait to see what you do next.” 

The ceremony concluded with a performance of Phillip Phillips’ “Home,” under the direction of Marina Brown. 

See more photos below.

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Photos courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District 


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
Bronxville High School Students Recognized for Achievements PDF Print Email

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By Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Jun. 10, 2020: Bronxville High School administrators and faculty members recognized ninth through 12th grade students for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the classroom and beyond during a virtual Awards Ceremony on June 8.

During the ceremony, which was livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel, presenters announced the award winners in a variety of categories, including innovation, critical thinking, leadership, engaged citizenship, music and drama, art, foreign languages, science, math, online learning, and athletics, as well as a number of community, memorial, national and state awards, and college and university book awards.

Liam Heraty and Avery Widen, both juniors, received the Lighthouse Award, sponsored by the Bronxville School Foundation, for exemplifying 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. They were also recognized for their selfless dedication and service to school and community.

Harry Villanueva, a senior, received the SFL Award, presented annually to the student who has served as president of the Student Faculty Legislature. 

Michael Grieco, a senior, was awarded the Louis H. Braun Superintendent’s Award for demonstrating excellence in academics, leadership, and service to the school. 

Brian Li and Sabrina Mellinghoff, both seniors, received the annual Principal’s Award, which recognized them for their outstanding citizenship, demonstrated through high ideals and standards of conduct, as well as for their contributions to the life of the high school. 

At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, seniors Anabel Maldonado and Emma Estes dedicated this year’s yearbook to Athletic Director Karen Peterson, who is retiring at the end of the school year after more than two decades of service to the school and community. 

See a full list of awards below.  To watch the ceremony, which includes tribute videos to Karen Peterson and the Class of 2020, click here

Bronxville High School Awards 2020

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

Grade 9:  Andrew Doyle, Jack Evans, Ian Gegenwarth, Remi Mellinghoff, Aarna Pal-Yadav

Grade 10:  Elizabeth Burnell, Chloe Lee, Teresa Markola, Sydney Tuck, Patrick Wu

Grade 11:  Patrick Bird, George Daher, Annabelle Krause, Isabel Overby, Earl Gretzinger, Arianne Wortel

Grade 12:  Michael Burstein, Joseph Daher, Sean Eigendorff, Emma Estes, Victoria Vigorito  

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

Grade 9:  Wilder Burgin, Eleanor Clifford, Jeremy Freeman, Timothy Lockwood, Remi Mellinghoff, Aarna Pal-Yadav, Alex Rice

Grade 10:  Elizabeth Burnell, Bridget Finley, Bethany Lee, Donna Napolitano

Grade 11:  Timothy Atkeson, Liam Heraty, Toranosuke Ozawa, Jessica Sondey, Kelly Weild, Avery Widen, Amir Yaghoobi

Grade 12:  Justin Barr, Michael Burstein, Emma Estes, Christopher Hutchins, Jean Klurfeld, Brian Li, Claire Rich

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

Grade 9:  Jacob Berman, Thomas Heraty, Jack Martin, Saya Mueller

Grade 10:  William Bornmann, Peter Coquillette, Caroline Ircha, Lucy Clark, Bethany Lee

Grade 11:  Timothy Atkeson, Megan Barker, Katie Formato, Liam Heraty, Annabelle Krause, Henry Sheehan, Kelly Weild

Grade 12:  Johanna Bishop, Jacqueline Coquillette, James Ferguson, Grace McSherry, Sabrina Mellinghoff

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

Grade 9:  Lucie Curran, John Henningson, Sean McGrath, Manoela Rodembusch

Grade 10:  William Bornmann, Rory Denning, Simon de Greiff Rubio, Julia Reich, Aidan Sulimirski

Grade 11:  Timothy Atkeson, Liam Heraty, Annabelle Krause, Nathaniel Kim, Skylar Martin, Emily Plaza, Artemas Radik, Michael Randall

Grade 12:  James Apostolatos, Jacqueline Coquillette, James Ferguson, Cassidy Mullen, Alice O’Connell, Sasha Paradise

MUSIC & DRAMA AWARDS

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: Alexandra Bruno

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:  Joseph Daher

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:  Jack Moore

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:  Sofia Fenner

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

THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN ORCHESTRA AWARD is presented in recognition of excellence in musical performance, creativity and leadership.   Awardee:  Patrick Bird

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: Caroline Pastilha

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:  Brian Li

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:  Natalia Morato

ART DEPARTMENT AWARDS

THE ART AWARD recognizes the talent and achievement of students in the visual arts. These emerging artists ot only produce high quality work but in sharing their art, enrich the cultural life of the Bronxville community.  Awardees:  Eileen Marshall and Victoria Vigorito

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 two students who have demonstrated artistic growth and development through talent and dedication to the Art discipline. Awardees: Emma Geer and Emily Perry

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:  Olivia O’Keefe

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:  Anabel Maldonado

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

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:  Ines Munchenbach

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:  Alice O’Connell

WORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT AWARDS

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 outstanding students in their Junior year who demonstrate superior achievement, genuine interest and an appreciation for the study of French language and culture.  Awardees: Isabel Overby

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:  Annabelle Krause

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:  Kelly Weild

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT AWARDS

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: Hailey Mullen

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: Liam Heraty

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:  George Daher

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT AWARDS

THE OSCAR DEY WILLIAMS AWARD recognizes the students who have shown outstanding effort and progress in the field of mathematics during the ninth and tenth grades. Awardees: Alex Kupersmith, Aarna Pal-Yadav, and Molly Stolz 

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:  Nathaniel Kim and Jessica Sondey

ONLINE LEARNING AWARD

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 her achievement.  Awardee:  Eliza Brennan

ATHLETIC & SCHOOL SPIRIT AWARDS

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:  Johanna Bishop, Grace McSherry and Timothy Murray

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:  Peter Coquillette

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:  Colin Dempsey

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:  Patrick Krestinski and Sabrina Mellinghoff

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:  Eve Balseiro, Johanna Bishop, Harry Charlton, Luke Doukas, Alisa Kanganis, Kyriaki, Liam Krall, (Sunday) Ladas, Finn Seibold, and Conner Stoltz

ELLEN O’TOOLE D’ARCY TEAM SPORTS AWARD   This sports award goes to two-sport varsity athletes who have consistently shown self-sacrifice, commitment and teamwork in each of the sports in which they have 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:  Grace McSherry and Caitlin Mooney

THE VIRGINIA LANIS award is presented to the female athlete who displays athletic skill, sportsmanship, and leadership during the participation in interscholastic competition. Awardee: Johanna Bishop

THE LOU BRINSMADE AWARD is presented to the male athlete who displays athletic skill, sportsmanship, and leadership during participation in interscholastic competition. Awardee:  William Flanagan

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:  James Ferguson and Anabel Maldonado

AWARDED TO STUDENTS AT OTHER CEREMONIES

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:  Eleanor Dessart

THE EASTCHESTER VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS establishes an annual scholarship to be awarded to Bronxville High School seniors, for outstanding Community Service.  Awardees:   Esther Devitt and Chloe Slate

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:  Harry Villaneuva

DESTINATION COLLEGE OUTSTANDING PEER TUTOR AWARD is recognizing the outstanding efforts of two students who have been involved in the organization and made a difference in the lives and students who participate.  Awardees: Michael Grieco and Brian Li

WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM ASSOCIATION OF SUPERINTENDENTS outstanding student recognition.  Awardees:  Brian Li and Sabrina Mellinghoff

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:  Alana McGuinness, Jack Moore and Sasha Paradise

2020 SERIES SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE are given by the New York State Education Department to students who demonstrate academic excellence should they plan to attend a University of the State of New York.  Awardees:  Brian Li, Grace McSherry, Sabrina Mellinghoff and Emily Perry

NATIONAL AND STATE AWARDS  

ATTORNEY GENERAL TRIPLE “C” AWARD recognizes “character, courage and commitment.”   Awardees: Emma Estes and Anabel Maldonado

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:  Michael Burstein  

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

NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS: 

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 thirteen students in the Class of 2020 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.

Justin Barr, Layla Brinster, Charlotte Cagliostro, Joseph Daher, Eva Dani, Luke Freeman, Brian Li, Alana McGuiness, Sabrina Mellingoff, Jack Moore, Hailey Mullen, Sofia Ricciarini, Conner Stoltz

NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS

Brian Li and Sabrina Mellinghoff

NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS

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 Sabrina Mellinghoff

Recognition of Freshman Transition Leaders for 2019-2020

Eve Balseiro, Layla Brinster, Alexandra Bruno, Michael Burstein, Charlotte Cagliostro, Jacqueline Coquillette, Ella Crystal, Colin Dempsey, Eleanor Dessart, Edward Donohue, Emma Estes, James Ferguson, Philippa Fraser, Luke Freeman, James Hennessy, Christopher Hutchins, Alisa Kanganis, Erin Kaye, William Knox, Patrick Krestinski, Brian Li, Anabel Maldonado, Eileen Marshall, Olivia Martin, Alana McGinness, Grace McSherry, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Philip Meyers, Caitlin Mooney, Cassidy Mullen, Alice O’Connell, Alexandria Paradise, Ellyn Paris, Emily Perry, Isabelle Phillips, Claire Rich, Dylan Ruddy, Liam Ruddy, Elise Russo, Marguerite Scotti, Theodore Sperber, Amelia Srebnik, Elizabeth Stupart, Sarah Whitney, and Cole Zucker

COMMUNITY AWARDS                            

THE BRONXVILLE ROTARY CLUB is honoring two students who have exemplified their motto of service above self.

Arthur Miller Award Recipient:  Harry Villanueva

Robert McGrath Award Recipient:  Emily Perry 

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 of diversity, and the promotion of the democratic spirit of freedom of thought. Awardees:  Patrick Krestinski and Jacqueline Coquillette

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:  Alice O’Connell

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:  James Ferguson

DESTINATION COLLEGE OUTSTANDING PEER TUTOR AWARD 

With tremendous patience and tenacity, Seniors Michael Grieco and Brian Li have helped countless students pass Regents exams and tackle numerous subjects while simultaneously rebuilding academic confidence.  Destination:College has been fortunate to have had Michael and Brian’s brain power and compassion for the past four years. They will be greatly missed. But, we know they will use their generous spirit and talents wherever life takes them, always in support of others.

MEMORIAL AWARDS

THE KEVIN BROOKS COUGHLAN PRIZE IN CREATIVE WRITING is awarded to the Bronxville High School student judged to have written the finest work of creative prose or poetry in that academic year. The prize was established in 2018 and endowed by Members of the Class of 1969 to honor their departed classmate, Kevin Brooks Coughlan.  Awardee:  Olivia Cevasco

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 a senior dedicated to helping others and committed to academic life.  Awardee: James (Demetrios) Apostolatos  

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:  Jack Hommeyer

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:  Olivia Cevasco

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 students who have shown school spirit, sportsmanship, and respect for teachers and peers.  Awardees:  Eileen Marshall and Amelia Srebnik

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:  Demetrios Apostolatos and Olivia Martin

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 a 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 as a 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:  Olivia Conniff

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:  Sofia Ricciarini

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:  Justin Barr and Claire Rich

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ANNUAL BOOK AWARDS                     

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

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: Eve Sullivan

Colorado School of Minesis intended to recognize an outstanding student in math and science and encourage him/her to consider an engineering career.  Awardee:  James Swenson

The Dartmouth Club Book Award is given to two juniors who best demonstrate academic excellence. Awardees:  Earl Gretzinger and Catherine Zannetos

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:  Kaitlin McBride

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:  Avery Widen

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:  Ashley Toal

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:  Annabelle Krause

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:  Patrick Bird

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:  Megan Barker and Zi Xin (Amy) Xu  

Smith College Book Award academic excellence with a commitment to community service. Awardee: Elizabeth Marshall

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

St. Michael’s College Book Award presented to a junior demonstrating achievement in academics with a commitment to community service.  Awardees:   Ava Chiang and Maya Brinster       

Swarthmore Book Award for intellectual curiosity and a genuine enthusiasm for learning, a deep sense of ethical and social concern as demonstrated by civic engagement and generosity toward others, open-mindedness and an appreciation for difference as a learning opportunity, a willingness to collaborate with others to creatively and proactively solve problems and seek help when needed  Awardee: Holden D’Avico

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: Michael Randall

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:  Elaine Neild

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:  Emily Plaza

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:  Mariana Apostolatos

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:  Artemas (AJ) Radik

Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award recognizes spirit, integrity and intellectual qualities of a strong leader.  Awardees:  Maeve Sullivan and Alanna Thompson

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:  Jessica Sondey

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

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:   Victoria Ruffo

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

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:  Tim Atkeson  

The LIGHTHOUSE AWARD is given to members of the Junior Class, as voted on by their classmates, who exemplify 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 their years at Bronxville, have done the most to foster those ideals in others.  The Bronxville School Foundation sponsors this award to provide recognition of very deserving students and to celebrate the qualities of mind, spirit and service that have helped to make the school and the Foundation so successful.  Awardees:   Liam Heraty and Avery Widen

SFL AWARDis presented annually to the student who has served as President of the Student-Faculty Legislature. Awardee:  Harry Villanueva

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:  Michael Grieco

THE PRINCIPAL’S AWARD is given to members of the senior class for outstanding citizenship, demonstrated through high ideals, high standards of conduct and contributions to the life of our school.  Awardees:  Brian Li and Sabrina Mellinghoff

 

Pictured: Bronxville High School Virtual Awards Ceremony on June 8.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School


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Deadline for Mailed Ballots in School Budget Vote & Election Extended PDF Print Email

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Jun. 10, 2020:  On June 8, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.39 extending the deadline for the receipt of mailed ballots in the June 9, 2020 Annual Budget Vote and Board Election. Ballots received by mail will be accepted until June 16.

Two current Bronxville School Board Members, Jennifer Russo and Michael F. Finley, are running for reelection for a term of three-years.  Information about the candidates can be found by clicking on this link, which goes to a previous article in MyhometownBronxville.

The Board of Education will accept the vote tally at its Regular Meeting of June 16, after election inspectors have canvased and tallied the vote results. 


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