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One Hundred Thirteen Members of Bronxville Class of 2017 Receive Diplomas in Traditional Outdoor Commencement; See Photos PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

Jun. 21, 2017: Although an afternoon of steady rain threatened to move Bronxville High School's 95th annual commencement indoors, showers subsided in time for one hundred thirteen members of the Class of 2017 to enjoy the tradition of receiving their diplomas at the steps of The Bronxville School. Family members and friends gathered on the school's front lawn on Saturday evening, June 17, to enjoy the ceremony and celebrate the seniors' graduation.

Recipients of department awards for excellence awarded during the ceremony were Margaret McKelvey for English, Thomas Maldonado for mathematics, James Swartz for science, Alexander Leibovitz for Latin, Ethan Reich for social studies, Raquel Guzman for Spanish, and Remi Laurence for French.

Charles Vorbach received the award for Overall Academic Excellence.

The Gwinn Arts Awards, given in memory of former board of education trustee Ralph Gwinn, were presented to Remi Laurence for Excellence in Instrumental Orchestra Music, to Lindsay Nobles and David DiMolfetta for Excellence in Instrumental Band Music, and to Abigail Geiling for Excellence in Vocal Music. Emma MacKinnon received the award for Excellence in Fine Arts, and Max Clarke received the award for Excellence in Drama.

Dr. Quattrone presenting the inaugural David Quattrone Award for Engaged Citizenship to Margaret McKelvey (photo by A. Warner).

Margaret McKelvey received the inaugural David Quattrone Award for Engaged Citizenship. In a special presentation, Dr. Rachel Kelly, assistant superintendent for human resources and pupil services, introduced the establishment of the award, created not only to honor retiring Superintendent Dr. David Quattrone but also to recognize dedication to one of the four dispositions of The Bronxville Promise--to collaborate and to serve.

In his remarks to the Class of 2017, Thomas Maldonado, class president, reminded his fellow seniors that "Bronxville is a community unbelievably rich with relationships that will last a lifetime. We share a bond unlike the one I've seen anywhere else." He urged class members to reflect on the relationships they have formed over the years at The Bronxville School.

Aidan Flannery, Student Faculty Legislature president, encouraged seniors to cherish the moment before them. "Remember those who are sitting to your right and left this evening, and remember fondly the time we have spent in Bronxville. We will not always be here but we will always remember moments like these," he said. Flannery encouraged classmates to thank the individuals who have had a great impact on them.

Parent speaker Catherine Krall (photo by A. Warner).

Catherine Krall, parent of senior Caroline Krall, and selected parent speaker by the Class of 2017, shared the top ten wishes from parents to graduates. Among those wishes, she urged the seniors to follow their own paths. "College is the greatest blank slate you will ever receive," she said. "Choose to do what you love and it will never feel like work."

Krall encouraged the Class of 2017 to start developing the emotional intelligence that will determine overall success and happiness in life, to continue contributing time and develop leadership skills through volunteer work, and to continue to develop their strengths.

"The number-one wish from every parent in the audience today," Krall told the seniors, "is to always remember … you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you can ever know."

Congratulations to Bronxville High School's Class of 2017!

To see photos of the commencement, click here.

Pictured here (at top):  Bronxville High School Class of 2017.

Photos above and photos in link by A. Warner



Events this Week in Bronxville: June 21 to June 28, 2017 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Saturday, June 24
:  The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College will be hosting the Fourth Annual Publish & Promote Your Book Conference from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm with prominent New York City literary agents, major publishing house editors, and social media and PR experts. The symposium is designed for serious writers who want to get their work published. The fee is $425. To register, click here. For more information, email  CLOAKING  or call Pat Dunn, director of The Writing Institute, at 914-395-2205.

Saturday, June 24:  Architect Anderson Kenny will lead a morning walking tour of Bronxville's Lawrence Park Hilltop to discuss the unique features of homes designed by William Augustus Bates between 1890 and 1910. A light breakfast will be served on the porch of 7 Valley Road at 9:30 am, and the tour will start at 9:45 am. For additional information, call Susan Law at 914-659-5856 or Rita Steinkamp at 914 646-5196. 

Sunday, June 25:  Concordia College will be participating in a hymn festival at 2:00 pm at Carnegie Hall in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, along with hundreds of singers from across the country and Germany. Purchase tickets at For more information, contact Holly Magnani at  CLOAKING .

Tuesday, June 27:  The Bronxville Public Library will have a LEGO-themed Summer Reading Kickoff Party at 7:00 pm, which will include LEGO activities for kids of all ages. For more information, call the library at 914-337-7680 or visit its website,

Photo by A. Warner

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes notices about meetings of village government, the Bronxville Board of Education, and the board of trustees of the Bronxville Public Library. MyhometownBronxville does not independently research other events but will, at its discretion, consider including a notice of an event that will occur in Bronxville if information about the event is received by MyhometownBronxville (managing editor Marcia Lee at CLOAKING ) by noon on the Sunday before the subsequent Wednesday publication. These notices must not be advertisements; please send any requests for advertisements to Sarah Thornton Clifford at CLOAKING .

Board of Education Thanks Retiring Superintendent Quattrone and Trustees Murray and Giuffra for Service PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

Jun. 21, 2017:  At the Bronxville Board of Education's June 15 meeting, board president Jeffrey Rohr publicly thanked retiring Superintendent Dr. David Quattrone for his 11 years of service to The Bronxville School. The board's final meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year also marked Quattrone's final meeting as superintendent. He will retire on June 30.

Rohr, speaking on behalf of the board, noted that Quattrone's service has not only adhered to the school's mission to educate students and provide them with the help to build a promising future but has also expanded and enhanced that mission with solid intellectual leadership.

"David was the leader to bring forward The Bronxville Promise, which, I think, sets us apart and helps our students be better prepared for the future," Rohr said. He added that under Quattrone's leadership, the district has hired outstanding teachers, built an outstanding administrative team, and hired three new principals, a director of curriculum and instruction, and a director of technology.

"David has overseen the school's facilities through two one-hundred-year floods, a ceiling collapse, the flood mitigation project, and, of course, the auditorium, our crown jewel," Rohr said. Despite his upcoming retirement, Rohr pointed out, Quattrone has continued to be fully involved with upcoming capital projects and the long-term capital improvement plan.

Rohr stressed that most of these accomplishments were realized under the constraints of the New York State-mandated two percent tax levy cap.

"Nobody does this work alone," Quattrone remarked. "As you gain perspective on it, you understand there is a whole network of support required to move from one place to another."

Quattrone indicated that he considers the district to be in a very good and positive place. "I'm eager to see the next steps," he said, "and sorry that I will be supporting you from afar."

The meeting also brought the tenures of trustees Adele Murray and Dr. Mary Giuffra to an end.

Murray has served the board of education on its finance committee, the audit committee, and the facilities advisory committee. She has worked as liaison to both the PTA and The Bronxville School Foundation.

"Adele has been very passionate and hard working," Rohr said. "She was always prepared, no matter how complex the issues we faced."

Rohr lauded Giuffra for the passion she has shown for the school's programs and activities and her devotion to The Bronxville Promise. "Nobody has attended more school functions, participated more with the students, or done more with the faculty," he said.

Giuffra served on the facility advisory committee, the Medicaid committee, and the strategy and curriculum committee. She chaired the special education committee, served as the special education liaison, and chaired the audit committee.

Pictured here:  Jeffrey Rohr, president of The Bronxville School Foundation (L), and Dr. David Quattrone, superintendent of the Bronxville schools.

Photo by A. Warner

Bronxville High School Holds Student Achievements Awards Ceremony; See Names of Recipients PDF Print Email


By Plamena Quintavalla, Bronxville School Reporter for Syntax

Jun. 21, 2017:  Bronxville High School students were recognized for their outstanding academic, athletic, musical, and artistic accomplishments, as well as their contributions in the classroom and beyond, during the annual academic awards ceremony on June 12.

Teachers and administrators presented awards to students in grades nine through twelve 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.

The Lighthouse Award, which is sponsored by the Bronxville School Foundation, was awarded to juniors Delphina Maldonado and Chloe Paris 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 also received the award for their selfless dedication and service to their school and community.

Senior Aidan Flannery received the SFL Award, which is presented annually to the student who has served as president of the Student Faculty Legislature.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Quattrone presented the annual Louis H. Braun Superintendent's Award to senior Michael Landy. He received the award for demonstrating excellence in academics, leadership, and service to the school.

Principal Ann Meyer awarded senior Estelle Kelty with the annual Principal's Award, which recognizes a student for his or her outstanding citizenship, for demonstrating high ideas and standards of conduct and contributing to the life of the high school.

At the end of the awards ceremony, the students dedicated this year's yearbook to library clerk Bridget Walsh.

Below is a full list of the awards, courtesy of The Bronxville School. The list can also be accessed by clicking here.

Bronxville High School Awards 2017

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

Grade 9:  Sofia Fenner, Michael Grieco, Christopher Hutchins, Max Runte
Grade 10:  Thomas Bender, Alexandra Brumbaugh, Lauren Lee, Kevin Leka, Joshua Ramirez
Grade 11:  James Burnell, Zixi Chen, Hana Eddib, Kenneth Taylor
Grade 12:  Samuel Arcano, William Cioffi, Charles Vorbach 

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

Grade 9:  Liam Krall, Brian Li, Finn Seibold, Grace Sperber
Grade 10:  Peyton Kinon, Jack Kochansky, Viena Pentikainen
Grade 11:  Allison Barker, Sophia Feinberg, Pilar Layton, Margot Richards
Grade 12:  Nicholas Goutakolis, Alexander Leibovitz, Margaret McKelvy, Kaitlin Ryan 

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

Grade 9:  Grace McSherry, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Claire Rich
Grade 10:  Kirsten Ircha, Nicole Semenyuk, Isabel Sondey, Sophia Sulimurski
Grade 11:  Andrew Cargill, Mac Crawford, Sophia Feinberg
Grade 12:  William Cioffi, Estelle Kelty, Remi Laurence, Charles Vorbach 

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

Grade 9:  Sofia Fenner, Ellyn Paris, Claire Rich, Finn Seibold
Grade 10:  Kirsten Ircha, Kevin Leka, Anna Normand
Grade 11:  Hadley Barr, Mimi Buendia, Jack Carty, Mac Crawford, Griffin Garbarini, Delphina Maldonado, Joseph Seminara
Grade 12:  Benjamin Grieco, Sonora Rivera Heinz, Kaitlin Ryan, Liam Siegal 



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:  Abigail Geiling 

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:  Michael Landy 

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:  Grayson Elder 

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

Awardee:  Ellie Briskin 

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:  William Smyth 

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:   Kenneth Taylor 

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:  Sara Conway 

2017 All-State Mixed Chorus:  

Organization of American Kodaly Educators 2017 National Honor Choir: Alexandra Bruno, Hana Eddib, Margaux Frohlich, Evelyn Kluemper, Alice O’Connell, Lois Vorbach


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:  Sally Reynolds and Vance Wood

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:  Catherine Cain and Alyson Schultz

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:  Margaret Miller

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:  Raquel Guzman

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:  Caroline Krall

AP ART HISTORY AWARD has 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:  Sara Conway

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 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:  Maia Carpentieri


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: William Ramundo

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:  Leo Gretzinger

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:  Gabriela Amboss

(French National Exam) 

Merci à tous et à toutes de votre participation!

According to National Headquarters, 78,899 students across the nation enrolled in Le Grand Concours this year.  We had 95 Bronxville students participate in the contest from grades 8–12.

We are pleased to announce that the following 19 Bronxville High School students earned a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal with an additional 33 students receiving une Mention d’Honneur:

Name, Test Level, National Rank, Westchester Rank, Medal

9th grade:
Charles Bogatyrenko 2A 2 2 Gold
Luke Freeman 2A 6 6 Silver
Justin Barr 2A 9 9 Bronze
Michael Grieco 2A 9 9 Bronze

10th grade:
Alyssa Lee 3A 3 1 Gold
Jack Kochansky 3A 4 2 Gold
Paul Magaud 3C 4 2 Gold
Olivia Doyle 3A 5 3 Gold
Julien Thomet 3A 11 9 Silver
Peyton Kinon 3A 13 11 Silver
Alexander New 3A 14 12 Silver
Anton Tarazi 3A 15 13 Bronze
Catherine Burnell 3A 16 14 Bronze
Susanna Goodell 3A 16 14 Bronze
Sarah Goodell 3A 18 16 Bronze

11th Grade:
Allison Barker 4A 10 6 Silver
William Ramundo 4A 14 10 Bronze
Margaux Frohlich 5C 6 2 Gold

12th Grade:
Sonora Rivera-Heinz 3A 14 12 Silver


In March of this year, students from Bronxville High School participated in the 2017 National Latin Exam. These students were joined by over 149,000 others from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. Congratulations to the following students who received awards on the exams.   

9th Grade

Introduction to Latin Exam

Outstanding Achievement & Ribbon
Yuka Nakano 

Certificate of Merit
Victoria Vigorito
Harry Villanueva

Latin II

Silver Medal – Maxima Cum Laude
Emily Perry
Erin Kaye
Sabrina Mellinghoff

Magna Cum Laude Certificate
John Hodulik
Alexandra Bruno
Brian Li

10th Grade

Latin II

Cum Laude Certificate
Olivia Doyle

Latin III

Gold Medal – Summa Cum Laude
Kunzang Namgyal 

Magna Cum Laude Certificate
Lilly Martin

11th Grade

Latin IV

Silver Medal – Maxima Cum Laude
Leo Gretzinger

Magna Cum Laude Certificate
William Bogatyrenko

Cum Laude Certificate
Sarah Flanagan

12th Grade

Latin II

Magna Cum Laude Certificate
Sara Conway

Latin III

Cum Laude Certificate
Lindsay Nobles


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:  Leo Gretzinger

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:  Charles Vorbach

THE RENSSELAER MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AWARD is given to a junior who demonstrates potential success in science or technologically-oriented profession.  

Awardee:  Margot Richards

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE MEDAL is awarded to a junior who has obtained the highest grade point average in the fields of mathematics and science.  

Awardee:   Robert Schetlick


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.  

Awardee: Mia Gradelski

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.   

Awardee:  Andrew Cargill


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:  Marina Alfano


Athletics in the Bronxville School plays 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:  Mary (Beth) Finley and Jack Reilly

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:  Dayan (Zip) Malley

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.  

Awardees:  Natalie Kister

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:  Ethan Reich and Kaitlin Ryan

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:   Ara AtayanMary FinleyOlivia JensenSophia KohlhoffKaitlin RyanWilliam VrankaElizabeth Walsh, Mason Warble

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:  Olivia Jensen and Sophia Kohlhoff

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:  Sasha Ircha and William Vranka


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:  Robert Villavicencio

THE EASTCHESTER VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS establishes an annual scholarship to be awarded to a Bronxville High School senior, for outstanding Community Service.  

Awardee:   Abigail Geiling and Sonora Rivera-Heinz

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:  James Swartz

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:   Maryasa Krivitskaya

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

Awardee:  Sasha Ircha

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

Awardees:  Jason CushmanMichael Landy, and Charles Vorbach

EASTCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY ESSAY CONTEST presents the Frieda Riggs Scholarship. The Frieda Riggs Scholarship is in memory of this dedicated member of the Eastchester Historical Society, whose passion for the town's local history has been a source of inspiration to many. It is awarded for this student’s outstanding essay on the topic of "The Most Important Consequences of World War One."

Awardee:  Sean Curran


Awardees:  Kaitlin Ryan and Charles Vorbach

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:  Ellie BriskinMaxine Devitt, and Foster Harlfinger

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:  Foster HarlfingerNatalie KisterMaryasa KrivitskayaWilliam Vranka


ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN TRIPLE “C” AWARD recognizes “character, courage, and commitment.” 

Awardees:  Sydney CoddingtonKaitlin Ryan, and Liam Siegal

NYS COMPTROLLER THOMAS DiNAPOLI CERTIFICATE is 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:  James Swartz

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

Awardee:  Margaret McKelvy

NEW YORK STATE SENATOR GEORGE LATIMER AWARD is given to a senior who has been involved in the community through the school.  

Awardee:  Dylan Weber

U.S. CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL AWARD is given to two seniors in recognition of their overall leadership abilities within the community of the high school.

Awardees:  David DiMolfetta and Sasha Ircha

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 nine students in the Class of 2017 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.

Ellie Briskin
Evan Downs
Michael Landy
Remi Laurence
Thomas Maldonado
Sean Mooney
Andrew Murray
Hanford Neild
Kaitlin Ryan
William Vranka

NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS These seniors have achieved the distinction of being named National Merit Finalist. They achieved the distinction of being named Semi-Finalist and then Finalist. 

Samuel Arcano
Audrey Kim
Brian Kradjel
Margaret McKelvy
Ethan Reich
James Swartz
Charles Vorbach

[Editor's note: The Bronxville High School Class of 2017 had one National Merit Scholarship winner.

Sam Arcano]


Sophia Anagnostakis, Mallory Bates, Mia Bettino, Ellie Anna Briskin, Olivia Cappello, Max Clark, Emily Conway, Jason Cushman, Sophia Dibbini, Gianna DiMinno, Grayson Elder, Mary Finley, Malachi Flanagan, Aidan Flannery, Lucy Hanrahan, Zoe Hutchings, Estelle Kelty, Natalie Kister, Brian Kradjel, Maryasa Krivitskaya, Michael Landy, Remi Laurence, Grace Leemputte, Margaret McKelvy, Peter Meyers, Michael Moynihan, Lindsay Nobles, Natasha Puri, Ethan Reich, Jack Reilly, Sabina Richter, Alyson Schultz, Alexa Shephard, William Smyth, Emily Spitz, James Swartz, Matthew Toal, Georgia Veru, William Vranka, Elizabeth Walsh, Mason Warble, Mary Watters, Dylan Weber


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:  Ellie Briskin and Audrey Kim

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:   Emily Conway and Benjamin Grieco

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:   Audrey Kim

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:  Max Clark


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:  Alyson Schultz and Elizabeth Walsh

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

Awardee:  Nicholas Goutakolis

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:  Kevin Leka

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:  Elizabeth Walsh

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:  Benjamin Grieco and Raquel Guzman

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:  Benjamin Grieco

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:  Hana Eddib

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:  Sara Conway

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:  William Cioffi and Lindsay Nobles


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 makes those selections.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN recognizes young women who promote equity for all women and positive societal change.

In Writing –  Maxine Devitt
In the Study of English – Olivia Cappello

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:  Allison Barker

THE COLUMBIA UNIVERITY ALUMNI CLUB designates a Book Award to a member of the Junior Class who demonstrates a dedication towards academic excellence in the pursuit of Social Studies.

Awardee:  Caroline Kirby

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:  Pilar Layton

THE DARTMOUTH CLUB BOOK AWARD is given to two juniors who best demonstrate academic excellence

Awardees:  Sarah Flanagan and William Ramundo

THE DENISON UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD is presented to a junior for academic commitment and an interest in extra-curricular activities.  

Awardee:  Madeline Pettit

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:  Chloe Paris

THE 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:  Daniel Bettino

THE MOUNT HOLYOKE BOOK AWARD is presented to a junior for exceptional work both inside and outside the classroom.  

Awardee:  Laura Holland

THE 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:  Isabela Lamadrid

THE 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:  Griffin Garbarini

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:  Zixi Chen and Alex Plaza

THE ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD is to a junior who has displayed a significant commitment to community service. 

Awardee:  Audrey Carpenter

THE ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE BOOK AWARD is presented to juniors demonstrating achievement in academics with a commitment to community service. 

Awardees:  Rachel Billings and Andrew Cargill          

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:  Delphina Maldonado


BAUSCH AND LOMB HONORARY SCIENCE AWARD for high achievement and rigor in science classes, high math scores and positive contributions to the school.  

Awardee:  Allison Barker

THE 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:  Hadley Barr

THE 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:  Hannah Weirens

THE XEROX AWARD FOR INNOVATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY for strong interest and achievement in innovation and information technology, exposure to new technologies outside of the school and leading other students to new approaches to old problems.  

Awardee:   Kenneth Taylor

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:  Claire Kraemer

THE WELLS COLLEGE 21ST-CENTURY LEADERSHIP AWARD recognizes spirit, integrity and intellectual qualities of a strong leader.  

Awardee:  Catherine Wortel and Mark Sears

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:  Sophie Feinberg

THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE BOOK AWARD is presented to the junior who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant [sic] of the school.  

Awardee:  Mac Crawford

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:  Andrew Babyak

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:  John McSherry

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:   Delphina Maldonado and Chloe Paris

THE SFL AWARD is presented annually to the student who has served as President of the Student-Faculty Legislature. 

Awardee:  Aidan Flannery

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 Landy

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:  Estelle Kelty

Pictured here:  High School students attending the academic awards ceremony in the school auditorium.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

Bronxville Senior Sam Arcano Named National Merit Scholarship Winner; Seven Finalists; Ten Commended Students PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jun. 21, 2017:  Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation ("NMSC") honors approximately 50,000 students from the million-plus juniors who take the PSAT exam. This year, Bronxville High School reports an impressive record of achievement for the Class of 2017.

One student, Sam Arcano, was selected a National Merit Scholarship winner, seven were selected as Finalists, and ten were selected as Commended Students. Their names appear at the end of this article.

June 7, 2017, press release from the NMSC says that "by the conclusion of this year's competition [in July], about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million."

Approximately 34,000 of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT exam are named Commended Students "on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states," says the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website.

Approximately 16,000 students qualified as Semifinalists and were chosen because of their high scores on the PSAT. About 15,000 Semifinalists advanced to the Finalist stage by completing the scholarship application and by meeting the various other requirements prescribed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The June 7 press release explains the procedure in more detail:

Over 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state's percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation's seniors. 

To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifinalists first had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each Semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2017.

2017 National Merit Scholarship Winner
Sam Arcano 

2017 National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Samuel Arcano

Audrey Kim
Brian Kradjel
Margaret McKelvy
Ethan Reich
James Swartz
Charles Vorbach

2017 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students
Ellie Briskin
Evan Downs
Michael Landy
Remi Laurence
Thomas Maldonado
Sean Mooney
Andrew Murray
Hanford Neild
Kaitlin Ryan
William Vranka

Pictured here:  Sam Arcano, winner of a National Merit Scholarship.

Photo courtesy Anne Abbatecola, Director of Counseling, Bronxville High School

Broncos Honored at Spring Sports Awards Evening 2017 PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jun. 21, 2017:  At the spring sports awards evening held on June 6, Bronxville athletes were recognized with league, sectional, and national honors. The Bronxville teams and individual Broncos had some pretty impressive results this spring. Athletes were presented with 67 All-League awards and 20 All-Section awards, and seven Bronco athletes were named All-American or Academic All-American. 

Members of the boys' tennis team receiving awards (photo by J. Murrer).

The Broncos put in a lot of time and effort to achieve such impressive results. Athletic director Karen Peterson recognized their success, but she also reminded them that athletic competition is about more than winning.

"I hope you will think about some of the rewards--your friends, your commitment to teammates and coaches, the fundraising--and I hope you will remember being a Bronco with great fondness."

Members of the girls' lacrosse team receiving All-League awards (photo by J. Murrer).

With help from the members of the Athletic Council, parent volunteers, and advisors Matt Fisher and Anthony Vaglica, the Broncos put together a big fundraising effort in the 2016-2017 season, raising $15,000 for a variety of charities. A special award was presented to parent volunteer Nonie Flannery, who supported the Athletic Council events and activities for more than a decade as her six children attended The Bronxville School. Peterson congratulated Flannery by noting that she has likely sold about 8,000 hot dogs in her illustrious career, each one with love.

At the end of each school year, an award is given to a senior boy and a senior girl to recognize their athletic skills, sportsmanship, and leadership. This year, three-sport athletes Kaitlin Ryan and Ellie Walsh shared the Virginia Landis Award, and Athletic Council co-president Jack Reilly won the Lou Brinsmade Award. Ryan, one of the most decorated runners in Bronxville's track program, has won 12 gold medals at states and will run for Stanford in the fall, and Walsh, captain of the field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams, will play lacrosse at Cornell. Reilly, captain of the football and basketball teams, was All-League in football and All-League and All-Conference in basketball. 

Coach Jim Mitchell presents awards to members of the girls' track and field team (photo by J. Murrer).

Two Bronxville lacrosse players were named All-American, Walsh and Mason Warble, and four were named Academic All-American, Beth Finley, Ara Atayan, James Swartz, and Jason Cushman.

Also named All-American for the 2016-2017 season was Harry Charlton, a freshman who played No. 1 for the Bronxville varsity squash team. Harry was nominated by the FairWest League and the Westchester and Fairfield public school league based on level of play throughout the season as well as US Squash rating and ranking.

For a complete list of award winners, see below. 


Head Coach: Joe Ferraro
Assistant Coaches: Bobby Crosby
Captains: Andrew Rotchford, Ben von Mehren, Zip Malley

All-League: Jack Hommeyer, Zip Malley
All-League Honorable Mention: Owen Jaquette, Clark Stephens
Love of the Game Award: Andrew Rotchford 
Dan O'Neil Award: Borja Rebaza
Most Outstanding Player: J. Hommeyer
Resilience Award: Ben Grieco  

Seniors: Ben Grieco, Borja Rebaza  

Boys' Golf (18-5)

Head Coach: Chris Lockwood 

All-Section: Daniel Bettino
All-League: Alex Swenson, Liam Bishop, D. Bettino, Connor Stoltz, Will Tormey
Most Improved: A. Swenson  
co-MVPs: L. Bishop, D. Bettino

Will Vranka, Ethan Reich

Girls' Golf (4-4)

Coach: Dan Martin
Captain: McKenna Stoltz 

All-League: McKenna Stoltz, Molly Stoltz
Up-and-Coming Golfer Award: Molly Stoltz
MVP: McKenna Stoltz
Most Improved: Grace Leemputte 

SeniorGrace Leemputte 

Boys' Lacrosse (League Champion, 15-4)

Head Coach: Tim Horgan
Assistant Coaches: Bill Locher, Brian Smith
Captains: Ara Atayan, Andrew Murray, James Swartz

Academic All-Americans: Ara Atayan, James Swartz, Jason Cushman
All-Section: A. Atayan, Alston Tarry, J. Swartz
All-Section Honorable Mention: Gerry Frost, J. Cushman
All-League: A. Atayan, A. Tarry, J. Swartz, G. Frost, J. Cushman, Dylan James, George Daskalakis, Jack Kiefer, Logan Glick, Ryan Alberghine, Will Maze, Nick O'Brien
Raw Meat, Whole Milk Award: D. James
Kourage, Heart, and Hustle Award: J. Cushman
MVPs: A. Atayan, J. Swartz

SeniorsAra Atayan, Jason Cushman, Gerry Frost, Andrew Murray, James Swartz 

Girls' Lacrosse (League, Sectional, Regional Champion, 20-2) 

Head Coach: Sharon Robinson
Assistant Coach: Jackie Pierce
Captains: Beth Finley, Ellie Walsh, Lucy Hanrahan, Mason Warble  

All-American: Ellie Walsh, Mason Warble
Academic All-American: Beth Finely
Golden Dozen: Olivia Jensen, B. Finley
All-Section: E. Walsh, M. Warble, B. Finley, O. Jensen, A. Berkery
All-Section, Honorable Mention: L. Hanrahan, Grace Randall, Gabbie Amboss
All-League: B. Finley, E. Walsh, M. Warble, L. Hanrahan, O. Jensen, A. Berkery, Nan Carpenter, G. Amboss, G. Randall, Fiona Jones, Isabel Sondey
All-League Honorable Mention: Hanna Bishop
Section 1 Sportsmanship Award: Gianna DiMinno, Caroline Krall
Four-Year Outstanding Achievement Award: E. Walsh, B. Finley, M. Warble, L. Hanrahan
Heart of Attack Award: O. Jensen 

SeniorsBeth Finley, Ellie Walsh, Lucy Hanrahan, Mason Warble, Olivia Jensen, Gianna DiMinno, Sophia Anagnostakis

Mountain Biking

Coach: Benjamin Cornish
Assistant Coaches: Richard Hoffman
Captain: Sophie Geer 

Coaches' Award: Ashton Smith, Sofia Fenner
Team Leadership Award: Sophie Geer
Motivation Award: Matthew Pytosh  

Tennis (League Champion, 13-0)

Head Coach: Steve Klurfeld 

All-Section and All-League: Robby Simon, Julian McCarthy, Liam Krall, Charlie Nordahl, Jimmy Hennessy
All-League, Honorable Mention: Colin McCloskey, Michael Swartz, Remi Laurence
Rookie of the Year: C. Nordahl
MVP: Julian McCarthy
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robby Simon 

SeniorsRobby Simon, Julian McCarthy, Remi Laurence 

Boys' Track and Field (League Champion)

Head Coach: Ian Clark
Assistant Coaches: James Salerno
Captains: Alex Rizzo, Liam Siegal, Avery Kane 

All-League: Avery Kane, Jack Kochansky, Michael Landy, Luke Redman, Alex Rizzo, Billy Ramundo
All-League Honorable Mention: Scott McGrath, Tim McGrath, Damian Meehan, Cory Ramundo, Jack Ruhannen
Field MVP: Avery Kane
Sprint MVP:  Michael Landy
Distance MVP: Alex Rizzo  

SeniorsTripp Judkins, Michael Landy, Sean Mooney, Liam Siegal  

Girls' Track and Field (League Champion, Sectional Champion)  

Head Coach: Jim Mitchell
Assistant Coach: Keina Samuels, Ian Clark, Jeff Napolitano
Captains: Sydney Coddington, Sophie Kohlhoff, Veronica Walsh  

Division 2 State Champions: Kaitlin Ryan, Laura Holland, Caroline Brashear, Eve Balseiro
All County: E. Balseiro, C. Brashear, L. Holland, Alisa Kanganis, Sophie Kohlhoff, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Margot Richards, K. Ryan
All-Section: K. Ryan, E. Balseiro, C. Brashear, L. Holland
All-League: Patty Haggerty, Sophia Prior, Avery Widen, K. Ryan, A. Kanganis, Ava Downs, S. Kohlhoff, L. Holland, C. Brashear, Andrea Shephard, Sophia Sulimirski, Jules Gravier, Marina Alfano, Kirsten Ircha, Bella Dibbini, Olivia Scotti, Lyric Abbott, Molly Palma, M. Richards, E. Balseiro, S. Mellinghoff, Gigi Chrappa, Caroline Kirby
MVPs: S. Mellinghoff, L. Holland, S. Kohlhoff  

SeniorsAllegra Alfano, Gigi Chrappa, Sydney Coddington, Sophia Dibbini, Patty Haggerty, Sophie Kohlhoff, Kaitlin Ryan.  

Special Olympics Team-Pioneer League Broncos

Sports Coach: Dona DiMaggio
Assistant Coaches: Jason Dickenson, Jessica Guercio  

Participants: Eric Barni, Henry Brennan, Thomas Corcoran, Mel Harris, Natalie Latham, Margaret McAllister
Most Improved: Henry Brennan
MVP: Eric Barni  

Go Broncos. 

Pictured here (at top, rotating): (L to R): Jack Reilly, Ellie Walsh, and Kaitlin Ryan (photo by S. Quinn DeJoy); student athletes in the auditorium for the sports awards evening (photo by J. Murrer). 


From the Mayor: Bronxville’s Giving Garden: Newest Initiative of Village's Green Committee PDF Print Email


By Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville

Jun. 21, 2017:  As you walk past village hall toward Route 22, you will notice two additions to village property. Closest to the street is the John F. Kennedy marker, dedicated on the occasion of his 100th birthday, commemorating the 12 years he lived in our village. The village worked in partnership with The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, the Village of Tuckahoe, which donated the majestic marble, and the Kennedy Library to craft an appropriate remembrance.

Directly behind the marker is the newest initiative of the village's Green Committee, the Giving Garden. Under the tutelage of Green Committee chairwoman Mary Liz Mulligan, who oversees all aspects of the garden's operation from construction and site management to funding resources, and a leadership gift from our own Bronxville Rotary, the concept became a reality.

Both the JFK marker and the garden plot are in their infancy and will be landscaped, and in the case of the garden, tastefully fenced and screened when the heat of the summer is over and shrub planting becomes optimal in the cooler climate.

As background, the village's Green Committee has viewed environmental stewardship as a broad concept encompassing not only recycling efforts, organic care for property, and safe disposal of toxic materials, but much beyond.

After attending a sustainability conference in Bedford, the Westchester community that is in the forefront of all things green, we were galvanized into action.  At least one in five Westchester residents goes to bed hungry with many others eating foods courtesy of donations and food banks. By definition, the food bank supplies must necessarily have a significant shelf life, resulting in many being salt preserved or nutritionally sub-optimal.

Given that the nation has a childhood obesity epidemic combined with some of the highest percentage incidences of diabetes, the need for fresh, unpreserved food is critical to the health of the next generation.

With this as an underpinning, the Bronxville Giving Garden will donate all of its harvest to local charities, literally in our backyard, on a weekly basis throughout the growing season. Our first yield will be lettuce, radishes, and arugula in about five weeks.

All of the farming is under the direction of village resident and master gardener Dave Phillips, who donates his time and talent, as do all the Green Committee members. Scout groups and area youngsters volunteered their time to build the beds, and local village resident Nicki Piercy Coddington, a professional graphic designer, created a beautiful user-friendly website,

It really will take a village, as going forward, the garden's success will rely exclusively on donations of every variety; time, talents, tools, and direct funding. So please head to our website and sign up in any way you can.

Many of our co-op/apartment dwellers who miss their home gardens are signing up for real hands-on involvement. If you are currently making a move from house to apartment, the garden would also welcome any tools you will no longer need.

In a wonderfully heartwarming and unexpected by-product, many businesses associated with gardening have made donations. As an example, a local Westchester farm, Hilltop of Hanover, not only donated dozens of starter plants but sent their farming team down as active mentors to our gardeners.

The location of the garden was chosen for a variety of environmental and strategic reasons. Our first thought was the Maltby Field area, as our Girl Scout cabin committee, when deciding against recommending a new structure on the site, advocated for a passive park with a community garden.

However, there is no direct water line in the area, necessitating a significant expense at the outset, and the location, because of its distance from our village schools, would effectively negate any involvement of our youngsters in garden learning projects.

The village hall site has a direct water line, proximity to our schools, and the important proximity to our public works department. Public works superintendent Wayne Ballard and his staff, many of whom are accomplished gardeners in their own right, have been invaluable aids to the garden project.

We envision the garden to be the catalyst for an array of interrelated endeavors, including lectures, training, hands-on learning, and additional environmental projects.

The site has already become a meeting place of young and old as "Farmer Dave" reports so many people stop to lend their support, ask a few questions, or simply enjoy watching the planting process.

Our website at is fully interactive. On the site, you can sign up to volunteer by specific day and time, register for Giving Garden news, see the latest work in the photos, communicate directly, donate funds or new or used gardening tools, find helpful articles on planting in general, and access our library of seasonal recipes.

When I was doing research for the annual Memorial Day address, I learned that during World War II, the village loaned over 400 plots of municipal land for Victory Gardens. Villagers harvested and shared not only with their immediate neighbors but with all of the surrounding communities. Even The Bronxville School's Home Ec class pitched in and canned the surplus for winter consumption.

This appears to be the case of history repeating itself in quite a wonderful way!

Rooftop Garden at NYP Lawrence Hospital Dedicated in Memory of Victor M. Samra, Jr. PDF Print Email


By Geoff Thompson, Partner, Thompson & Bender for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Jun. 21, 2017:  On Saturday, June 10, family and friends of longtime Bronxville resident Victor M. Samra Jr. gathered to dedicate the new Victor M. Samra Rooftop Garden at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center in his memory.

Victor was an integral part of Bronxville and dedicated years of service to the community. From 1993 to 2011, he served on the hospital's board of governors, lending leadership and support to initiatives such as the construction of the hospital's new cancer center. This state-of-the-art facility allows community members battling cancer to receive innovative and comprehensive cancer care close to home. 


"It is fitting that our beautiful rooftop garden where patients and their families can gather to spend quiet time together will be a lasting tribute to Victor Samra," said Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. "His leadership, foresight, and generosity helped lay the foundation for transformational change and the delivery of high-quality care to members of our community." 

"Vic was such a humble man with a fierce intelligence who loved his family and his community," said Richard Dresdale, chairman of the board of directors. "He used his considerable influence to benefit Lawrence and today we are all the greater for it. I will always remember his affable nature, broad smile, and tremendous generosity. He left an indelible mark both upon Lawrence and upon Bronxville."

The Victor M. Samra Rooftop Garden will provide a meditative space for patients receiving treatment at the cancer center and their families year-round.

Pictured here: Top (L to R): Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Alexandra Samra, and Richard Dresdale, chairman of the board of directors of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital; in text (L to R): son-in-law Jamie Karper, daughter Christina Samra Karper, Alexandra Samra, grandson Owen Samra, son Victor Samra III, and grandson Brooks Karper.

Photos by A. Warner


School Non-Partisan Committee Welcomes New Members, Thanks Those Departing PDF Print Email


By Lindy Devereux, Member, Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees 

Jun. 21, 2017:  The Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees ("NPC") announced the individuals who will join the committee as a result of the village-wide election that ended June 5. In that election, one representative from each of Bronxville's seven voting districts was elected to serve a three-year term, joining the two other representatives from each district.

The new members are Louise Parzick (District 16); David Brashear (District 17); Abby Hail (District 18); George Zivic (District 19); Valerie Otto (District 20); Vanessa O'Friel (District 21); and Jessica Turko (District 22).

In addition, the NPC thanked the seven members of the committee who have completed their terms:  Dale FrehseMichelle MeyercordSara Kenny, Alain SunierBerit BlockTara Saridakis, and Tim Reidy. These individuals generously donated their time and energy to ensuring that the candidates for school board trustee are recruited, properly vetted, and nominated each year. Their service to the NPC is very much appreciated.

The NPC will resume activity in September when the committee will reconvene to begin soliciting applications for school trustee candidates to run in the school district election in May of 2018.

The NPC was formed in 1936 to foster the election of trustees of The Bronxville School on a nonpartisan basis. The NPC, which consists of three elected representatives from each of Bronxville's seven election districts, solicits qualified residents who are interested in serving as school trustee and nominates a slate of candidates to run in the school district election each May.

Fifth-Graders Build Friendly Monsters as Part of i2 Learning Experience at Bronxville Elementary School PDF Print Email


By Plamena Quintavalla, Bronxville School Reporter for Syntax

Jun. 21, 2017:  Fifth-graders at Bronxville Elementary School had the unique opportunity to participate in an i2 Learning program that replaced their regular classes with a hands-on, cross-curricular learning experience. Over the course of several days, teachers and students worked to build their own "friendly monster" puppets and program an LED light and speaker on them. 

Throughout the experience, which incorporated science, technology, engineering, and math skills, the students collaborated with their peers and worked to solve real-world problems. Using needles, thread, felt, fabric, glue, coding software, and circuit boards, called Lilypad Arduinos, they successfully designed their puppets, programmed a light to complete a series of blinking patterns or to remain on, and coded a few notes from a song to play over a speaker.

"The students learned patience and problem-solving skills through this project," fifth-grade teacher Lauren Geremia said. "This program was something very different than anything they've ever engaged in, and many of the skills they learned were brand new. By the end of day two, the students were celebrating their successes."

i2 Learning, an organization that works with world-class scientific and academic institutions, introduces students to the engineering design process and challenges them to think critically and solve problems.

"It is important to engage the students in these types of activities to help build a growth mindset," Geremia said. "They learned that failing and starting over was okay and pretty normal. They learned to collaborate, help each other, work together, and solve problems. They also recognized strengths in some of their peers that they hadn't noticed before."

A grant from The Bronxville School Foundation made this learning experience possible.

Pictured here:  Bronxville Elementary school students participating in an i2 Learning experience.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

Bronxville Elementary School Students Learn the Art of Storytelling PDF Print Email


By Plamena Quintavalla, Bronxville School Reporter for Syntax

Jun. 21, 2017:  Students in kindergarten through second grade at Bronxville Elementary School welcomed master storyteller Jonathan Kruk to their school for a series of interactive workshops. Kruk, whose visit was made possible through the Lecture Series, which provides students with educational and arts experiences that enrich the curriculum, engaged the students in the storytelling process.

He shared several fables with the kindergartners, including "Where Are Little Bear's Dancing Pants," "Rabbit and Turtle," the original story of "I Want a Pet," which challenged students to guess what animals appeared as a possible pet, and another original tale, "Wake Up Sun," which asked students to create their own versions of how to wake up the sun.

Through active listening, first-graders used their hands, faces, and voices to tell the stories of "Mouse and Lion," "Big Fish, Small Pond," and the original story of "Barkface and Rootnose," which is about friendship prevailing over fighting. The students discussed their favorite parts of the stories and how each story changed from beginning to the end. Students in second grade, who are studying fairy tales as part of the curriculum, were treated to a number of classic stories, including "The Frog Prince," "Puss in Boots," "The Girl Who Touched a Star," "Tom Tot Tat," "Giant No-Heart," and "The Tailor's Tale."

"He really helped them use their imaginations in a creative way to see how many different ways the same problem could be solved," said first-grade teacher Stacy Bilgoray, whose students have been learning how to use descriptive words in their own writing. "I hope they can use their experience with [Mr. Kruk] to implement some of these elements into writing their own fiction stories."

Chaired by teachers Dianne Aronson and Kendall Fousek, the Lecture Series programs are funded by the support of parents and made possible through the volunteer efforts of Bronxville faculty members.

Pictured here:  Bronxville Elementary School students with storyteller Jonathan Kruk.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

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