The Middle School community gathered on May 20 to celebrate another successful year of academic and athletic achievements, service and leadership. Faculty presented awards in a number of categories. Congratulations to the honorees.
8th Grade Service Awards
Asher Clarke and Skyler Lesslie (each completed more than 100 hours of service)
The 8th grade also raised $600 as a class to present to the charity of its choice, The Humane Society of Missouri.
Announcement of Class of 2021 Student Council Class Co-Chairs
Ally Kalishman, Hasani Spann, Ryan Jasper, and Gretel Wurdack
Robert N. Philips English Award
Lucy Zhao, Aakarsh Rai, Amarah Friedman, and Matthew Matava
Ralph E. Grimes History Award
Anna Speller, Bridget Moench, Lauren Goldberg, and Morgan Niven
Tista Mandal, John Curylo, Grace Vogel, and Benjamin Hollander-Bodie
Billy Underwood, Mia Duchars, Jude Sorkin, and Schuyler Miller
World Languages Awards
French: Reagan Calcari and Ceci Cohen
Mandarin: Nicholas Clifford and Lauren Wallace
Latin: Meaghan Cannon and Arjun Ramakrishnan
Spanish: Trisha Bhattacharyya and John Curylo
The Oonk Awards
This award recognizes outstanding male athletes in the eighth grade. Recipients of the award show great effort, work hard to build their skills, and show sportsmanship to all.
Football: Billy Underwood
Basketball: Darion Smith
Baseball and Soccer: Alex Hutton
Track & Field: Adam John
Cross Country: Henry Posega Rappleye
Lacrosse: Joe Condie
Wrestling: Jimmy Hereford
The Oonk Altvater Awards
The Oonk Altvater Award was established to recognize outstanding female athletes in the eighth grade. Recipients of the award show great effort, work hard to build their skills, and show sportsmanship to all.
Field Hockey: Reagan Calcari
Basketball and Soccer: Grace Vogel
Volleyball: Bess Lehman
Track & Field and Cross Country: Athena Tharenos
Lacrosse: Caroline Carr
Eugene W. Harris Chess Award
Akshay Patwardhan, winner of the 2015-2016 chess tournament
National Geographic Society 2016 Geography Bee Winner
Yale Book Award
The Yale Book Award is presented by the Yale Club of St. Louis to the boy and girl in grades 5, 6, and 7 who demonstrate both exemplary personal character and intellectual promise.
5th Grade: Jackson Chou and Rosine Stansberry
6th Grade: Tony Nunn and Emma Scally
7th Grade: Hasani Spann, Jack Morris, and Estaphanie Estrada
The Rutledge Award
The Rutledge Award is presented to boys and girls in each grade, who in the estimation of their teachers, have demonstrated outstanding personal growth throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
5th Grade: Ammar Haroon and Zoe Cox
6th Grade: Nathaniel McPherson and Zoe Carter-Konate
7th Grade: Joe Nicpon and Caitlin Paine
8th Grade: Meade Summers and Jala Muhammad
The Stanford Award
The Stanford Award, established in 1993, is presented by the Stanford Club of St. Louis to the girl in the Middle School chosen by the 7th and 8th grade students and reviewed by the faculty for excellence in: scholarship, school citizenship and contribution to athletics. The recipients will have their names inscribed on the Stanford Honor Plaque.
8th Grader, Celia Sprong
The Amherst Award
The Amherst Award is presented by the Amherst Club of St. Louis to the boy in the Middle School chosen by the 7th and 8th grade students and reviewed by the faculty for excellence in: scholarship, school citizenship and contribution to athletics. The recipient will have his name inscribed on the Amherst Honor Plaque.
8th Grader, Adam Jasper
The Jan deGreeff Jacobi Award
The Jan deGreeff Jacobi Award is given in honor of long-standing MICDS teacher and administrator, Jan Jacobi. This award is presented annually to 7th grade girls and boys who show compassion, look for the good in others, and adhere to the Middle School Honor Code.
Alex Dawson and Hanna Wurdack
The James Schenler Wood Award
The James Schenler Wood Award is the highest academic award given to eighth grade students. Rather than awarding them with several individual academic awards, the Wood Award is given to the eighth grade students who, in the estimation of their teachers, have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in every single subject area. These students have also distinguished themselves as positive citizens of the school community, able leaders, and caring members of their class.
Benjamin Hollander-Bodie and Barbara Ribeiro
The Eliot Award
The Eliot Award was established in 1993 in memory of William Greenleaf Eliot, the founder of our school. It is given to one girl and one boy in each grade who showcase excellent school citizenship and who provide the greatest positive contribution to their class. The winners of these awards are elected by a vote of their classmates and teachers. This award is one of the highest honors a student can receive in middle school.
5th Grade: Jane Cohen and Holt Tipton
6th Grade: Ellie Gira and Xander Kerber
7th Grade: Trevon Bobo and Ally Kalishman
8th Grade: Jude Sorkin and Meredith Goldberg