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100 Graduate at 154th St. Mark's Prize Day Ceremony
100 Graduate at 154th St. Mark's Prize Day Ceremony

On Saturday, June 8, 100 St. Markers received diplomas at the School's 154th Prize Day exercises. Diplomas with distinction were awarded to 57 graduates, 18 were members of the Cum Laude Society, and 10 earned Classics Diplomas, having mastered both Greek and Latin, entitling each to wear a laurel wreath at the ceremony. Alumnus Kevin Tang '85 delivered the keynote Prize Day address, while graduating VI Former Colin Capenito was the traditional Valedictorian.

Prize Day began with the traditional procession of faculty, VI Formers, and all other students into the tent on Belmont Field. After Rev. Barbara Talcott, the School chaplain, gave a prayer of invocation, all those assembled sang "America the Beautiful" and recited the School Prayer. Head of School John C. Warren '74 spoke, congratulating the VI Formers, acknowledging their families, and recognizing faculty moving on from St. Mark's, who were warmly applauded by the appreciative St. Mark's audience.

Assisted by Dean of Academics Nathaniel Waters, Mr. Warren then presented the prizes and awards. These presentations would culminate in Matthew Henry Walsh '19 receiving the Founders Medal—the highest honor St. Mark's can bestow.

THE GEORGE HOWELL KIDDER FACULTY PRIZE, established by his children at the time of Mr. Kidder's retirement from the Board of Trustees. This prize is awarded by the Head of School to a member of the faculty who has contributed to St. Mark's above and beyond the ordinary and who has shown the same love of learning, compassion and commitment to excellence which marked George Howell Kidder's life.

Elise Morgan—Senior Associate Director of Admission

THE CLASS OF 1961 FREDERICK M. BURR STAFF PRIZE, established by the Class of 1961 on the occasion of their 40th reunion to honor one of their teachers, Fred Burr, and his emphasis on the contribution of staff to the quality of the education provided by St. Mark's. Fred Burr considered himself one—like so many staff members—who enthusiastically supported the work of adults and students while working outside the limelight. The Burr Prize is awarded annually by the Head of School to a member of the staff who demonstrates extraordinary support of the work of St. Mark's adults and students, the approach the Class of 1961 sought to honor.

John Tedeschi—Manager of Custodial Services

THE BRANTWOOD PRIZE celebrates the strong bond that has existed for close to a century between St. Mark's School and Brantwood Camp. This prize is awarded each year to the St. Markers who have done the most for Brantwood.

Tom Paugh '19

Catherine Pellini '19

THE JOHN A. CAREY PRIZE is given in recognition of and appreciation for the 36 years of loving service John Carey gave to this School. It is given to that student who has contributed the most to the visual arts at St. Mark's and who has excelled in more than one art form.

Rosanna Zhao '19

THE CARLETON BURR RAND PRIZE is given in memory of Carleton Burr Rand, Class of 1946, and is awarded for excellence in journalism.

Rwick Sarkar '19

Matthew Henry Walsh '19

THE COLEMAN PRIZE IN ENGLISH is awarded to that student, who, in the judgment of the English Department, has submitted the outstanding essay during this academic year.

Rwick Sarkar '19

THE WILLIAM OTIS SMITH PRIZE FOR ENGLISH VERSE is given in memory of a member of the Class of 1907 and is awarded to that student, who, in the judgment of the English Department, has submitted the outstanding verse during the past year.

Jane Dubrova '20

THE REDMOND PRIZE FOR ENGLISH NARRATIVE is awarded to the student, who, in the judgment of the English Department, has submitted the outstanding piece of narrative during this academic year.

Daniela Martinez '19

THE FREDERICK A. CAMMANN '47 MUSIC PRIZE is awarded to that student who demonstrates the most talent in musical theory and composition.

Steven Sinchi '19

THE J. STANLEY SHEPPARD MUSIC PRIZE is given in recognition of Stan Sheppard's 34 years of faculty service to the music program at St. Mark's and is awarded to that student who has contributed the most to the musical life of the School during the current year.

Mary Flathers '19

THE WALTER IRVING BADGER PRIZE IN DRAMATICS is given in memory of Walter Badger's 13 years of service to the St. Mark's drama program and is awarded to the member of the Sixth Form who, during his or her St. Mark's career, has contributed the most to drama at the School.

Angela Li '19

THE FREDERICK R. AVIS AND ANNA M. PLISCZ SCIENCE PRIZES honor two revered St. Mark's biology teachers whose love of teaching and learning set examples for both colleagues and students. The Avis-Pliscz Science prize is awarded to a student who, through curiosity, determination, passion and practical application of ideas have acquired a deeper understanding of particular scientific processes.

Megan Christy '19

THE PHILIP GALLATIN CAMMANN '14 STEM PRIZE is awarded to that student who has most successfully pursued breadth and depth of study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses.

Jiwon Choi '19

THE EDWARD A. TAFT '69 COMPUTER SCIENCE PRIZE is awarded to that student who by interest, curiosity, original thought, and practical application of ideas has acquired a deeper understanding of the field of computer science.

Luc Cote '19

THE JOHN SUYDAM MATHEMATICS PRIZE is given in memory of a member of the Class of 1904 who taught mathematics at St. Mark's for many years. It is awarded to that Sixth Former who has done the best work in mathematics, having also studied physics. This year the Suydam Mathematics Prize is awarded to:

Luc Cote '19

THE ROY IRVING MURRAY PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN SACRED STUDIES is given in memory of a St. Mark's chaplain in the 1920s and 1930s.

Stephanie Moon '19

THE H. CASIMIR DE RHAM PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN FRENCH is given in honor of a member of the Class of 1914.

Laura Drepanos '19

THE JOHN RICHARD WHITE PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN GERMAN is given in memory of a member of the Class of 1899 who also taught German here.

Alan Gao '19

THE PETER BRYCE APPLETON PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN SPANISH was given by Francis Appleton, of the Class of 1935, in honor of Peter Bryce Appleton, a member of the class of 1961.

Luis Perez '20

THE CHINESE LANGUAGE PRIZE is awarded to a student who has demonstrated extraordinary aptitude and passion for the study of Chinese during his or her career at St. Mark's.

Helen Huang '20

THE HENRY P. KIDDER PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN LATIN is given in memory of a member of the Class of 1914. Henry Kidder is also the grandson of the founder of St. Mark's School.

Luke Lee '20

THE MORRIS H. MORGAN PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN GREEK is given in memory of a member of the Class of 1877 and for many years a professor of Greek at Harvard.

Reeve Fenstermacher '19

THE FREDERIC A. FLICHTNER PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORY is given in memory of a member of the faculty for 35 years.

Matthew Walsh '19

THE GEORGE HALL BURNETT PRIZE IN HISTORY is given to commemorate the graduation in 1902 of a grandson of the founder. It is awarded on the basis of a special essay in American History

Amy Wang '19

THE ELY PRIZE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING was originally given by a member of the Class of 1892, and is presented to the student who gave the best speech in the Global Seminar Public Speaking Competition.

Sydni Williams '22

THE SHEN PRIZE is awarded to the winner of a public speaking contest among Advanced United States History students on the topic of democracy. The prize is given by Y.L. Shen in honor of his daughters, Ing-ie (Ava) Shen of the Class of 1988 and Ing-Chuan (Judy) Shen of the Class of 1989.

Rohan Kapur '20

THE HEAD MONITOR PRIZE, is presented to the male and female Head Monitor in recognition of exemplary devoted service to St. Mark's. Both in their public roles and behind the scenes they have been outstanding leaders. The gift of these gavels honors everything our Head Monitors have given to St. Mark's in this role.

Zoe Maddox '19

Tom Paugh '19

THE JOHN AND ELIZABETH MUNROE PRIZE, first given in 1949 in memory of a member of the Class of 1902, was renamed in 1990 to include his wife, a distinguished and inspiring figure in the field of social work. The prize is awarded each year, by vote of the faculty, to the underformer who has shown the greatest promise of intellectual leadership and who by his or her example has best fulfilled the ideals of St. Mark's School.

Frances Hornbostel '20

THE ASSOCIATION OF ST. MARK'S SCHOOL PRIZE is awarded by vote of the faculty to that Sixth Former who best represents the ideals of St. Mark's School and who, through his or her service to the broader community beyond the St. Mark's campus, enriches both his or her own life and the life of the greater School.

Rwick Sarkar '19

THE CHARLES WILLARD BIGELOW PRIZE is given in memory of a member of the Class of 1891. It is awarded for promise of character by vote of the faculty to the Fifth Former who, throughout his or her St. Mark's career, has shown unusual determination in all his or her undertakings and who has continuously been willing to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done.

Jack Griffin '19

THE HENRY NICHOLS ERVIN SCHOLARSHIP is named for a member of the Class of 1936 who was killed in World War II. It is awarded by vote of the faculty to that student who best exemplifies the character of Henry Ervin who, while at St. Mark's, at Brantwood, at Harvard, and in service to his country, seldom missed an opportunity to do a kindness or lend a hand.

Grant Gattuso '19

THE PIERSON F. MELCHER PRIZE is given in honor of the founding Headmaster of the Southborough School and is awarded by the St. Mark's faculty "to that girl who through clarity of expression, effectiveness of logic, and sense of community well-being best exemplifies the tradition and spirit of the New England town meeting".

Kennedy Petties '19

THE DOUGLAS H. T. BRADLEE SCHOLARSHIP is named for a member of the Class of 1946 who was killed in the Korean War. It is awarded by vote of the faculty to that student who best exemplifies the qualities of Douglas Bradlee. In the words of his Headmaster, what was special "was not so much (Douglas Bradlee's) keen mind or his frankness or his...physical courage or even his firm forthright moral courage; it was his spiritual strength."

Edna Kilusu '19

THE DANIEL B. FEARING ATHLETIC PRIZES are awarded to the boy and girl who best combine athletic ability with good spirit, good team play and sportsmanship. The prize was established to reward both the winners' contribution to the success of their teams and their wholesome and positive effect on the athletic life of the School.

Caroline Dawson '19

Boyd Hall '19l

THE HAROLD HAYES PRIZE, named for a member of the Class of 1907, is awarded by vote of the faculty to the member of the graduating class who has been of greatest service to the School.

Katherine Normandin '19

THE ST. MARK'S PRIZE FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING selected, by vote of the faculty, goes to that VI Former who has demonstrated, through action and reflection, a particular passion for applying knowledge gained in St. Mark's classrooms to challenges existing in the larger world beyond our campus.

Colin Capenito '19

THE WILLIAM TOWNSEND WHITE SCHOLARSHIP is named for a member of the Class of 1886. It is awarded by vote of the faculty to a deserving student based upon academic achievement.

Matthew Walsh '19

THE WILLIAM G. THAYER SCHOLARSHIP FUND PRIZES were established by the alumni to honor the Thayers' first twenty-five years of service to St. Mark's. It is awarded each year to those students in each form with the highest academic average for the year. The recipient of the Thayer Prize from this year's VI Form is:

Matthew Walsh '19

Lanruo (Lora) Xie '20

Beining (Cathy) Zhou '21

Peiyun (Reina) Wang '22

THE DR. AND MRS. WILLIAM THAYER SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to the student, not in the graduating class, with the highest academic standing in the School. This year's Thayer Scholarship is awarded to

Peiyun (Reina) Wang '22

THE FOUNDER'S MEDAL, honors the School's Founder, Joseph Burnett, and is endowed in memory of Brigadier General Richard Townsend Henshaw, Jr., of the Class of 1930. It is awarded to the member of the graduating class with the highest academic standing over the last three years of his or her St. Mark's career.

Matthew Henry Walsh '19

After the prizes and awards were presented, the 2019 Prize Day speaker, Kevin Tang '85, was introduced by St. Mark's Board President Alys Reynders Scott '85.

After the presentation of diplomas, Mr. Warren introduced the Valedictory speaker, Colin Capenito '19. Unlike most schools, where the Valedictorian is the senior with the highest academic standing, at St. Mark's the VI Formers elect one of their classmates to give the Valedictory address. This has been the custom at St. Mark's since its earliest days, recognizing the original definition: one who delivers the closing or farewell address at a ceremony (a "valedictory", from the Latin vale dicere, "to say farewell"), with no reference to specific academic standing requirements.

Congratulations to the St. Mark's Class of 2019.