Last night, hundreds of students, family members and community members gathered in the auditorium to celebrate our students’ academic, artistic and service achievements.
Students receive invitations to this evening without knowing what recognition they will receive. As such, there is excitement and anticipation in the air throughout the ceremony.
Each of our departments present awards to students who have excelled in classes. Additionally, there are community awards and some school-wide awards given. Some of the highlights of the evening occur at the end with the following recognitions:
PTO Teacher of the Year
This award is voted on by parents and given by our PTO. This year’s winner was Ms. Pilar Principe-Franco.
Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award
This award is given in recognition of the senior who best illustrates the breadth and depth of leadership demonstrated by our former parent, Board Trustee and current New York State School Boards President. The recipient of this award was Luke Cuomo.
The Jim O’Brien Award
Named after a retired faculty member, this award is given to a junior who exudes honesty, integrity and a deep devotion to helping others. This year’s recipient was Jakob Gilbert.
PTO Recognition Award
This award is given by the PTO in recognition of a senior boy and girl who exemplify qualities such as kindness, good judgment, sincerity, dignity, good citizenship and dependability. This year’s recipients were Michael Koszalka and Lavanya Reddy.
The Wheatley Medals
These medals are given to the senior boy and girl who have exemplified the highest standards of scholarship, ethical conduct and service to the community. This year’s recipients were Krista Chen and Andrew Zuckerman.
You can view the entire program through this link: 2016 Academic Awards Night Full Program May16_final