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Julie Beckwith

On May 16, 2017, Altamont held its Upper School Awards ceremony in the Cabaniss-Kaul Center for the Arts. Below is a complete list of award recipients.

Book Awards
Every year, prestigious book awards are given to deserving juniors. Altamont enjoys longstanding relationships with the colleges and universities represented below and with alumni who honor us with their interest in our students.

Yale Book Award: Matan Rohen Abrams
Washington & Lee Book Award: Nivedita Rao
Harvard Book Award: Nicholas John Rutledge
University of Virginia Book Award: Matthew Soong Hamrick
Smith College Book Award: Isabel Brownlee Coleman
Wellesley College Book Award: Lela Angielene Sutton
Bryn Mawr Book Award: Archana Veda Yarlagadda
Salem College Book Award: Chenyi Zhu
Hendrix Book Award: Jeet Patel
Randolph College Book Award: Joseph Scott Brown

Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The Valedictorian award is given to the person in the class with the highest grade point average and an impeccable record. The valedictorian gives the class speech at graduation. This year the valedictorian is Arjun Sonpavde Guru.

The Salutatorian award is given to the student in the class with the second highest grade point average and an impeccable record. The Salutatorian traditionally opens the graduation exercises. This year's salutatorian is Arjun Lakhanpal.

National Merit Finalists
Each year the National Merit Corporation recognizes students who progress successfully through their competition, which begins with the PSAT in the junior year. The following seniors have been named National Merit Finalists: Afra Hala Ashraf and Arjun Guru.

Spirit, Leadership, and Citizenship Awards
Ann Robinson Vrocher Alumni Scholarship: Helen Caroline Abele
This award is given to a student who exemplifies the Altamont tradition of service, honesty, and school spirit and who is the son or daughter of an alumnus or alumna.

Paul Nii-Amar Amamoo Award: Robert Allen Jackson Luke
This award honors alumnus Nii Amar Amamoo '97 and his unfailing sense of service to his school and his kind consideration of peers and teachers.

Margaret Gresham Livingston Leadership Award: William Fenwick Gardner II
This award is given to an outstanding upper school student who exemplifies the ideals of the Altamont school: truth, knowledge, honor, and a commitment to excellence. It honors the more than forty years of service to Altamont by Mrs. Margaret Livingston.

William Ransom Johnson Dunn III Award: James Sommervile McLester Hoyt
This award recognizes a student who has unselfishly served the school as a leader and helper, often without acclaim solely for the good of the school and the student body.

Altamont Citizenship Award: George Alcantara-Martinez
This award is given annually to the person who exhibits the greatest awareness of, and involvement in, the world around him or her.

Faculty Cup: Arjun Lakhanpal
This award is given to recognize exemplary student leadership within the school community.

Nelson Scholar Award: Trinity Yael Perdue
Established by Sean Nelson '05, Jon-Marc Nelson '01, and their parents Henry and Marlene Nelson to help others enjoy the same advantages that they experienced at Altamont, this award recognizes meritorious students who make notable contributions while maximizing extracurricular and academic opportunities.

Senior Miree program participants receiving Miree Commendations on their Diplomas:
Afra Ashraf
Sarah Brandler
Joe'l Brock
Carolyn Cleary
Sophie Eckert
Arjun Guru
Arjun Lakhanpal
Mary Frances Lembke
Robert Luke
Aarthi Namasivayam
Kiana Perkins
Lucy Pless
Imani Richardson
Amanda Roussel
Hunter Scott
Ashley Sharff
Josh Teel
Jordan Torch
Zoe Zahariadas

Class Awards
The next three awards represent the highest awards that can be won by boys or girls in the 9th and 10th grades and by the most qualified girl in the 11th grade.

9th Grade
The Donovan Award: Sameer Sultan
Endowed by Dr. and Mrs. J. Leslie Donovan and presented annually to a student in the ninth grade for outstanding academic, athletic, and extracurricular achievement.

10th Grade
The Smiley Award: Mary Allen Murray
This award, given in memory of Birmingham University School student Thomas Lawson Smiley Jr, is given to the outstanding tenth grade student who has achieved a notable academic record while also actively participating in extracurricular activities.

11th Grade
The Allene Benners Martin Cup: Yu-Hsuan Chang
This award is given in memory of an alumna of the Brooke Hill School. The winner is elected by a vote of the student body and faculty and must exhibit high personal standards combined with good grades.

Highest Academic Average
9th grade: Kyle Albert Hsu
10th grade: Vivek Anthony Sasse
11th grade: Nicholas John Rutledge

Second Highest Academic Average
9th grade: Benjamin Yeesch Tang
10th grade: Asher Pankajbhai Desai
11th grade: Isabel Brownlee Coleman

Departmental Awards

Jane Porter Nabers Upper School poetry prize: Lela Angielene Sutton
Mignon Comer Smith Book Award for most outstanding Upper School English student: Lucille Rowley Pless
Brown University Alumni Book Award for a junior student who has excelled in language arts: Isabel Brownlee Coleman
Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing: Helen Claire Tynes
Lynn Clark Creative Writing Scholarship: Victoria Ellis
Hollins University Creative Writing Award: Catherine Anne Bamford

David Hart White Spanish Award for outstanding Upper School Spanish student: Carolyn Elizabeth Cleary

Hallie Porter Shook Cup for outstanding Upper School student in the classical languages: Imani Nikiya Richardson
Randolph College Classics Book Award for outstanding junior in Classics: Catherine Anne Bamford

Hulsey Award for outstanding Upper School French student: Arjun Lakhanpal
Jeanne Classe Armes De Paris Medal: Afra Ashraf

John Wallace Johnston History Award for most outstanding Upper School history student: Miles Mwenyi Underwood
Katharine Ireland Mitchell Award for outstanding student in European History: Daniel Stephen Elston
Margaret Matthews Gage American History Award for outstanding student in American history: Maximillian Renfro

Mt. Holyoke Book Award to a girl in the junior class who has excelled in mathematics: Chenyi Zhu
Clarice Locke Award for outstanding Upper School mathematics student: Mary Alice Eunice Baird

Promising Young Scientist Award: Amrita Lakhanpal
Timothy Leon Morris Psychology Book Award recognizing exemplary work in psychology and behavioral science: Breland Tinsley Morrisette and Srivatsan Ponnazhagan
Outstanding Life Science Book Award: Yu-Hsuan Chang
Outstanding Physical Science Book Award: Vivek Anthony Sasse
Bausch and Lomb Junior Class Science Award: Nicholas John Rutledge
Carver-Gorgas Senior Science Book Award recognizing an outstanding senior science student: Arjun Sonpavde Guru

Fine Arts
Outstanding Upper School Choir Member: Kiana Sunil Perkins
Sophia Mize Clifford Award for outstanding musician: William Fenwick Gardner II
Speech Arts Club recognizing a senior who has distinguished herself in the area of speech and theatre: Kiana Sunil Perkins
Outstanding Upper School Photography Award: Catherine Anne Bamford
Wheaton College Book Award in Art: Sydney Ann-Marie Hill
Gainey Arts and Humanities Award: Joe'l Bethany Kearsten Brock

Lily Cup for outstanding varsity soccer player: Evan Robert Poole
Joseph Wheeler Sewell Award, presented annually to a graduating female and male athlete who have excelled in varsity athletics: Aarthi Namasivayam and William Fenwick Gardner II

Gold And White Cup
A tradition that is as old as Altamont is the Gold And White Team Competition. All students, when they arrive at Altamont, are named members of either the Gold or White team. Teams compete all year for points in academics, extracurricular successes, participation in various school activities, and specific color competitions during Homecoming and May Day. The Team Cup goes to the team with the most points for the year.

The Gold Team captain is Buddy Gardner and the co-captain is James Hoyt.

The White Team captain is Aathi Namasivayam and the co-captain is Sri Ponnazhagan.

The 2017 winner of the Team Cup is the White team.

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