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Upper School Awards Day
Julie Beckwith

On May 15, 2019, 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: Shawn Garrett Goyal
Harvard Book Award: Benjamin Yeesch Tang
Wellesley College Book Award: Sofia Gaitan-Wolfe
University of Virginia Book Award: Sameer Sultan
Washington & Lee Award: Mary Elisa Wagner
Smith College Award: Maya Rose Leonard
Randolph College Book Award: Suneeti Jeanne Chambers

Alumni Awards
Ann Robinson Vrocher Alumni Scholarship: Mamie Grace Barnard
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.

Nelson Scholar Award: Suneeti Jeanne Chambers
This award recognizes meritorious students who make notable contributions while maximizing extracurricular and academic opportunities.

Spirit, Leadership, and Citizenship Awards
Paul Nii-Amar Amamoo Award: Anna Beverley Hoyt
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: Daniel Stephen Elston
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: Davis Hartwell Smith
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: Amelia Caroline Pak
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: Rachel Elizabeth Wright
This award is given to recognize exemplary student leadership within the school community.

Hardenbergh Wall Award for Leadership in Ethics: Annabel Mountain Davis
This award recognizes leadership efforts through the Honor Court presidency and serves as a memorial to Jane Slaughter Hardenbergh.

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
Donovan Award: Meghan Elizabeth Goyal
This award is presented annually to a student in the ninth grade for outstanding academic, athletic, and extracurricular achievement.

10th Grade
Smiley Award: Amelia Jane Neiman
This award is given to the outstanding tenth grade student who has achieved a notable academic record while also actively participating in extracurricular activities.

11th Grade
Allene Benners Martin Cup: Caroline Hendley Lee
The winner of this award is elected by a vote of the student body and faculty and must exhibit high personal standards combined with good grades.

Departmental Awards

Jane Porter Nabers Upper School poetry prize: Mary Allen Murray
Mignon Comer Smith Book Award for most outstanding Upper School English student: Anna Katherine Lembke
Brown University Alumni Book Award for a junior student who has excelled in language arts: Wei Shiow Fong
Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing: Gordon Shang Tenev
Lynn Clark Creative Writing Scholarship: Surina Estefania Prabhu
Hollins University Creative Writing Award: Victoria Ellis

World Languages
Hallie Porter Shook Cup for outstanding Upper School student in the classical languages: Chandni Patel
Randolph College Classics Book Award for outstanding junior in Classics: Wei Shiow Fong
Susan M. Hulsey Prize for outstanding Upper School French student: Rachel Elizabeth Wright
Jeanne Classe Armes De Paris Medal: Caroline Hendley Lee
David Hart White Spanish Award for outstanding Upper School Spanish student: Surina Estefania Prabhu

John Wallace Johnston History Award for most outstanding Upper School history student: Asher Pankajbhai Desai
Katharine Ireland Mitchell Award for outstanding student in European History: Basil Anne Stackpole
Margaret Matthews Gage American History Award for outstanding student in American history: Jay Clifford Baird

Mt. Holyoke Book Award to a girl in the junior class who has excelled in mathematics: Emily L. Muller
Clarice Locke Award for outstanding Upper School mathematics student: Vivek Anthony Sasse

Timothy Leon Morris Psychology Book Award recognizing exemplary work in psychology and behavioral science: Victoria Ellis
Outstanding Life Science Book Award: Amrita Lakhanpal
Outstanding Physical Science Book Award: Frank Wilson Tynes
Bausch and Lomb Junior Class Science Award: Benjamin Yeesch Tang
Carver-Gorgas Senior Science Book Award recognizing an outstanding senior science student: Vivek Anthony Sasse

Fine Arts
Outstanding Upper School art student: Claire Cameron Lynton
Outstanding Upper School choir member: Surina Estefania Prabhu
Sophia Mize Clifford Award for outstanding musician: Augustine Parker Carmichael and Malcolm Thomas Larkin
Outstanding Upper School Theatre Award: Alexandra Marie Pritchard
Speech Arts Club recognizing a student who has distinguished herself in the area of speech and theatre: Maribeth McLean Bell
Outstanding Upper School Photography Award: Emily L. Muller and Amrita Lakhanpal
Gainey Arts and Humanities Award (the highest honor a student may receive from the Fine Arts Department): Zoe Elisabeth Jacks

Physical Education
Lily Cup for outstanding varsity soccer player: Abigail Crawford Lowe
Joseph Wheeler Sewell Award, presented annually to a graduating female and male athlete who have excelled in varsity athletics: Rachel Elizabeth Wright and James Nimmo Dixon

Academic Awards
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 Vivek Anthony Sasse.

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 Asher Pankajbhai Desai.

Highest Academic Average
9th grade: Audrey Lauren Williams
10th grade: Kuleen Dominic Sasse
11th grade: Benjamin Yeesch Tang

Second Highest Academic Average
9th grade: Jeffrey Mitchell Youngson
10th grade: Hannah Ashraf
11th grade: Kyle Albert Hsu

Miree Leadership Commendation
Helen Caroline Abele
Maribeth Mclean Bell
Sara Catherine Cook
William Churchill Denniston
James Nimmo Dixon
Amrita Lakhanpal
Anna Katherine Lembke
Amelia Caroline Pak
Chandni Patel
Robyn Ann Sanders
Vivek Anthony Sasse
Rachel Elizabeth Wright

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.

For the Gold Team, Captain Dylan Lyall and Co-Captain Ahad Bashir

For the White Team, Captain Daniel Elston and Co-Captain Thomas Hitt

The 2019 winner of the Team Cup is the White team.

Core Values
Respect: We value and have compassion for every individual in our diverse school community. Through our curriculum and school activities, we emphasize the importance of respecting and understanding cultural, religious, intellectual, and social differences that constitute our global and local societies.

9th Grade: Adele Powell Benson
10th Grade: Christian Simmons Berdy

Integrity: Because we embrace integrity as the heart of Altamont's mission, we challenge students to demonstrate honorable words and deeds, to make courageous choices, and to exhibit personal responsibility at all times.

9th Grade: Jeffrey Mitchell Youngson
10th Grade: Eleanor Kathleen Roth

Balance: We motivate students to align their passions with their strengths. We encourage and support our students as they discover the arts, pursue athletics, and delve into academics in a manner that not only equips them with the skills to navigate life's varied circumstances, but also promotes personal growth, emotional health, and physical well-being.

9th Grade: Annagrace Margaret Parmer
10th Grade: Sophie Aroha Sioux Cornelius

Curiosity: We nurture intellectual curiosity by celebrating learning, discovery, and innovation. We encourage our students to ask questions, seek truth, and put ideas into action.

9th Grade: Audrey Lauren Williams
10th Grade: Basil Anne Stackpole

Leadership: We foster every student's unique capacity to lead and improve society through active discourse, student driven initiatives, and service to others.

9th Grade: Robert Hanna
10th Grade: Matthew Wandu Mugweru

2019-20 SGA Officers
President: Caroline Lee
Vice-President: Thomas Hitt
Secretary: Tyler Walley
Treasurer: Ahad Bashir

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