Ceremony Celebrates Achievement, Cautions Against Need for Approval

In the final days of the school year, following commencement and LEAP and before final exams, the Northwood community pauses to reflect on our “new school,” with juniors assuming the leadership left vacant by graduating seniors. Mr. Mellor opened the ceremony, held on Wednesday afternoon, by asking two students, Ava Day ’21 and Rachel Rosner ’20, to share how their perspectives have changed since they started attending Northwood. Mellor then showed a humorous video clip about a conflict between an enormous naval warship and a lighthouse.

Mellor addressed a theme in Rosner’s and Day’s remarks: the danger of needing the approval of others. Bringing it back to the video clip, Mr. Mellor said, “Ultimately, you are the captain of your boat,” he said. “You are in control of your life. The lighthouse won’t move.”

Three other students walk to the stage and addressed the audience. Martin McDonough ’20 spoke of dealing with a difficult situation with integrity. Charlie Purcell ‘21 spoke of the importance of being able to be yourself and how he has found that at Northwood. Finally, Paul Han ’20 spoke about finding his place at Northwood and his personal resolution for next year.

Following their remarks, Head of School Mr. Michael Maher led an exciting awards ceremony where twenty-two students won twenty-four awards, including over $800,000 in scholarships to fourteen colleges and universities.

 

BROWN BOOK AWARD

Issac Newcomb(1)

Brown University honors the junior who best combines academic excellence with clarity in written and spoken expression.  Language is the highest expression of our humanity; it defines what we are and what we aspire to be.  Those who use words effectively will be the leaders in the generation.  In them we invest our hope; to them, we accord our respect.  With this award, we salute their potential.  The winner is ISAAC NEWCOMB ’19.

 

CLARKSON AWARDS

Will Arquiett  Jake Mucitelli

The Clarkson University High School Leadership Award is in recognition of outstanding leadership qualities and academic promise.  This award carries a $15,000 per year scholarship for WILL ARQUIETT ’19.

The Clarkson University High School Achievement Award carries a $12,000.00 per year scholarship for JACOB MUCITELLI ’19.

 

RENSSELAER MEDAL

Aiden Smith

This award is given annually by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to the student in the Junior Class who has distinguished themselves in math & science and has the greatest interest in a science-related career.  This $25,000 per year merit scholarship is guaranteed for four years.  The winner is AIDEN SMITH ’19.

 

SAINT LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD

Drew Rose

St. Lawrence University honors the achievement of a high school junior who has demonstrated academic success and displayed a significant commitment to community service.  The winner of this award will receive a $4,000 merit scholarship for the four years.  The winner is DREW ROSE ’19.

 

WELLS COLLEGE 21st CENTURY LEADERSHIP AWARD

Morgan Broderick

Wells College presents 21st Century Leadership Awards to high school juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership ability in high school and community activities.  Recipients are nominated by their school and are then recognized by the Admissions Committee.  21st Century Leadership Award recipients are awarded a $40,000 scholarship, $10,000 a year for four consecutive years of study at the College.  The winner is MORGAN BRODERICK ’19.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER BAUSCH & LOMB HONORARY SCIENCE AWARD

Chelsea Smith

A $40,000 scholarship, $10,000 per year, to the University of Rochester is given to one junior with outstanding academic achievement in the field of science.  This year’s recipient is CHELSEA SMITH ’19.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER FREDERICK DOUGLASS AND SUSAN B. ANTHONY AWARD

Joanna Rosenbluth

A $40,000 scholarship to the University of Rochester is given to one junior with a demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues as well as leadership and dedication to community action.  This year’s recipient is JOJO ROSENBLUTH ’19.

 

AUGSBURY/NORTH COUNTRY SCHOLARSHIP AT ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY

Beth Fisher  Zach Ellsworth

The Augsbury/North Country Scholarship was established in 1974 and serves to recognize academic and co-curricular leadership among designated North Country and Canadian high school students.  The $108,000 scholarship ($27,000 per year) is awarded to up to two nominated students from each eligible high school.  Students who are nominated and admitted to St. Lawrence University, but who are not selected as scholars, will receive a $10,000 annual award to recognize their nomination.  Northwood School’s nominees are BETH FISHER ’19 and ZACH ELLSWORTH ’19.

 

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION & CREATIVITY AWARD SCHOLARSHIP

Sarah Coombs

This scholarship of $28,000 over four years is awarded to a junior with great promise in science, technology, engineering or math and in recognition of their potential as an innovator, creator, and entrepreneur.  The winner is SARAH COOMBS ’19.

 

SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE BOOK AWARD

Jane Baumer

The Saint Michael’s Book Award recognizes a junior who exhibits the characteristics of an ideal Saint Michael’s student.  In addition to academic excellence, awardees must demonstrate Social Conscience:  a concern for social justice issues and a sincere commitment to volunteerism and leadership in their communities.  This year’s winner, who will receive a scholarship to Saint Michael’s College of at least $12,000 per year up to full tuition, is JANE BAUMER ’19.

 

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY MULTICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL ACHIEVERS AWARD PROGRAM

Ruoci Liu

The University at Albany Multicultural High School Achievers Award Program honors the accomplishments of high school achievers from upstate New York and beyond.  Now proudly celebrating its 29th year, this program provides the University at Albany with the opportunity to recognize juniors who have distinguished high school academic records and who are involved in numerous school and community activities.  This year’s winner is JULIA LIU ’19.

 

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD

John Biechler

The Syracuse University Scholarship in Action Book Award is given to a high school junior who has demonstrated both a commitment to academic excellence and a dedication to community involvement in service to the public good.  This year’s winner is JOHN BIECHLER ’19.

 

THE HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES SCHOLARSHIPS

Jessica Lin  Matt Shanklin

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Scholarship is given to a male and female high school junior who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership.  The winners of this award will receive a $5,000 merit scholarship for four years.  This year’s recipients are JESSICA LIN and MATTHEW SHANKLIN.

 

SCAD DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS AWARD

Yuqi Li

The Savannah College of Art and Design Distinguished Scholars Award is a scholarship in the amount of US$20,000 per year.  This scholarship is applicable toward tuition to attend SCAD in Atlanta, Hong Kong, Savannah or online via eLearning, and may be renewed annually, provided the recipient is enrolled and maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.  This year’s winner is JESSIE LI ’19.

 

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY JUNIOR SCHOLARS

Aleksi Rutkovskii

High Point University Junior Scholars are strong students as well as engaged members of their schools and communities. Junior Scholars have the opportunity for non-binding early acceptance to High Point University and will receive an initial $2,500 scholarship per year to HPU, totaling $10,000 over four years. The winner this year is ALEKSEI RUTKOVSKII ’19.

 

ENGLISH PRIZE

Chelsea Smith.jpg

The English Award goes to a student for whom literature is a passport to all lands and ages for whom writing is an opportunity to convey worthy ideas with passion and grace.  The winner this year is CHELSEA SMITH ’19.

 

LANGUAGE PRIZE

Jessica Jang

The Language Prize is awarded to the student who passionately pursues skill in the speaking, reading, and writing of a foreign language.  The winner this year is JESSICA JANG ’20.

 

MATHEMATICS PRIZE

Issac Newcomb(1).jpg

The Mathematics award is given to a student who combines talent with hard work, and whose curiosity and creative thinking provide a lively model for maximizing learning in mathematics.  The winner this year is ISAAC NEWCOMB ’19.

 

SCIENCE PRIZE

Aiden Smith.jpg

The Science award is given to a student who has demonstrated both interest and achievement in the field of science.  This student has a strong desire to understand scientific concepts and has an inquisitive mind.  In addition, this student thinks about the topics beyond the scope of the classroom and completes every assignment with diligence and effort.  The winner this year is AIDEN SMITH ‘19.

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE PRIZE

Joanna Rosenbluth

The Social Science award is presented for excellence in the appreciation and understanding of issues in the Social Sciences.  The winner is JOJO ROSENBLUTH ’19.

 

ARTS PRIZE

Adelia Castilo

Creativity, passion, energy, and a zest for artistic excellence are qualities that describe the recipient of this award.  The Arts Department Award goes to ADELIA CASTILLO ’21.

 

ESL AWARD

Chloe Zhang

The English as a Second Language Award is given to the student who has excelled in both English language fluency as well as cultural fluency.  This student, through hard work, patience, and involvement has enriched the Northwood community.  The winner is CHLOE ZHANG ‘21.

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