Celebrating Math and Language Excellence for 2019-2020

Agnes Irwin recognized dozens of Upper and Middle School math and language students for their achievements at recent special assemblies. In addition, one sixth grader and two fifth graders received awards celebrating their exemplary leadership, character, and passion for learning.

 

UPPER SCHOOL
 

AATF French Contest

This year, close to 70,000 students nationwide participated in the AATF French Contest. Students examined a variety of sources — including podcasts, graphics, and reading passages — and were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French. Topics included recent changes in the French school system, food waste, the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, extracts from the works of Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé and 18th century philosopher Montesquieu, and more.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Eliana Baron-Hionis ’21, Taylor Carter ’20, Jada Cherry ’22, Grace Czepiel ’23, Ava DelliCompagni ’23, Lizzie Dixon ’20, Enshalla Dunlop ’21, Maya Eberlin ’23, Skye Kania ’23, Kiera Mahoney ’21, Ay’Jay Nelson ’22, Chloé Parayre ’22, Eliza Pendergast ’20, Eliza Vander ’23

Bronze (75th to 80th percentile):

  • Level 1: Jessie Stoudt ’23

  • Level 2: Kennedy Kelleher ’23

  • Level 3: Annabelle Kress ’22

  • Level 5: Asiyah Ball ’20, Leann Luong ’20

Silver (85th to 90th percentile):

  • Level 2A: Arielle Bennett ’22, Rosa Huffman ’23, Reagan Pagano ’23, Nahla Thomas ’23

  • Level 5A: Eve Frankel ’20

Gold (95th percentile):

  • Level 2A: Emma Vanderver ’23

  • Level 4A: Fiona Moser ’21

  • Level 5A: Hanna Askapour ’21
     

French Honors Society

Ten seniors were inducted into the Société Honoraire de Français of the American Association of Teachers of French: Hanna Askapour, Asiyah Ball, Taylor Carter, Elizabeth Dixon, Eve Frankel, Leann Luong, Shreya Mathawan, Tarah Paul, Eliza Pendergast, and Phoebe Weintraub.
 

Spanish Honors Society

Ten seniors were inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese: Ellie Carlson, Lia Della Porta, Katherine Glaser, Amelia Leyden, Ciaran Scott, Caroline Shannon, Caroline Shaver, Caroline Vanclain, Cheney Williams, and Mara Zwilling.
 

National Latin Exam

In March, more than 113,000 students from more than 20 countries took the National Latin Exam. The exam consists of questions on Latin translation, grammar, and cultural knowledge. Participants in the introductory Latin exam receive honors, while recipients at other levels receive distinctions in the Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Maxima Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude categories.

Latin II Exam: 

  • Cum Laude: Laura Gowen ’23

  • Magna Cum Laude: Rosa Huffman ’23, Casey McIntyre ’23, Reagan Pagano ’23, Michelle Yu ’23

  • Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Abby Todd ’22

  • Gold Summa Cum Laude: Ella Graupner ’23

Latin III Exam: 

  • Cum Laude: Pepper Green '22
  • Magna Cum Laude: Ariana Karalis '22, Ava Sim' 22, Kimberly Tyson '22
  • Gold Summa Cum Laude: Mia Skyman '22
     

National Greek Exam

Students taking Ancient Greek at AIS participated in the National Greek Exam in March. The entire AIS class was recognized by the National Greek Exam committee for their efforts.

  • Introduction — Participant: Annalee Drumm ’23

  • Beginning — Participant: Natalie Pansini ’20, Caitlin Regan ’20

  • Beginning — Green Merit: Talia Schley ’20
     

American Mathematics Competition Exam

In January and February, many Upper School girls took the American Mathematics Competition exam. “These students, through their exceptional performance on this assessment, demonstrated their deep mathematical understanding as well as their ability to work creatively and with resiliency to successfully tackle difficult problems,” remarked Upper School Mathematics Teacher Tricia Colclaser.

The top scorers at each grade level were:

9th Grade:

  • Silver Award: Reagan Pagano, Lily Press

  • Gold Award: Maya Johnson, Khushi Patel

10th Grade:

  • Silver Award: Kathy Chen, Annabelle Kress, Lucy Shannon, Yan Xingrui

  • Gold Award: Emma Twitmyer

11th Grade:

  • Bronze Award: Olivia Peng

  • Silver Award: Caroline Vauclain

  • Gold Award and Top Score for AIS: Chelsea Chen

12th Grade:

  • Bronze Award: Elizabeth Carlson, Colette Cavazos, Lizzie Dixon, Eve Frankel, Caroline Shannon

  • Silver Award: Ciaran Scott

  • Gold Award: Rongzhe “Kate” Chen

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MIDDLE SCHOOL​
 

National French Contest

This year, close to 70,000 students nationwide participated in the AATF French Contest. Students examined a variety of sources — including podcasts, graphics, and reading passages — and were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French. Topics for our Middle School students included modes of transportation, the French school system, tourism in Rwanda, Belgian cartoonist Hergé’s comic series The Adventures of Tintin, and more.

  • Honorable Mention: Catherine Bernhardt '24, Cici Curran '24, Olivia Daniels '24, Maya Eberlin' 24, Blair Fox'24, Oona Hastings '24, Clara Laveran '24, Britty Page '25, Grace Rall '25, Heidi Reller '25, Sarah Sax '25, Ava Soroush '25, Charly Teller '25, Nylah Urquhart '25, Brooke Wolitarsky '25
  • Bronze (75th to 80th percentile): Sarah Ernst ’24, Macy James ’24, Abigail O’Mara ’24, Sydney Puriefoy ’24, Sylvia Sargent’ 25, Nora Smartt ’25, Sarah Solomon ’24, Jessie Stoudt ’24

  • Silver (85th to 90th percentile): Yalana Clark ’24, Alimah Jalloh ’24, Emma Justi ’24, Alexis Roemer ’24, Anna Scott ’24

  • Gold (95th percentile): Piper Boulden ’24, Maya Messick ’24, Chloé Walsh ’24
     

National Latin Exam

In March, more than 113,000 students from more than 20 countries took the National Latin Exam. The exam consists of questions on Latin translation, grammar, and cultural knowledge. Participants in the introductory Latin exam receive honors, while recipients at other levels receive distinctions in the Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Maxima Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude categories.

7th Grade: 

  • Participant Certificate: Ryder Fleitas, Melanie Hayes, Arden Makovich, Osayamen Oraegbu, Brittain Page, Grace Rall, Heidi Reller, Quinn Whitaker, Brooke Wolitarsky
  • Participant Certificate with Ribbon: Finley Amoroso, Rachel Avery, Caroline Chisholm, Kiran McCormick, Sylvia Sargent, GG Seibert, Nora Smartt

8th Grade: 

  • Cum Laude: Julia Barcus, Catherine Bernhardt, Whitney Charlson, Sarah Ernst
  • Magna Cum Laude: Piper Boulder, Alimah Jalloh, Maya Messick
  • Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Macy James, Alexis Roemer, Henriette Schminke, Anna Scott
  • Gold Summa Cum Laude: Orchie Hasan, Chloe Walsh
     

American Mathematics Competition

In January and February, 8th grade Honors Math students took the American Mathematics Competition exam.

  • Gold: Ella Springer '24
  • Silver: Alexis Roemer '24
  • Bronze: Henriette Schminke '24
     

Other Awards

Additional awards recognize two fifth grade students and a sixth grade student who have shown curiosity, passion for learning, leadership and character.

The Helen Holt English Award:

This award is given to a fifth grader in memory of Dr. Helen Holt, beloved and respected English teacher. In her many years as a Lower School and fifth grade teacher, Dr. Holt was committed to instilling a love of reading in her students. This year's award recipient is Amelia Amirault ’27, who shows not just a dedication to but a deep, genuine love of reading and learning.

The Edith O’Hara Award:

The Edith O’Hara Award, inaugurated by Sarajane Smith Alexander, Class of 1949, and awarded annually by the Class of 1949 to the girl in the fifth grade who best exemplifies the intellect and character that Mrs. O’Hara always strove to instill in her students. This year's recipient is Mia Karalis ’27, who is universally respected, kind, and the first to offer encouragement and praise or support.

The Naya Galyn Summy Award:

The Naya Galyn Summy Award is presented to a girl or girls in the sixth grade who best exemplify those qualities for which we remember Naya: contagious laughter, joyful enthusiasm, and determined curiosity. Naya was a happy and positive force to be reckoned with, and this award honors that spirit in others. This year's award recipient is Merrill Cutler ’26, whose kindness, positivity, and dedication has earned her the respect of her peers and teachers.

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