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Upper School Class Day 2021

On June 8, Baldwin recognized outstanding seniors and select members of the junior class at a virtual Class Day in celebration of their high academic achievements and demonstration of Baldwin’s ideals in their everyday lives. These students received the following awards in recognition of the many contributions they have made as individuals to the Baldwin community.
The highest honor, The Baldwin Award  given to a senior who has distinguished herself in pursuit of excellence in academics, the arts, leadership, service and sensitivity to others — went to Asia Blocker ’21.
Other awards include:
The White Blazer is awarded to a girl who has played on at least two varsity sports in her senior year and who represents the best qualities of sportsmanship: the ability to win and lose gracefully, act with integrity, take criticism willingly and show loyalty to her team. This award is voted on by girls who have played on a team in the Upper School: Anajah Brown ’21.
The Baldwin Class of 2003 Award, endowed by the members of the Class of 2003, commends an Upper School student for her dedication to academic pursuits, creative approach to leadership, and strong sense of class unity. This year, the Class of 2003 Award was given to Megan Cooper ’21.
The Baldwin Class of 2002 Award, established by the parents of the Class of 2002, is given to the senior who, through her personality and character, has made her class special for its members. The award recognizes the winner’s sensitivity toward others, kindness, dedication and approachability. This year, it was awarded to Isabelle Kauffman ’21.
The Baldwin Class of 1998 Award commends an Upper School student for her achievement, perseverance, and determination in the face of challenges. This year it was awarded to Maddy Brown ’21.
The Rachel Shao Sun Award is a memorial tribute to a Baldwin mom and Board of Trustees member. This honor is awarded to a senior who has exhibited academic excellence, leadership, warmth, good humor, and the ability to be a true friend: Sophia Tavangar ’21.
The Caroline Simon Award given in honor of Caroline Simon, a Senior Trustee, goes to the Junior or Senior who, in the judgment of the Upper School faculty, has completed during the academic year an outstanding project, activity, or body of work that demonstrates creativity, willingness to take a risk and sustained effort in the pursuit of academic excellence. This year the Simon Award is given to: Alice Zehner ’21.
The Phi Beta Kappa Award is given to a student who embodies the ideals of academic achievement, character, and a love of wisdom and learning. This year it was awarded to Zhihan (Bella) Xia ’21.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognized seven Baldwin seniors as finalists this year: Christina Cappola, Samantha Eill, Sanae Hagino, Isabelle Lee, Diane Tian, Alice Zehner and Jessica Zhu. Winner of the National Merit Scholarship is Alice Zehner.
The Society of Women Engineers recognizes and honors high school women who have demonstrated excellence in the fields of mathematics and science for three years. Certificates of highest honors were presented to seniors Megan Cooper, Samantha Eill and Stephanie Hulme.
The Coughanowr Linguistics Award was given by Effie Natsis Coughanowr, mother of two Baldwin graduates, to honor the teaching and learning of languages. The award stipulates that the winner must take two or more years of Latin and at least two years of another language. This year it is awarded to a student who has shown deep commitment to her learning in French as well as Latin: Arianna Channer ’21.
The Eva Macklis Award is presented to the student who has a profound interest in and dedication to the Performing Arts. This year, the award is presented to a student who has been integral to both the music and drama departments as a member of Chorus, B-Flats and Maskers. She has shown great dedication and commitment to every role, every song, every solo and every a cappella arrangement she has been involved with. She is an actor who constantly
strives to find the truth in a moment, the truth in a character. Her talent on stage is matched by her commitment to the acting process, which has led to an array of diverse performances on the Baldwin stage. Her contribution to the artistic and theatrical life of the school has left a lasting impression, and her legacy will inspire future performances in The Simpson Center. This year the Eva Macklis award is presented to: Taylor Levinson ’21
Most Valuable Manager Award: The most valuable manager award recognizes the essential role in the success of a team. This award is given to Isabelle Kauffman ’21.
The Ruth Davidon Elite Athlete Award was established in 2002 by Gwinn Hailer Scott ’58, in honor of Ruth A. Davidon ’82. Ruth was six time single and double sculler national champion and a member of the US National team for four straight years. She rowed in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA and in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. This year, the award honors an elite swimmer and diver: Megan Cooper ’21 and Anya Mostek ’22.  
The Margot Cunningham Award was established in honor of Margot Cunningham who was a member of the Physical Education Department for 28 years. She was a dedicated teacher as well as a demanding and successful coach. This award is given to seniors who have played three sports for 4 years: Jasmine Bell ’21 and Maddy Brown ’21.
The Lois Harlos Award was established in 1980 in honor of Mrs. Harlos, who at that time retired after 16 years as Head of the Athletic and Physical Education Department. In her years as Head, Lois set high standards and she represented the finest qualities of integrity and professionalism. This year the award goes to: Tessa Pearlstein ’21 and Alice Zehner ’21.
The Tina Roak Award is also given by the Athletic and Physical Education Department. It commends whole-hearted participation in athletics throughout the years at Baldwin as well as creative and constructive leadership: Rani Bleznak ’21.
The Alice Comly Award was established in 1982 in honor of Mrs. Comly who was the Head of the Athletic and Physical Education Department for 17 years. This award commends wholehearted engagement and participation: Maddy Brown ’21 and Presley Daggett ’21.
The Pat West Award was established in 2002 by Sarah Goodstine, her family and friends of Pat West. Pat West was Director of Athletics and Physical Education for 21 years at the Baldwin School. The Pat West Award is given every year to a sophomore or junior girl who has played at least one varsity sport and has developed that sport through outside leagues and summer camps, with the intention of playing at the college level. The award is to be given to a girl who in her team experiences at Baldwin, has demonstrated dedication and strong sportsmanship: Blake Landow ’22 and Clara Page ’22.
Inter-Ac League Athletic Directors’ Award is given by the league in honor of past Athletic Directors. The award is presented annually to a senior girl who has been a multi-sport varsity athlete and has exemplified the following characteristics: dedication to their team and school, outstanding representative of the Inter-Ac League, sportsmanship and leadership. Each Inter-Ac school nominates one senior girl: Taylor Levinson ’21.
The Fourteen Year Club recognizes students who have been at Baldwin from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. This year there are eight new members: Rani Bleznak, Aleezah Burhan, Isabel Garcia, Sarah Elise Kait, Taylor Levinson, Ava Olson, Tessa Pearlstein and Skylar Zachian.
The Thirteen Year Club recognizes students who have been at Baldwin from Kindergarten through Grade 12. This year there are five new members: Stephanie Hulme, Theresa Kay, Grace Kirwan, Darby Mullaney and Ava-Jolie Sill.
College Book Awards
Bryn Mawr College President’s Book Award to a junior who exhibits an intense intellectual commitment, a self-directed and purposeful vision of her life, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world: Shania Mundy ’22.
Smith Book Award is awarded to an outstanding junior who exemplifies academic achievement and leadership qualities. Student is from the top tenth of the class and serves as an example of scholarship and community service: Sydney Bramen ’22.
Harvard Book Award to a junior who is outstanding in scholarship, character and leadership: Anna Wetzel ’22.
University of Pennsylvania Book Award to the junior in the most rigorous academic program (ranking within the top 5% of the junior class) and a recognized leader in one or more of the following areas: student government, music, drama, athletics, journalism, community service. She also demonstrates high personal and academic integrity, and is highly respected by peers and faculty: Grace Halak ’22.
Wellesley College Book Award is awarded to a young woman chosen for their intelligence, determination, motivation and achievement. She is a visible member of her school and community: Caroline Lingle ’22.
Rensselaer Medal is awarded to a junior who excels in advanced math and science courses, demonstrates potential for success in a challenging academic setting, and has significant involvement in extracurricular activities. This year's awardee is Abbey Wu ’22.
Yale Book Award to a junior of outstanding personal character and intellectual promise: Anna Raffaelli ’22.
The Williams College Book Award program is designed to encourage intellectual excellence and to recognize student achievement. A book is awarded to high school juniors who have demonstrated intellectual leadership and made significant contribution to the extracurricular life of their schools.: Izzy Antanavicius ’22.
Department Awards:
Fackenthal Award in Fine Arts at Baldwin: Esther Moola ’21
Romelle Pethick Jewelry Award: Olivia Stratton ’21
Art Department Award for Two-Dimensional Media: Asia Blocker ’21
The Caroline Oscar Memorial Award: Annie Zheng ’21
Jan Pethick Award for Three-Dimensional Media: Ava Olson ’21
Lily Ross Taylor Cicero Award: Yunxi (Melody) Gui ’21
Sarah Morris Lyric Poetry Prize: Sarah Elise Kait ’21
The Richmond Lattimore Vergil Prize: Anna Wang ’22
Marian Gamble Award: Alice Zehner ’21
Computer Science
Computer Science Department Award: Yasmin Yaghi ’21
Marian E. Stearns Prize: Jessica Zhu ’21
Diane Jarvis Hunter Prize: Ava Gessl ’21
Baldwin Creative Writing Award: Maggie Song ’21
Marthe C. Melchior Award: Christina Cappola ’21 and Megan Cooper ’21
Pierrette H. David Award: Anna Danowitz ’21 and Ava Olson ’21    
Mary Ellen Morris Prize: Yunxi (Melody) Gui ’21
Harriet Haslett Crane Term Paper Prize: Grace Halak ’22
Louise M. Hutchinson Memorial Award: Eugenia Li ’23
Calculus Prize: Caroline Lingle ’22
Extraordinary Achievement in Mathematics: Sarah Elise Kait ’21, Taylor Levinson ’21 and Alice Zehner ’21
Music & Theater
Music Department Vocal Arts Award: Lily Altman ’21
Music Department Instrumental Award: Hana Ahanger ’21
Eleanor Roberts Award: Jasmine Bell ’21
Cornelia Otis Skinner Award: Layla Siahatgar ’21
Simpson Center Award for Theater Management: Lucy Bonin ’21
Physical Education
Suzanne Valutas Physical Education Award: Yasmin Yaghi ’21
AAPT Certificates: Abby Snyder ’24 and Vivian Palmer ’24
The Elizabeth Chesick Prize in Physics: Eliana Jean ’24   
ACS Certificate: Julie Brose ’23 and Betti Pang ’23
Elizabeth Cobb Prize in Chemistry: Isabella Thompson ’23
NABT Certificate in Biology: Caroline Lingle ’22 and Megan Magee ’22
Kathy Graub Prize in Biology: Anna Wang ’22
The Science Research Award: Sanae Hagino ’21
Rosamond Cross Prize in Science: Taylor Levinson ’21
Escritoras del Mundo Hispano Award: Skylar Zachian ’21
Katherine Bell Brown Award: Anna Wetzel ’22