2019 - 2020 Senior Award Recipients

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Scroll down to see our 2019-2020 award recipients. Congratulations to them all!

The John Amos Comenius Award

John Amos Comenius, the great 17th-century Moravian bishop once wrote:
“Everyone ought to receive a universal education.”

The Moravian founders of Bethlehem believed that the responsibility of the church and its community to their children was to develop spiritual as well as physical and mental growth.

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, this award, in honor of John Amos Comenius, is presented to Avijit Singh.

National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists

The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test that students must take to enter the National Merit Scholarship competitions. Of the more than 1.5 million students who take the exam, there are 15,000 finalists and eventually 8,200 students will earn special scholarships.

We have three students to recognize for their achievements in this program as National Merit Finalists.

Neil Deshmukh

Julius Ewungkem

Avijit Singh

National French Competition Recognition

Le Grand Concours, or the National French Contest, is sponsored each year by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students take an exam each spring to be ranked on regional and national levels. Moravian Academy French students once again met the challenge and achieved high distinction. While many more were ranked in the top 10 on the regional level, the following are those who received national recognition.

Bronze Medal
Alex Teleo

Silver Medal
Julius Ewungkem

American Mathematics Competition Recognition

Each year the Mathematical Association of America sponsors the American Mathematics Competitions -- a challenging 75-minute contest in which 25 questions must be answered without a calculator.

Our top scorer, Alex Adams, qualified for the next level of competition, the American Invitational Mathematics Exam -- a three-hour, 15-question, calculator-free exam, on Saturday, June 6.

Alex’s name will appear on a perpetual plaque honoring school AMC winners.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Award 2019

For more than 100 years, Rensselaer, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

The Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, engineering, and technology.

The President's Education Award 2019

This award is presented to students who have earned at least an A- in all major academic courses for all four quarters of the current school year.
Alexander Adams
William Bingham
Brogan Breslin
Ethan Buck
Lavinia Burchielli
Darby de Castro
Eric Dee
Neil Deshmukh
Evan Edelman
Julius Ewungkem
Thomas Griffith
Karilyn Kruklitis
Emma Lamberti
Rhea Malhotra
Gianna Logan Maniscalco
Grace Moser
Willem Parent

Aidan Reese
Deepak Shankar
Avijit Singh
John van Gelder
Konstantinos Voyiazis
William Werner
Kathrine Yeaw
Raymond Yedlock

U.S. Presidential Scholars

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Neil Deshmukh and Rhea Malhotra were among only 161 high school seniors nationally, and only three Pennsylvanians, recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

As directed by executive order of the President, the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,600 of the nation's top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Neil Deshmukh

Rhea Malhotra

Cum Laude Inductees

The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 to give appropriate recognition to scholastic achievement at the secondary school level. The society was modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, to encourage and reward the student scholar. The motto of the Cum Laude Society is based on the virtues of Areté (“Air eh tay”), Diké (“Dee Kay”), and Timé (“Tee May”) – Excellence, Justice and Honor.  

Membership is limited to a maximum of the top twenty percent of any graduating class. The basis for selection is academic achievement, rigor of academic program, and academic integrity.
The following members of the Class of 2020 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society last year as juniors:

Alex Adams
Lavinia Burchielli
Neil Deshmukh
Evan Edelman
Julius Ewungkem
Rhea Malhotra
Logan Maniscalco
Avijit Singh

In addition to those members, the following seniors qualify for membership:

William Bingham
Ethan Buck
Eric Dee
Dhruv Krishna
Willem Parent
Kathrine Yeaw
Raymond Yedlock
These students carry on the tradition of taking the most demanding courses and attaining high grades. As a group they have completed Advanced Placement courses, Honors courses and academic endeavors beyond the school program. All of these students have demonstrated that, for them, learning does not end at the conclusion of the class day. The common thread in their quest for knowledge is their frankly expressed enjoyment of learning. They are excellent role models and honorable individuals who bring credit to this institution.

The Emma Hoch Award for English

Miss Emma and Miss Helena Hoch were educated at Linden Hall Moravian school in Lititz, and in 1893 came into service of Moravian Seminary School for Girls. Miss Emma taught for 39 years; Miss Helena for 50. They were beloved and well-respected by the many generations of young students who felt fortunate to have them as teachers and friends.

This year, the Hoch award is presented to Logan Maniscalco.

The Dorothy Tyler Award for Global Languages

Presented for outstanding contributions in global languages.

Dorothy Tyler, a dedicated teacher of foreign languages at Moravian Preparatory School and chairperson of the foreign language department at Moravian College, inspired her students to pursue excellence in global languages. This award is given in her honor.

This year’s recipients are:

Caitlyn Georges

Kathrine Yeaw

The Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf Award in History

On May 4, 1742, Countess Henrietta Benigna, the daughter of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf, a benefactor of the renewed Moravian Church, began a school for girls in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and in June, the school moved to Bethlehem.  This girls’ school, later known as the Moravian Seminary for Young Ladies at Bethlehem, was the first girls’ boarding school in the thirteen colonies.  Moravian Academy traces its roots to Countess Benigna’s School.

This year, the Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf Award for superior achievement in history is presented to Ethan Buck.

The Albert de Neufville Award for Mathematics

Dr. de Neufville, a former Board member for Moravian Seminary for Girls and Moravian Academy, was a distinguished Professor of Mechanics at Lehigh University and had a lifelong interest in Mathematics.

This award is given in his memory by his family and wife, Naomi Haupert de Neufville. Mrs. de Neufville served as Headmistress for Moravian Seminary for Girls, taught French at Moravian Preparatory School, and was herself a member of the Moravian Academy Board of Trustees.

This year’s recipient is Alex Adams.

Science Department Awards


This award is presented to a senior student for superior achievement in the field of biological science.

This year’s recipient is Rhea Malhotra.

Computational Science

This award is presented to a senior student for superior achievement in the field of computational science.

This year’s recipient is Neil Deshmukh.


This award is presented to a senior student for superior achievement in the field of physical science.

This year’s recipient is Avijit Singh.

Arts Department Awards

The Cyphers/Littner Award in Music

Established in memory of Mary Heller Cyphers and Mrs. Wanda Cyphers Littner, this award is presented for superior ability and interest in music.

This year’s recipient is Emma Lamberti.

Theatre Arts

This award is presented to senior students for superior achievement in Theatre Arts.
This year’s recipients are:

John Marmaras

Aidan Reese

The Ruth D. Loquasto Technical Theatre Award

Presented for outstanding contributions in technical theatre.

This year’s recipient is

Maggie Helfst

Studio Art

This award goes to senior students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in art.

For their accomplishments and passion, this year’s recipients are

Elysse Abraham

P.J. Scarperi

Brogan Breslin

Athletic Awards

The Athletic Department and the upper school varsity coaches have the opportunity to recognize one young woman and one young man for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments on the fields, courts, or in the pool.  Beyond athletic contributions, coaches also consider citizenship and community involvement in the determination of the recipients.

Outstanding Male Athlete

Our athletic programs need student athletes to contribute to multiple athletic teams in order for their continued health, success and growth.  Tom Fegley has worked during his high school career to become a main stay on our state championship soccer team as well as developing as a faceoff specialist for our boys’ lacrosse team.  This intense drive and work ethic have earned him an opportunity to continue his lacrosse career at the Division I level at Providence College.

Thomas Fegley

Outstanding Female Athlete

Gabrielle Oudin has been a three-sport athlete during her high school years.  However, it has been on the soccer field where she feels most comfortable.  As a leader of the girls’ soccer team, she helped the program become a two-time district champion. She will look to continue this success next year as she steps on the field at the Division I soccer program of La Salle University.

Gabrielle Oudin

Colonial League Academic All-Stars

The Colonial League selects one boy and one girl athlete from each member school as Academic All-Stars.

The All-Stars excelled in the classroom, were strong performers in their sports, volunteered in their communities, played leadership roles in their schools and have shown outstanding citizenship.

This year, Moravian Academy's Academic All-Stars are:

Julius Ewungkem

Gabrielle Oudin

The Heart of the Lion

The Heart of the Lion was created to recognize student athletes who have made special contributions to the athletic program over the course of their career at Moravian Academy. Kathrine Yeaw has participated on our field hockey and girls’ lacrosse programs.  She can always be seen supporting MA teams and her classmates.  Her enthusiasm for our community will be missed on the fields and in the stands as she heads to the University of Richmond. 

Kathrine Yeaw

United States Military Academy Appointment Recognition

Congratulations to Tyler Joseph on his admission and appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Moravian Academy recognized and salutes this extraordinary achievement.

We thank Tyler for his distinguished service to Moravian, and we wish him the best as he goes on to serve our country as a West Point cadet.

Tyler Joseph

Sons of the American Revolution Award*

This award, sponsored by the Valley Forge Chapter of the SAR, commemorates those who sacrificed their lives in the war for independence, aims to foster true patriotism, and promotes the values expressed in the Preamble to the Constitution.

Recipients exhibit the characteristics of dependability, cooperation, leadership, patriotism, and personality.

This year’s recipient is Karilyn Kruklitis.

Daughters of the American Revolution Award

The Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

This year’s recipient, selected by his classmates based on character and contributions, is William Werner. 

Community Service Award

This award is presented to senior students to acknowledge extensive and excellent service records.

Community Service Award recipients have demonstrated a deep commitment to one or more charitable organizations and have been outstanding representatives of Moravian Academy in the larger community.

This year’s recipient is Avijit Singh.

Service to the School*

The Service to the School Award recognizes seniors who have made significant contributions to the life of Moravian Academy.
This year’s recipients are
William Bingham
For volunteering for Admissions and Parents events, helping make Coffeehouse a community-building experience, acting, singing, baseball, Cancer Awareness Club, and building a stronger school environment for everyone with his curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.
Taylor Busch
For her work with Pride Mentors, MA Ambassadors, school-wide spirit initiatives, and being a positive and trusted advocate and support to her peers.
Thomas Fegley
For his leadership in Operation Smile, his positivity, and his dependability in getting the job done, whatever it may be.
Clara Floyd
For her contributions to the arts and for being an active voice for diversity and inclusion in our community.
Miranda Gibson
For her leadership in clubs and spirit initiatives, Pride Mentorship, MA Ambassadors, DECA, tennis, and lacrosse.
Thomas Griffith
For his work and leadership in Service Club, DECA, Pride Mentors, MA Ambassadors, and for always being willing to help out whenever needed.
Isha Kaza
For her leadership in UNICEF, HOSA, Operation Smile, Pride Mentors, MA Ambassadors, and spirit initiatives grade and school-wide.
Addison Kovats-Bernat
For his stalwart work in technical theatre, including scenic design, serving as crew chief, and running projection for assemblies and chapels, and for his selflessness, friendliness, and dependability.
Benjamin Kraft
For his energetic creativity in Theatre, Vocal Music, Tech Crew, Coffeehouse, Team Arnav, for always challenging himself, for going out of his way to make others feel included, and for his conscientious integrity in academic and extracurricular responsibilities.
Dhruv Krishna
For bringing “Relentless Positivity” to our community, as well as his work as a peer tutor and Pride Mentor, his work in Service Club and Cancer Awareness Club, for his kindness, gentleness, and honesty, and for always seeking to do his best for our community and humanity as a whole.
Emma Lamberti
For her music and theatre performances and dedication to the performing arts, for co-chairing the Coffeehouse Steering Committee, for leading the school chapter of the National Arts Honor Society and managing the MA Art and Fashion Show, and for her involvement with Outdoor Education and Student Council.
Logan Maniscalco
For her leadership in and dedication to the Gay/Straight Alliance and Outdoor Ed, and for her work for inclusion and diversity in our community.
Bethany Marzella
For her advocacy and support for student involvement, especially as an ambassador for the sport of Softball and the Softball program.
Quinn O’Connor
For her dedicated participation and leadership in athletics, as an MA Ambassador and Pride Mentor, and her infectious enthusiasm for everything she pursues.
Gabrielle Oudin
For her visionary and passionate leadership of Operation Smile and in the classroom, her contributions to Wind Ensemble and Chapel, and her contagiously enthusiastic positivity.
PJ Scarperi
For his leadership in the National Arts Honor Society, Student Council, and assemblies, as well as his kind, respectful, open, honest, and inquisitive contributions to our classrooms and community.
Eric Trinkle
For his creation of the MA Bike Club and Shop and riding his double-decker bike around campus, as well as participation in Cross-Country, Robotics, and Tech Crew, and his overall positive spirit.
Kathrine Yeaw
For her leadership and participation in Pride Mentors, MA Ambassadors, UNICEF, Spirit Club, and French Exchange, for her creation of the Senior Video, and her conscientious work ethic in class as well as on the fields.

The Arnav Krishna Relentless Positivity Award

The Arnav Krishna Relentless Positivity Award is presented to an upperclass student, selected by classmates, who has exemplified the spirit of Relentless Positivity throughout his or her high school years.

"... there is always hope and you should always strive to find it, even if it seems impossible. I have learned a lot from this experience, and I hope that it can help change the mindset of other people like it has changed mine."  -- Arnav Krishna, Class of 2020

This year's award is presented to Raymond Zelada.

The Frederic Butet Award*

Fred Butet was a scholar and athlete whose enthusiasm for life and academic achievement inspired his classmates, teachers, and friends.

This award is presented, in memory of him, to two members of the senior class who exhibit the qualities of sportsmanship, love of learning, and exuberance.

This year’s recipients are

Julius Ewungkem

Grace Moser

The Frances H. Storrs Award*

This award, in honor of a former member of the faculty, is presented to senior students who most nearly exemplify the qualities that endeared Miss Storrs to those who knew her.

For exhibiting gentleness, understanding, respect for others, and a devotion to learning, this year's two recipients are :

Lavinia Burchielli

Evan Edelman

The Elizabeth K. Miller Award*

Elizabeth K. Miller was an unflagging worker for the good of Moravian Academy. Beginning in 1970 as alumni secretary for the Moravian Seminary for Girls, she held a variety of positions throughout her time at the school, including Director of Admissions and Assistant to the Headmaster.

The Upper School faculty presents this award to two seniors who exemplify great vitality, kindness, understanding, devotion to truth, and common sense in their service to Moravian.

This year's recipients are

Ethan Buck

Meghan Connors

The Dr. Edwin A. Sawyer Award*

This award, established by the Board of Trustees in 1974, is given in honor of The Reverend Edwin A. Sawyer, founding president of Moravian Academy.

It is awarded to a senior who clearly exemplifies those qualities that characterize a gentleman or a gentlewoman in the finest sense of the word—humility, gentleness, honesty, humor, and a responsible concern for others.

This year’s recipient is Willem Parent.
* Selected by the Faculty

Employees of Moravian Academy may not nominate members of their own family for awards, honors, or recognitions. Academy employees do not participate in meetings or discussions pertaining to awards presented to students in any family member's class year.

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