2019 - 2020 Underclass Award Recipients

Cum Laude Society 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.

Class of 2021 
Angela Chen
Deirdre Hoffman
Krysta Nichols
Maclaine Oskin
Grace Sanborn
Neha Skandan
Sara Xiao

President's Education Awards

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.
Class of 2021
Dale Berkove
Paige Busch
Luisa Capobianco
Angela Chen
Audrey Dai
Deirdre Hoffman
Jordyn Holjes
Elizabeth John
Amelia Loftus
Nikhil Mhatre
Lila Mangino
Kyla Manja
Emma McWilliams
Krysta Nichols
Maclaine Oskin
Leila Pervizpour
Pepper Ritchey
Grace Sanborn
Neha Skandan
Niketh Surya
Olivia Wee
Sara Xiao 
Class of 2022
Samantha Abraham
Jai Ailawadi
Jamilie Atiyeh
Michael Baron
Isabella Bartolacci
Veronica Burchielli
Samuel Carter
YiYi Chen
Lily Eyvazzadeh
Hailey Falzone
Marina Falzone
Alexa Fegley
Priya Francis
Soren Gandhi
Avery Hammond
Sebastian Holbrook
Alivia Humphreys
Mikail Jaffer
Jie Jiang
Ilyas Kose
Vincent Lamberti
Sophia Lee
Christian Manja
Anna Mayer
Vincent Menichelli
Treyton Messman
Samit Mohapatara
Ava Perrucci
Kaia Reenock
Keira Smith
Favor Ufondu
Divik Verma
Class of 2023
Michael Alchaer
Camille Atkinson
Alexander Okezue Bell
Elena Capobianco
Olivia Cunningham
Sofia Eckman
Benjamin Edelman
Sofia Ettle
Roshen Gandotra
Alina Gangji
Madeleine Golden
Sam Greenberg
Grace Hylton
Patrick Johnson
Jewel Kislin
Ethan Krupka
Hildi Kurlansik
Kaitlyn Lee
John McKernan
Rohan Mehta
Evania Raskapur
Sadie Reese
Phoebe Shane
Anjali Shankar
Trey Sheeler
Sierra Smith
Elena Tongg Weiler
Gianna Tout-Puissant
Tianna Tout-Puissant
Wisdom Ufondu
Emma Veluz
Yan Yu
Camilla Zelada
Elijah Zemsky

Scholastic Scrimmage Team Recognition

Congratulations to our Quiz Bowl team on a very successful year of tournaments from September through March.  Both the A and the B teams qualified for the National Competition in Chicago, and the team reached the semi-final round of our local Scholastic Scrimmage competition, hosted by PBS39. Though the departing seniors will be missed, the team looks forward to coming back strong in the fall.
Jai Ailawadi
Emily Alchaer
Michael Alchaer
Okezue Bell
Angela Chen
Yiyi Chen
Audrey Dai
Lily Eyvazzadeh
DeDee Hoffman
Eric Jackson
Sophie Lee
Rohan Mehta
Samit Mohapatra
Maclaine Oskin
Evania Raskapur
Grace Sanborn
Wisdom Ufondu
Divik Verma
Yan Yu

National French Contest Awards

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.

Gold Medals

Level 3:
Yiyi Chen
Sam Greenberg 

Level 4:
Sara Xiao
 

Silver Medals

Level 2:
Kaitlyn Lee
Rohan Mehta
Keira Smith

Level 3:
Sophie Lee
Chloe Oudin
Pepper Ritchey

Level 4:
Grace Sanborn
 

Bronze Medals

Level 2:
Emma Hogan
Nabeel Rifai
Adrian Vanegas 

Level 3:
Grace Burcaw
Logan Maeding

Level 4:
Dierdre Hoffman
 

Honorable Mention

Level 1:
Michael Baron
John McKernan

Level 2:
Anika Agrawal
Alina Gangji
Alivia Humphreys
Gracie Hylton

Level 3:
Samantha Abraham
Sofia Cincera
Archie Debbage
Lily Farr
Raya Hodges
Chris Manja
Katy Shnier

Level 4:
Keith Lutostansky

Global Exchange Recognition

Congratulations to those student who participated in our Guatemalan Exchange this year.
Sofia Eckman


Jordyn Holjes

American Mathematics Competition Awards

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 underclass scorers this year are Neha Skandan and Rohan Mehta.

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

AMC 12 - 2nd Place


Rohan Mehta

AMC 10 - Winner

PA Math League Recognition

Congratulations to our members of the Pennsylvania Math League. These creative problem-solvers combine logic, mathematical thinking, and problem-solving skills to solve six challenging problems in a 30-minute time limit. Our top scorers this year are:
Rohan Mehta


Krysta Nichols
Neha Skandan


The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

The West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley established the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award for Outstanding Leader of Character to recognize exceptional high school juniors in the vicinity of the Lehigh Valley who demonstrate outstanding leadership and performance in the areas of academics, athletics, community service, and citizenship. This year's recipient is:
Stephen T. Ender


Community Service Awards

These awards are presented to students in each grade 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 recipients are:
11th Grade
Lila Mangino


10th Grade
Eva Saramya
9th Grade
Yan Yu

The W.E. Doster Award

Established by her father in honor of Beatrice Doster Otis, a 1912 graduate of the Moravian Seminary for Girls, this award is presented to a member of the junior class for superior achievement in literature.

General Doster, a Civil War veteran, was a lawyer and businessman who served as General Counsel to the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company and was President of the New Street Bridge Company. This year’s recipient is:
Angela Chen

The Global Education Benchmark Group's GET Prize

The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) is a leading organization of K-12 schools that researches and establishes best practices in the field of global education and prepares students to thrive in increasingly interconnected world systems.

The GEBG created the Global Expression and Thought (GET) Prize to emphasize the importance of student writing and faculty curriculum design that intentionally and meaningfully engage with global education. Focused on exploring global issues and cross-cultural understanding, this award recognizes and honors thoughtful student work at the middle and high school levels. Grace Sanborn's essay, "My Experiences in France, and How They Helped Bridge Linguistic Divides" earned second place in the nation for the GET Prize, and Moravian Academy congratulates her on this prestigious honor.
Grace Sanborn


The Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award

Established by the University of Rochester, the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences is presented to a member of the junior class for outstanding achievements in the humanities and social sciences. This year’s recipient is:
Maclaine Oskin

The Sophie Zumas Theatre Award

The Sophie Zumas Theatre Award, created by the Thulin family, is presented to junior students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and dedication for Theatre Arts both onstage and in the classroom. This year's recipients are:
Emma Gross


Deborah Katz

The Jo-Patricia Stiles Carlock '20 Awards

The Carlock Awards were established by Roger E. Carlock in memory of his mother, Joe-Patricia Stiles Carlock, who graduated from Moravian Seminary for Girls in 1920.

This award is presented to members of the junior class who demonstrate the most interest and ability in Music and Studio Art. This year’s recipients are:

Music

Angela Chen

Krysta Nichols

Art

Drawing/Painting
Sara Xiao


Photography
Maclaine Oskin
Woodworking
Emir Veziroglu

All-State Orchestra Recognition

Congratulations to Krysta Nichols, named to the Pennsylvania All-State High School Orchestra for first violin.
Violin 1
Krysta Nichols


The Hugh O'Brian Leadership Award

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership is an organization dedicated to training and nurturing the young leaders of tomorrow.

HOBY's purpose is to bring together a select group of high school sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability so that they can interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss present and future issues. This year’s recipient is:
Katherine Shnier

Outward Bound Scholarship Recognition

Since 1961, Outward Bound has been serving youth, teens, and adults with wilderness expeditions.

Its diverse programming is a testament to an innovative idea: that engaging in challenge and considering the results teaches us how to work together and how both to rely on ourselves and, perhaps more importantly, each other.

Due to the generosity of Marjorie Buckley, former parent and loyal friend of Moravian Academy, three Upper School students are selected to participate in a full scholarship, 21-day outdoor adventure program in North Carolina. This year’s recipients are:
 
Brooke Foran


Alivia Humphreys
Jason Jiang

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Medal

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. This year's recipient is:
Aleksander Krupka

The Paula C. Ward Leadership Award

Is named in honor of Paula C. Ward for her many years of service to Moravian Academy. She was dedicated to all three divisions, giving freely of her time, energy, and enthusiasm.

Created by the Parents’ Association and presented to a freshman in recognition of spirit and service to Moravian, this year, the Paula Ward Leadership Award is presented to:
Nabeel Rifai

The Parents' Association Leadership Award

This award, created by the Parents’ Association, is presented to a sophomore in recognition of leadership, spirit, and commitment to 
Moravian Academy. This year’s recipient is:
Veronica Burchielli

The Bryn Mawr College President's Book Award

Established by Bryn Mawr College, this award recognizes a young woman in the junior class who demonstrates an intense intellectual commitment, a purposeful vision of life, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world. This year’s recipient is:
Lila Mangino


The Dartmouth College Book Award

This award is presented each year to a junior who has exhibited academic excellence, school community leadership, and outstanding integrity. This year’s recipient is:
Emma McWilliams

The George Washington University Book Award

Established by The George Washington University, this award recognizes a high school junior who embodies drive, spirit, academic excellence, leadership outside of the classroom, diversity of thought, and an ability to put knowledge into action. This year’s recipient is:
Neha Skandan


The Alumni Association Leadership Award

This award is presented to a junior who has sacrificed time and energy to promote an enriching environment at and pride in Moravian Academy.

In recognition of her outstanding attributes and contributions, this year’s recipient is:
Seyla Velez

The David and Miriam Devey Award

Established to honor Mr. and Mrs. Devey for their extensive and outstanding service to Moravian Academy, this award is presented to two juniors for their leadership, spirit, and commitment to the school. This year’s recipients, selected by the Upper School faculty, are:
Amelia Loftus


Franco Zelada
* 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.

Merle Smith Campus

Downtown Campus