2013-2014 Academic Awards Recipients

Briefly, St. Joseph’s would like to extend a very special congratulations to our 2013-2014 Academic Awards Recipients who have excelled in a particular subject, and often times, in many subjects simultaneously. We are so thankful to have a student body which seeks out knowledge instead of passively accepting information, and challenges the status quo. We applaud all of our students’ achievements, regardless of rank or recognition, and can’t wait to see what the coming year will bring for them all.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPECIAL RECOGNITION AND ACHIEVEMENT

The American Mathematics Competition Award

This award is given to the student who scored the highest on the AMC 8 Test, part of the series of exams leading to the International Math Olympiad. The following eighth grade student was recognized: Catalina Lindstrom

South Carolina Junior Scholar Recognition

This is awarded to eighth grade students who received state or national recognition because of their scores on the SAT or ACT as part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program in seventh grade. The following students were recognized: Lucas Baumgarten, Katie Hudak, Catalina Lindstrom, Savannah Muron, Jonathan Nipert, Maddie Starks, Ian Tennant, and Brandon Vogt

MIDDLE SCHOOL SUBJECT AWARDS

Recommended by the teachers of each discipline, these awards are presented to an eighth grade boy and girl who not only excelled academically, but have also exhibited a love and dedication for the subject throughout their middle school years. The following Subject Awards were presented:

Art: Katie Hudak and Daniel Smith

Music: Adrianna Vandross and Connor Williams

Drama: Savannah Muron and Joey Pelicano

History: Carson McAbee and Sydney Read

Literature: Mary Kate Griffin and Brandon Vogt

Mathematics: Catalina Lindstrom and Jonathan Nipert

Science: Mary Kate Griffin and Daniel Klosowski

Theology: Jonathan Heijjer and Sydney Read

HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL RECOGNITION AND ACHIEVEMENT

The American Mathematics Competition Award

These awards are given to the students who take the AMC 10 and AMC 12, part of the series of exams leading to the International Math Olympiad. These tests are given nationally every year on the second Tuesday of February. Pins are given to the winners of each contest in their high school, and certificates are given to students who achieve a score of 90 or better. The following students were recognized:

Sophomore Michael Grayson and Freshman Joseph Schmidt (tie): AMC 10

Juniors Matthew Schmidt and William Tierney (tie): AMC 12

The National French Exam

Le Grand Concours, or the National French Contest, is a 60-minute national examination, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Its purpose is to stimulate further interest in the learning of French and to identify and reward achievement on the part of both students and teachers. Several St. Joseph’s students were recognized for outstanding achievement in the state of South Carolina and in the nation:

On the French 1 Test, Ashlyn Bayadi ranked seventh in the state and ninth nationally. Lili Hernandez, Katie Hudak, Gigi Nally, and Jonathan Nipert earned Honor Certificates.

On the French 2 Test, Alice Bailey ranked eighth in the state, and Olivia Quick ranked ninth in the state. Jackie Curry earned an Honor Certificate.

On the French 3 Test, Grace Cooney ranked fifth in the state and eighth nationally. Dominic Masotti ranked tenth in the state.

On the French 4 Test, Nick Shinas ranked fourth in the state.

The National Latin Exam

St. Joseph’s Latin students joined with students from all fifty states and eight foreign countries in participating in the National Latin Exam. All students who score above the national average are recognized by the National Latin Exam Committee with certificates. For those receiving Maxima Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude certificates, the committee awards silver and gold medals, respectively. The following students were recognized:

On the Latin I Test, Jack Malone-Grippe earned a gold medal. Caroline Baer and Stephen Norton earned a Magna Cum Laude certificate. Lucas Baumgarten earned a Cum Laude certificate.

On the Latin II Test, Maeve McNamara earned a Magna Cum Laude certificate.

On the Latin III Test, Caroline McCoy earned a silver medal. Carter Powell earned a Maxima Cum Laude certificate. David Asbury and Clark O’Brian earned a Cum Laude certificate.

On the Latin IV Test, Keyes Gilmer and Elizabeth Hernandez earned a Magna Cum Laude certificate. Charles Vandross earned a Cum Laude certificate.

The National Spanish Exam

Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, this test is administered to over 90,000 students each year in middle schools and high schools across the country. It is a proficiency-based test of reading comprehension and listening comprehension, designed as a motivational contest and extracurricular activity. The contest is for student members of the Association and its chapters. Several students were recognized for outstanding achievement in the state of South Carolina:

On the Level I Test, Mary Kate Griffin earned a Bronze Award. Ryan Byrne, Sarah Collins, Christian Gillespy, Isabella Gogna, Gabrielle Grayson, Jonathon Heijjer, Maggie McMillen, Sydney Read, Gabi Sammon, and Megan Seidel earned Honor Award Certificates.

On the Level II Test, Nicholas Rodriguez and Sara Slaughter earned a Silver Award. Adonis Baez earned a Bronze Award. Elena Bourne, Sophie Coburn, Adam Green, Catalina Lindstrom, Katie Malone, Vanesa Rodriguez, Blake Rogers, Olivia Satterfield, and Katherine Sokol earned Honor Award Certificates.

On the Level III Test: Margaret Eberly earned a Silver Award. Kara Cervetti earned a Bronze Award. Alexandria Alabau and Anthony Alber earned Honor Award Certificates.

On the Level IV Test: Paul List earned a Bronze Award. Jake Armstrong, Patrick McLear, Dan Miller, Sam Reidt, and Bernadette Williams earned Honor Award Certificates.

On the Level V Test: Dani Leon earned a Gold Medal and Jennifer Coggins earned a Bronze Medal.

National Merit Recognition

The National Merit Scholarship Competition, a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships, bases its awards on junior high school students’ results on the PSAT/NMSQT. National Merit Finalists rank in the top one percent of the nation’s high school students. Individuals recognized with this honor have demonstrated, through their distinguished performance, high potential for future academic accomplishment.

Seniors Kathryn Corasaniti, Carol Lewis, and Elisabeth Noblet were recognized as National Merit Commended Students, ranking them in the top five percent nationally.

Seniors Alec Biscopink and Benjamin Dunphy were recognized as National Merit Finalists.

Palmetto Fellows Recognition

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program was designed to recognize the most academically talented high school seniors in South Carolina and to encourage these individuals to attend college in state. Each Palmetto Fellow may receive a scholarship of up to $6,700 annually, and the scholarship can be renewed for up to eight full-time terms of study at any participating college or university in South Carolina. The following fifteen seniors were named Palmetto Fellows this year: Ryan Bertling, Stanley Bikulege, Alec Biscopink, Kathryn Corasaniti, Benjamin Dunphy, Christopher Heijjer, Patrick Hudak, Stephen Krupka, Carol Lewis, Wil Magaha, Grace Mosley, Elisabeth Noblet, Natalie Rogers, Noah Schammel, and Tyler Yearwood

SCISA Honors Award Recognition

South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Honor Certificates are awarded to graduating seniors who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average in high school academic subjects, such as Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language. These students also must have scored an 1100 or higher on the SAT or scored a 25 or higher on the ACT. The following seniors were recognized:  Joseph Andrews, Anissa Armaly, Stefani Azores-Gococo, Elizabeth Bannio, Olivia Baumgarten, Ryan Bergman, Josh Bertelsman, Ryan Bertling, Stan Bikulege, Alec Biscopink, Caroline Buchanan, Jordan Chamberlin, Aimee Coggins, Jennifer Coggins, Kathryn Corasaniti, Nadir Dbouk, Benjamin Dunphy, Johnny Erbrecht, Madeline Fric, Tyler Grant, Hannah Grassie, Christopher Heijjer, Patrick Hudak, Sierra Hyer, Neva Jacobsen, Elizabeth Jalali, Taylor Jones, Caroline Kelly, Savannah Klosowski, Stephen Krupka, Erin Laliberty, Emily Lang, Gene Langan, Michelle Lee, Dani Leon, Luke Lepak, Carol Lewis, Alex Luzzatti, Wil Magaha, Alex Malsch, Anabel Masaschi, Austin Mattison, Tucker McMillen, Grace McNamara, Becca Messer, Collin Miller, Dan Miller, Patrick Mobley, Melissa Mohr, Caitlin Moon, Grace Mosley, Gigi Nally, Feras Namouz, Elisabeth Noblet, Kevin Norton, Kelly Olin, Nicole Pares, Campbell Plumblee, Alexander Powell, Natalie Rogers, Steven Rosenzweig, Sean Rusnak, Kira Sawyers, Noah Schammel, Katherine Schroder, Elizabeth Shafer, Aidan Sokol, Austin Van Houton, Connor Vogt, Berna Williams, Alexandria Wise, Emily Wood, Flannery Wood, Tyler Yearwood, Melissa Zankman, Victoria Zimmerman

National Achievement Recognition

The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. These students may enter both the National Achievement Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and meeting other published requirements for participation. Of the more than 160,000 students who currently enter the National Achievement® Program each year, a group of about 1,300 are named Finalists. The following senior was recognized: Alexandria Wise

The Headmaster’s Scholar Award

The Headmaster’s Scholar Award is presented to a senior who holds the highest cumulative GPA in the current graduating class. Senior Benjamin Dunphy was recognized.

HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECT AWARDS

Recommended by the teachers of each discipline, these awards are presented to a high school student who not only excelled academically, but has also exhibited a love and dedication for the subject. The following Subject Awards were presented:

English: Gigi Nally

Art: Sydney Newsome

Choral Music: Patrick Mobley

Instrumental Music: Alec Biscopink

Drama: Savannah Klosowski

French: Elisabeth Noblet

Latin: Elizabeth Hernandez

Spanish: Dani Leon

History: Wil Magaha

Mathematics: William Tierney

Science: Alec Biscopink

Theology: Benjamin Dunphy