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Parents and Family Weekend Awards Ceremony and Performing Arts Concert

Westminster parents, family members and friends visited campus Oct. 24-26 for Parents and Family Weekend. They met with classroom teachers, attended receptions and athletic contests, and met family members of other students.
They also attended an awards ceremony and performing arts concert Oct. 26 in Werner Centennial Center where Headmaster Bill Philip welcomed everyone to campus and explained that academic achievements from last spring are held for the ceremony, so students can be recognized with their family present. He then gave highlights about the opening of the school year, Westminster’s 132nd since its founding in 1888. He also spoke about the Soar Together Campaign that is focused on support for students, faculty and programs. Some short films highlighting the campaign were shown, and in between performances of the Chamber Choir, Chorale, Dance Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Band, numerous academic awards were presented to students in recognition of achievements from last spring.
Director of Studies Bill Sistare announced the names of students who earned Summus for the spring 2019 term:
Third Form (Class of 2022)
Callista Adorno, James Beit, Sung Min Cho, Ashlyn Clapprood, Samantha de Kanter, Bennett Ghriskey, Yufei Hong, Jeremy Hopsicker, Jack Kelly, Max Larock, Samuel Obeng, Shelby Oken, Olivia Olney, Jonah Prentiss, Molly Rubin, Kellen Seeley, Alexander Unruh
Fourth Form (Class of 2021)
Isabel Bailey, Aleyna Baki, Francesca Bradley, Anne Brewer, Tremaine Dawson, Miranda Douglass, Olivia Goldstuck, Leonid Kolomeiskii, India Lalor, Jean-Claude Lane, Choong Yoon Lee, Allison Masthay, Alison Mayer, Elena McGuigan, William Murphy, Cooper Organ, Ji Woong Park, Eva Pfeiffer, Simonne Ponce, Edward Shin, Hudson Stedman, Claire Taylor, Elizabeth Thorson, Charles von Stade, Casey Winslow, Jiefei Wu
Fifth Form (Class of 2020)
Ryan Badour, Eve Cathcart, Eda Chen, John Devlin, Mary Dutton, Justin Flaks, Juan Garibay, Ben Huisman, Noah Kaplan, Geena Kim, Jungmin Kim, Jaclyn Laplante, Mikaila Lupoli, Angelesia Ma, Daniela Mays-Sanchez, Elizabeth McCoy, Roman Mitchell, Laura Mittelman, Jacob Monroe, Brooke Nani, Phalla Phoap, Daniel Pinckney, Cecilia Raymond, Isabel Sanchez, Rebecca Sargent, Liam Seeley, Elizabeth Suit, Aleksandra Szopa, Quoc Anh Truong, Christopher Turino, Laura Velez, Bethany Winters, Aidan Wood, Vernita Zhai, Olivia Zhang
The Advanced Placement Program recognizes students for outstanding performances on AP Exams. In addition to many members of the Class of 2019 who graduated last spring, many current students earned recognition.
AP Scholar
Students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams:
Annabelle Aber, Aleyna Baki, Alexander Ellis, Dylan Holley, Kyani Jemmotte, Jungmin Kim, Isabel O’Connell, Wesley Oltsch, Travis Paulsen, Laura Velez, Jiefei Wu
AP Scholar With Honor
Students who earned an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams: Justin Flaks, Juan Garibay, Allison Kijanka, Jean-Claude Lane, William Lynch, Angelesia Ma, Gabrielle Nemarich, Jiwoong Park, Cecilia Raymond, Isabel Sanchez, Christopher Turino, Olivia Zhang
AP Scholar With Distinction
Students who earned an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams: Eve Cathcart, Eda Chen, Abigail Davis, Geena Kim, Chan Ju Lee, Daniela Mays-Sanchez, Elizabeth McCoy, Aidan Petrie, Phalla Phoap, Daniel Pinckney, Liam Seeley, Elizabeth Suit, Quoc Anh Truong, Bethany Winters, Vernita Zhai
National AP Scholar
Students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams: Daniel Pinckney.
The following Sixth Formers were named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program: Eve Cathcart, Alexander Ellis, Daniel Pinckney, Liam Seeley They are among about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
2020 National Hispanic Recognition Program
Isabel Sanchez was recognized by the College Board for scoring in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region.
At the end of each academic year, academic departments award Book Prizes to students who distinguish themselves in various areas of study. These prizes are awarded to Third, Fourth and Fifth Formers at the following Parents Weekend.
Excellence in Chemistry: Ji Woong Park
Excellence in Biology: Daniel Pinckney
Critchell Rimington Creative Writing Award: Vernita Zhai
WALKS Constitutional Essay Finalists: Bethany Winters and Taylor Adams
Fifth Form History Essay Prize: Mikaila Lupoli
The Robert Rodney History Prize: Ashlyn Clapprood and Sam Obeng
FIFTH FORM BOOK AWARDS Academic Year 2018-2019
At the end of the year, the faculty as a whole votes Book Prizes to Fifth Formers for distinguished academic achievement.
Harvard-Radcliffe Book Prize: Daniel Pinckney
Given to a member of the Fifth Form who has achieved at the highest level in our most challenging courses and who demonstrates intellectual curiosity, diligence and love of learning in all subjects across the curriculum.
Yale Book Award: Vernita Zhai
Awarded to a member of the Fifth Form who demonstrates superb academic achievement in all subjects across the curriculum and whose intellectual curiosity and passion for learning serve as a model to the school community.
Williams Book Award: Eve Cathcart
Awarded to a member of the Fifth Form who approaches her studies with an impressive combination of curiosity, intelligence and diligence and who enhances the classroom with her energy and enthusiasm.
Trinity Book Award: Eda Chen
Presented to a member of the Fifth Form who consistently performs at the highest academic level and whose impressive work ethic and dedication reflect her commitment to challenging herself in all aspects of our program.
Following remarks by co-chair of the Parents Committee John Nolan P’20, Headmaster Philip thanked all of the performing artists and wished everyone a great weekend.
During Parents and Family Weekend, student artwork was on display in Fearn Hall.

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