Academic Awards

Recognition reinforces achievement. Each and every day at Glenholme, the teaching faculty recognize achievements by students – even the ones so small they may seem unimportant. In fact, recognizing all the effort that is put into to making the little accomplishments fill students with pride and self-confidence each day. Eventually the little accomplishments add up to an achievement that deserves an award.

As the school year comes to a close, teaching faculty unfailingly celebrate the academic achievement of students with the annual awards ceremony before staff, administration, peers, and even a few parents. The event not only contributes to the personal growth of student, it energizes students and keeps them motivated. After the scholastic tribute, several recognitions and scholarship awards were also announced.

 

Ms. Murphy had the pleasure of bestowing the Presidential Achievement Awards to seven deserving students. She noted that each of them met the same standards of academic excellence as the many students who earned this award across the nation.

 

Contributing the celebratory ambiance were two choral groups, which provided a few wonderful musical pieces.

Join us in congratulating all the award recipients on their remarkable accomplishments.

The 2016-2017 awards included:
The Robert Frost Award for English: Anna T.
The Golden Pi Award for Mathematics: Chiara C.
The Leibniz Award for Mathematics: Mark S.
The Thales of Miletus Award in Science: Anna T.
Geometry’s Euclid Award: Aryo C.
Einstein Award for Science: Mark S.
The Lewis and Clark Award for Social Studies: Sarah M.
The Enlightened Scholar Award for History: Sara A.
Theodor Geisel Award for Writing: Daniel S.
Excellence in Spanish: Cassidy S.
The Above and Beyond Award for Health: Cameron C.
Life Skills Award: Anna N.
Excellence in Mathematics: Joe R.
Open Heart Award: Jack K.
Golden Palette Award for Art: Chiara C.
Exploring New Horizons Award in Music: Jack K.
Musical “Note of Distinction” Award: Luke B.
Golden Sneaker Award for Physical Education: Gary L.
Steve Jobs Award for OnLine Excellence: Gavi L.
Toolkit Award in Strategies: Grace R.
Golden Cutting Board Award for Most Outstanding in Culinary: Andrew D.
Golden Cutting Board Award for Most Improved in Culinary: Anna T.
Student Council’s Leadership in Action Award: Mark S.
Susan Clarke Memorial Scholarship by the Student Council: Mark S
Presidential Achievement Awards: Gavi L., Lena M., Christina M., Anna N., Mark S., Chris S., and Anna T.

Descriptions for the Glenholme 2016-2017 Academic Awards and recipients are as follows:

The Robert Frost Award for English: Anna T.
This award goes to the student who has shown significant improvement in English. It honors his or her increased willingness and ability to challenge him or herself to take academic risks, achieve higher levels of comprehension, and apply knowledge and skills to new and more difficult material. The student who receives this award accepts and utilizes feedback and strategies, puts forth his or her best effort, and works past obstacles to become a better student. By choosing the “Road Less Traveled,” this student sets a different and higher path for themselves and provides an example for others to follow.

The Golden Pi Award for Mathematics: Chiara C.
The Golden Pi Award recognizes the student who demonstrated consistently high effort in Math. This student demonstrated diligence and perseverance throughout the practice necessary to master the concepts. This individual is motivated to be a high achieving math student.

The Leibniz Award for Mathematics: Mark S.
The Leibniz Award recognizes the student that demonstrated dedication, persistence, and a strong desire to succeed in mathematics. This award is based on achievement, ability and interest, and is awarded to the student who has demonstrated a passion and curiosity for mathematics and a motivation to gain a thorough understanding of the concepts.

Geometry’s Euclid Award: Aryo C.
The Euclid Award is earned by the student who demonstrated excellence in Geometry through a consistently high level of achievement, perseverance, class participation, and dedication to mastering the material.

The Thales of Miletus Award in Science: Anna T.
Thales of Miletus, who lived in Ancient Greece, was the first scientist in history. Thales looked for patterns in nature to explain the way the world worked rather than believing that everything happened only because one of the Greek gods had commanded it. He replaced superstitions with science. This award is given to a student who excels in science and puts forth top effort for the entire year. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates creativity and critical thinking skills, and thinking “outside the box.” This student is dedicated to completing quality work, accepts and applies feedback, utilizes strategies, and establishes themselves as a leader and creative thinker through the sharing of their knowledge within labs and the classroom projects and activities.

Einstein Award: Mark S.
This honor is awarded to the student who demonstrates tremendous determination in science and displays great zeal for science both in and out of class. This student combines a passion for science with hard work, focus, and academic maturity while he or she displays the curiosity and critical thinking skills of a scientist. . The recipient of this award has worked hard to become a better student and scientific thinker, and establishes his or herself as a leader within the classroom and in lab situations.

The Lewis and Clark Award for Outstanding Effort in Social Studies: Sarah M.
This award, for outstanding effort in Social Studies, is named after two great explorers who, even when faced against insurmountable obstacles, never gave up until their goals were met. Therefore, this award is for the student who always put forth his or her best effort to accomplish everything that he or she set out to do including participating in all lessons and becoming a great role model in class discussions.

The Enlightened Scholar Award for History: Sara A.
This is awarded to the single student who actively seeks knowledge and understanding of the academic concepts presented. This student ask enlightened questions and does not simply accept the material as it is taught in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of history.

Theodor Geisel Award for Writing: Daniel S.
This award recognizes the student who, over the course of the school year, has made tremendous growth in writing and displayed the greatest amount of effort to preserve through challenges that the Writing lesson presented. Theodor Geisel experienced numerous rejection letters for his books. Today, we know him as the man who wrote under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. The student receiving this award has demonstrated courage to take risks, challenge him or herself in areas that were difficult, and reached for new opportunities to be more successful in writing. This recognition in improvement in writing honors this student’s incredible effort to push through and continue to write even though, at times, it did not seem like there was a positive end in sight.

Excellence in Spanish: Cassidy S.
The Excellence in Spanish award recognizes the student who possesses the essential qualities of an effective scholar with a true love of Spanish. This student combines his or her passion for Spanish with hard work, focus and academic maturity.

The Above and Beyond Award for Health: Cameron C.
This award recognizes the student who has consistently went “above and beyond” meeting the expectations for class work, including accepting and applying feedback, contributing to discussions, and setting the example as a committed student with good work ethics.

Life Skills Award: Anna N.
The Most Improved Life Skills Student Award recognizes one student for his or her improved ability to move beyond his or her comfort zone and persevere, no matter how difficult or challenging it may be. This student exemplifies the effort and motivation of a committed student.

Excellence in Mathematics: Joe R.
The excellence in math award distinguishes the one student who demonstrates high effort consistently. This particular student, who is a role model to others both younger and older in math class, not only puts in the work but does so enthusiastically until the concepts are understood and mastered.

Open Heart Award: Jack K.
The Open Heart Award recognizes a student who demonstrates the Core Value of Kindness daily. This individual can be counted on to consider the needs and desires of other people before making decisions. Compassion, empathetic, friendly, and generous, this person makes other welcome member of any group.

Golden Palette Award in Art: Chiara C.
The Golden Palette Award is given to a student who has demonstrated impressive artistic skill, creativity and an aesthetic style distinctively his or her own by incorporating unique ideas and a clear point of view regardless of the artistic medium. During class discussions of artwork, this student makes connections and delivers constructive criticism commendably. Success in the visual arts is not solely defined by artistic skill or creativity, but by producing artwork that exemplifies both abilities.

Exploring New Horizons Award in Music: Jack K.
The Exploring New Horizons Award recognizes one student who exhibits a keen interest in music and who gives extraordinary effort and participation in music.

Musical “Note of Distinction” Award: Luke B.
This award recognizes the student who has shown persistent effort, tremendous growth, and achievement in music study and performance throughout the year.

The Golden Sneaker: Gary L.
The Golden Sneaker Award honors the one student who displays outstanding effort, sportsmanship, and preparation in physical education. This individual who goes above and beyond class expectations, is always interested in class activities, strives to strategize with peers, displays a positive attitude, and takes their performance to an extremely high level — all while having fun!

Steve Jobs Award for OnLine Learning: Gavi L.
This award embodies the vision of the late Steve Jobs, who has been deemed the “Father of the Digital Age” and an “Independent Thinker.” It recognizes the student that has utilized all strategies and demonstrated the most independence in his or her online courses throughout the year. This student not only put forth the effort, he or she managed their courses independently and excelled academically as well.

Toolkit Award in Strategies: Grace R.
The Toolkit Award in Strategies recognizes a student who is willing to try all strategies and apply their learned strategies consistently throughout the year to make improvements to their student skills and achievement in the classroom.

Golden Cutting Board Awards in Culinary
Most Outstanding: Andrew D.
Most Improved: Anna T.
The Golden Cutting Board awards are presented to the one Most Outstanding student and the one Most Improved student in Food for Thought for the full school year. The award honors these individual’s understanding and practice of skills necessary to succeed in a fully operational café environment. This includes everything in communication, from good customer service to team work, as well as punctuality and consistent performance.

Student Council Leadership in Action Award: Mark S.
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” — Harry Truman
The Leadership in Action award recognizes one student who most exemplifies leadership within the Glenholme community. This individual understands that leadership is not telling people what to do but seeing what needs to be done and facilitating the processes to accomplish things. Rather, this student demonstrates the effectiveness of leading by example.

Susan Clarke Memorial Scholarship by the Student Council: Mark S.
This scholarship is presented by the student council each year in memory of Susan Clark, a Glenholme educator who was co-advisor to the student council and a social studies teacher. Ms. Clarke set an example for her students both within the classroom and the courage she demonstrated to us all outside the classroom. This scholarship is presented to a graduating senior who has been accepted into a post-secondary educational program and has applied for the scholarship. Applicants are asked to write an essay reflecting upon the traits of citizenship, courage and humor and how they might apply to their lives to make this world a better place.

Presidential Achievement Awards: Gavi L., Lena M., Christina M., Anna N., Mark S., Chris S., Anna T.
The recipients of the Presidential Achievement Award are nominated and voted on by the members of teaching faculty. The awards recognizes the students who have shown consistent improvement in both their student skills and their work throughout this school year. These students set goals to improve their academic performance and consistently met those goals.