2015 Awards Night and Commencement Prizes

Read on for a full list of the 2015 White Mountain School Awards Night and Commencement Prize Winners.
THE ETHEL W. DEVIN PRIZE
The Ethel W. Devin Prize for excellence in English is given in honor of Miss Devin, who taught English at St. Mary’s in Concord for nearly 30 years.
Olivia Coots ‘15
THE FREDERIC L. STEELE PRIZE
The Frederick L. Steele Science Prize for excellence in Science is named for Mr. Steele who taught at St. Mary’s in the Mountains and The White Mountain School for 34 years and whose son graduated from WMS in 1975. Mr. Steele was a widely recognized alpine botanist and author as well as a dedicated teacher.
Andrew Snead ‘15
THE ATHLETICS PRIZES
The Athletics Prizes are given annually to a male and a female student who have consistently shown a strong commitment to the pursuit of interscholastic athletics during their time at The White Mountain School.  The Prize is awarded to students who have demonstrated enthusiasm, good sportsmanship, leadership and effort in all athletic endeavors and have made significantly positive contributions to the teams they have been a part of.
Jiamin Shan ’15 and Olivia Coots ‘15
The Jack Cook Sustainability Prize
The Jack Cook Sustainability Prize is named for Jack Cook, former Trustee and past parent. He is the person who first understood and articulated the connection between our School’s philosophy and the broad ideals, principles and practices of sustainability. Since 1989, Jack has encouraged, supported and educated our community, helping us to become a leader in the field of sustainability among independent schools. The Jack Cook Sustainability Prize is awarded to an outstanding student for accomplishments in independent action and initiative, as well as proficiency within the department’s core courses.
Maria Cartagena ‘18
THE GOODRICH PRIZE
The Goodrich Prize for excellence in French was named in honor of Ms. Goodrich, a long time teacher of languages at St. Mary’s School in Concord.
Jimena Gomez ‘16
THE ALICE C. HUMPHREY PRIZE
The Alice C. Humphrey Prize for excellence in Spanish was originally awarded to scholars in Latin and Greek, for that was what Miss Humphrey taught at St. Mary’s School in Concord for 22 years.
John Hitchcock-Smith ‘15
The Mountaineering Award
The Mountaineering Award is given to the student who best exemplifies the broad goals and objectives of the Outdoor Education Program, which include building an understanding of the natural, human and physical environments that surround us.
Lucy Nielsen ‘15
The Valpey Prize
The Valpey Prize for excellence in History is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to examining the patterns and processes that have shaped the modern world.
Lindsay Palya ‘15
THE CAROLINE O. McMILLAN ’47 MUSIC AWARD
The Caroline O. McMillan ’47 Music Award is named for an alumna who loved music and who served our School loyally as a former President of the Alumnae/i Association and then as a trustee for many years. The recipient of the McMillan Music Award demonstrates Ms. McMillan’s dedication to both the practice and performance of music in class and in our School’s community.
Rachael Moss ‘15
The Philosophy and Religious Studies Prize
The Philosophy and Religious Studies Prize is awarded to a student who has excelled in this broad discipline over the course of his or her time at The White Mountain School.
Pachin Lew ‘15
THE RICHARD J. HAYES PRIZE
The Richard J. Hayes Prize for excellence in mathematics is named in honor of Richard J. Hayes, teacher of mathematics from 1970 to 1981.
Jiamin Shan ‘15
THE SAMUEL ROBINSON II COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The Samuel Robinson II Community Service Award is given annually in recognition of Mr. Robinson’s five-year tenure as headmaster of The White Mountain School. This award honors his commitment to broadening the scope of education to include service to one’s community. Each year one member of The White Mountain School will be recognized for his or her service to the people and institutions of the North Country.
Paige Fogg ‘15
THE HAMISH MACEWAN PRIZE
The Hamish McEwan Prize for excellence in Art is named for accomplished 20th century contemporary artist and faculty member, Hamish McEwan, who taught fine arts at Saint Mary’s from 1955 to 1971. His paintings can be found in private collections throughout the eastern United States and the United Kingdom. Hamish’s daughter Carol is an alumna from the class of 1969.
Caroline Polich ‘17
THE COURAGE PRIZE
The recipient of the courage prize must exemplify perseverance, citizenship and leadership in all aspects of school.
Jiamin Shan ‘15
THE ROBIN MACQUIRE PEARSON ‘16 PRIZE
The Robin MacQuire Pearson Prize is named in honor of alumna Robin McQuire Pearson of the Class of 1916 and is awarded to the girl in the graduating class who has shown the greatest perseverance in her studies and life at The White Mountain School.
Lindsay Palya ‘15
THE LT. MICHAEL S. PIERCE ’82 AWARD
The Lt. Michael S. Pierce Award recognizes the student who has achieved the most in one year’s time at our School in academics, athletics and personal maturity.
Yixun Wang ‘15
THE BISHOP’S PRIZE
The Bishop’s Prize awarded to the student who has the highest scholastic standing among ALL students for the entire school year.
Jimena Gomez ‘16
THE FACULTY AWARD
The Faculty Award is awarded to the student who has, in the opinion of the faculty, demonstrated excellence in both attitude and performance in scholarly and athletic endeavors.
Katherine Desimine ‘15
THE HEAD’S AWARD
We are a school of inquiry and engagement.  Grounded in our Episcopal heritage, we prepare and inspire students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion. The Head’s Award is traditionally awarded to a student who personifies the mission of The White Mountain School – who is building toward a life of curiosity, courage, and compassion.
Tyler Randazzo ‘15

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