Kent Place Eighth-Graders Celebrate the End of Their Middle School Careers
It was a day for celebrating as the eighth-grade ended their Middle School careers on Friday, June 7. Fifty-three young women processed in the annual ceremony; joined by faculty, family and friends in the Hyde and Watson Theatre.
The distinguished school awards bestowed during the ceremony were as follows:
The Montgomery Award is given annually to an effective school leader at the Middle School and at the Upper School level who personifies the spirit that Tad Montgomery, former Head of School, and his wife Anita Montgomery brought to Kent Place School. The award recognizes in the recipients “joyfulness, looking beyond one’s self, and accepting as part of life’s responsibility the care and love of other people.” This year, the Montgomery Award was presented to Courtney Crowder.
The Christine Clemens Leadership Award, named after Middle School History teacher Christine Clemens and given in recognition of a student who demonstrates positive leadership in her school and her community, was presented to Lizzy Washburn. The Community Service Award, given to Megan Szot, is awarded to students who demonstrate the hard work and dedication necessary for community service at Kent Place.
The School Life Award is given to the student(s) who exemplifies the Kent Place spirit. Through her exceptional involvement and generous participation in school life, this student has demonstrated the excellence of character and a unique dedication to the life of the school through significant contributions that have enhanced the middle school community. This year, the award was given to Astrid Burns.
The Eighth Grade Athletic Cup is awarded each year by the Athletic Department and Middle School coaching staff. The recipients of this award are dedicated both on- and off-the-field and show qualities of leadership and sportsmanship. The award this year was presented to Sophia Miller.
The Jane Patterson Science Award is given to a Kent Place Eighth Grade student who has maintained a high degree of interest and excellence in science throughout her years at the Kent Place Middle School. This award was established in memory of Mrs. Jane Patterson who was a beloved member of the science faculty at Kent Place School. This year’s award was presented to Nupur Ballal.
Kent Place is proud to congratulate the 53 members of the Class of 2023: Olivia Adamczyk, Alexandra Anderson, Nupur Ballal, Annika Bhatia, Ellie Blundin, Astrid Burns, Sophia Chimenti, Sofie Cozine, Courtney Crowder, Bridget Daab, Molly Daab, Margo D’Angelo, Amanda DiTommaso, Izzy Embden, Kyra Gallagher, Tara Ghose, Samara Green, Alexandra Grushkin, Lindsay Hausman, Zoriana Horodysky, Arabella Hubbauer, Sydney Humes, Giordan Ismael, Sana Jaffrey, Lily Kaplan, Elina Kapur, Sofia Keri, Roshni Kopparapu, Kay Krag, Nora Lee, Cami Lienhardt, Ariel Lowe, Luna Markels, Noemi Sofia Martinez, Caroline McGinley, Sophia Miller, Madi Moore, Ava Nalavala, Vivi Ng, Catherine Paris, Seema Parmar, Malin Phelan, Cece Reali, Olivia Santoro, Sara Shee, Emily Shewchuk, Megan Szot, Ishani Wadhwa, Abby Wall, Lizzy Washburn, Annie Woodall, Kristine Yang, Serena Zheng
That's our mantra in robotics. Try crazy things, be free with your ideas, and see what happens. If you're going to build the future, you'll need to be a pioneer. –Emma, seventh grade
LEAN INTO DIFFICULTY.
When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
OWN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It's one of the "conversation norms" we have at Kent Place, and it's always resonated with me. Everyone has a different and equally valid perspective to bring to the table—so put yourself out there. –Mary, senior
DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LABEL.
There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
REACH BEYOND WHAT YOU THINK YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH.
You'll face plenty of challenges, but push through them. Brilliant women use their resources: their teachers, our studios and library and, of course, each other. If you're stuck, collaboration can almost always get you across the finish line. –Suzanne Carreno-Powers, Math Teacher and STEM Coordinator
GET READY FOR RIGOROUS WORK.
And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
And when it's time to choose, you're going to know yourself so well, you'll pick the college that's the best fit for you—academically, socially, personally. So don't get tunnel vision. This is your process. Just know that you'll be ready! –Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
SOLVING PROBLEMS IS A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE!
In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade