Graduating seniors and other Upper School students received a host of annual awards at Commencement and our Awards Night celebration.
Hadyn E. Jones Cup: Theodore Covello
Presented to the class valedictorian, based on cumulative high school grade-point average. Named for Lt. Col. Haydn E. Jones, who helped lead the Academy’s reorganization as a military school a century ago after separation from the University of Chicago. The campus quad is named in his honor. To be eligible, a student must have attended the Academy for at least three years, including 11th and 12th grades. The winner receives a gold plaque and has his or her name inscribed on the cup.
Harry D. Abells Award: David Valentine
Presented to the class salutatorian, based on cumulative high school grade-point average. Named for Col. Harry D. Abells, superintendent from 1917-1945. The winner receives a United States flag and a silver plaque.
Scholarship Award: Abigail Herman
Presented to a graduating senior in recognition of scholastic excellence, citizenship, and participation in school activities.
Jean Landon Taylor Alumni Award: Katarina Stanley
Presented on behalf of the Alumni Association to a graduating senior in recognition of academic achievement, citizenship, and participation in school activities. Named for Jean Landon Taylor, the head of the English department at the Academy from 1929-1945.
Martin J. Wolf Service Award: Sabrina Rathi
Presented to the graduating senior with the most outstanding record of service to the school and the community. Named for Martin Wolf, the Academy’s longtime director of service learning.
Global Scholars Award: Theodore Covello and Yujia Huang
Presented to graduating seniors who have demonstrated a profound interest in and passion for international affairs during their time at the Academy.
Cum Laude Society: Theodore Covello, Abigail Herman, Olivia Kamin, Grace Lei, Sabrina Rathi, Isis Rodriguez, Katarina Stanley, David Valentine
Awarded to seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence by ranking in the top 20% of the graduating class. Students in the Cum Laude Society receive pins and certificates and wear gold caps at Commencement to signify their membership.
Christine Linnerud ’01 Alumni Association Best Female Athlete Award: Isis Rodriguez
Selection is made on the basis of total “points” accumulation during four years of varsity and junior varsity participation. To receive this award, a student must have attended the Academy for at least three years of high school and must have played on two varsity teams.
Senior Art Award: Adam Wu
Awarded to the senior with the most outstanding record in art, based on artistic activities and production, as determined by the Upper School art instructor.
Senior Music Award: Brenden Fleming (Chorus) and David Valentine (Instrumental)
Awarded to the seniors with the most outstanding record in music, based on musical activities and productions determined by the Upper School music instructors.
Senior Drama Award: Diego Gomez
Awarded to the senior with the most outstanding record in drama, based on dramatic activities and production, as determined by the Upper School drama instructor.
Senior World Language Awards: Yujia Huang (French), Katarina Stanley (Spanish), Olivia Kowalsky (Mandarin)
Gold plaques are awarded to the seniors with the highest cumulative academic averages in each world language during Upper School.
Senior Social Studies Award: Katarina Stanley
A gold plaque is awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative academic average in social studies and humanities, including at least one social studies elective, during the four years.
Senior Journalism Award: Abigail Herman
Awarded to the senior with the most outstanding record in journalism, based on journalistic endeavors, as determined by the humanities curriculum leader in conjunction with the sponsors of the various journalism activities.
Arthur A. Baer Senior English Award: Katarina Stanley
A gold plaque is awarded to the senior who has shown the most diligence, talent, and passion for English and has maintained an excellent cumulative average over four years.
Annie E. Heath Mathematics Award: Adam Wu
A gold plaque is awarded to the senior with the greatest initiative, work ethic, innate abilities, achievements, and passion in the study of mathematics over four years.
Dr. Larry Brown Science Award: Abigail Herman
A gold plaque is awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative academic average in science over four years.
Illinois Science Teachers Association Science Award: Yujia Huang
Awarded to the student who most clearly demonstrates outstanding leadership, academic achievement, and interest in the field of science. The recipient is selected by the science faculty.
Jerome A. Thrall Junior Class Leadership Award: Angela Cabrera and Emmanuel Sarpong
The most prestigious award given to students at the end of their junior year rewards faithfulness to the MPA tradition of excellence in citizenship, scholarship, and dedication to the enhancement of the common good. Recipients receive a $4,000 scholarship for their senior year at the Academy. Named for Jerome A. Thrall ’44, a member of the MPA Hall of Fame who generously supported the Academy and many other philanthropic causes.
Head of School Book Awards: Abigail Herman and Sabrina Rathi
Mrs. Sheppard selects several seniors for special recognition.
Scholar Awards: Katarina Stanley, first; David Valentine, second; Theo Covello, third
Gold, silver, and bronze medals given to students with the highest academic averages in the Upper School this school year.
Academic Distinction by Grade: Chris Skawiniak (9), Celeste Kettaneh (10), Angela Cabrera (11), Katarina Stanley (12)
Awarded to the students in each Upper School class with the highest academic average for the school year. Their names are placed on the honor plaque hanging in Alumni Hall.
Arts Achievement: Tasneem Abbasi and Alex Fleming (Art); Maya Lopez (Music); DeAngelo Fletcher (Drama)
Awarded to students with the highest achievement in the areas of art, music, and drama, based on academic achievement, activities, and performance.
Thespian Award: Angela Cabrera and Ethan Jorjorian
Awarded to the student(s) judged as the best thespians for the school year.
Book Awards: Angela Cabrera (French, Mathematics, Chemistry), Emmett Campbell (World History), Annika Echols (Spanish), DeAngelo Fletcher (U.S. History), Charles Hendon (Mandarin), Abigail Herman (Biology), Hunter Vujevic (English)
Awarded to students who have demonstrated the greatest interest or who have had the highest academic average this school year in various subjects. In case of a tie, the student in an honors or AP section or the student in the higher grade will be given preference. Selected by curriculum leaders.
International Quill and Scroll Honor Society: Abigail Herman and Ireland Lawrence
Awarded for outstanding journalistic endeavors.
Student Council Civic Achievement Award: Samaria Harris
Awarded for outstanding contribution in school activities.
Parents Association Art Award: Tasneem Abbasi
One piece of art is selected by vote of the Parents Association as most outstanding for this school year. A copy of the print is made, with the artist receiving one copy, framed, and the other assuming a place of honor on display in the Arts Center.
House Cup: Malcolm House (Captains Ben Rosen, David Valentine, Niles Williams)
The MPA house system provides a framework for intramural, athletic, charity, fundraising, and community competitions. Students win points for participation in all facets of school life, including academic achievement, co-curricular involvement, good deeds, and volunteer work. At the end of the year, the house with the most points wins the cup.
National Honor Society:
Inductees – Angela Cabrera, Mofei Chen, Zara Hashmi, Maya Lopez, Isis Rodriguez, Ximena Zuleta
Members – Theodore Covello, Abigail Herman, Yujia Huang, Olivia Kamin, Grace Lei, Sabrina Rathi, Katarina Stanley, Yu (Amanda) Sun, David Valentine, Adam Wu
Membership in the Morgan Park Academy chapter of the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty based on the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Citizenship, and Character. Eligible candidates must: be members of the junior or senior class; have been enrolled at the Academy for at least one semester; have a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.70; and be strong in areas of service, leadership, citizenship, and character.
Illinois State Scholars: Lisa Chen, Abigail Herman, Yujia Huang, Olivia Kamin, Grace Lei, Sabrina Rathi, David Valentine, Adam Wu
These scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank. State Scholars rank in approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors, representing hundreds of high schools across the state.