Morgan Park Academy seniors and other Upper School students received a host of annual awards at Awards Night, Senior Breakfast, and our 148th Commencement.


Hadyn E. Jones Cup: Emmett Campbell

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: Andrew DeLaney

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 silver plaque.

Scholarship Award: Frank Li

Presented to a graduating senior in recognition of scholastic excellence, citizenship, and participation in school activities.

Jean Landon Taylor Alumni Award: Rachel Sheppard

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: Brycen Worsham

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: Samuela Kosipa and Christopher Skawiniak

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: Yidan Bao, Emmett Campbell, Andrew DeLaney, Charles Hendon, Frank Li, Chris Skawiniak, Hunter Vujevic

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: Shamariah White

Dan Naklicki ’98 Alumni Association Best Male Athlete Award: Andrew DeLaney

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.

Drown Family Character and Citizenship Award: Samuela Kosipa

Recognizes a senior who embodies the best of the Academy, demonstrating good character and integrity, enthusiasm for and involvement in student life, a positive attitude, and a strong academic success. The scholarship award is to be used at the discretion of the graduating senior to enrich his or her college experience.

Senior Art Award: Faye Guido

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: Hunter Vujevic (Vocal) and Andrew DeLaney (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: Ta’liyah Robinson

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: Andrew DeLaney (French), Samuela Kosipa (Mandarin), Charles Hendon (Spanish)

Gold plaques are awarded to the seniors with the highest cumulative academic averages in each world language during Upper School.

Senior Social Studies Award: Chris Skawiniak

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: Savannah Bryant

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: Charles Hendon

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: Emmett Campbell

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: Emmett Campbell

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: Frank Li

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.

“We’ll Never Forget You” Award: Shamariah White

Awarded to the senior judged “most unforgettable” by the Upper School faculty.

Head of School Book Awards: Charles Hendon, Matthew McKnight, Kaihla Ozuruigbo-Anderson

Mrs. Sheppard selects a few seniors for special recognition.

Scholar Awards: Emmett Campbell (first), Andrew Delaney (second), Frank Li (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: Erin Harris (9), Nora Perry (10), Tiffany Chen (11), Emmett Campbell (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.

Jerome A. Thrall ’44 Junior Class Leadership Award: D’J. King and Hannah Sipich

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.

Arts Achievement: Nora Perry (Art), Jada Clayton (Drama), Solana Delgado (Music)

Awarded to students with the highest achievement in the areas of art, music, and drama, based on academic achievement, activities, and performance.

Thespian Award: Josiah Fields and Annie Thompson

Awarded to the student(s) judged as the best thespians for the school year.

National Honor Society: Yidan Bao, Emmett Campbell, Andrew DeLaney, Sabrina Eng, Charles Hendon, Frank Li, Matthew McKnight, Christopher Skawiniak, Hunter Vujevic, Tiffany Chen, Elijah Davis, Celia Echols, Maanav Kaistha, Lydia Liu, Merlin Mo, Kaleb Bandele, Andrew Cabrera, Selena Eng, Olivia Fitch, Rianna Kingra, Michaela Olimene, Oriella Ortiz, Arnav Paluri, Cassandra Ruizesparza

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, and Character. Eligible candidates must: be sophomores, juniors, or seniors; 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, and character.

National Chinese Honor Society: Inductees: Celia Echols, Anya Haynes, Maanav Kaistha, D’J. King, Bradley White; Member: Samuela Kosipa

Spanish Honor Society: Inductees: Sabrina Eng and Charles Hendon

French Honor Society: Inductee: Rachel Sheppard

Book Awards: Andrew Cabrera (French), Elijah Davis (Spanish), Celia Echols (Mandarin), Ignatius Gathman (Chemistry and English), Erin Harris (World History), Merlin Mo (Math), Michaela Olimene (Biology and U.S. History)

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: Savannah Bryant and Ignatius Gathman

Awarded for outstanding journalistic endeavors.

Student Council Civic Achievement Award: Shamariah White

Awarded by Student Council to for outstanding contribution in school activities outside of Student Council.

Parents Association Art Award: Edith Wang

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.

BLASE Scholarship Award: Kioni Green

Made by possible through the generosity of MPA alumni Carol Harewood, Shaneah Taylor, Michele Jeffrey Batkins, Tialyr Winters, and Dr. Lauren Lewis, the BLASE Scholarship Award (Black Ladies Achieving Success & Equity) goes to a Black girl who is finishing her sophomore year, as chosen by the Upper School faculty. In addition to a $2,500 scholarship award, the winner receives mentorship and support from five alumni who have found professional success in medicine, education, journalism, public health, international development, and culinary arts.

House Cup: Theodore House

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.