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Award Winners Named at Stepping Up
Posted 05/23/2015 03:36PM

The following underclassmen won awards at the Stepping Up ceremony held in All Saints' Chapel on Saturday afternoon, May 23rd. Stepping Up is considered the School's in-house Commencement.  We bid farewell to the seniors and usher the underclassmen up to the next grade level. Of all the unique ceremonies at Trinity-Pawling, Stepping Up is the most poignant, steeped in a century of tradition. Following the awards, leadership of the student body is transferred from the old prefects to the new prefects who are announced at the close of the service. (Link to photos here.)

Prefects for 2015-2016, the School's highest leadership position for students, are determined by vote of the student body and the faculty. Every vote is counted; the boy who receives the most votes is named the Head Prefect, and the second most votes is the Junior Prefect. Next year's Prefects: Head Prefect Caelahn Bullen, Junior Prefect Tanner Baldin, Miles Martin, Andrew Wyman, Stephen O'Hanlon, Trey Aiello, Cole Stewart.

Underclassmen Awards 2015

Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for Humanities/Social Sciences is awarded to a junior who demonstrates a commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues, possesses leadership and a dedication to community action, and who has earned strong grades in rigorous humanities and social sciences classes. This year's recipient is Ryan Winn

The Mayflower Award for proficiency in the study of United States History is made possible by the Society of Mayflower descendants in the State of New York. The winner receives a copy of the Mayflower Compact and a government bond. Miles Martin won this award.

Richard Colhoun, former chair of the Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1991, established the Colhoun History Essay Prize to recognize the best essay written on United States history. The award which hangs in the Gardiner Library is a replica of a half model of the U.S.S. Constitution carved from a beam taken from the actual ship. This year's Colhoun history essay winner is Trung Hoang Le '16.

The Rensselaer Medal goes to a member of the junior class who has distinguished himself in mathematics and science. Should the recipient choose to attend RPI, he will receive a merit scholarship. Harold Kyung-Dong Kim earned the medal this year.

The Xerox Award for excellence in technology was awarded to Xueming Feng.

The RIT Computing Medal Award was awarded to Michael Scheck.

The Archibald A. Smith III Mandarin and Chinese Studies Award was given to Jakob Hartzell.

The Bausch and Lomb Award is presented to a junior who excels in science. Criteria include participation in classroom lectures as well as experimental work in the laboratory. In addition to the medal which he receives, should he choose to attend University of Rochester, a $7,500 a year scholarship awaits him. The Bausch and Lomb Prize goes to Kyu Yeol Paik.

The Harvard Prize Book is offered to a member of the junior class who exemplifies excellence in scholarship and high character combined with achievement in other fields. Tanner Baldin

The George Eastman Young Leaders Award seeks to recognize future leaders who have made an impact on their school community through extensive involvement in extracurricular activities and by earning high grades in challenging courses. Caelahn Bullen has won this year's George Eastman Young Leader award.

The Colhoun Award for the Most Improved Freshman is given in memory of Craig Colhoun, class of 1972. Craig's father was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity-Pawling for nearly 20 years, and valued the improvement demonstrated by Craig during his years at T-P. This award is given annually to the member of the Freshman class who has demonstrated the greatest amount of improvement. This year's Most Improved Freshman is Tiheem Crocker.

The Hastings Award for the Most Improved Sophomore is given by the Hastings family. Bishop Bradford Hastings was a graduate and Head Prefect of the class of 1937 and for many years was a superb Trustee, Chairing the 1991 Long Range Planning Committee. Just before he died several years ago, Bishop Hastings endowed an award in his name to be given to the member of the Sophomore class who has demonstrated the greatest improvement each year. The Hastings Award for Improvement goes to Sam Shafer.

The Citizenship Awards for each class are determined by vote of the faculty at the longest faculty meeting of the year. Competition for these awards is stiff, and faculty look for clear examples of selfless leadership and concern for others. Over the years, many of the boys who have won Citizenship Awards have gone on to become Prefects in their senior year. This year's award winners include Charles Csaszar '18 for the Freshman Citizenship Award named in honor of Duncan Pyle '86; Kenneth McDougal '17 for the Sophomore Citizenship Award named in honor of Earl Scott Carlin '11; and Caelahn Bullen '16 for the Junior Citizenship Award.

The Honor Student for the underclass grades is determined by overall academic performance within a highly rigorous curriculum. The Honor Student of the Freshman Class is Xiangjin Zhang '18. The Sophomore Honor Student is Hyun Bong Jeung '17 and Casey Winn '16 is the Honor Student of the Junior Class.

Congratulations to these young men!




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