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Stepping Up Ceremony 2018
Posted 05/28/2018 09:53AM

Stepping Up 2018

The following students won awards at the 2018 Stepping Up ceremony held in All Saints' Chapel on Friday afternoon, May 25th. 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.

Prefects for 2018-2019, 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. Congratulations to the following rising seniors, who were voted Prefects for the 2018-2019 school year!

Next year's Prefects: John Garvey, Head Prefect; Robby Phillips, Junior Prefect, Jack Haims; Nolan Laplante; Ryan McBeth; Will Rickert; and Evan Ruschil.




Congratulations to the following award winners:

Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award // Humanities/Social Science Award   Robert Frederick Phillips

Environmental Science Award  Joonseo Mark Yang

Mayflower Award  Nolan Sebastien Laplante

Excellence in History (Senior)  Marc Gregory Welch

Colhoun History Essay Prize  Ryan William Allan McBeth

Religion Award  Ryan Zachary Devanny

Biology Award    Xiangjin Zhang

Chemistry Award    Benjamin R. Verdesi

Elliot Prize in Senior Mathematics   Xiangjin Zhang

Rensselaer Medal   Ziqing Wang

Bausch and Lomb Award   Zewen Zhao

Ernest J. Reiter Award for Physical Science   Junhan Yan

Norwood L. Pinder Prize in Journalism   Jack Elio Irwin

Excellence in Theater   Benjamin James-Ki Yoon

Penn Book Award    Chengzhen Meng

Harvard Prize Book   Zixian Jia

George Eastman Young Leaders Award   Yin Jiang

Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology   Yunpeng Li

RIT Computing Medal Award   Tyler James Marma

RIT Innovation and Creativity Award   Evan Ulmer Ruschil

St. Lawrence Book Award   William Robert Rickert

Saint Anselm College Book Award   John Michael Garvey

Kenyon College Presidential Book Award  John Howard Haims

Outstanding Achievement in Junior Global Collaborative Project   Hongru Bi, Joao Eduardo Gonzalez, Nolan Laplante, Ryan McBeth, and Chengzhen Meng                                                                                           

Outstanding Achievement in Senior Independent Project  Matthew Bradford Ernster

Honor Students in Each Class:

Grade Nine   Peilun Li

Grade Ten   Tianyi Shao

Grade Eleven   Ziqing Wang

Grade Twelve  Xiangjin Zhang

Colhoun Award to Most Improved Freshman   Nolan Blake MacLear

Hastings Award to Most Improved Sophomore   Daniel Joseph Csaszar

Citizenship Awards:

Freshman (Duncan Pyle ’86)    Peter James Claro

Sophomore (Scott Carlin ’11)   Henry Howland Daniel

Junior  Nolan Sebastien Laplante

Senior   Charles Michael Csaszar

A Commitment to Character

As we prepare young men for the world beyond Trinity-Pawling, we seek to convey this fundamental lesson: Character is the single most influential force to propel us forward - whether academically, physically, socially, or spiritually.

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What makes Trinity-Pawling unique? The Effort System is at the heart of everything we do.

The Pride

At Trinity-Pawling, every boy is a three-season athlete.  Whether he is learning the basics or has been excelling for years, he is part of the School's century-old athletic tradition.  T-P competes in the Founders' League, a highly competitive arena showcasing some of the nation's best prep school talent. T-P offers 13 interscholastic sports with 30 teams.

We're Seriously Creative

The Arts are an integral part of every Trinity-Pawling student's education. Whether they wish to develop existing talents or experiment with an entirely new form of expression, each student will have at least one year of music, theater, visual art or art history.


As a parent or guardian of a Trinity-Pawling student, you are a welcome member of the community. Your involvement through event attendance, participation in the Parents' Association, or simply staying connected is appreciated.

This could be you!

Over 100 years ago, Frederick Luther Gamage, Trinity-Pawling's Founding Headmaster, said, "Whether a boy succeeds or fails in the first instance at everything he tries is irrelevant.  The only boy who truly fails is the boy who fails to try."  Today, a century later, 315 boys live learn and grow together in an environment that fosters commitment, effort and character across the board.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

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