June 24, 2019
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GSA book awards ceremony honors juniors

Community Author: Mark Messer
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George Stevens Academy | Contributed
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From left, George Stevens Academy juniors Ian Howell, Ryan Mullen, Simon Brooks, Syra Gutow, Alex Tully, Lucy Morison, Joe Ciampa, Erika Hipsky, Chad David and Duncan Howell received book awards and other prizes in a recent ceremony.

BLUE HILL — Ten George Stevens Academy juniors received book awards and other prizes in an annual special all-school assembly on May 1.

The American History Award, given by The Ramassoc Chapter of the Maine Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution to a junior for outstanding work in the study of American History, was awarded to Alex Tully of Surry by Social Studies Teacher Bill Case.

The Brandeis University Book Award, given to a student who has shown outstanding academic achievement and has made substantial contributions to the school and local community, was awarded to Joseph Ciampa of Brooksville by Bill Case.

The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, given by the University of Rochester to a junior who demonstrates exceptional promise in science based on achievement in a rigorous science curriculum and science-related activities, was awarded to Chad Davis of Castine by Science Chair Sue Jellison.

The Dartmouth College Book Award, given to a junior who ranks in the top 10 percent of the class, is of strong character, has made a positive impact on the school community and excelled in at least one non-academic area, and is considered a candidate for entrance to a college or university of the highest academic caliber, was awarded to Lucy Morison of Hancock by Head of School Tim Seeley.

The Williams College Book Award, given to a student in the top 5 percent of the junior class who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school, was awarded to Syra Gutow of Castine by Dean of Curriculum and Instruction David Stearns.

The George Washington University Book Award, given to a junior who embodies the GW drive and spirit through academic achievement, leadership outside the classroom, diversity of thought, and ability to put knowledge into action, was awarded to Ian Howell of Blue Hill by David Stearns.

The Rensselaer Medal, given by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to a junior who has demonstrated high academic achievement, excelling in advanced math and science courses, and has exhibited significant involvement in extracurricular activities, was awarded to Syra Gutow by Math Chair Elisabeth de Sévigné.

The College of the Atlantic Book Award, given to a community-minded citizen who is a passionate steward of our social, economic, and environmental systems and who grasps the interconnections among these different ways of understanding the world, was awarded to Alex Tully by Science Teacher Carolyn Bennatti.

The Smith College Book Award, given to a female junior in the top 10 percent of her class who exemplifies academic achievement, leadership qualities, and concern for others, was awarded to Erika Hipsky of Blue Hill by English Chair Mike Kazmierczak.

The Phi Beta Kappa Prize, given to a junior who has shown a strong sense of intellectual curiosity both in and out of the classroom and a desire to connect education with issues in the wider world, was awarded to Chad Davis by College and Career Counseling Director Katy Rinehart.

The Industrial Arts Award, given to a student who has excelled in Industrial Arts and shown exemplary attitude, collaboration, and achievement, was awarded to Ryan Mullen of Blue Hill by Industrial Technology Teacher Jason Billings.

The ISIP Award, given to a junior whose independent project, in design and execution, shows the highest degree of responsibility, creativity, and excellence, was awarded to Simon Tie Brooks of Blue Hill by Art Teacher Anya Antonovych.

The Saint Michael’s College Book Award, given to a junior who has demonstrated achievement in academics and a social conscience through a commitment to community service and concern for others, was awarded to Duncan Howell of Blue Hill by Social Studies Chair Caroline Richards.