One-hundred three members of the class of 2017 received their diplomas today (May 29, 2017) from Head of School Eric F. Peterson. At the chapel service preceding the 119th Prize Day exercises, Mrs. Marjorie Burdick, mother of 2017 graduates Hannah and Kendall Burdick, as well as Sarah ’11, Colby ’13 and Brinley ’19, delivered the commencement address. Mrs. Burdick had 12 pieces of advice for the graduates, and also offered up what she calls the five “L”s for life: Live, laugh, learn, love and for this particular generation: “Look up. Please. I worry you’re all going to walk into traffic.”
At the Prize Day ceremony under the tent on the front lawn, Rozie Moylan of Saunderstown, Rhode Island, received the school’s highest award, the St. George’s Medal, “given to a member of the sixth form who through effort, character, athletics and scholarship has best caught and expressed the ideals and spirit of St. George’s.” Rozie (right with Head of School Eric Peterson), who also received the George D. Donnelly Athletic Award, heads to Boston College this fall.
Senior Prefect Eva Killenberg, of Little Compton, Rhode Island, was awarded the Jefferys Prize, “given in memory of Cham Jeﬀerys to the sixth-former who in the opinion of the faculty has done the most to enhance the moral and intellectual climate of the school.” Eva will attend the University of Pennsylvania.
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Wang of Middletown, Rhode Island, who battled back from a brain tumor diagnosed in middle school, was the recipient of the Phelps Montgomery Frissell Prize, “awarded to the member of the sixth form who, in the opinion of the faculty, has made the best use of his or her talents.” Jonathan will be a student at Bucknell University this fall.
Christine Grace Dejoux of Locust Valley, New York, won the Headmaster’s Award, “presented to a member of the sixth form in recognition of his or her faithful devotion to the School and its mission.” Christine will attend Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
- A complete list of prizes and academic honors is here.
- The list of graduates, including those who were awarded diplomas with distinction or high distinction, or who were inducted into the prestigious Cum Laude Society is here.
- Photos are here.
Today the school’s top athletic prizes went to champion runner William Braﬀ of Locust Valley, New York, swimmers Rozie Moylan and Henry Savage of Marblehead, Massachusetts; hockey players Mia Del Rosso of Hingham, Massachusetts, and Hayley Doneghey of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and football player Isaac McCray of Middletown, Rhode Island.
Eric Durudogan of Portsmouth, Rhode Island and Daisy Mayer of Greenwich, Connecticut, received the school’s Centennial Prize. Inaugurated during the school’s centennial year in 1996, these are “awarded to a boy and girl of the graduating class who have demonstrated extraordinary and inspirational efforts on behalf of the school community.” Eric, who wishes to study medicine, will be a student at the University of Michigan. Daisy will take a gap year before enrolling at Barnard College in September 2018.
Underform awards went to Matthew Toner ’18 of Portsmouth, Rhode Island and Charlotte Maerov ’19 of Bedford, New York.
Matthew won the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Rhode Island Award, “given to the student in the fifth form whom the Head of School and the faculty deem most worthy in scholarship, effort and character.”
Charlotte received the Allen Prize, “given by a vote of the faculty to a member of the fourth form who during the year has maintained a high standard in all departments in the life of the school.”
It was Eric Peterson’s final Prize Day as his 13-year tenure as Head of School comes to a close. His Prize Day address is available on our YouTube channel here. The Prize Day chapel address by Marjorie Burdick P’11, ’13, ’17, ’17, ’19 is here.