St. George’s School blends the strong traditions of its past with a bold vision for the future: to prepare young people in a journey of joy and discovery to lead “lives of constructive service to the world.” Located on a 125-acre campus overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, St. George’s is home to 370 boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1896 as an Episcopal boarding school by the Rev. John Byron Diman, the school lives firmly in the 21st century, with state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities. A community drawn from a wide range of traditions and backgrounds in the U.S. and around the world, St. George’s extends opportunities for teachers and students to deepen their skills, find new passions and discover their best selves, whether that be in a DNA sequencing lab, in competition on the basketball court, at sea navigating by starlight, or abroad in one of our unique service-learning internships. With a faculty committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for intellectual, social and personal development, St. George’s continues to fulfill its mission through enrolling a diverse, academically talented, and well-rounded student body.
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Note: For a complete list of the prizes awarded May 30, 2016, along with a complete list of the graduates, visit the Prize Day page of our website.
On a rain-swept Hilltop ninety-three members of the Class of 2016 received their diplomas May 30 from Head of School Eric Peterson. At the chapel service preceding the 118th Prize Day exercises, Dr. Robert Macaulay, father of Charles ’12, Hannah ’14 and Carolyn ‘16, delivered the commencement address.
Dejania Cotton-Samuel received the St. George’s Medal, the school’s highest award, 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.
Dee ”has contributed to SG in so many positive ways as a community member, student athlete and as an official school leader,” said Director of Diversity and biology teacher Dr. Kim Bullock. “Her contribution and leadership, whether large or small throughout her SG career have been sincere and genuine and consistently inclusive.” Echoed biology teacher Tom Evans: “Although DJ was one of the most talented and enthusiastic students in both my AP Biology class and in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, I have been most impressed by her true sensitivity and caring for others. I saw this every week when she would accompany me on my rounds as a Mobility Volunteer at Newport Hospital. She was an excellent intern and displayed a grace and sensitivity toward all of the patients we helped. She treated each patient as if they were a part of her own family and she brought many a smile to their faces. At the end of a typical set of rounds helping the patients, she would often shed a tear and tell me that was the best hour she had all week. She was truly a stellar example of the very best in an SG student.
“No matter how tired, busy, or distracted (by her many other obligations), Dee might have been,” wrote English teacher Patricia Lothrop, “she was always ‘on’ for class, willing to answer any question in hopes of sparking discussion. Whether in class or not, a day when I was in the beam of one of Dee's dazzling smiles was always a good day!”
Holly Williams, who worked with Dee in the classroom, playing field, and in the dorm, praised her multiple talents. “Dee has lived in my dorm as both a resident and as a prefect, been a student in honors biology and played on varsity softball for four years; this year as captain. Dee is intellectually curious and perceptive, athletically determined to give her best, but perhaps more importantly she is a kind, caring member of our community. Her sensitivity to her freshman dorm charges, teammates, coaches and friends make her a beloved young woman. I am thankful to have spent so much of the last four years in her company and wish her success and happiness as she leaves the Hilltop.”
Doug Lewis, math teacher and coach shared Dee’s praise. “Dee is one of the hardest working students I have ever taught. She approaches complex and abstract questions as a personal challenge, and she never gives in until she has wrestled the question to the ground. She was a joy to coach in softball. Her positive attitude and inclusive leadership made her one of the finest team captains I’ve ever had. SG is definitely a better place thanks to Dee's many contributions.”
Dee heads to the University of Pennsylvania this fall.
Frederic Gregoire was the winner of this year’s Jefferys Prize, given in honor 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. Freddy, from Saint-Lambert, Quebec, was an outstanding student, athlete and Head of the Honor Board. In hockey, Freddie served as captain this year, was named ISL MVP/Boston Globe All-Scholastic, MVP, All-ISL, and earned accolades as a Providence Journal All-Star. “Freddie conducts himself in a very professional manner with regard to running the Honor Board,” said Assistant Dean of Students Ed McGinnis. “He is thoughtful, considerate and fair in his leadership.”
“Where to begin? A first-rate human/player,” wrote History Department Chair and varsity hockey coach Justin Cerenzia. “Freddy knows politics better than most US students. I wrote in his [recommendation letter for college] that he might be PM of Canada one day. Not hyberbole. He’s that good. Harvard is getting a gem on and off the ice.”
John Roeser, AP Economics teacher wrote that "Freddy is the type of person who pursues excellence for the sake of excellence; no further reward is necessary."
BC Calculus teacher Sarah Young shared her praise: “I could tell Freddy was an uncommonly dedicated student from the first day of class, and this was quickly confirmed when he asked for help on his BC Calc homework on the bus up to the senior rafting trip. He helped set the tone in our classroom by always asking questions until the answers made sense. Harvard will be very lucky to have him.”
English teacher Patricia Lothrop, wrote: “Although he was working in his second language in AP Literature, Freddy was one of the top students in the class. I admire his intelligence, but even more, his integrity and leadership as Honor Board head.”
Frederic will attend Harvard University in the fall.
Elizabeth (Beth) Larcom was named winner of the Phelps Montgomery Frissell Prize, awarded by a vote of the faculty to the member of the sixth form who at St. George’s has made the best use of his or her talents.
Beth, from Middletown, R.I., was school prefect and involved in every other aspect of the school. “Beth has marvelous energy,” wrote her advisor math teacher Cheryl Larson. “She maintains an impressive seriousness of purpose and focus on whatever task is at hand. She also approaches those tasks--and life in general--with an openness and an awareness of those around her that truly generous. Helping others is second nature to Beth, and the community around her is the better for her presence.”
Patricia Lothrop said: “As I've remarked to Beth, I am amazed at how she has kept so many balls in the air while appearing calm and collected, and performing at the highest level. Her genuine concern for others, her athletic prowess, and her leadership as prefect and SGSA head (among other roles) are admirable.”
“I have known Beth and her family for many years,” wrote science teacher Holly Williams. “At St. George's she was in honors biology and I have had the good fortune of working with her on varsity softball in her final season of athletics. I admire Beth for her involvement and commitment to important causes - PMC, community service, LGBT, serving as a school prefect, her grit and determination as an athlete - she makes those around her better athletes, but mostly for her great sense of humor and camaraderie. She will be missed.”
Beth was also honored with the Louise Elliot Cup, awarded by vote of the coaches to a sixth-form girl for excellence in athletics and for promoting the spirit of hard, clean play. Earning 12 varsity letters during her SG career, Beth also served as captain of soccer and ice hockey, helping to lead her team to a New England championship this winter. In hockey, she was named ISL MVP/Boston Globe All-Scholastic, NEPSAC D-2 Player of the Year, and earned All-New England, All-ISL, Coaches’ Cup, Providence Journal All-Star honors. Art teacher and girls soccer coach Ray Woishek shared other coaches’ appreciation for Beth’s effort and commitment. “Beth was a leader of the girls’ soccer team even before she was elected captain in her V form year,“ wrote Woishek. “Beth’s toughness and willingness to do whatever it takes is second to none. Once, during a daring play to save a goal, Beth sustained an injury that would keep her out for the next few weeks. A penalty kick had been called on the play, and before exiting the game, Beth summoned enough strength to make a truly incredible save, propelling SG to a big victory over Brooks. It was the best moment of the season. It has been such a pleasure to work with Beth over the past three years.”
Beth will attend Harvard University in the fall.
Among other prizes given this morning, Senior Prefect Tim Baumann received the Head of School’s award presented to a member of the sixth form in recognition of his faithful devotion to the School and its mission. Tim was also awarded the Thayer Cup, given to a boy of the sixth form whose steady devotion to the high ideals of good sportsmanship has been an inspiration to his fellow students. A tri-sport captain—of soccer, hockey and lacrosse—Baumann earned all league honors on hockey and was named MVP of the ’15 soccer team. Tim is headed to the University of Notre Dame next year.
Evan Jackson, Taylor Kirkpatrick and Caroline Macaulay received the school’s Centennial Prize. Inaugurated during the school’s centennial year, these are “awarded to members of the graduating class who have demonstrated extraordinary and inspirational efforts on behalf of the school community.”
Olivia Soares won the Mary Eustis Zane Cup, “awarded to a girl of the sixth form whose steady devotion to the high ideals of good sportsmanship has been an inspiration” to her fellow students. Olivia earned 11 varsity letters, was captain and MVP of the field hockey team, assistant captain and MIP of the ice hockey team and an integral part of the team’s NE championship season. She will attend The Ohio State University next fall.
C. J. Holcomb was named the winner of the Samuel Powel Cup, awarded to a boy in the sixth form for excellence in athletics and for promoting the spirit of hard, clean play. C.J. earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball, lacrosse and track. He was a particular standout in football, where he served as captain during his senior year and played an important role in the N.E. Championship victory. This fall alone he earned All-NE, All-ISL, USA TODAY 2nd team All-State, Providence Journal All-Star.
Taylor Kirkpatrick and Omari Davis received the George B. Donnelly Athletic Award “given to a girl and boy who, in the opinion of the Headmaster and the Athletic Directors, possess a passion for athletics and who demonstrate the dedication and the sportsmanship to succeed in a variety of athletic endeavors.”
Underform awards went to Victoria Boatwright and Haley Baldwin. Boatwright, of Newport, R.I., 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.”
Haley Baldwin, of Little Compton, R.I., 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.”
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