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Upper Schoolers Honored at Awards Day

Upper School students were honored at the annual Awards Ceremony on June 6. Held in The Schiff Center, students of all grade levels were celebrated by their peers and the Upper School faculty. The ceremony began with the announcement of the following students, who earned a Concentration in Seven Hills’ Experiential Learning program for studying a subject in-depth in the following fields:

Anna Kunkel — Immigration, Displacement, and Refugee Studies
Arjun Gupta —
Business Administration and Economics
Dhanush Bearelly —
Medical Studies
Oliver Szabo
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Lina Asfaw —  Legal Studies

Junior Michaela Atkinson was presented the Miriam Titcomb Award, the highest honor awarded to a junior, for exhibiting “initiative in some area, originality in some area, love of fellow man, and courage of convictions.”

Senior Lidya Tesfaye was presented with the Clement L. Buenger Award on behalf of the Fund for Independent Schools of Cincinnati.

Junior Lauren VordemEsche received the Neil Smith Scholarship, which is presented to a student in grade nine, 10, or 11 who best exemplifies the qualities for which Neil Smith is known. The selected student must “meet the world with optimism and good will; expect the best from themselves and others; and exhibit courage, compassion, integrity, and intelligence.”

The Personal Achievement Award was presented to the students whose contributions have made Seven Hills a better place. Honorees were freshman Jackie Katuska, sophomores Nina Head, Sai Harini Basava, and Sabrina Donovan, junior Nicholas Stein, and senior Oliver Szabo.

Lily Plum Gartenlaub received the Sophomore Scholastic Achievement Award. This is awarded to sophomores who exhibit a scholarly temperament and who have contributed the benefits of learning in a given discipline to the school and/or the wider community. These students exhibit a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, and share enthusiasm for the discipline with others.

Junior Evie Ferguson received the Citizenship Award. This is awarded to the student who takes an active role in school and/or community affairs, who exhibits mature political and global consciousness and a sense of civic responsibility.

Juniors Kyle Wang and Ella Skipper were given the Creativity and Original Thinking Award. This award is given to students who are committed to independent thinking and have displayed an inquisitive and creative habit of mind.

Junior Anna Kunkel was awarded the Community Scholar Award, presented to the student “who has shown exceptional achievement in a given discipline and has extended that knowledge to benefit the larger community.”

Rex Shaffer and Grace Dunson was presented the Carol Brestel Award. The recipient is selected by vote of the faculty “of a senior who combines enthusiasm and talent and exhibits leadership in school life.”

Gabrielle Walker received the Florence Fessenden Award, which is given to a senior for outstanding achievement in a certain academic area.

Phoebe Rubenstein was presented the Alumni Association Service Award, which is given to seniors who have an outstanding record of service to home and community.

Rishi Mittal received the Ruth Russell Jones Award, which is presented to a senior who exhibited the greatest overall improvement and intellectual growth over a three-year period.

Department Awards

Michelle Hu — Andress Art Award

Isabelle Anthony, Alice Bachelder, Ronan Blair, Noah Clark, Nora Donovan, Grace Dunson, Elan Little, Kaeden Iyoha, Ed Li, Susie Stahl, Oliver Szabo, Margaret Tenney, and Mikul Wyer — Theater Award

Ed Li — (Alumni) Fine and Performing Arts Award

Alice Bachelder — English Award

Jason Zhou — Kathy Richardson Award

Isabelle Anthony — History Award

Alexa Kecman — Math Award

Abby Deimling — Biology Award

Jackson Hamon — Chemistry Award

Brett Woffingotn — Physics Award

Isabella Wang — Computer Science Award

Nora Donovan — Latin Award

Nathan Walker — Chinese Award

Gardner Follin — French Award

Megha Gaitonde — Spanish Award

Callie Drew and Margret Schnirring — Female Athlete of the Year

Rex Shaffer — Male Athlete of the Year

Alexa Kecman — Female Scholar Athlete

Carter Stevens — Male Scholar Athlete

Sophie Wiles — Female Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award

Nick Cohen — Male Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award

Nicholas Stein —Elinor Scherr Mosher Award

2024 Senate Award — Kylene Utah