Radnor High School Class of 2022 Honored with Annual Academic Awards
May 25, 2021
Radnor High School Juniors Honored with Annual Academic Awards
Twenty-four Radnor High School juniors were honored with 26 academic awards during the annual Junior Book Awards ceremony on May 24 in the RHS Black Box Theatre. In addition to certificates of achievement, recipients received a book selected and presented by principal PT Kevgas.
Debby Armstrong, Hannah Baumgardner, Erica Clarke, Caroline Constable, Ellie Davis, Lindsay Feinberg, Sofia Floody, Tymofiy Gaidash, Eleanor Graves, Reese Hillman, Duru Izzetoglu, Steven Kadavil, Nathan Kellerman, Isabella Lo, Minnie Madden, Michael Marino, Janie McRae, Ariana Moore, Justin Nourian, Prabhgun Oberoi, Anna Ramesh, Shreya Rupesh, Jack Teehan, and Aaron Zhu all received awards at the event. The students and their families were socially distanced and masked in the audience and invited to remove their mask for a photo with Mrs. Kevgas.
"The Junior Book Awards are one of the most prestigious we have at Radnor High School," Mrs. Kevgas said. "We recognize these juniors as the best of the best in their class, from one of the top high schools in the state of Pennsylvania."
The awards are given to students who meet various criteria, such as "excellence in scholarship with achievement in other fields" (Harvard) or "an intense intellectual commitment, a self-directed and purposeful vision...and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world" (Bryn Mawr). The faculty chooses the recipients; most of the awards require the students to be in the top five or 10 percent of their class.
Award Recipients and Descriptions
A Better Chance Excellence Award: Hannah Baumgardner This award recognizes outstanding academic performance, contributions to Radnor High School's community and demonstrated leadership abilities.
Bausch and Lomb Science Award: Prabhgun Oberoi This award is presented to the outstanding science student in the junior class.
Brandeis College Book Award: Isabella Lo This award is presented to a student in the top 10% of the junior class who demonstrates a commitment to civic engagement, community service, political activism, social justice, or volunteer work.
Bryn Mawr College Book Award: Debby Armstrong This award is presented to a student who demonstrates an intense intellectual commitment, a self-directed and purposeful vision of his/her life, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world.
Colgate University Book Award: Duru Izzetoglu This award is presented to a student who has achieved high academic distinction, ranking in the top five to ten percent of the class while undertaking a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, combined with outstanding leadership in the school or community.
Cornell University Book Award: Prabhgun Oberoi This award is presented to a student in the top ten percent of the junior class who has demonstrated creative problem solving in the arts and sciences or whose commitment to service shows a concern for global issues.
DAR American History Award: Reese Hillman This award is presented to a student who is academically outstanding in the study of American history.
Drexel University Book Award: Aaron Zhu This award is presented to a student who is enrolled in a rigorous academic program, is in the top 10% of the class and is a recognized leader in community service, environmental affairs, student government, athletics, journalism, technology/science or performing arts, demonstrates high personal and academic integrity, and is highly respected by peers and faculty.
Gettysburg College Book Award: Shreya Rupesh This award recognizes a student who evidences a dedication to scholarship and a passion for learning.
Hamilton College Book Award: Janie McRae This award is presented to an outstanding student who is in the top 10% of the junior class and who has demonstrated, primarily through class work, excellence in communicating ideas both in written and oral form.
Harvard University Book Award: Ellie Davis This award is presented to the outstanding student in the junior class who combines excellence in scholarship with achievement in other fields. The purpose is to recognize breadth of interest as well as scholastic achievements.
The Julian M. Zekan Integrity Award: Steven Kadavil This award is presented to a student who exemplifies integrity, modesty, compassion for others, courage of conviction, and surmounts daily obstacles without complaint or self-pity but with integrity and a sense of humor.
French Book Award: Justin Nourian and Jack Teehan This award is presented to a student who excels in French.
German Book Award: Eleanor Graves This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated a love for all things German, the language, its culture, history and literature.
Latin Book Award: Minnie Madden and Michael Marino This award is presented to a student for his/her enthusiasm and hard work in the study of Latin and Roman culture.
Spanish Book Award: Tymofiy Gaidash and Prabhgun Oberoi This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated a strong dedication to the study of the language and a true interest in Hispanic culture.
Princeton Club of Philadelphia Book Award: Reese Hillman This award is presented to a high honors student in the junior class who has provided exemplary student community service.
Randolph-Macon College Book Award: Nathan Kellerman This award is presented to a student who excels scholastically and is also a well-rounded individual who is an active participant in extracurricular activities.
Rensselaer Medal Award: Lindsay Feinberg This award is presented to a student who has displayed the most outstanding achievement in mathematics and science.
Saint Anselm College Book Award: Sofia Floody This award is presented to a student who exercises academic achievement, has an awareness of social responsibility, displays leadership qualities and possesses strong character.
Smith College Book Award: Caroline Constable and Anna Ramesh This award is presented to a student in the junior class for academic excellence; active involvement with and service to the community - with school and community at large; demonstrated leadership; sense of inner strength and self-assurance.
Society of Women Engineers Award: Ellie Davis, Eleanor Graves, Ariana Moore This award is presented to the student(s) with the highest honor in math and science.
St. John’s College Award: Janie McRae This award is presented to a student in recognition of a love of reading, exemplary enthusiasm for learning, and eagerness to pursue understanding through discussion.
University of Pennsylvania Book Award: Ariana Moore This award is presented to a student of “true merit” who ranks within the top five or 10 percent of the junior class and is a leader in one or more of the following areas: student government, music, drama, athletics, journalism, civics, forensics or community service. The student should demonstrate high personal academic integrity and be highly respected by peers and faculty.
Williams College Book Award: Erica Clarke This award is presented to the student in the top of his/her junior class who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school.
Yale University Book Award: Justin Nourian This award is presented to a student for outstanding personal character and intellectual promise, who is active in extracurricular activities in the school community.