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PHOTOS: Class of 2021 Honored at Senior Awards Night

June 18, 2021

Radnor High School Seniors Honored at Annual Senior Recognition Night

Dozens of Radnor High School seniors were recognized for their outstanding achievements with a variety of awards at the school's annual Senior Recognition Night on June 14 in the auditorium.

The Senior Awards and Recipients are:

The Alumni Association Award: Andrew Rosin and Avery Ciatto
The Alumni Association of Radnor High School gives an award annually to seniors who demonstrate academic excellence, a deep commitment to the extracurricular life of the school, and a love for the school community.

The American Legion School Award: Scott Belveal, Ulysses Buzan and Victoria DiCarlo
This award is a presented to seniors in recognition of their courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service.

The Athletic Alumni Award: Dean Aljian, Sarah Anderson, Sally Austen, Chris Belz, Mary Kate Colleran, Katie DeShan, Maxwell Dooley, Seamus Feeley, Cierra Hopson, Duncan McDermott, Margaret Mooney, Ellie Rinehart and Hall Rubenstein
This award recognizes seniors with four or more Varsity letters in three or more sports.

The Best Actor Award: Max Curello
This award is given to one student who participated in Radnor Actors Workshop; achieved artistic excellence within Theatre courses; and has shown exceptional dedication, artistry, and leadership. This actor displays clear superiority in the art of acting.

The Best Peer Buddies Award: Ryane Oswald and Ryan Klein
This award is presented to the Radnor High School seniors who exhibit both the practice and passion for inclusion. The recipients of this award value friendship, companionship, and equality of all individuals regardless of ability and intellect.  They find the special in all individuals and share the most precious gift of time with some of our students with the greatest needs.

The BJ Dillon Memorial Art Award: Benjamin Margaryan
B.J. Dillon, a member of the Class of 1992, was a great guy with a wonderful character. He created art for the sheer joy of being creative and in so doing, became an excellent artist during his four years at Radnor High School.  For B.J., the art room was a place of comfort and refuge.  This award is given in B.J.’s memory to a student who exemplifies his creative and artistic excellence.  Hard-working and extremely talented, this student has also found the art room to be a place of calm and serenity.

The Class of 2001 Spirit Award: Victoria DiCarlo
This award, sponsored by the Radnor High School Class of 2001, goes to a senior who displays a commitment to the Radnor High School community demonstrated by an overwhelming dedication to service and leadership while consistently exhibiting compassion and caring to all segments of the community.

The Class of 2012 Award: Conrad French and Ottangue Walker
This award was established for high school seniors who have shown resilience and determination in overcoming difficult obstacles to completing their high school education. The class of 2012 overcame many of their own obstacles as they traveled through the halls of Radnor High School, but always persevered, keeping their heads held high. 

The Congressional Scholar Awards: Victoria DiCarlo and Justin Green
These awards are given to the female and male senior athletes with the highest GPA in their class. 

The Cresson Scholarship: Patricia Castro, Emma Gibbons, Caleb Jaramillo, Lily Kelley, Samuel Metzger, Makwebo Nkandu, Grace Ohlin, Tomas Retamal, Charles Salinas and Christina Suh
The Cresson scholarship was the first scholarship established for the school. The scholarship was endowed by Miss Sara Lloyd of Philadelphia in 1916 in memory of her mother. Criteria for the scholarship include citizenship, academic achievement, character, and activities.

The Daniel T. Luther Memorial Scholarship: Leah Monty
Dan Luther was a proud Radnor class of 1976 alumnus. During his time in high school, he was in a variety of bands, as well as manager of the local record store. He played guitar, bass, and sang. Music was his life’s passion, and he made so many life-long friendships through music. Dan passed away on October 19, 2020 from pancreatic cancer. Even through his cancer journey, he turned to music for strength and support.  This memorial scholarship is given to a senior who not only shares Dan’s love of music but will study it in college as well.

The DAR Good Citizenship Award: Anne Griffin
This award is given to a senior who exhibits the qualities of Honor, Service, Courage, and Patriotism.

The Dick Jackman Award: Duncan McDermott
This award is given to the senior athlete who most clearly exhibits the satisfaction gained, not merely in reaching one’s personal best but also in unselfishly supporting the achievements of others.

The Dreer Memorial Scholarship: Alison Bauer
The William Dreer Memorial Scholarship was established under a trust in 1936 by Mr. Dreer’s widow and is the second oldest scholarship available to Radnor High School.  The scholarship winner must major in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, or environmental science.

The Drew Award: Katherine Lorine
Dan and Maria Drew have worked tirelessly in their time at Radnor to create an environment filled with kindness and respect. For many students, this is a second family. Their desire to include as many students as possible in this family leaves a lasting impact on the Radnor High School community. This award recognizes a kind and compassionate student who is attentive to others’ challenges and seeks opportunities to include those who might otherwise be forgotten or left out. As exemplified by the Drews, the recipient of this award is motivated to engage with others by a genuine concern for their happiness and wellbeing.

The Ellis Dwyer Award: Jack Undercofler
This award is given to the senior boy who has contributed to the Radnor High School community through athletic excellence and school spirit.

The Emily Unway Award: Abby Fluck and Zachary Rosenblum
This annual award is presented to the Radnor High School senior who exhibits the attributes that were so important to Emily.  “Values of friendship, uniqueness, remaining true to oneself, reliability, trustworthiness, sense of humor, sense of fun, loyalty, sensitivity, working to achieve goals and a ready smile.”

The Ethel Encke Award: Sally Austen
This award is given to the senior girl who has made exceptional athletic contributions to Radnor High School, particularly one who has not only demonstrated persistent endeavor and courage in maintaining her own high principles and those of the school, but who has also attained the ultimate achievement through the joy of effort.

The Ethics Bowl Award: Anne Griffin, Matthew Leonardi and Zachary Schultz
This award is presented to seniors who helped our team prepare for the Delaware Valley Regional Competition in February and those who represented our school there. Preparing for the ethics bowl is a grueling, intellectually challenging task. These young men and woman worked hard to understand fifteen extremely complex cases and to be able to illuminate the ways that we, as an ethical society, should view the situations the cases describe.

The Facets Award: Audrey Margolies
This award goes to one of our “Sensitivos" who has nurtured the presence of poetry and other creative writing at our school.

The Future Leaders of America Award: Brendan Hung
FBLA is a national organization that provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship. Participation in FBLA can have a direct impact on the direction and success of a young person’s career. Millions of students have learned through active membership in FBLA about the world of business and what is expected of them in the workplace. There are nearly 190,000 active members in over 12,000 chartered chapters in 50 states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, U.S. Territories, and foreign chapters worldwide.

The Gemma Duffy Scholarship Award: Rory Harper
Gemma Grace Duffy was a graduate of the Class of 2011.  After graduation she attended Temple University and graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management and a minor in business.   Gemma loved Radnor High School and was an active member of the Band and Jazz Band and was Drum Major her senior year.  Her love of life and desire to achieve her goals motivated her to excel in whatever she did.  Gemma passed away at the age of 25 on Christmas night 2017 in a car accident.  A happy girl with a zest for life that maybe didn't fit the typical Radnor academic student, but believed anything is possible with hard work and a positive attitude. The recipient of this award exemplifies the kindness and zest for life that Gemma showed.

The Histrio De Honoris Award: Baylee Whitebread
Harry Truman once said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit.” This award, which translates to An Actor of Honor, is given to one student actor who has demonstrated honor, kindness, humility, respect, and integrity. Recipients of this award might not be the ones who have a lead or are in the spotlight. They work quietly, respectfully, and optimistically, in all endeavors. They are quick to volunteer for any theatrical task, and often help others. Successful theatre absolutely depends upon people like this, and they never seek glory, attention, or any other egotistical reward. They simply fill the world with love, in all their endeavors and interactions.

The Hi-Q Award: Aanchalika Chauhan, Jesse Conen and Joshua Yoo
Radnor Hi-Q is an academic quiz competition team. This award recognizes not only the commitment to know more than your opponent, but also a commitment to intellectual diversity, academic determination, and scholarly leadership.

The Honor "R" Awards: Alison Bauer, Avery Ciatto, Jesse Conen, Maxwell Dooley, Abigail Frost, Rafael Hollero, Sumi Jung, Leah Monty, James Sweet and Victor Wang
These awards are given each year to those seniors who have been outstanding in athletics, who have participated in a variety of sports, who have contributed to the honor and good name of Radnor through their excellent sportsmanship, and who are in the upper half of their class in scholastic achievement. 

The Integrity Award: Sophie Wallace
This award is bestowed by an anonymous Radnor alumnus. As a graduating senior, this individual received an anonymous donation to provide financial support as he and his family faced some difficult times. He would like to provide the same support to a student displaying the same resiliency he displayed.

The Ithan Elementary Scholarship Award: Christina Suh and Jaimin Park
This award is given to two alumni who exemplify the spirit of Ithan Elementary School. The winners of this award show caring every day both in heart and mind, and are responsible scholars who work hard to be kind and show empathy towards others.

The Jules Prevost Award: Dae'Trel Jerome
This award is given to the senior boy who best exemplifies the characteristics of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship which were so much a part of the life of Jules Prevost.

The Luke Teehan Memorial Scholarship: Dae'Trel Jerome
Luke was a very special young man who was a member of the Class of 1982 who lost his life in an automobile accident.  Luke’s life and death taught us that we will all be remembered for what we give to others, and not only for what we have achieved.  Luke Teehan made us understand that it is important to care about others, to enjoy people, and to help them enjoy life.  The person to receive the Luke Teehan Memorial Scholarship Award best exemplifies those special qualities of human concern seen in Luke’s life. 

The Marge McCone Award: Katherine DeShan
This award is given to the senior girl who exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, loyalty, commitment and putting the team first.

The Mary Carter Award: Brendan Hung
Mary Carter was a teacher and principal in the Radnor schools from 1927-1969. The Mary Carter award is presented to the senior who has been a model of excellence in scholarship, interest in activities and service to the school community.

The Mick Gwynn Research Award: Tova Tachua
This award was established by Radnor High School teacher Lucia Samblas in memory of her late husband., Mick Gwynn. Mick was a beloved husband and father and a highly respected colleague at GlaxoSmithKline. Most of his long career was working in antibacterial research. Mick served on the team that discovered Augmentin. He continued to develop drugs to treat and possibly cure life threatening diseases. He was a diligent scientist with an excellent work ethic. This award is given to a student interested in pursuing a career in science that embodies the same passion for research as Mr. Gwynn.

The Model United Nations Award: Maya Casillas, Jesse Conen, and Audrey Margolies
Model United Nations is a club that allows students to gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and to debate real life issues that currently face world leaders.  By assuming the roles of UN representatives from different countries,  students come to comprehend the true spirit of the United Nations, one which seeks to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues including peace and security and economic and social progress. This year’s recipients embody the spirit of the UN with their enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment to Radnor’s Model UN program. 

The Mrs. Springer "Spirit" Award: Lilah Demmy
This award is given to the senior girl who exhibits great team spirit and an overall Radnor Spirit. 

The National John Philip Sousa Award: Sumi Jung
In recognition of outstanding achievement and interest in instrumental music, for singular merit in loyalty and cooperation, and for displaying those high qualities of conduct that school instrumental music requires.

The National Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Peter Gold
In recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of jazz as demonstrated through superior musicianship, character, and individual creativity.

The National Merit Scholarship Awards: Maya Casillas, Colin Cheshire, Jesse Conen, Shanti Hug, Brendan Hung, Richa Kuklani, Soo Min Lee, Dingmohen Li, Jane O’Grady and Joshua Yoo
These students were selected as National Merit semifinalists

The National Patrick S. Gilmore Award: Tova Tachau
Patrick Gilmore is considered the “Father of the American Concert Band.” He played for every president of his day, including Abraham Lincoln.  He was the music director for the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.  He also made some of the earliest recordings at Thomas Edison’s laboratory in New Jersey. 

The National Woody Herman Jazz Award: Leo Mlodzienski
Woody Herman led a series of bands from 1936 to 1987 and was noted for hiring young musicians who would later become leading jazz performers. 

The Nicole Cottone-Obenski Award: Dae'Trel Jerome and Sophie Wallace
This award was established in honor of Nicole Cottone Obenski, a beloved member of the Radnor High School faculty from 2013-2019.  Nicole had a zest for life. She lived each and every day to the fullest, with purpose. It truly brought her joy to help others. Nicole’s thoughtfulness knew no bounds—it was constant, as was her ability to love. She was a compassionate person, always putting others ahead of herself.  For this reason, teaching was her true calling and being in the Radnor family was an essential part of her life. When Nicole was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer, her outlook and approach towards life did not change. She always stayed true to herself in the face of adversity. Cancer could never change the beautiful person she was or the remarkable way she treated others.  In her weakest moments, she took on life’s greatest challenges with an unimaginable amount of strength and determination. She would tell you there is no failure if you give it all you have. It’s not how long you live, but how well you live. Nicole had accomplished far more in her 35 years than most can in a lifetime. Her fearlessness and fight live on in the name of this scholarship.  If you could define Nicole in one word it would be, selfless. That was her gift. May the Nicole Cottone Obenski Memorial Scholarship be awarded to the deserving seniors who exemplify these same traits.

The Outstanding Female Athlete Award: Cierra Hopson

The Outstanding Male Athlete Award: Scott Belveal and Mark McKeon

The Perfect Attendance Award: Sumi Jung

The Phi Beta Kappa Award: Brendan Hung
Phi Beta Kappa National Honorary Scholastic Fraternity offers an award to the senior whose excellence in academic achievement has earned the highest GPA in the graduating class.

The PTSA Anna Moffo Award: Akshaya Bharath
Anna Moffo was a world-famous soprano who sang not only on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, but also on the stages of all the important European Opera Houses. She was a 1950 graduate of Radnor High School. This award is presented in her honor to a senior who has shown outstanding vocal musicianship and leadership skills.

The PTSA Art Award: Brendan Hung
This award is presented to an outstanding art student who has created consistently exceptional work within the art department. In addition, his work has raised the art consciousness of the school community as students and staff alike have noticed and responded to his work.  He worked hard to expand his knowledge of the history of art and the process of making art. He is also committed to including the visual arts in his post high school plans.

The PTSA Business Education Award: Alex Trevisani
This award is granted each year to an individual who has actively been engaged in the full spectrum of business classes at Radnor High School and whose performance has been outstanding in all.

The PTSA Career & Technical Award: Yovani Bravo and Brando Vazquez
Career and Technical Education provides hands-on applied learning experiences that build academic knowledge, problem solving skills, employment, and specific career skills. This award is given to seniors who demonstrate exceptional ability in their technical field, exhibit citizenship and display a strong work ethic.

The PTSA Family & Consumer Sciences Award: Ella Kloss
This award goes to a young lady who is a skilled chef and baker. During her senior year, she successfully completed both Essentials of Cooking and Creative Cooking classes.  She was an absolute pleasure to have in class!

The PTSA Instrumental Award: Alessandro Paino
This award is given to an outstanding instrumentalist in both band and orchestra over four years.

The PTSA Jesse Zerr Award: Benjamin Adams
Dr. Jesse Zerr was a long time and beloved teacher at Radnor High School. He founded the Meistersingers and championed the art of choral music at Radnor High School.  This award is given to a senior who has been outstanding in the field of music during their four years at Radnor High School.

The PTSA Lois Adams Award: Sha'mir Durham and Ottangue Walker
Career and Technical Education provides hands-on applied learning experiences that build academic knowledge, problem solving skills, employment, and specific career skills. This award is given to seniors who demonstrate exceptional ability in their technical field, exhibit citizenship and display a strong work ethic. 

The PTSA Mathematics Award: Brendan Hung
The Mathematics Department award goes to a student whose enthusiasm for, and love of, mathematics has been demonstrated both in and outside of the classroom. This student has truly been an inspiration to both classmates and mathematics teachers.  We are grateful for the lasting impression this student has made.

The PTSA Physical Education Awards: Victoria DiCarlo, Reece Evans and Mark McKeon
This award is presented to outstanding physical education students. These students exemplify great work ethic, leadership, and sportsmanship.

The PTSA Rose Ferdinand English Award: Andrew Rosin
The English award is named in honor of longtime Radnor English teacher Rose Ferdinand, who embodied a love of literature that the English department promotes. Our winner would make Mrs. Ferdinand proud, as he consistently displayed a passion for reading and a superior aptitude for the study of literature.

The PTSA Scholarship Award: Darah Bonilla Villeda
This award goes to the student who has demonstrated the greatest academic improvement from sophomore to junior year.

The PTSA Science Awards
These awards are given to three students in the graduating class who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their respective disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.  These individuals have taken the most challenging courses and have consistently excelled.  Their teachers have recognized conscientious preparation, meticulous concern for accuracy, leadership skills, and the ability to solve challenging problems.

  • Biology: Tova Tachua
  • Chemistry: Joshua Yoo
  • Physics: Brendan Hung

The PTSA Social Studies Award: Juan Pablo Moreland
The Social Studies Department recognizes and honors the student who has displayed academic excellence in social studies.  This student has shown an understanding of history and has performed in a consistent and outstanding fashion in the most challenging social studies courses.

The PTSA Technology & Engineering Education Award: Leo Mlodzienski
This award is for a student or students who have excelled at several of the courses offered in the department and plan to continue their education in engineering or technology. The following student has displayed conceptual and technical knowledge and understanding that has made him stand out among his classmates.  

The PTSA Theater Arts Awards: Akshaya Bharath and Anne Lacroix
The recipients of the Radnor High School Theatre Award have exhibited outstanding growth and artistry in theatre classes and productions.

The PTSA World Language Awards
These awards are given for consistently outstanding achievement in the world languages.

  • French: Katherine Hattersley
  • German: Jesse Conen and Patricia Castro Martinez
  • Latin: Soomin Lee and Liam Ullman
  • Spanish: Andrew Rosin

The RADTV Jim Talone Award: Megan Cairns and Emma Kirsch
Former English teacher, Jim Talone, was the driving force behind the creation of our television studio during his years at Radnor High School. As a tribute to his commitment to this program, each year RADTV honors seniors who demonstrate his same passion for video production.

The Radnor Actors Workshop Award: Lucy Criscuolo
The recipient of this award has shown commitment to the development of acting skills in many varied roles in Radnor Actors Workshop productions.  Their growth as an actor has been substantial, and they have shown exceptional, proactive, and mature leadership as they enhanced a multitude of performances, through their years in the Fall Play and Whose Line Is It, Anyway? for Radnor Actors Workshop, not necessarily as leads.

The Radnor High School Honor Council Awards: Brendan Hung and Emma Kang
These Honor Council members are elected by their peers, worked toward  our ongoing goal of making Academic Integrity a hallmark of our school and community.  It is a constant challenge to model honesty, integrity, respect, and responsibility, but these two seniors rose to the occasion and led the way from Spring of 2018 through this year.

The Radnor Math Club Award: Joshua Yoo
Each year the Mathematics Department recognizes one outstanding student by acknowledging their contribution, commitment, and outstanding service to the Radnor Math Club and the mathematics community at large. This year’s recipient excelled in all areas recognized by this award.  His commitment to the club and his excellent performance at competitions throughout his time at Radnor High School have been outstanding.

The Radnor Orchestra Award: Leah Monty
This award is given to an exceptional musician, who exemplifies musicianship, service, leadership, community, working with or on behalf of others. This award is given to a musician, who participated in the school orchestra and has shown dedication and sense of camaraderie within the ensemble.

The National School Orchestra Award: Anya Chan
In recognition of singular merit and outstanding contributions to the success of the school orchestra, for displaying an unusual degree of loyalty and cooperation, and for exemplifying that high standard of conduct that is the aim of the school instrumental program.

The Radnor Technical Theater Award: Abby Fluck and Patrick Lovenguth
The recipients of this award have exhibited outstanding growth, artistry, and leadership in the technical aspects of the stage crew in Radnor productions and events.

The Radnorite Awards: Anne Griffin, Andrew Rosin and Mohen Li
Radnorite, the school newspaper, encourages all students to write articles for the monthly publication but it is the editorial staff that creates the beautiful, finished product.  This year’s staff showed great integrity and very real courage in striving to be the voice of Radnor, even when the views and opinions expressed were sometimes not popular. Many thanks for their time and effort. 

The Rebecca Hutton Bradbeer Award: Avery Ciatto
Rebecca Hutton Bradbeer was the first quadriplegic to graduate from Radnor High School.  This award is given in her honor by her grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Walter Buckley, to a senior who has demonstrated the same courage, friendliness, and love of Radnor that Illuminated Becky’s years in this school.

The RTEA Future Teacher Scholarship: Ava Stone
The Radnor Township Education Association honors students who share the same dedication towards educating young people as its members. This award is given to a senior who intends to pursue a career as an educator.

The Starfish Award: Sheila Esgro, Avery Ciatto, Chloe Hannum, Sullivan Sims, and Victoria DiCarlo
The starfish story is about a young child picking starfish up and throwing them back into the ocean after a big storm has left them stranded on the beach.  An old man comments, and says to the boy, "There are miles and miles of beach, you can't possibly make a difference.”  With this comment the boy looks at the old man, picks up a starfish and throws it back into the ocean and says, "I made a difference to that one." This starfish award goes to senior members of the student ambassadors club that understand the meaning of making a difference just like the boy in this story.  They understand, "No act of kindness no matter how small, is ever wasted." The recipients this year embody the true spirit of kindness and go out of their way to make a difference in people's lives daily.  They will truly make the world a better place just like they have made RHS a kinder and friendlier school for the past four years.

The Student Government Award: Sheila Esgro and Brendan Hung
This year’s senior class officers have faced a most challenging year, navigating disappointments and triumphs while maintaining a positive outlook in holding the class and school together. In appreciation of their contributions, we thank our Executive Director of Student Affairs for her vision, patience, and conscientiousness. Similarly, we offer the same esteem and gratitude for your class president of FOUR YEARS! 

The Thomas Lynch Memorial Scholarship: Helena Zuckerman
Tom Lynch, an exceptional member of the Class of 1987, lived his life with enthusiasm, openness, and joy.  Tom loved a new idea or a different approach to an old problem.  The student awarded the Thomas Lynch Memorial Scholarship best exemplifies Tom’s ability to approach learning as a way to deepen pleasure in life and in people.

The Wayne Miller Creative Writing Award: Rebecca Zajac
This award is named in honor of longtime Radnor English teacher Wayne Miller, a person with deep Radnor roots and a devotion to creative expression. This award is given by the English department for excellence in creative writing. Our 2021 recipient has distinguished herself through her creativity and cleverness in academic assignments and in her extracurricular endeavors.

The We "R" Better Together Award: Katherine DeShan
The Better Together organization was inspired by the examples of respect and inclusion exhibited by students at Radnor High School to their fellow special needs peers. Better Together is rooted in the notion that fully experiencing the breadth of diversity across the entire RHS community, including but not limited to the special needs population, benefits all. Every student has inherent uniqueness and value that can enhance the school experience through the power of social inclusion. The We R Better Together Award is to be presented to the RHS senior who best demonstrates a commitment to recognizing the dignity and value in their fellow students and strives to achieve the benefits of social inclusion across the student body for the good of the Radnor community.