The individual accomplishments of dozens of Byram Hills High School juniors and seniors were celebrated at the annual Awards Ceremony on May 22, a night filled with handshakes and hugs and rounds of proud applause.
Many of the upperclassmen were recognized during the school year at the local, state and national level by organizations including the National Merit Scholarship Corp., Section 1 and New York State athletics, Con Edison, Regeneron, The College Board, the New York State School Music Association and many more.
“It’s been an incredible year for our students on so many different levels,” Principal Christopher Walsh said. “They were celebrated for their work in and out of the classrooms.”
Mr. Walsh thanked parents and other relatives in the packed audience, saying their hours of support helped the students succeed. “None of the students would have been able to make it through to this point without you,” he said.
The top honor for a graduating senior, the Hy Blatte-Jack Wollenberg Memorial Award sponsored by the Byram Hills Parent Teacher Student Association, went to Robert Waxman. Robert, whose award comes with a $1,000 scholarship, thanked his family, coaches, classmates and friends and the PTSA. He also thanked the administrators, faculty and staff.
“Thank you for making Byram Hills a home away from home for each and every one of us,” he said in accepting the award. “Thank you for making it a place where we all feel safe to take risks, to explore and to learn and grow at our own pace.”
The PTSA Caruolo Leadership Award, which is voted on by students, was presented to Lindsey Grotta. It also comes with a $1,000 scholarship.
A new award, the Michele Delamonico Memorial Scholarship Award, celebrates the memory of the beloved math teacher who passed away last year and comes with a $1,000 scholarship from the Byram Hills teachers and administrators associations. After a heartfelt tribute by Math Chairperson Lisa Pellegrino, the honor was presented to Jack Kenny.
The complete list of winners:
JAMIE TESTA ONWARD AND UPWARD SCHOLARSHIP: Given to a senior who shows exemplary commitment to helping others and dedication to public service.
ARMONK LIONS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS: Awarded to seniors for their outstanding, active, public and/or community service during their high school years.
EVIA MASCARO & SPENCER WEINHOFF
NORTH CASTLE POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP: Presented to a senior who has shown academic excellence and a commitment to the North Castle community.
ARMONK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD: Awarded to a senior who has demonstrated impressive business acumen, responsibility and dedication either as an employee of a local business establishment or as an entrepreneur.
JOHN A. LOMBARDI SCHOLARSHIP: Awarded to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding civic service and achievement.
THE NYS COMPTROLLER’S 2019 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Given to seniors for academic achievement and outstanding community service.
SAMANTHA KREVOLIN & DAVID MCDANIELS
WELLESLEY COLLEGE BOOK AWARD: Awarded to a junior outstanding in her academic performance, character, and contributions to school and/or community life.
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE BOOK AWARD: Awarded to a junior who has earned an excellent academic record and who has exhibited qualities of leadership and service in the school community.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD: Presented to an academically- outstanding junior who demonstrates intellectual leadership and strong character.
BRANDEIS BOOK AWARD: Presented to a junior who demonstrates commitment to academics and service to his/her community.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA BOOK AWARD: Given to a junior with outstanding character and high academic achievement, who provides important service to school or community.
YALE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD: Presented to a junior in recognition of outstanding character and intellectual promise with diverse skills and leadership qualities.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO BOOK AWARD: Presented to a junior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and scholarly research in a rigorous college preparatory program.
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE BOOK AWARDS: Awarded to juniors who exhibit excellent academic achievement and who contribute to the extracurricular activities of the school.
SPENCER KARP & ELLA MANNERS
CORNELL UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD: Awarded to a junior who has demonstrated academic excellence, as well as outstanding dedication to extracurricular activities and meaningful participation in community service.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN – Outstanding Student Award:
HARVARD PRIZE BOOK AWARDS: Given to outstanding juniors who display excellence in scholarship and high character.
SAMUEL ABERMAN & ELENA LOWE
TULANE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD: Awarded to a junior who embodies Tulane’s motto “Not for one’s self, but for one’s own” and is a true servant leader.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD: Presented to a junior who demonstrates excellence in civic engagement and a commitment to independent and creative thought.
CLARKSON UNIVERSITY ACHIEVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP AWARDS: Given to juniors having an academic interest in engineering, business, science or liberal arts.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ISABELLE NELSON
LEADERSHIP AWARD: DOMINIC PICCA
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA JEFFERSON BOOK AWARD: Presented to a junior who embraces creativity and innovation, and embodies the spirit of discovery, much like the University’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. The student is a demonstrated citizen leader who works to improve their community locally or globally.
SMITH COLLEGE BOOK AWARD: Awarded to a junior who combines academic excellence with participation in extracurricular activities and a commitment to community service.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN – Excellence in Writing Award:
SENIOR ENGLISH AWARDS: for outstanding senior English students:
EMMA LUCCHINO & LINDSEY PERLMAN
ED WALZER WRITING AWARD: This award was established by the family of Ed Walzer, a graduate of Byram Hills who went on to have a career as a writer. The family has asked that the English department present the award to dedicated writers in the hope that they will pursue their passion for writing.
SOCIAL STUDIES AWARDS
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD: Awarded to an exceptional junior who has achieved outstanding scholarship in the subject of Social Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD: Given to a senior who has shown exceptional growth in the field of Social Studies.
NORTH CASTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARD: Given to a senior who has excelled in American History, European History, and/or the senior electives.
HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT AWARD: Presented to a senior who is an outstanding and serious history scholar.
THE NORTH CASTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HISTORICAL RESEARCH AWARD IN HONOR OF RICHARD LANDER AND DORIS FINCH WATSON: Given to a student who has an interest and passion in historic research to honor North Castle’s late town historians.
STUDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAM for outstanding achievement in Mathematics:
Outstanding Senior: ALAN CHANG Outstanding Junior: SPENCER KARP
THE KEN HAMILTON MEMORIAL AWARD: Given to a senior who has displayed exceptional skills in software design, programming, systems analysis and hardware configuration; and who demonstrates excellent understanding and appreciation of computer science.
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AWARD for outstanding achievement in Math/Science:
THE FARADAY AWARD: Presented to a senior who can manage long-term projects from inception to conclusion and create solutions in non-traditional ways.
BYRAM HILLS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE: Awarded to an outstanding senior for excellence in science:
BAUSCH & LOMB AWARD: Presented to an outstanding junior science student:
BYRAM HILLS AWARD FOR POTENTIAL IN SCIENCE: Awarded to an outstanding junior for potential in science:
WORLD LANGUAGE AWARDS: honors the senior that has demonstrated a superior command of the language:
For general excellence in Italian: SAMANTHA ABBRUZZESE
For general excellence in Spanish: JONAH SCHWAM
For general excellence in French: EMMA LUCCHINO
THE DUAL LANGUAGE AWARD: awarded to a senior that has demonstrated a superior command of two upper level languages, taken concurrently.
FINE ARTS AWARDS
PTSA ARTS SCHOLARSHIP:
BYRAM HILLS HIGH SCHOOL ART AWARD:
SENIOR AWARD: COMMITMENT TO THE ARTS:
MUSIC AND THEATRE AWARDS
THE JOHN PHILIP SOUSA NATIONAL BAND AWARDS: In recognition of outstanding achievement and interest in instrumental music, for singular merit in loyalty and cooperation, outstanding performance and dedication to participation in band work.
THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG JAZZ AWARD:
THE NATIONAL CHORAL AWARD:
SHEA GORDON & ISABELLE ILAN
OUTSTANDING CAREER CONTRIBUTION TO THE THEATRE PROGRAM:
SHEA GORDON, HANNAH HOLDEN, SYDNEY NEPO & NICOLE TISSOT
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AWARDS
SEZ (Southeastern Zone) AWARD:
Male: JEFFREY FERNANDES MAXWELL PIERCE
Female: TALENE BASIL NINA BROWN
BHHS SPORTSPERSONS OF THE YEAR:
Male: MICHAEL KALIAN
Female: LINDSEY GROTTA
LYNN ROSENTHAL MEMORIAL AWARD: Female Scholar/Athlete of the year:
WILLIAM A. McCOY, JR. MEMORIAL AWARD: Male Scholar/Athlete of the year:
VINCENT GRECO AWARD: Presented to a senior who has demonstrated resiliency and has been a positive contributor to the Byram Hills High School community.
MICHELE DELAMONICO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: This award celebrates the memory of a beloved teacher, colleague, mentor, and club advisor at Byram Hills High School. The BHTA and the BHAA honor a senior student who exhibits the qualities that Michele was known for; resilience, love of learning, collaboration, service to others, sense of humor, and academic engagement. Michele gave back to our community in many ways. She left behind a legacy of care, commitment, and community building. The award will be given to a student who personifies those ideals.
PTSA CARUOLO LEADERSHIP AWARD: This award is granted to a senior on the basis of leadership, character, dedication, loyalty, humanity, and interest in education.
HY BLATTE-JACK WOLLENBERG MEMORIAL AWARD: This award goes to a senior who has a humanitarian outlook, a willingness to extend himself for others, and an optimistic approach to life and its challenges.