The 2019 Upper Mids Award Ceremony was held Thursday, May 16 in Taft's Bingham Auditorium. The annual Awards Ceremony recognizes excellence across disciplines and throughout the school community.
The 2019 Upper Mids Award Ceremony was held Thursday, May 16 in Taft's Bingham Auditorium. The annual Awards Ceremony recognizes excellence across disciplines and throughout the school community. Congratulations to all of the 2019 honorees. Watch the full ceremony here.
CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Taisai Akasaka (Keio Scholar)
Valerie Thomas (Mid) (I-Way Scholar from Germany)
Vanndet Va (Assist Scholar from Cambodia)
Xiaohan (Chloe) Ye (Fudan Scholar)
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The following students took the 2018 PSAT and with their high performances have shown outstanding academic potential. From approximately 1.6 million program entrants, each of these students is among the 50,000 highest scoring participants who will receive recognition in the
2020 National Merit Scholarship Program:
Edvin Tran Hoac
Xiaohan (Chloe) Ye
THE MICHAELS JEWELERS CITIZENSHIP AWARD
Sponsored by Michaels Jewelers of Waterbury, Connecticut, this annual award goes to Upper Middlers who have contributed significantly through their volunteer service in the community.
Olivia Rose Gasser
Henry Dodge Horne
THE ROLLIN G. OSTERWEIS '25 DEBATE PRIZE
Rollin Osterweis was a brilliant Taft student who went on to a distinguished career as a professor of American oratory at Yale, where among others, he taught George W. Bush and John Kerry. The Rollin G. Osterweis '25 Debate Prize is given at the discretion of the headmaster to recognize that student whose dedication, passion and ability in debate best embodies the legacy of Rollin G. Osterweis.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
BAUSCH AND LOMB HONORARY SCIENCE AWARD
This award is presented by the Bausch and Lomb Company to that member of the Upper Middle Class who has been outstanding in his or her work in science.
THE BROWN UNIVERSITY AWARD
Presented to that Upper Middler who best combines a high degree of ability in English expression, both written and spoken, with those outstanding personal qualities which, in the words of the Brown Charter of 1764, give promise that the student will become one of the succession of men and women duly qualified for discharging the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.
THE RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE MEDAL
Given to an Upper Middler for excellence in mathematics and sciences.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award
This award is presented to that member of the Upper Middle Class who has demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues; Leadership and dedication to community action; Strong grades and rigorous courses taken in the humanities and social sciences.
Elly Kathryn MacKay
THE FRAKER FAMILY AWARD
This award is given by the Headmaster, to that Upper Middler who has distinguished him or herself in creating a close and diverse global community.
FEIDELSON FAMILY LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Feidelson Award is awarded annually to a rising Taft Senior, who has shown great strength of character, acts quietly as a mentor in the Taft community, and sets an example of civility and leadership for others in the dormitories, on the playing fields, or in the classroom.
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO BOOK AWARD
The University of Chicago Book Award is given to that student whose challenging coursework, intellectual engagement in and out of the classroom, ability to draw connections across academic disciplines, and commitment to the community to mark him or her unique.
THE DARTMOUTH BOOK PRIZE
Presented to an Upper Middler who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and made a positive contribution to the extracurricular life of the School.
THE HARVARD BOOK PRIZE
Awarded to that student in the next‑to‑last year of college preparatory courses whom the Headmaster, after consulting with the faculty, shall deem most worthy by result of high scholarship and character.
THE HOLY CROSS COLLEGE BOOK AWARD
Awarded to a member of the Upper Middle Class who has been outstanding in academic and personal accomplishment, and who has shown sincere concern for others and a responsible attitude in all of her endeavors.
THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRIZE
Awarded to a member of the Upper Middle Class whose high honor roll standing and commitment to learning exceeds classroom requirements. This student's good character is evident in community service activities and outstanding contributions to the extra-curricular life of the school.
Elly Kathryn MacKay
THE SMITH COLLEGE BOOK AWARD
Presented to an outstanding Upper Middler who exemplifies the academic achievement, leadership qualities, and concern for others that characterize the thousands of women who have graduated from Smith College.
THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA JEFFERSON BOOK AWARD
The Jefferson Book Award Program was established to recognize outstanding high school students during their Upper Middle year. The award is presented by the School's Committee representative to the Upper Middler whom the high school considers to best represent the Jeffersonian ideals of scholarship, leadership and citizenship. The award goes to:
NOTEWORTHY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Science: Taft sent two teams to the Connecticut Science Olympiad competition this year. Out of 48 teams, Taft's first team finished 6th, including 1 gold, 1 silver and three bronze medals in individual events. Ernest Protas was one of the team captains and won a first-place and two 3rd place finishes.
In the Yale Physics Olympics, the team of Ernest Protas, Andrii Torchylo, Ben Le and Stefan Kim placed 2nd overall out of 50 teams. In the TSA/TEAMS Engineering competition, Taft's 9-10 grade team and 11-12 grade Team A placed 1st overall in Connecticut. Team captains were Paton Roberts and Coco Zhang for the 9-10 grade team, and Malcolm Bellairs and Peter Yu for the 11-12 grade team.
Mathematics: The Math Team had another exceptional year by the numbers, including a tie for 3rd place in the New England Math League Competition, and finishing 1st in CT. All five of Taft's top scorers (Ben Le, Chloe Ye, Peter Yu, First Yingyord, and Harry Wang) made the list of Cumulative High Scorers. Taft placed in the top 25% at HMMT (Harvard/MIT Mathematics Tournament), which is an international event. For the American Mathematics Competition, the most prestigious of the competitions, Taft had 5 students go on to the Invitational round. Benjamin Le qualified for the USAJMO and finished in the top third of participants of that round--an impressive representation of about 260 of the best 9th and 10th graders in the US. And finally, at the Yale Invitational for Girls, Taft won 1st place. Congratulations to the Math Team!
FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS 2019
CURRENT ACTIVE MEMBERS
NEW INDUCTEES 2019
SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS 2019
LATIN HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS 2019
Yuk Sum Chan
Yi Won Kim
NATIONAL LATIN EXAM AWARDS 2019