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Pennington graduates 105

In Commencement exercises for the Class of 2016 on June 4, The Pennington School graduated 105 seniors, representing five states and five countries outside the United States. Emma Bouton of Pennington and Quincy Huang of Princeton were valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Headmaster William S. Hawkey, Ph.D., granted the diplomas. Peter J. Tucci, Pennington Class of 1979 and chair of the School’s Board of Trustees, gave the Commencement address. Tucci’s twin daughters, Marissa and Sabrina, are members of the Class of 2016.

At Commencement, valedictorian Bouton, who was inducted into the Cum Laude Society last fall, received the award for the senior excelling in English. She will attend Brown University next year. Salutatorian Huang, also a fall inductee into Cum Laude, was one of eight seniors recognized with the new Gateway Prize to the seniors “who best exemplify Pennington’s core values of honor, virtue, and humility.” After taking a gap year in Colombia, Huang will attend Georgetown University. Both Bouton and Huang were among the first twenty-two students to earn a certificate in the School's program in Global Studies.

Morgan Pinado, chair of the senior class committee, was presented the Headmaster’s Award to the Best All-Around Student, recognizing “that member of the senior class whose distinguished scholarship and dedication to a variety of extracurricular activities has set a memorable example for us all.”

A list of the senior prizes is given below.

Two teaching prizes were presented to members of the faculty. The Henry and Selma Otte Distinguished Teacher Award, given annually to a full-time teacher with at least five years of teaching experience at The Pennington School, was given to Marc Epstein, teacher of history and Advanced Placement government and politics, who joined the faculty in 2010..

Receiving the inaugural Robert E. Martini Award for Distinguished Teaching was six-year faculty member Adrienne Papa. This new award will be given each year to one whose teaching takes students’ individuality into account and who makes a significant impact on students’ lives. Papa teaches in the School’s Cervone Center for Learning.

Commencement speaker Peter J. Tucci, a resident of New Hope, Pa., is an equity partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions. He serves as chair of the firm’s International Practice Group and co-chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. In addition to Pennington, he serves on numerous for profit and not-for-profit boards. In 2005 Tucci was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s most prestigious award. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Student prizes and honors recognized at Commencement

Valedictorian: Emma Bouton

Salutatorian: Quincy Huang

Headmaster's Award to the Best All-Around Student: Morgan Pinado

Cum Laude Society inductees (spring): Kexin Gao, Jingyi Jiang, Zachary Lamb, RuiYi Li, Cameron Mercando, Samir Navani, Morgan Pinado, Katharine Quinn, and Marissa Tucci. They join twelve students inducted in the fall: Sang Won Baek, Emma Bouton, Matthew Celentano, Quincy Huang, Dong Jun Kim, Emma Kramer, Audrey Plimpton, Christian Tringali, David Wan, Karolina Zachor, Duncan Zavanelli, and Alexandra Zimmer. Students inducted are within the top ten percent of the class, as determined by grade point average, and the School views selection for membership as one of the highest honors it can confer.

Global Studies Certificate Program graduates: Kira Botelho, Emma Bouton, Isabella Brass, Mary-Kathryn Brunk, Matthew Celentano, Meredith Davies, Tatiana Fried, Sean Harris, Quincy Huang, Jin Woo Kim, Emily King, Emma Kramer, Clare Long, Olivia McCutcheon, Tyler McDougall, Kerry Runkle, Marissa Tucci, Sabrina Tucci, Alesandro Walker, David Wan, Karolina Zachor, and Alexandra Zimmer

The William E. Long Award to the Senior Boy Making the Greatest Contribution to Pennington School Athletics: Ian Nelson and Andrew Mavis

The Brigid Kilfoyle '91 Memorial Award to the Senior Girl Making the Greatest Contribution to Pennington School Athletics: Christine Carugati and Clare Long

The Capria DeVenuto '04 Award to the Most Oustanding and Devoted Swimmer: John Freeman

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in English: Emma Bouton

The Pennington School Stephen Crane Writing Contest Award for Personal Essay: Alexandra Zimmer

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Spanish: Karolina Zachor

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in French: Alexandra Zimmer

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in German: Audrey Plimpton

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Latin: Audrey Plimpton

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Chinese: Olivia MacDonald and Zachary Lamb

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Mathematics: Samir Navani

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Science: Duncan Zavanelli

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in History: Cameron Mercando

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Religion: William Chang

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Technology: Yulun Wang

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Journalism: Karolina Zachor

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Instrumental Performance: Vivek Rajan

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Vocal Performance: Dong Jun Kim and Abigail Burke

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Video Production: Caroline Martin

The G. Arthur Campbell Award for Distinctive Service in Drama: Alexander Hannani

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Technical Theatre: Dave-Michael Velasco

The Pennington School Award for Continued Excellence in Theatrical Performance: Madison Coyle and Dong Jun Kim

The Kersey Award for the Student Showing Most Promise in Visual Art: Emmanuel Nwandu

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Photography: Patrick McLaughlin

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Excelling in Sculpture and Ceramics: Satchel Cortet

The Pennington School Award for Peer Leadership: Emmanuel Nwandu

The Monique Visser '88 Memorial Award to a Girl Who Has Most Improved the Quality of Life at Pennington: : Audrey Plimpton

The Congressional Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Community Service: Nancy Santarsiero

The Charles G. Bennett '59 Memorial Award for School Spirit: Madison Coyle and Jameson Yang

The Pennington School Award for International Citizenship: William Chang

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Outstanding in Volunteer Service: Marissa Tucci and Sabrina Tucci

The Pennington School Award to the Senior Who Has Shown the Most Noticeable Improvement: Connor McAuliffe and Vivek Rajan

The M. James Coyle Award to the student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, advocacy, and dedication to furthering an understanding of the strengths associated with learning disabilites: Alesandro Walker

The Pennington School Award for Outstanding Citizenship: Emily King and Emmanuel Nwandu

The Gateway Prize to the seniors who best exemplify Pennington's core values of honor, virtue, and humility: Neely Campbell, Matthew Celentano, Kexin Gao, Quincy Huang, Alexander Lamb, Kendra Plummer, Christian Tringali, and David Wan

For a full video of today's Commencement, please click here. Click here for a highlight video from Commencement.

For photos, click here.

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