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Gould Presents 2022 Underclass Awards

Gould Academy held its annual Underclass Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 18 in Bingham Auditorium. Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning Dr. Brad Clarke presided over the evening.
“I was talking with my good friend and former faculty member who said that what he so appreciated about Gould is that it taught his daughter how to learn, and he was forever grateful to us for that,” shared Dr. Clarke. “How to learn. Not what to learn, or what to think. But how to learn, and how to think. That’s what we, your teachers, are here for. And that’s what makes a Gould education great. It’s about thinking for yourself. Learning how to learn.”

Dr. Clarke invited Director of Innovation Sara Whalen Shifrin ’88, P’19,’23 to the podium to introduce the keynote speaker for the evening, her former advisee, Jack Henderson-Adams ’01, owner of Western Earthworks, an excavation and landscaping company in Florence, MA.

“You are about to meet someone who makes the world a better place. He’s one of the best storytellers, adventurers, and doers that I know, and if you get bored, just stare at his arms, because he has a lot of cool tattoos on them,” remarked Shifrin. “Jack comes from family that hung in work garages kicking the tires of a Thomas Edison, talking about the potential of paving roads with concrete. Jack comes from a line of educators who were traditionalists, skiers, mentors, and influencers in the world of Northern New England schools. Jack lives in the world of intersectionality. Jack is a Davidson boy.”

Jack Henderson-Adams stepped to the podium after shouts of “D-BLOCK!” subsided and drew from a deep well experience to offer Gould students some valuable life advice.

“The day you got here, you were very uncomfortable. I came from a small town, I didn’t know anyone here. I knew nothing about the faculty. I had never stayed in a dorm. I was away from everything that was home,” said Henderson-Adams. “That discomfort is something you should think about regularly. As you go on to college, tenth grade, eleventh grade, become seniors, take that job…you’re going to go through the same uncomfortable feeling that you went through when you first came to Gould. When [it] washes over you, and is paralyzing…that moment is where some of the greatest growth will come from. If you want to go out and do, you need to get comfortable, being uncomfortable.”

At the conclusion of the keynote address, the book award portion of the evening began.


2022 Underclass Book Award Winners

Spring Cum Laude Inductees
  • Hannah Pierce ’22
  • Zachary  Schmolka ’22
  • Jelena Perovic ’22
  • Caroline Siekman ’22
  • Tracy He ’22
  • Keiko Yuasa ’22

English Department Awards
  • Grade 9 - Ian Brown ’25
  • Grade 10 - Maria Keegan ’24
  • Grade 11 - Kyra Shankar ’23 and Lily Winch ’23

History Department Awards
  • Grade 9 - Lucas Barstow ’25
  • Grade 10 - Celsie Gicheru ’24
  • Grade 11 - Isaiah Connolly ’23

Math Department Awards
  • Grade 9 - Ryan Yook ’25
  • Grade 10 - Hanna Weinman ’24
  • Grade 11 - Christopher Pyle ’23

Innovators Award - Yujie Jackie Yang ’23

Science Department Awards
  • Grade 9 - Lucas Barstow ’25
  • Grade 10 - Charlotte Lambert ’24
  • Grade 11 - Daniel Shin ’23
  • Computer Science Award - Yujie Jackie Yang ’23
  • RENSSELAER AWARD - Yujie Jackie Yang ’23\
  • BAUSCH AND LOMB SCIENCE AWARD - Christopher Pyle

World Languages Department Awards
  • French - Catie Caggiano ’23
  • Spanish - Will Clark ’23
  • Mandarin - Hannah Grohman ’24
FRENCH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES:
  • Mark Brown
  • Allison Chase
  • Meitong Chen
  • Abigail DeMello
  • Mason Hamel
  • Fiona Keough
  • Max Krizo
  • Joseph Levine
  • Anders Silitch 
  • Zachary Vlcek
  • Carter Willis
SPANISH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES:
  • Jesse (Raine) Amory
  • Zoe Boland
  • Will Clark
  • Isaiah Connolly
  • Chelsea Duclos 
  • Celsie Gicheru
  • Finnegan Haskett 
  • Ingrid Janicki
  • Riley Jerome
  • Lindsey Kean
  • Maria Keegan
  • Charlotte Lambert
  • Isabelle Long
  • Rebecca Mize
  • James Nagel
  • Sophia Nichols
  • Eli Shifrin 
  • Eliza Tyson
  • Hanna Weinman
  • Baylen Williams

Performing Arts Department Awards
  • Music (Vocal) - Molly Grocki ’23 and Chelsea Duclos ’23
  • Music (Instrumental) - Yujie Jackie Yang ’23
  • Theater - Allison Chase ’24

Visual Arts Department Awards
  • Meredith McMillan ’25
  • Zoe Boland ’24
  • Molly Naples ’23
  • Pottery Award - Eva Stasinos ’23

College Awards
  • DARTMOUTH ALUMNI CLUB BOOK AWARD - Cate Caggiano ’23
  • ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD - Meitong Chen ’23
  • SMITH COLLEGE BOOK AWARD - Cate Caggiano ’23
  • BRANDEIS BOOK AWARD FOR SOCIAL ACTION & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT - Silas Summers
  • PRINCETON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF MAINE BOOK AWARD - Silas Summers
  • BOWDOIN BOOK AWARD - Yujie Jackie Yang ’23

Special Gould Named Awards
  • CAROLYN S. WOLLEN AWARD - Brianna Schnorrbusch
  • EDMOND J. VACHON AWARD - Meitong Chen
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