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December 6, 2017 marked the start of a new tradition here at Oldfields, the Academic Awards Ceremony. Although the girls were not exactly sure what to expect as they gathered in the theatre, you could feel the anticipation in the air as all wondered who was going to receive those star trophies sitting up on the stage? What exactly were all those certificates with the gold seal, stacked neatly on the table? A hush fell over the audience as Dean of Academics Christine Gilmore began;
Students and faculty work very hard here at Oldfields, and it is impossible to recognize as many students as we would like at the end of the year at the Awards Banquet. So we decided, just as we acknowledge and celebrate our athletic talent every trimester, to acknowledge and celebrate our academic talent, and all who support our journey towards academic excellence.
Of course, all the students who made Honors were called to stage. Twelve girls made First Honors by maintaining a term average of 95 or above and having no grade below a 90. Another 15 earned Second Honors by maintaining a term average of 93 or above and having no grade below 87. Congratulations! Click here to view Honor Roll students.
As we all know, sometimes excellence and hard work do not always translate into a top grade. For that reason, each academic department had the opportunity to choose one or two students to receive an award for outstanding performance or achievement in the classroom. Faculty met to brainstorm and discuss which students have, in their own unique way, gone above and beyond in contributing to the classroom environment. It was extremely touching to see some of the OS "unsung heroes" walk across the stage and be recognized for their efforts. Click here to view Academic Department Awards.
Finally, special awards were given to recognize other key aspects of successful boarding school life such as residential life, college counseling, admissions, and day student leadership. Click here to view awards winners.
The ceremony concluded with a special teacher award that went to English teacher Priscilla DiGalbo for her dedication and devotion to her students. While all of the students were delighted with their awards, none matched the surprised joy (and a tear or two) that was on Mrs. DiGalbo's face as she accepted the award.
As the audience drifted out of the theatre, you couldn't help but think, "I wonder who will be called up to the stage in Term II."My guess is that everyone left the ceremony a little more determined to strive for their personal best than when they entered.