Bedford High School’s Senior Awards night recognized both academic and community achievements for the Class of 2014.
Massachusetts Superintendent’s Academic Award
Presented by Dr. Henry Turner, Principal
The recipient of this award is a student who demonstrates outstanding all-around academic achievement.
2014 Recipients: Maya Biswas and Katherine Johnson
Presented by Diane Ryan, Program Director
The recipients of this award achieved MCAS scores in the top 25% for Bedford Public Schools. The Adams Award carries with it a tuition waiver for 8 semesters at any Massachusetts state college or university.
2014 Recipients: Ryan Abele, Victoria Barry, Hayley Bauer, Maya Biswas, Joshua Blakeley, Samuel Bradford, Cydni Burton, Nicholas Chapman, Pei-Yun Chu, Emily Clark, Justin Cordero, William Corey, Samantha Cowan, Lindsey Currier, Mara Duca, Madeline Dunn, Daniel Fay, Ethan Fine, Patricia Gavelek, Martin Goldschmidt, Tess Gong, Philip Harrison, Catherine Hayes, Stephanie Hills, Sean Hines, Alec Hoyland, Ronia Hurwitz, Katherine Johnson, Chris Khoury, Hannah Kinch, Daniel Klein, Rebecca Klein, Thomas Lee, Kevin Li, Brenton Lussier, Rebecca McDermott, Michaele McGregor, Remy Nikka, Ogochukwu Nwodoh, Wesley Osborne, Hannah Pamer, Eyasha Pandey, Kira Perzel Mandell, Mariya Pominova, Maria Ren, Margaret Rubin, Aishwarya Shah, Michaela Simoneau, Miranda Skurla, Milika Sud, Jeffrey Taylor, Eva Ugelow, Natalie Vatcher, Jason Wang, Chely Watson-Badell, and Allister Williams.
Presented by Rich Carson, Program Director
Aerospace Science Honor Award – The recipient of this award has attained academic and mil itary excellence as well as demonstrated positive personal attributes. This student has not only been an active supporter of all JROTC extracurricular activities this school year, but has also maintained the highest academic average in his or her class and is someone we are very proud to have in our program.
2014 Recipient: Austin Santamaria
Presented by Aleta Devaney, Program Director
Art Department Honor Award – The Art Department is pleased to recognize an outstanding senior art student for consistently demonstrating excellence in the technical development and the expression of exemplary aesthetic values in the creation of original visual artwork.
2014 Recipient: Natalia Soares
Dedication & Commitment Award – The recipient of this award is a senior art student who has exhibited exemplary qualities in performance and behavior through a strong work ethic, mature attitude and love for the practice of creating visual artwork.
2014 Recipient: Hayley Bauer
Presented by Mary Lou Sallee, Program Administrator
English Honor Award – Each year, the English Department recognizes an outstanding senior who has demonstrated academic excellence, curiosity, and a love of literature. This student has proven to be a reflective, critical, and creative writer and thinker through all four years of high school.
2014 Recipient: Miranda Skurla
Dedication and Commitment Award – This award is given to one student in each grade who best exemplifies curiosity, insight, resilience, and commitment to the study of English literature and language.·
2014 Recipient: Joshua Blakeley
Drama Award – The English Department recognizes each year a senior who has shown dedication and commitment to the study and art of Drama, demonstrated through participation and leadership within the Advanced Drama course, in particular the annual Shakespeare Festival.
2014 Recipient: Hayley Bauer
Creative Writing– The English Department is pleased to recognize a senior who has demonstrated exceptional craftsmanship in creative writing, both in coursework and in contributions to Stylus, the school’s literary magazine.
2014 Recipient: Ashley Sarra
Presented by Kim Alexander
Foreign Language Honor Award – The recipient of this award has achieved the most advanced levels of proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and understanding one or more foreign languages. The department also considers the student’s passion for the study of foreign languages, appreciation of other cultures and commitment to using the target language.
2014 Recipients: Spanish – Miranda Skurla; French – Kira Perzel Mandell; Latin – Maria Ren; and Department – Alec Hoyland
Dedication & Commitment Award – The recipient of this award demonstrates exceptional initiative, enthusiasm, improvement, service, citizenship and passion for the language.
2014 Recipient: Giana Ogletree
Presented by Christine Larimore
Mathematics Honor Award – The recipient has proficiencies in adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. They have a habitual inclination to see math as sensible, useful, and worthwhile.
2014 Recipient: Maria Ren
Mathematics Dedication and Commitment – The recipient best exemplifies a strong work eth ic, positive attitude, determination, and willingness to help others.
2014 Recipient: Stephanie Hills
Computer Science Award – The Computer Science award is given to a graduating senior who has not only taken advantage of many of these courses and competitions, hut has achieved excellence every step of the way. The recipient also helped new students and supported the staff by helping to manage machines, test new software, and explore new materials for future coursework.
2014 Recipient: Ethan Fine
Business Education Honor Award – The recipient of this award best typifies excellence and/or improvement in her academic endeavors based upon the following criteria: self-discipline, growth, perceptiveness, awareness, breadth of knowledge, and imagination.
2014 Recipient: Joshua Blakely
Presented by Nicole O’Toole, Program Director
Music Honor Award – The recipient of this award demonstrates excellence not only in music performance but also in their participation during class and extra curricular department activities.
2014 Recipient: Natalie Vatcher
Presented by Jackie Supprise, Program Director
Health and Physical Education Honor Award – The recipient of this award is recognized for their commitment to wellness. They have demonstrated this commitment through enthusiastic participation, leadership and cooperation in the gymnasium, classroom or on the dance floor.
2014 Recipients: Hunter Gosney and Kaitlin Buccolo
Family and Consumer Science Honor Award – The recipient of this award best exemplifies tbe qualities of initiative, self-motivation, performance, cooperation, attitude, and responsibility.
2014 Recipient: Raymond Brewton
Dedication and Commitment Award – This award is being given to the senior that has shown the most improvement in effort, enthusiasm, initiative, and competence over the past three years in our Family and Consumer Sciences courses.
2014 Recipient: Lauren Johnson
Presented by Michael Griffin
Science Honor Award – The Recipient exemplifies the spirit and curiosity of science, demonstrates a firm understanding of science, a willingness to help others, and involvement in science that goes beyond the school day. They have maintained high academic rigor and excellence in the science courses chosen.
2014 Recipient: Lindsey Currier
Dedication and Commitment Award – This Award is presented to students who in the opinion of their teachers maximize their own potential and the potential of others through their interest, curiosity, effort, and skills in science.
2014 Recipient: Hannah Pamer
Technical Education Honor Award – The Technology Education Department Award is presented to the outstanding senior who best exemplifies the qualities of: initiative, self motivation, performance, cooperation, workmanship, attitude, and responsibility.
2014 Recipient: Christopher Iwany
Society of Women Engineers – The recipient of this award is given highest honors for her dedication to Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.
2014 Recipient: Patricia Gavelek
Robotics Award – The recipient has dedicated four years to promoting and demonstrating professional graciousness through their work in FIRST Robotics.
2014 Recipient: Ronia Hurwitz
Environmental Award – The recipient has demonstrated an interest in recycling and sustainability. The award is sponsored by Republic Services through the Department of Public Works and comes with a $1000 scholarship.
2014 Recipient: Noel Zamot
NEST MIT Book Award – The NEST is an international organization of science, mathematics, and technology teachers who are supported by the Council on Primary and Secondary Education at MIT. The recipient of this award has shown interest in and a commitment to science beyond the classroom. They are recognized for what they have accomplished and their future potential.
2014 Recipient: Akhileshwar Borra
Presented by Christine Butler
Social Studies Honor Award – The recipient of this award demonstrates initiative and academic excellence in the most rigorous course(s) in the department. The recipient’s contributions to class discussions enrich his or her classmates’ learning as well.
2014 Recipient: Ronia Hurwitz
Dedication & Commitment Award – The recipient of this award demonstrates initiative and intellectual growth, The quality of work demonstrates the recipient’s passion for and commitment to growing as a learner in the subject of Social Studies. The recipient’s contributions to class discussions enrich his or her classmates’ learning as well.
2014 Recipient: Sadida Harris Caralho
Daughters of the American Revolution History Scholar Award – The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. This award is presented by the Old Concord Chapter of the DAR to an outstanding American history student at Bedford High School.
2014 Recipient: Tess Gong
Louise S. Davis Award – Louise S. Davis started teaching at the middle school in 1953, then came to the high school in 1959. In 1963, she became Chairperson of the Social Studies Department and retired in 1973. This award is presented to a student who is a contributing school citizen, and one who exemplifies the qnalities of outstanding leadership and character during his or her years at Bedford High School.
2014 Recipient: Pei-Yun Chu
Senior Athletic Awards – Sponsored by the Bedford Athletic Association
Presented by Keith Mangan, Athletic Director
DCL Sportsmanship Award – This award is given to athletes from each DCL School who best represents the characteristics and qualities of Sportsmanship.
2014 Recipient: Lauren Johnson
Buccaneer Award – This award is given to one male and one female athlete who have both participated in athletics throughout high school and have encouraged and supported their teammates and put the team ahead of themselves.
2014 Recipients: Stephen Frazier and Miranda Skurla
Ned Spellman Memorial Award – This award is given annually to the outstanding Male and Female athletes in memory of Ned Spellman, who was a dedicated supporter of Bedford High School Athletics
2014 Recipients: Olan Abner, Samantha Cowen, and Michael Dushman
Buc Club – This award is given to student athletes that have lettered a minimum of twice in their four years at BHS.
2014 Recipients: Olan Abner, Samantha Cowen and Michael Dushman
Jay R. Porter Memorial Award – This award is given in memory of Jay F. Porter. Jay Porter, as a member of the Class of 1970, was a recipient of both the Bedford High School Most Outstanding Student Athlete and the Bedford Lions Club Outstanding Athlete Award. This award is given to a student who best exemplifies the interests and desires that Jay had in distinguishing himself through various athletic and scholastic achievements.
2014 Recipient: Samuel Bradford
The Helen Gfroerer Scholar Athlete Award – This award is given annually to a member of the senior class who has distinguished her and/or herself in academics and athletics. The award is given in honor of Ms. G for her many years of dedicated service as a teacher and coach at Bedford High School.
2014 Recipient: Maya Biswas
Senior Special Honor Awards
Presented by Kate Boynton and Kristen Vogel, Assistant Principals
Ann Milligan Memorial Award – Ann Milligan served as a secretary in the main office of Bedford High School. In the 2011 yearbook dedication, Superintendent Sills stated, “She knew virtually every student’s name, and their knowing that she knew made their interaction with the office especially personal.” He describes her as “a woman of immeasurable honesty, caring and integrity.” This award is given to a student whose indomitable spirit, kindness and service to Bedford High School exemplifies Mrs. Milligan ‘s many strengths.
2014 Recipient: Catherine Danato
Paula Verrier Award – Paula Verrier served the Bedford Public Schools for 36 years as a teacher, coach, and class advisor. The Paula Verrier Award is presented to a student who inspiringly exemplifies the commitment to learning, school spirit and service that Ms. Verrier demonstrated throughout her career.
2014 Recipients: Joseph Neveux & Marlena Simoneau
Martha Hoo Award – The Martha Hoo Award is given in honor of Martha Hoo’s 18 years of service as a member of the Bedford School Committee to a senior who exemplifies Mrs. Hoo’s respect for cultural diversity, love of learning, and constructive leadership.
2014 Recipient: Leah Choquette
Jake and Maureen Sullivan Award – Jake Sullivan and Maureen Sullivan taught in the Social Studies and English Departments, respectively. Together, they share 59 years of inspiring Bedford High School students to ask questions, think deeply and appreciate the rich diversity and compelling commonality of the human experience. This award is presented to a student who has exceptional global insight and a strong interest in human rights.
2014 Recipient: Sarah Regan
Karen Frank Award: Generosity of Spirit – The Karen Frank award is given this year in honor of Ms. Karen Frank whose work at Bedford High School has touched the hearts of innumerable students. She is known for her generosity of spirit and her belief in the goodness and dignity of all students.
2014 Recipient: Bennet Driscoll
Kevin Connolly Award – The Kevin Connolly Award is given to a student who has inspired others by their perseverance and kindness to others.
2014 Recipients: Nicole Battaglia, Robert McDonald
National Honor Society Service Award
This service award is given to the member of the National Honor Society who best exemplifies the four qualities demonstrated by its members: scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
2014 Recipient: Katherine Johnson
Hall of Fame Awards
The Hall of Fame Awards is presented to seniors with a (Simple) GPA of 90 or above for their academic career.
2014 Recipients: Ryan Abele, Victoria Barry, Hayley Bauer, Maya Biswas, Ryamond Brewton, Nicholas Chapman, Nicole Charette, Pei-Yun Chu, Sierra Cossingham, Samantha Cowan, Lindsey Currier, Samantha Downes, Madeline Dunn, Stephen Frazier, Patricia Gavelek, Martin Goldschmidt, Tess Gong, Adrian Hale, Julie Hamilton, Catherine Hayes, Robert Hildreth, Stephanie Hills, Sean Hines, Ronia Hurwitz, Katherine Johnson, Daniel Klein, Rebecca Klein, Derek Koundakjian, Brenton Lussier, Andrea Marchesini, Michaele McGregor, Jacqueline Nguyen, Remy Nikka, Ogochukwu Nwodoh, Hannah Pamer, Eysha Pandey, Kira Perzel Mandell, Kritameth Pongcheewin, Maria Ren, Margaret Rubin, Austin Santamaria, Michaela Simoneau, Miranda Skurla, Jin-Woo Song, Malika Sud, Jeffrey Taylor, Eva Ugelow, Natalie Vatcher, Jason Wang, and Chely Watson-Badell.