Twenty-Eight Baylor Students Named Cum Laude

Others Receive Honors During Awards Day

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In recognition of their outstanding scholastic achievement, 23 Baylor seniors and five juniors were honored as new members of Baylor's Cum Laude Society during the school’s annual Awards Day ceremony on Monday.

The 2014 inductees are seniors Harper Caswell, Jim Chen, Megan Daniel, Amedeo Giussani, Chandler Hinson, Kate Hubbs, Kate Kaufman, Annelise Kollevoll, Christine Lau, Sarah Long, Hayden Longley, Marko Mandic, Ellen Manson, Jordan McGuffee, Soha Noorani, Alec Parten, Ben Pettway, Luke Portera, David Rafique, Meghan Ray, Sierra Watkins, Georgia Wilson, and Zoey Zhang; and juniors Lucie Choi, Samuel Crowell, Colleen Guerry, Karen Wang, and Sean Zhang. 

The new members were welcomed by seniors Ashley Augustine, Sophia Conwell, Austin Ngo, Grace Petty, and Darby Schumacher, who were inducted last spring as juniors. 

Baylor honored eight of its outstanding student leaders with Leadership Awards that are the highest the school bestows at the school’s annual Awards Day ceremony on Monday. Recipients of these awards are selected by a vote of the faculty. 

The John Roy Baylor Award is presented to seniors who have contributed richly to the school both as citizens and scholars. Named for Baylor’s visionary founder and first headmaster, the John Roy Baylor Award for 2014 was presented to Ashley Augustine and Grace Petty. Ms. Augustine will attend Vanderbilt University, and Ms. Petty will attend Boston University. 

Ben Pettway is the winner of this year’s Alexander Guerry Award. Named for Baylor’s second headmaster, the award is presented to a senior who has contributed richly to the position of honor and right at Baylor.  Mr. Pettway will attend Wheaton College. 

The Herbert B. Barks, Sr., Award is presented to boarding students who have contributed richly to the spirit and quality of life of the residential program. This honor is named for Baylor’s third headmaster. The Class of 2014 honorees are Kate Hubbs, Chandler Hinson, and Aden George-Warren.  Ms. Hubbs is from Camden, Tenn. and lived in Lowrance Hall. She will attend the Wake Forest University.  Mr. George-Warren is from Rock Hill, S.C. and lived in Probasco Hall. He will attend George Washington University. A resident of Huntsville, Ala., Mr. Hinson lived in Harrison Hall. He will attend Georgetown University. 

The Herbert B. Barks, Jr., Award is presented to seniors who have contributed richly to the Baylor spirit. Dr. Barks was headmaster from 1971-88 and is remembered for his charismatic leadership and remarkable enthusiasm. This year’s honorees are Georgia Wilson and Patrick Oellerich. Ms. Wilson will attend the University of Georgia, and Mr. Oellerich will attend the University of Mississippi. 

The Hubert J. Stagmaier Award is given to outstanding all-around senior students. This year’s honorees are Trey Foshee, Kate Kaufman, Austin Ngo, Jordan McGuffee, and Sierra Watkins. Mr. Foshee and Mr. Ngo will attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Ms. Kaufman will attend the University of Virginia, Ms. McGuffee will attend Haverford College and Ms. Watkins will attend Barnard College. 

The Service To School Award is presented to seniors who have contributed richly to the school. This year, the award was given to Marko Mandic and Devyn Johnson. Mandic will Pamona College, and Johnson will attend Northwestern University. 

The Michelle Kadrie Award is given to a senior who combines a strong desire to do his/her personal best in school activities with a caring attitude toward others. The year’s Kadrie Awards are Hayden Longley, Jordan Snetman, and Salik Sohani. Longley will attend Rhodes College, Snetman will attend Elon University, and Sohani will attend New York University. 

The Faculty Commendation Award is determined by a vote of the faculty to seniors who deserve special commendation. This award is given only in years the faculty feels the need for it. This year’s winners are Christine Lau and Darby Schumacher. Schumacher will attend Stanford University, and Lau will attend the University of Indiana, Bloomington. 

The O.B. Andrews Awards , presented each year to the male and female students judged as the best all-around seniors by the vote of the Upper School student body, were given to Sarah Long and Marko Mandic. Ms. Long will attend James Madison University, and Mr. Mandic will attend Pomona College. 

The Jumonville Awards are given to the best all-around male and female juniors as determined by a vote of Upper School students. They were presented to Stewie Austin and Haydon Tucker.



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