Honoring Excellence: Students Receive Academic and Pillar Awards – 2018

High School Pillar Awards

Mount Madonna School has continued the tradition started in 2013, of presenting awards to students in middle and high school whose achievement in one of the areas of our school’s “Three Pillars” – Academic Excellence, Creative Self-Expression and Positive Character Development – was outstanding. These three areas are equally important to success at Mount Madonna School – and, indeed, in the world.

The students who received these awards are the following:

Academic Achievement

Showing outstanding critical thinking and writing skills, thoughtful self-expression, and honest reflection as part of the learning process; with a personal commitment to learning that balances both comprehensive understanding and in-depth inquiry in multiple disciplines.

  • Indigo Kelly, 12th
  • Noah Kaplan, 11th
  • Noah Tervalon, 10th
  • Nadia Rassech, 9th

Creative Self-Expression

Immersing him/herself in the creative process that includes cognitive learning, teamwork, direct experience, reflection and mutual appreciation; creatively expressing him/herself in all academic coursework; experiencing the creative process such that the student overcomes perceived limitations and intuitive intelligence emerges; valuing the collaborative process where individual effort and a willingness to sacrifice for the greater whole result in an inspiring and fulfilling experience.

  • William Murphy, 12th
  • Mara Peruzzi, 11th
  • Connor Murphy, 10th
  • Amitabh Bharghavan, 9th

Positive Character Development

Reflecting positive ways of dealing with whatever situation is confronting him/her; dedicated to a spirit of non-harming, cooperation and respectful relationships; striving to realize positive values such as compassion, honesty, cooperation, fairness, dedication and human decency in his/her daily lives; taking initiative to lead and to serve, take responsibility, acquire self-discipline; and to care for others.

  • Zachary Clark, 12th
  • Priyanka Bharghavan, 11th
  • Aaron Saavedra, 10th
  • Kira Kaplan, 9th

High School Academic Excellence Awards for 2018

  • Algebra II: Violet Forbes
  • Algebra II Honors: Sam Caudill and Sara Vince
  • AP Calculus AB: Priyanka Bharghavan and Noah Kaplan
  • AP Calculus BC: Carl Ward
  • AP English Literature: Mara Peruzzi, Noah Kaplan and Priyanka Bharghavan
  • AP Government and Politics, Comparative: Priyanka Bharghavan, Noah Kaplan and Luca Peruzzi
  • AP Government and Politics, United States: Priyanka Bharghavan, Noah Kaplan and Luca Peruzzi
  • AP Physics Mechanics: Lucas Caudill
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture: Priyanka Bharghavan and Noah Kaplan
  • AP Statistics: Emily Villareal
  • Biology Honors: Priyanka Bharghavan and Noah Kaplan
  • Chemistry: Cecilia Rothman-Salado
  • Chemistry Honors: AnMei Dasbach-Prisk
  • Creative Writing 12: Zac Clark, Indigo Kelly and Will Murphy
  • English 12 Honors: Indigo Kelly and Will Murphy
  • English 10 Honors: AnMei Dasbach and Noah Tervalon
  • English 9: Kira Kaplan and Nadia Rassech
  • Geometry: Rowan Davenport-Smith
  • Green Up and Go: Aria Huth
  • Marine Biology: Kira Kaplan and Nadia Rassech
  • Oceanography: Haley Kerr and Noah Tervalon
  • Performing Arts II: Noah Tervalon
  • Performing Arts III: Cecilia Rothman-Salado, Priyanka Bharghavan and Noah Kaplan
  • Performing Arts IV: Carl Ward and Indigo Kelly
  • Pre Calculus Honors: Noah Tervalon
  • Science with Humanity: Emily Villareal
  • Spanish I: Kahlan Tervalon
  • Spanish I Honors: Kira Kaplan
  • Spanish II: Tabitha Hardin-Zollo
  • Spanish II Honors: Haley Kerr
  • Spanish III: Mara Peruzzi
  • Spanish IV: Lucas Caudill
  • Storytelling: Zac Clark
  • U.S. History Honors: Tabitha Hardin-Zollo, Haley Kerr, Noah Tervalon
  • Women’s History 9: Kira Kaplan, Nadia Rassech

Middle School Awards

Seva Award

Selfless service, or Seva, is a service performed without expectation of result or award.  We, your classmates and teachers, recognize that you have performed either consistent or exceptional acts of selfless service towards your classmates, teachers, school, community, society, or towards the sustaining of the natural environment for future generations.

  • 6th grade- Bridget Smith
  • 7th grade- Sam Kaplan
  • 8th grade- Liana Kitchel

Satya Award

Satya is the Sanskrit word for truth. It also refers to being truthful in one’s thought, speech and action. Satya is virtuous restraint from falsehood and distortion of reality in one’s expressions and actions. By conferring this award, the middle school faculty commends your honesty, steadfast trueness to self, and engaged presence in the classroom.

  • 6th grade- Wyatt Erbe, Erik Howley
  • 7th grade- Anna Shelton, Eve WIllis
  • 8th grade- Alyssa Manzur