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Westlake Holds Underclassmen Awards Ceremony

The English Department was awarded for distinguished performance at the 15th annual Poetry Live, a celebration of young poets.
The English Department was awarded for distinguished performance at the 15th annual Poetry Live, a celebration of young poets. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westlake High School held its annual Underclassmen Awards on May 31 in the school auditorium.

Underclassmen Awards Night is a tradition at the high school and recognizes the hard work and volunteerism of students in grades nine to 11. For each grade level subject, one student is chosen for his or her outstanding achievement and one for outstanding effort, recognizing both aptitude and determination.

The Columbia University Book Award for outstanding academic achievement with an inclination toward research was awarded to Peter Psaltakis. The Harvard-Radcliffe Book Award for “excellence in scholarship and commitment to high moral character” went to Ryan Stasolla.

Rochester Institute of Technology granted four scholarships of $24,000 each. The RIT Award in Computing for distinguishing academics, being active members of their school and community and demonstrating interest and ability in computing went to Meenu Mundackal and David DeLoughry.

The RIT Innovation and Creativity Medal and Scholarship carries the same criteria for students who demonstrate interest and ability in creativity. Brian Bennett and Deanna Forella were the recipients.

The Saint Michael’s College Book Award is given to a junior who embodies their vision of serving others and acting with a social conscience. The recipients are eligible for a potential full-tuition scholarship if they choose to apply and attend. Awardees were Blerina Verzivolli and Aidan Glendon.

The Wellesley Book Award honors young women who have been top scholars in high school and engaged in extracurricular areas. Julia O’Connell received this award.

The Wells College Award honors a junior for “commitment to academic achievement” while acting as a leader among his or her peers. Leadership, whether in the classroom, in clubs or on the athletic fields is a trait that the college looks for in its applicants. This year’s recipient, Angela Mangione, will receive $40,000 over four years if she chooses to apply and attend Wells College.

Each year the Thornwood American Legion sponsors service-oriented and civic-minded young men and women in the 11th grade to attend the annual Boys and Girls State Conference. Aidan Glendon and Peter Vogel were selected to attend Boys State and Jessica Kaplan will attend Girls State.

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