8th Grade Promotion
Congratulations to the 66 members of the Class of 2016 who were promoted from the Middle School on Thursday, June 7. "While this class is a study in contrasts, each and every student has made a contribution to life in the Middle School. I am confident that they will all make a smooth transition to the Upper School," reflected Middle School Head Dr. Gray Smith.
Academic and recognition awards were presented prior to each student receiving his/her promotion certificate during the special final assembly. Students and their families and guests then enjoyed a punch and cookie reception on the lawn outside McCleary Student Center.
10 members of the Class represent Severn legacies, the second or even third generation to attend the School. Originally from 23 elementary school, 35 members of the Class of 2016 are siblings of other Severn students.
Fine Arts Awards
The Fine Arts Awards are given to the students who have demonstrated the most active interests in:
- Drama – McKaila Burton and Stephen Duncan
- Dance – Maddie Angelino
- 3D Art – Danny Peelish and Archer Willauer
- 2D Art – Hannah Maisano and Tricia Oxford
- Chorus – McKaila Burton and Eric Hall
- Guitar – Emily Outland and Collin Wolfe
- Piano – John Butler and Zachary Rosen
- Music – Maxwell Code, Kevin Dennin and Elliot Zoellner
Foreign Language Awards
The Middle School Language Awards are presented to the eighth grade students who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge of and appreciation for the languages they are studying.
- Latin I8 – Jack Elstner and Cece Lasley
- French I8 – Neel Lakhanpal
- Spanish I8 – Zachary Rosen
The Mathematics Award is presented to the students who have demonstrated the most active interest and appreciation for mathematics.
- Stephen Duncan and Archer Willauer
The Science Award is presented to the student who has demonstrated the most active interest and appreciation for science.
The Middle School History Award is given to the students who have actively demonstrated the most interest in and appreciation for ancient peoples and diverse belief systems.
- Maxwell Code and Tricia Oxford
The Technology Award is given to the student who has actively demonstrated the most interest in and appreciation for technology.
Drama Tech Awards
The Drama Tech Award recognizes the students who have worked behind the scenes to ensure the middle school productions run as seamlessly as possible. These are students who voluntarily take an active interest in Severn's Theater program.
- Cece Lasley and Tricia Oxford
Perfect Attendance Awards
The Perfect attendance award is given to 8th grade students who have not missed any school days for one of their years in the Middle School. Certificate for perfect attendance for one year is given to:
- Eddie Albers
- Christina Lefebvre
- John Butler
- Hannah Maisano
- Abbey Dengler
- Erica Mott
- Timothy Dennin
- Devin Munroe
- Jack Elstner
- Michael Reale
- Cece Lasley
- Ricky Treanor
Certificate for perfect attendance for two years is given to:
Certificate for perfect attendance for three years is given to:
The Effort Award is given to the student who has demonstrated consistent effort in all subject areas for the school year.
School Spirit Award
The School Spirit Award is presented to the student who has contributed to Severn through participation in, and attitude toward the school, its people, life and spirit. This award is special because the student is chosen by the 8th grade class.
These awards are given to the boy and girl who demonstrate the qualities of character, conduct, cooperation, loyalty and faithfulness during practices and athletic contests.
- Stephen Duncan and Devin Munroe
Physical Fitness Awards
Recipients of the Physical Fitness Awards should exhibit a combination of physical and behavioral attributes. These attributes include high levels of physical fitness, active participation in class, optimum effort in activities, demonstration of leadership qualities and have positive attitudes.
- Maddie McDaniel and Hunter Tyler
The Dolores Clark Writing Award
The writing award is presented to the students who demonstrate an exceptional facility for the written language, who regards writing as a craft and an art, who exhibits a willingness to experiment with form and content, and who actively seeks outlets for creative written expression both within and without the English classroom.
- Jack Elstner and Cece Lasley
Schwefel Memorial Citizenship Award
Mrs. Charles Robert Schwefel dedicated an award in memory of her husband who graduated from Severn in 1949 and died in 1954. It was Mrs. Schwefel's request that the award be presented annually for outstanding citizenship in the Middle School. The recipient of this award is selected by the Middle School faculty. The award is presented to the Middle School student who exhibits the qualities of loyalty, cooperation, school spirit and a general positive attitude toward academics and extracurricular activities.
The Middle School Scholarship Award is presented to the member of the 8th grade with the highest general average. There is a plaque in the Middle School foyer which lists the recipients of this award since 1958. The following student’s name will be placed on the plaque to commemorate their achievement in the 2011-2012 academic year:
The Principal's Award is given by the Middle School Head to the eighth grader for his personal growth, maturity, dependability and integrity while in the Middle School.
Community Service Awards
The Community Service Award is given to the students who embodied the spirit of community service and cheerfully gave fully to the organizations involved.
- Audrey Cortes and Emma Hamilton
Laura Kang Outstanding Middle School Teacher Award
This award was established to recognize and reward quality teaching in the Middle School.
Faculty Appreciation Award
The Faculty Appreciation Award is given to the Faculty member who through outstanding involvement, leadership, friendship and moral support best embodies the spirit of the school and who the graduating class believes to have been the best influence on their development over their years at Severn.