Awards & Honors

Awards and honors for our students and faculty/staff can be found in the various category sections below and are added to all year long.  Here are some of last school year’s Awards and Honors as an example of how our students excel.


See below the photo gallery for Subject-Area Awards Categories.  More items added all through the year.

Cum Laude International Honor Society Recipients Announced! Wheeler has been a chapter member of this academic honor society since 1982. Congrats to this year’s honorees and to Performing Arts Department member Kristin Sprague for our keynote address.

This (Cum Laude Society) assembly is intended to recognize the achievements of a specific group of juniors and seniors who have excelled academically here at Wheeler. They have demonstrated respect and enjoyment for learning and good follow-through. They have made their classrooms more interesting by the types of questions they ask. They look beyond the surface of ideas to “why” and “how;” they want to understand. In addition, they have developed a passion and this area of interest makes a difference to them — whether that is French literature or drawing or AP Bio or Jazz performance. They have challenged themselves, and they have chosen courses not necessarily because they assumed they would get a good grade in it or because it looked good on a transcript, but because it stretched their ability to think and respond. However, to a greater degree, we want to recognize all students who work toward academic excellence, who enjoy learning and who believe that having a vital intellectual life makes a difference. Although the students we honor today are representative of this academic excellence, this spirit lies within all of us. As we honor the new inductees, we also want to recognize this spirit of excellence which we all share. 


Declan Allio

Anneke Cornelissen

Lucien Gaitskill

Nathan Haronian

Iman Khanbhai

Jamey Mayer

Mira Pensa

Isaiah Suchman

Eric Tang


Michael Barone

Katherine Chaltas

Chloe Guo

Sherry Huang

Richard Kang

Ella Pike

Gaurav Rathore

Zoe Rudolph-Larrea

Gabriella Streisand

2019-20 Awards

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Awards of a nature that do not fit in the categories below.

Cum Laude International Honor Society
Class of 2021

Declan Allio
Anneke Cornelissen
Lucien Gaitskill
Nathan Haronian
Iman Khanbhai
Jamey Mayer
Mira Pensa
Isaiah Suchman
Eric Tang

Class of 2020

Michael Barone
Katherine Chaltas
Chloe Guo
Sherry Huang
Richard Kang
Ella Pike
Gaurav Rathore
Zoe Rudolph-Larrea
Gabriella Streisand

Isaiah Suchman earned an Award of Excellence as “Judge Suchman” in the International Court of Justice.

National History Bee
Austin Nolan Bidwell who won last year’s Boston Regional (elementary division) won the Bridgeport regional for 2020
5th grader Gabe Oliva Booth placed 6th

School Spelling Bee Winner
Laila Muhanna, Winner
Philip Spradlin, 2nd
Selina Kao, 3rd
Kush Patel, LS High Score

2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
James Chivers (Mick)
Philip Cornelissen
Shivesh Mehrotra
Elisseos Papandonatos
Abigail Paull
Daniel Shimberg
Arvind Shridhar

United Way/Pop-Tarts Microgrant 2020
Junior Jane Josefowicz has won a $5,000 grant for her “Refugee Translation Assistance Project”

Model UN
Boston Invitational MUN
Alex Mirrer, Best Delegate Award as reporter for China Daily
Catherine Sawoski, Verbal Commendation as Food Service Director, Ad hoc Crisis Committee

2020 Nat Geo Bee
School Winner
6th Grader Philip Spradlin will advance to the State Bee in April.
7th Grader Seoyon Kim finished second.
Theo Carman
Kush Patel
Raahil Ganguly
Bobby Colbert-Muetterties
Austin Nolan Bidwell
Ty Scarcella
Cole Beattie
Anika Mehta
Sabi Gonzalez
Krish Devkota
Ella Harris
Victoria Spradlin

Brown Model UN Conference 2019
Our delegation was made up of 10 Freshmen, 3 Sophomores, 2 Juniors and for the second year running, we were able to sponsor one Classical student. Students tackled difficult and relevant topics such as refugee resettlement, the feminization of poverty, the privatization of space, rights of prisoners, and the moral and ethical complexities of human genome editing. Two veteran delegates were awarded prizes for exceptional work:
Madison McDougall was awarded a Verbal Commendation for her spirited portrayal of Jean Jacques Marat representing the Third Estate in the Estates General (1789) Joint Crisis Committee.
Isiaih Suchman was awarded a Best Delegate gavel for his work representing India in the UN Climate Change Conference (2020).

Harvey School Hall of Fame
Wheeler Science Faculty member Bob Schmidt has been inducted into the NY school’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his time as a teacher, department chair and athletics coach.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Philip Cornelissen
Delaney Foss
Chloe Guo
Elisseos Papandonatos
Arvind Shridhar
Brandon Zhang
Commended Students
Katherine Chaltas
Gabriel Insler
Shivesh Mehrotra
Alexandra Mirrer
Abigail Paull
Gavin Rardin
Daniel Shimberg

National Hispanic Recognition Program

Alex Hojman
Juan Sanchez-Ayesta


Winter Season Coaches Awards
Upper School


Girls Basketball — Jacqueline Faulise

Squash — Anna Alford, Ben Sapovits

Swimming — Molly Mungovan, Clark Telfeian

Boys Basketball — Jack Mancini

Indoor Track — Daniel Shimberg, Olivia Bush


Girls Basketball—Alex Mirrer

Squash — Camille Morocco, Stephan Bejger

Swimming — Leah Harrison-Lurie, Sam Block

Boys Basketball — Paul Eyo, Jake Faulise

Indoor Track — John Atanasoff, Anna Marston


Girls Basketball — Beyanca Guilme

Boys Basketball — Ben Stone, Grayson Sparr

Middle School Winter Season Awards


Girls Basketball  — Sadie Martiesian

Boys Basketball — Toby Pike

Swimming — Jackson Page


Girls Basketball  A—Nora Kiley; B—Luca Cook; C—Bridget Pearson

Boys Basketball     A—Jay Heller; B 1—Vijay Shah; B 2—Jack Beade; C—Jacob Sarkady

Swimming — Daisy Zhang and Michael Adelstein

Fall Season Coaches Awards

Boys Soccer: Taj Lessa, Ross Cornelissen
Cross Country: Nina Conklin, Nate Fogarty
Field Hockey: Olivia Bush (signed D1 Letter of Intent with Bucknell)
Girls Soccer: Jacqueline Faulise
Girls Tennis: Miranda Ye
Most Improved Award
Boys Soccer: Manolo Dal Bo’
Cross Country: Anna Marston, Noah Medina
Field Hockey: Sophie Blackman
Girls Soccer: Isabella Santana
Girls Tennis: Anna Alford
JV Most Improved Award
Boys Soccer: Will Augustyn
Field Hockey: Ella Woodward
Girls Soccer: Abby Tyrrell
Girls Tennis: Giselle Virga

Fall Middle School Coaches Award
Girls Soccer: Sadie Martiesian
Boys Soccer: Toby Pike
Field Hockey: Gabrielle Gamble Campopiano, Natalia Centofanti
Cross Country: Abby Butlin, Lucas Hurtado
Most Improved Award
Girls Soccer:Hailey Nickerson
Boys Soccer: Franklin Pizzarello (A Team), Tatsuya Bojarski (B Team), Will Munro (C Team)
Field Hockey: Nora Kiley (A Team), Emma Routhier (B Team)
Cross Country: Amelia Lynch, Yiuhon Chan, Selah Rust, Joey Macek

Heisman High School Scholarship
State Winner for Rhode Island
Philip Cornelissen

Fall Season League Awards

Girls Tennis
3rd place in RIIL Division 1 (Quarterfinal Round Playoffs)
1st Team All-State:
Anneke Cornelissen
Giuliana Mardo
Miranda Ye
1st Team All-Division:
Anneke Cornelissen
2nd Team All-Division:
Giuliana Mardo
Miranda Ye
Ada Bruno & Ellie Feldman
Team Sportsmanship Award:
Zeah Pivorunas

Boys Soccer
9th place in RIIL Division II (Preliminary Round Playoffs)
1st Team All-Division:
Travis Cobain
2nd Team All-Division:
Taj Lessa
3rd Team All-Division:
Ross Cornelissen

Girls Soccer
9th place in RIIL Division II (Quarterfinal Round Playoffs)

Field Hockey
1st place in RIIL Division II (State Finalist)
Player of the Year: Olivia Bush
1st team All-Division: Margot Bernardo, Olivia Bush, Annabella Clyne
2nd Team All-Division: Chloe Cazzani, Victoria Wassouf
Honorable Mention All-Division: Yasmine Mechrefe
All-Tournament Team: Margot Bernardo, Olivia Bush, Annabella Clyne
All-Academic Team: Olivia Bush, Maddie Lee, Yasmine Mechrefe, Molly O’Hara, Hannah Zevon

Girls Cross Country
4th place in Class C; State Qualifier


2018-19 RIIL Coach of the Year
Golf, Shane Drury, Wheeler School

2019-20 Season


At each tournament, the RI Forensics League recognizes some debaters for their outstanding performance.  Specifically, the top 25% of Novice teams and the top 25% of Varsity teams are recognized.  In addition, the top 25% of Novice debaters sorted by their individual scores and the top 25% of Varsity debaters sorted by their individual scores are also recognized.  Many times, there are ties in the scores, and so the choice of which debaters get “recognized” comes down to other tie-breaking categories, which sometimes works in the favor of debaters, and sometimes works against them. Coach Ange Strom-Weber

Mount Hope Tournament

Novice Individuals
90 novice debaters competed in this tournament, so the top 22 were recognized by the league.  From Wheeler:  15th place – Amol Rathore

We also had some high scoring individual rounds on the novice side; Amol Rathore had 27 in one of his rounds, and Sophia Blythe and Conner Olsen each earned scores of 28.  

Novice Teams
45 novice teams competed in this tournament, so the top 11 were recognized by the league. From Wheeler: 9th place – Amol Rathore & Sophia Blythe
5th place – Anna Marston & Audrey Lee

Varsity Individuals
92 varsity debaters competed in this tournament, so the top 23 were recognized by the league.  From Wheeler:
10th place – Alex Mirrer
9th place – Arvind Sridhar
2nd place – Eric Tang
1st place – Declan Allio

We had some very impressive high scores on the varsity team today.  Charlie Ragona and Gaurav Rathore each had a high score of 27.  Noah Medina, Arvind Sridhar and Anna Block each earned a high score of 28.   Declan Allio and Alex Mirrer each earned a high score of 29.  And Eric Tang pulled off the very rare perfect 30 in one of his rounds.  

Varsity Teams
46 varsity teams competed in this tournament, so the top 11 were recognized by the league.  From Wheeler:  7th place – Eric Tang & Noah Medina
5th place – Charlie Ragona & Arvind Sridhar
2nd place – Naomi Blank & Declan Allio


Hollins University, Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
Honorable Mention, Chantel Kardous

New England Young Writers’ Conference
Sally Beckett ’21 and Jillian Iredale ’22 were accepted into the 2020 New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf.

2019-20 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Declan Allio ‘21 — Gold Key — Critical Essay — “Review of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins”

Nicholas Avalos ‘21 — Gold Key — Flash Fiction — “Darkwood”

Nicholas Avalos ‘21 — Silver Key — Personal Essay & Memoir — “The Art of Performing”

Anneke Cornelissen ‘21 — Gold Key — Poetry — “Enough”

Anna Cornelissen ‘21 —  Gold Key — American Voices Nominee/Personal Essay & Memoir — “Peace Without Pretense” (one of only 5 students in this region nominated)

Sam Goldstein ‘21 — Gold Key — Dramatic Script — “An Unhappy Medium”

Jillian Iredale ‘22 — Gold Key — Science Fiction & Fantasy — “The Blue Hour”

Judy Liu ‘22 — Honorable Mention — Poetry — “Dragonfly”

Madison McDougall ‘21 –Gold Key — Poetry — “Ideal Memories are 3D”

Darshan Mehta ‘21 — Gold Key — Short Story — “Lemon Man”

Catherine Sawoski ‘20 — Gold Key — Poetry  — “Impressionism”


Wheeler had three mathletes in the top 8: Victoria Spradlin, William Bruno, and Josh Shin. Two of them (Josh 2nd overall and William 3rd overall) will comprise 50% of the Rhode Island team which will travel to the National Math Counts competition in April.

American Mathematics Competition
Congrats to our Gr. 6, 7 and 8 honorees.
Andrew Song, Gr. 8, School Winner, Honor Roll of Distinction, top 1% nationally
Josh Shin, Gr. 8, Gold
Philip Spradlin, Gr. 6, Tyler Wang, Gr. 8, William Bruno, Gr. 7 and Kelly Young, Gr. 8 all tied for Silver
Victoria Spradlin, Gr. 8 and Seoyon Kim, Gr. 7, tied for Bronze

RI Math League

After three meets, HALF of the top 10 high scorers thus far are Wheeler students. Wheeler stands at the top of the school list for independent, public and parochial schools competing.

Cumulative Top Scorers after Meet 3
Eric Tang #1, Daniel Shimberg #3, Harry Feng  tied for #5, Neil Panth #6 and Ayush Gupta tied for #7

New England Math League

  • #1 in Rhode Island
  • Top 20 in New England
  • Eric Tang tied for 10th place in New England after 3 rounds

Rhode Island Math League

After two meets, Wheeler’s team has a 16-point lead on its nearest opponent.  Of the 606 students competing, Wheeler has 6 in the top 12 scorers.

Cumulative high scorers to date:
Eric Tang, tied for 1st at 36
Neil Panth, 35
Harry Feng, 32
Ayush Gupta, 32
Daniel Shimberg, 31

The season has opened with Wheeler’s A Team taking a 14-point lead over its nearest opponent. Wheeler’s B Team, mostly 9th graders, also took first at the opening match.



International High School A Cappella Competition
Quarterfinal Best Soloist Award
Ben Thornton ’20

All-State Music Educator’s Awards
Wheeler is very proud of its musicians who ranked so highly among large public and other private schools. Bravo!

All-State Senior Division, Choral:
Henry Stanton #1 bass
Ben Thornton #2 bass
Maddie Lee #4 alto
Sally Beckett #26 soprano
Iris Cephas #30 alto

All-State Junior Division, Choral:
Audrey Lee #1 alto
Miranda Ye #7 alto
Claire Hagerty #22 soprano
Leenah Gibbs #23 alto

Senior Orchestra
Richard Kang #2, Strings – 1st Violin
Mia Shalansky #8, Strings-Viola
Henry Stanton #2, Jazz Piano
William Xia #12, Strings – 1st Violin
Lilie Young #5, Strings-2nd Violin

Junior Orchestra
Josh Shin #4 overall violin
Kelly Young #1 overall violin


Haunted Harmonies, Salem, MA

Haunted Harmonies is a one day A Cappella Festival in Salem, Massachusetts open by application to vocal groups of all ages, regions, level, and genres. The festival includes a competition and evening concert, masterclasses led by a cappella professionals, and the opportunity to busk in the crowded streets of Salem during the month of October.

This year, the 18Wheelers were honored to be selected to participate in this fun-filled event. Henry Stanton ’20 and Ben Thornton ’20 picked up the Vocal Chemistry award with their rendition of “Perfect World” by Allen Stone.



FTC FIRST Dean’s List
Lucien Gaitskell

Upper School Robotics, Qualifier for State Championships

// Results // 14th place robot challenge score 2nd place motivation award 2nd place Collins aerospace innovation award 3rd place Think award

National Envirothon 2019
As the Rhode Island State Champion, Wheeler’s team placed in the Top 20 (#19 out of 53 teams) at the national competition in North Carolina this summer.


 RI Scholastic Art Awards in Visual Arts
Congrats to these students! See examples of their artwork here.

Ada Bruno, Silver Key, Painting
Olivia Bush, Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass
Caroline Esposito, Silver Key, Art Portfolio
Delaney Foss, Gold Key, Art Portfolio
Chloe Guo, Silver Key, Art Portfolio
Chloe Guo, Gold Key, American Visions Nominee
Chloe Guo, Honorable Mention, Mixed Media
Caitlynna Jian, Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration
Caitlynna Jian, Silver Key, Painting
Sarah Lee, Honorable Mention, Painting
Yifei Liu, Honorable Mention, Mixed Media
Lucy Miller, Honorable Mention, Design
Ella Rudisill, Honorable Mention, Mixed Media
Gavin Steever, Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration
Gavin Steever, Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration
Genevieve Steever, Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration
Genevieve Steever, Silver Key, Painting
Genevieve Steever, Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration
Eric Tang, Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass


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