The awarding of prizes and awards to students who have achieved excellence in academics, athletics, and citizenship is a long-standing Northwood tradition that was again observed this year.
From the Innovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship Prize, given to a student whose curiosity, creative problem solving, and teamwork helped advance the development and growth of the IEE program; to the Northwood Award, given to the senior who has shown through influence, character, and service to be the outstanding citizen of the school community, embodying our highest ideals and offering a consistent willingness to work for the betterment of his/her classmates and school, student leaders received much-deserved recognition.
The complete list of awards follows:
LINDA FRIEDLANDER AWARD
This plaque is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in academics and in women’s sports. The recipients are chosen for their accomplishments and enthusiasm in developing both their intellectual and physical beings.
TIM HYDE HOCKEY AWARD
This is an award given each year by Mr. & Mrs. F. Stillman Hyde and family, in loving memory of Tim Hyde, who graduated from Northwood in 1962. It is given to the hockey player who, in the opinion of the coaches, best exemplifies Tim Hyde’s love of the game and his “never quit” attitude, no matter how stiff the opposition.
CHARLES HOLT HOCKEY AWARD
Charlie Holt served as a teacher and coach at Northwood School from 1955 to 1962. After Northwood, Charlie was hockey coach at Colby College and the University of New Hampshire. Considered one of the “true gentlemen” of the game, Charlie Holt embodied the best qualities the game has to offer. A plaque is awarded annually by Northwood School to the members of the boys and girls hockey squads who have shown the best sportsmanship in practice and in games.
Natalie Zarcone James Schneid
MALCOLM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
The permanent trophy was given by the late Herbert L. Malcolm, former Headmaster of the Lake Placid School now Northwood School, and the individual plaque is awarded each year to the male and female students who, in the opinion of the faculty Athletic Committee, have shown the best sportsmanship in athletics throughout the year. The award recognizes qualities of character that enhance the excellence of the teams on which the individuals participate and that reflects positively on Northwood as an institution during athletic competition.
Ean Malay Georgia Bailey
MARK “DILL” DRISCOLL SKI AWARD
Mark Driscoll, Class of 1970, was the complete skier, competing in cross-country, jumping, and alpine events. His legacy is one of extraordinary enthusiasm and dedication. As an athlete, a student, and a student leader, Dill was one of the school’s most positively influential characters. The school named the premier ski team award in his honor.
TIM SMYTHE AWARD
This award is given to the student athlete of the North Country who best displays Tim Smythe’s leadership and courage and who inspires their teammates to rise to any challenge.
WARREN WITHERELL SOCCER AWARD
The Warren Witherell Award is the top award given to a member of the soccer program. Like Mr. Witherell, the recipient of this award has consistently represented Northwood and the program in the finest manner possible as an athlete, student, community member, and leader. This player embodies the full spirit of the Northwood community and the soccer program and has consistently endeavored to improve himself while always setting the highest standard possible for his teammates and classmates to follow.
The English award goes to a student for whom literature is a passport to all lands and ages, and for whom writing is an opportunity to convey worthy ideas with passion and grace.
The Science award is given to a senior who has demonstrated both interest and achievement in the field of science. This student has a strong desire to understand scientific concepts and has an inquisitive mind. In addition, this student thinks about the topics beyond the scope of the classroom and completes every assignment with diligence and effort.
Lok To Jeremy Tsang
The Mathematics award is made to a student who combines talent with hard work, and whose curiosity and creative thinking provide a lively model for maximizing learning in mathematics.
SOCIAL SCIENCE PRIZE
The Social Science award is presented for excellence in the appreciation and understanding of issues in the Social Sciences.
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PRIZES
Creativity, passion, energy, and a zest for artistic excellence are qualities that describe the recipients of these awards.
FOR VISUAL ARTS: Giordan Gulati
FOR PERFORMING ARTS: Jillian Clark
WORLD LANGUAGE PRIZE
The Language prize is awarded to the student who passionately pursues skill in the speaking, reading, and writing of a foreign language. This year’s recipients are:
For French - Camden Abel
For Spanish - Rafael Borlido
ENGLISH LEARNER PRIZE
The English Learner Prize is given to a senior who has, through engagement in the Northwood Community, demonstrated an increased mastery of the English language.
INNOVATION, ENGINEERING & ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRIZE
This prize, given to a student for whose curiosity, creative problem solving, and teamwork helped advance the development and growth of the IEE program.
DEO B. COLBURN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The Deo B. Colburn scholarships are awarded to students of Essex and Franklin counties who have demonstrated good scholarship and strong character during their years in secondary school. The grants come from the foundation established by Mr. Colburn, Northwood’s long-time neighbor.
Jillian Clark Maisie Crane Finley Donahue
Sophia Kelting Bella Wissler
Brian Lilly Entrepreneurial Studies Prizes:
Brian Lilly, a Northwood graduate of the Class of 1985 and current member of the Northwood School Board of Trustees, is the CEO of Lilly Broadcasting, which boasts multiple television and radio stations, a cable network, and digital platforms in the U.S. and the Caribbean. His passion for entrepreneurship helped to bring the Innovation Hub at Northwood School to fruition, and he has sponsored a series of prizes for ten years to encourage and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs at his alma mater.
The Startup Prize. This $2,500 prize is given to help a student take their business idea from a theoretical model to an actual startup. Presented to JACKSON SMITH and his company, Wake Solutions Co., and his Rider Reel.
Best Pitch Prize. This $2,000 prize is given to the student who produced the best entrepreneurial pitch during the academic year, showcasing their writing, editing and technological aptitude. Presented to JOEY WINTHROP for his Winthrop Fishing co-pitch.
The Expansive Thinking Prize. This $2,000 prize is given to the student who best exhibited expansive thinking, that is, thinking that moves one beyond their immediate personal context to allow them to look at a problem from different perspectives and explore different possibilities. This year’s prize is presented to EAN MALAY and his idea to create a coffee aroma alarm clock called Clear Wake.
The Angle Investing Prizes. These two $1,750 prizes are given to the students who are committed to be an entrepreneur and their current project. The prize is intended to be seed money to help them take their idea to the next level. This year’s winners are: PEDRO GONZALEZ GONZALO for his development of a smart ski technology, and MARKUS SUMI for this “Protein Boosters”.
THE IRA A. FLINNER AWARD
Ira Flinner served Northwood School as its headmaster from 1926 to 1951. During his long and legendary service, he fostered excellence in academics and character. His influence is with us today, and it lives on through the achievement of this year’s recipients of the Ira A. Flinner Award.
THE HARRY MacDONALD AWARD
Harry MacDonald served behind the scenes at Northwood School for thirty years. The award in his name honors students for whom giving is more important than receiving and who put the greater good in front of his or her own interests.
Natalie Zarcone Junior Happi
LUSSI FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
A $4,000 Scholarship, $1000 per year for four years, is awarded to a student who has achieved outstanding performance in academics, demonstrated excellence and achievement in a co- or extra-curricular activity, and who is attending a four-year college or university next year.
THE ANNE EDWARDS AWARD
There's an essence to Northwood School that cannot be put into words. Instead, it shows itself in the actions and character of its community. For thirty-four years, no one displayed this essence better than Anne Edwards. Inspiring community service, offering a maternal shoulder to students in need, even teaching hockey players to knit, Annie wasn't just an instructor. She was a living personification of the school itself. This year's award goes to those students who, like Annie Edwards, understood and fully lived the Northwood experience.
THE JUDITH K. GOOD STUDENT COUNCIL AWARD
The Judith K. Good Student Council Award is given in honor of Mrs. Judith Good, who served the Lake Placid community as a mediator and conflict resolution specialist for more than twenty years. The recipient is chosen and the award is given by students themselves in recognition of the qualities of character they see, knowing that student better than any faculty member possibly could.
URFIRER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This plaque is awarded annually to a member of the Senior Class who, over their last three years at Northwood, has shown the greatest academic growth through their hard work and determination to succeed. The award is given in memory of Mr. Roland Urfirer of Lake Placid, who served on the school’s Board of Trustees from 1973 to 2014.
THE DON MELLOR AWARD
The Don Mellor award goes to that student whose participation in outdoor activities embodies Don’s love of our Adirondack environment, his determination to push himself and others to expand the boundaries of their courage, and his sense of the importance of supporting and trusting others in undertaking any adventure, whether scaling a rock face, rafting in whitewater, or simply living a worthy life. Hundreds of Northwood’s students are braver, more prudent, and kinder people after their adventures with Don.
THE EDWARD M. GOOD HEADMASTER’S PRIZE
This prize is awarded to the students in the graduating class who, in the opinion of the head of school, advised by the faculty, are individuals who have, through their character and enthusiasm, contributed in positive ways to enhance the culture of Northwood School.
Jazlyn Lluberes Jackson Smith
Abigail Sinclair Thebe Mosehathebe
The Senior Scholastic Awards honor the two graduating seniors who have achieved the highest academic averages over the past year – the highest ranking scholar and the second highest ranking scholar.
1st Scholar – tie – Christie-Ann Nelson and Iva-Amanda Nelson
2nd Scholar – Turner Jackson
SCHOOL SEAL PRIZE
The School Seal is the visual representation of what we are and what we stand for. The annual prize is awarded to the senior who best lives up to the high ideals of our Core Values:
Responsibility, Courage, Compassion, Integrity, and Respect
Just as the School Seal represents our school, so does the work and influence of this year’s winner embody all that we aspire to be.
THE NORTHWOOD AWARD
This award is given to the senior who has shown through influence, character, and service to be the outstanding citizen of the school community, embodying our highest ideals and offering a consistent willingness to work for the betterment of his/her classmates and school. This is Northwood’s highest award.