Nichols Middle School celebrated the end of the school year with the annual Middle School Awards and Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, June 2. True to the spirit of innovation and connection this year, the ceremony was hosted on Zoom with limited in-person attendance. Eighth-graders and their families gathered together in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center, and award-winning students in grades five through seven were shown on Zoom from their advisories in the Middle School.
Head of Middle School Paul Errickson kicked off the ceremony with opening remarks, commending the students for their achievements and their resolve throughout an unusual school year. Errickson also recognized in a special way Connie Klopp, the longtime face of the Middle School front office. Klopp is retiring this spring after 46 years in various roles with Nichols School.
Prior to Wednesday’s ceremony, the Middle School honored the students in each grade who scored the highest on this year’s Middle School General Information Test (GIT) as well as the top overall student. Those winners are as follows:
Richard R. Mackinder General Information Test Award
5th Grade: Mitram R. ’28, First Place; Rayvant P. ’28, Second Place
6th Grade: Jaivi C. ’27, First Place; Gus S. ’27 and Roan M. ’27, Second Place (Tie)
7th Grade: Connor H. ’26, First Place; Claire W. ’26 and Austin B. ’26, Second Place (Tie)
8th Grade: Brandon H. ’25, First Place; Griffin J. ’25, Second Place
Overall Winner: Connor H. ‘26
The full list of award winners recognized Wednesday is as follows:
Red Jacket Poetry Prize
First Place: Jason L. ‘26
Second Place: Claire W. ‘26
Purdy Short Story Prize
First Place: Bennett G. ‘27
Second Place: Megha P. ’26 and Ella Y. ’26 (co-authors)
John R. Munro House Cup: St. Lawrence House
Prefects: Max L. ’25 and Cecilia S. ‘25
Cornelia L. Dopkins Award: Oliver P. ’28, Ellen F. ’27, Maia P. ’26, Trinity C. ‘25
Henry D. Waters ’48 Award: Sofia S. W. ’27
Pliny H. Hayes III ’35 Award: Megha P. ‘26
Bruce Anderson Award: Giacomo P. ‘25
Elizabeth R. Stone Award: Ellery J. ’25, Cecilia S. ‘25
George J. Kloepfer II ’68 Faculty Award: Mary C. ’25, Trinity C. ’25, Max L. ’25, Lara R. ’25, Joey T. ’25, Maddie W. ‘25
Robert A. Gillespie-Vincent E. Walsh Academic Award: Hana R. ‘25
Charles I. Kleiser Award: Sun Jae N. ‘25
After the presentation of awards, Mary C. ’25 and Gavin W. ’25 offered remarks on behalf of the eighth-grade class as they look ahead to the next steps in education and in their lives.
Julia Marthia, a Middle School English teacher and advisor, was selected as the keynote faculty speaker. Ms. Marthia shared a few lessons she took away from helping Middle School students navigating this school year and recognizing the eighth-grade students for the lasting impact they leave as they look ahead to high school.
Thank you to everyone who has made the 2020-21 year at Nichols Middle School special, and congratulations again to all our award winners!