Upper School celebrates students for academic, artistic, athletic honors

The final day of the 2018-19 school year appropriately concluded with recognition of dozens of students at the annual Upper School Awards Ceremony for achievement in academics, the performing and creative arts, athletics and more.
Addressing fellow students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators during the ceremony was Class of 2019 Salutatorian Christine Sieber ’19, who recalled her freshmen orientation at Oak Knoll.

“I never thought that the room full of strangers that day in the dining hall would turn out to be some of my best friends,” Sieber said. “We quickly learned that it takes a community of loving arms to help guide and support us and this is what Oak Knoll is all about.”

She then lauded the many talents of the Class of 2019, reminding them it is their responsibility to share these gifts.

“We are scholars. We are athletes. We are artists. We are musicians. But most of all, we are a sisterhood like no other,” she said. “Remember to share your talents, but also learn from others and support the accomplishments of your friends.”

She also offered other sage advice to her classmates.

“Wherever life takes you, always remember to be yourself. Have confidence. Some of us may not have found our path yet, and that’s OK. Take risks. Step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to create your own destiny,” she said.

Valedictorian Elizabeth Hadley ’19 will address her classmates, their families, faculty and staff at Oak Knoll’s 91st commencement on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Recipients of some of the all-school awards include:

Connelly Scholar Award
Catherine Huegel ’23
Zahra Jones ’23
Katie Nguyen ’23
Clara O’Mara ’23

Katie MacMaster Award
Viera Pulver ’23

Brigid Gibbons Award
Mary Margaret Schroeder ’20

Holy Child Spirit Award
Caroline Abel ’19

Sr. Elizabeth Barber Award
Shannon Costello ’19

Dr. Yvonne Imbleau Award
Caroline Ramsey ’19

Dr. Shirley A. Jackson Award
Maia Archer ’19

For a full description of each award, click

In addition to all-school, athletic, department, and creative and performing arts honors, members of the senior class were presented with Holy Child medals as a sign and reminder of the legacy and heritage of Holy Child Founder, Cornelia Connelly, as well as the impact of their Holy Child education that will follow them throughout their lives.

Six seniors were also awarded “Lifer Award Medals,” having attended Oak Knoll since kindergarten, including, Whitney Clark, Katie Duttenhofer, Kyra Kozar, Mary Moriarty, Lexi Pappas and Rebecca Presti.

Athletes were also recognized Friday for their accomplishments, as well as at the
Senior Athletic Awards Dinner on Monday night.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 as well as all of our Upper School students!
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Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.


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Summit, NJ 07901
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