Upper School students honored for academic, athletic, artistic achievements

By James McEvoy
On the last day of the 2017-18 school year, dozens of Upper School students were recognized at the annual Upper School Awards Ceremony for achievement in the classroom, on the stage or field, and beyond.
During the ceremony, Class of 2018 Salutatorians Elizabeth Denehy ’18 and Christina Nguyen ’18 addressed their classmates, reminding them they will always be able to look back fondly on their days at Oak Knoll, despite the divergent paths their lives are about to take.

“The one thing to take away from this is that while we all experienced each day here differently, our time at Oak Knoll has created a bond that will last a lifetime,” said Denehy. “Remember that you are supported and loved. This is truly a place where you can live out ‘Actions, not words.’”

Nguyen reflected on her initial shyness at Oak Knoll, remembering how once as a second grader she was afraid she wouldn’t be accepted and thus declined an offer from a new classmate to have ice cream together.

“I responded, ‘I’m allergic,’” she said, noting she does not have, nor ever had, such an allergy. “Luckily, throughout my time at Oak Knoll, I’ve been blessed with a new-found confidence in myself as well as great friends, and at the same time, developed a love for ice cream.”

In keeping with her confectionary theme, she wished her classmates well as they move beyond the knoll.

“Accept that ice cream invite, try new things and don’t live in fear of what others may think and cherish what you have right in front of you,” she said.

Valedictorian Antonia Sylva ’18 will address the Class of 2018, their families, faculty and staff at Oak Knoll’s 90th commencement on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Denehy, Nguyen and Sylva all also graduatea of Oak Knoll's coed elementary school. 

Recipients of some of the all-school awards include:

Connelly Scholar Award
Elisabeth Kennan ’22
Samantha Petrucco ’22
Katie White ’22
Katie MacMaster Award
Sarah Jordan ’22
Brigid Gibbons Award
Emma McTague ’19
Student Council Award
Emma Saheed ’18
Holy Child Spirit Award
Audrey Carrion ’18
Sr. Elizabeth Barber Award
Mariel Czerniecki ’18
Dr. Yvonne Imbleau Award
Emily Archer ’18
Dr. Shirley A. Jackson Award
Oluwatosin Famakinwa ’18

For a full description of each award, click here.

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.

Eight seniors were also awarded “Lifer Award Medals,” having attended Oak Knoll since kindergarten, including, 
Asher-Marie Coate, Christina Maurizi, Katherine Kelly, Angela Kenney, Isabelle Kenny, Emma Leuthner, Antonia Sylva and Kaela Basmajian.

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

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 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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