Seniors honored at annual awards night


On Wednesday, May 27, Senior Award Night was held in the PMS Multipurpose Room at 7 p.m.

The ceremony is meant to honor and reward high achieving seniors in multiple areas of talent. Teachers from each department were there to hand out awards to students.

Principal Brent Daniels began the event by acknowledging all of the hard work that seniors put into achieving the honorable.

Awards consisted of trophies, plaques and certificates.

DSC03802Each teacher gave a short speech describing the honored student and why they were receiving the award.

Daniels invited Hartford and English to present the final awards. Salutatorian was awarded to both seniors Will Thacher and Thomas Horn, who tied with the exact same GPA.

English presented the final award for valedictorian to senior Kevin Shum.

“I really appreciate this class’s kindness and many talents,” Daniels said. “But the core values that they hold are around making PHS one of the most outstanding schools in the nation.”

Daniels concluded event by requesting that the graduating seniors take care of themselves, love their families and strive to make the world a better place.

“I will always remember the class of 2015,” Daniels said.

The following students were honored at awards night:

Susan Kawaichi Plaque – Sofia Siqueira

Gail Dryden Plaque – Alex Krenitsky

Eric Stewart Rachesky Memorial Certificate – Rocky Gulassa

Daughters of the American Revolution Services Plaque – Alex Krenitsky

League of Women Voters Civics in Action Plaque – Amanda Champion

Dean Faberman Plaque – Maxwell Canty-Hilchey

Associated Student Body Plaque – Allen Hosler

Excellence in Mathematics Plaque – Drake Palmer

Piedmont Certificate in Mathematics – Parker Phillips

Science Trophy – Remy Afong

Eileen Rohmer Certificate in Science – Rocky Gulassa

World of 7 Billion International Competition – Jason Hua & Michael Kuroda

DeMolay Social Science Trophy – Sofia Siqueira

Piedmont Certificate in Social Studies – Alex Darwish

Piedmont Highlander Award – Remy Afong & Kelli Nguyen

Clan-o-log Award – Maxwell Canty-Hilchey, Alex Darwish, Marissa Glick & Elizabeth Sweeney

Outstanding Girl Athlete Trophy – Sophia Mills

Outstanding Boy Athlete Trophy – Quinn Burnett

Computer Science Trophy – Ilona Bodnar

Outstanding French Student Trophy – Griffith Tai

Piedmont Certificate in French – Erin Peterson

Spanish for Excellence Trophy – Jackson Roberts

Piedmont Certificate in Spanish – Sophia Mills

Ryan Costello Scholarship in Spanish Certificate – Ami Felson

Outstanding Student in Mandarin Trophy – Thomas Horn

Piedmont Certificate in Mandarin – Remy Afong

English Trophy – Thomas Horn

Piedmont Certificate in English – Robbie Diaz

Painting Drawing Plaque – Odessa Blackmore

Studio Art Plaque – Sofia Gotch

Outstanding Senior Drama Plaque – Cecilia Soghikian

Outstanding Senior Drama Director’s Plaque – Amy Kelleher

Outstanding Senior Orchestra Plaque – Henry Ferguson & Andrew Moy

Outstanding Senior in Instrumental Music Award – Alex Krenitsky

Outstanding Senior in Dance Plaque – Amanda Champion & Amy Kelleher

Outstanding Leadership in Dance Award – Thomas Horn

Salutatorian Plaque – Thomas Horn & Will Thacher

Valedictorian Plaque  – Kevin Shum


The following students were honored at their respective final concerts: 

Outstanding Senior in Vocal Music Award — Sofia Gotch

Choral Music Award — Ethan Kwan

Outstanding Student Musician Music Department Award — Liam Schindler

Music Director’s Award — Caroline Novack

Outstanding Senior in Symphonic Band Award — Zachary Crombie Presberg

Outstanding Senior in Jazz Band — Xavier Prospero