Each year, Santa Catalina School students are recognized for their academic achievements and their contributions to school and the community during the annual Prize Day.
This year, because it was not possible to celebrate in person, administrators and teachers came together to record a virtual ceremony to ensure the tradition continued. Watch the ceremony here.
Awards were presented to students who excelled in different subject areas and who ranked as the highest in their class. Some students received college-sponsored awards, while others received awards from local institutions.
The recipients of Santa Catalina's special awards, listed below, were nominated by their peers and faculty. Before reading off their names, Head of School Meg Bradley noted they were selected "for enhancing the quality of life for all, for contribution above and beyond in many areas of school life, and for making a difference in the lives of all with whom they engage."
Here are the recipients; the students are seniors, unless otherwise noted. Congratulations to all!
Meriwether and Croom Beatty Award: Tarn Reilly '23 and Oliva Gorum '22
Honors a freshman and a sophomore who exemplify compassion, integrity, faith, and friendship.
Sister Mary Kieran Achievement Award: Ayo Adeyemi '21 (first place) and Heidi Hansch '21 (second place)
Given to two juniors who embody generosity and sensitivity as modeled by Sister Kieran.
Robert P. Balles Award for Academic Excellence: Rosemary Lee (1st in Class) and Grace Deakyne (2nd in class)
Honors the students graduating first and second in the senior class for their outstanding academic performance.
Soli Deo Gloria Award: Caroline Bulkley Armas
Honors a student for her contribution to the liturgical life of the school through music.
School Support Award – Day Student: Lauren Dean, Taylor Ford, and Allison Lorentz
School Support Award – Resident Student: Ainsley Morrison, Uma Sinha, and Katalina Villarreal
Honors students who called upon their own resources and enlisted the talents of others in pursuit of a common goal.
Admiral Robert S. Hatcher Award: Rosemary Lee and Joanna Lin
Honors students who engage in the academic curriculum to the limit of possibility for the joy and sake of learning.
Christopher Award: Maryta Estrada Hinojos
Honors a student who exemplifies Christian concern for others with leadership and dedication to the spiritual welfare of the school.
Munras Courtesy Award: Ava Owens
Honors students who exemplifies courage, graciousness, integrity, and openness to all
Alumnae Award: Grace Deakyne and Candace Wong
Honors students who have offered intellectual integrity, quiet leadership, and a mature individual perspective.
Veritas Award: Julia Bledsoe
Honors a senior who exemplifies the school's motto, Truth; who is true to herself and to others, acts with joy and single-mindedness, and who through her clear judgment and daily living leaves the school a better place.