The pergola behind the Clark Center for Science & Mathematics served as the setting on Friday for the Science Department to honor 104 students who have excelled in the study of science this year.
“We thank you sincerely for the enthusiasm and dedication that you’ve brought to your classes,” Edward Pond, head of the Science Department, told the gathered students, each of whom received a certificate of recognition from his or her teacher.
Ed also recognized several groups of students that have taken their passion for science beyond the formal classroom and engaged in projects, programs, and independent studies related to science. These groups included the Robotics Club, which Ed praised for taking the theory they learned in the classroom and putting it into practice; the Sustainability Committee and e-proctors, who “have transformed the south end of the science center and are transforming the environmental awareness and culture of the school”; a group of students who built a model wind turbine and hope to construct a full-scale version that would power the school’s chicken coop area; and the founding members of the Phage Hunters, a group that is “turning our high school classrooms into research laboratories.” In addition, Ed noted, two students are completing independent study projects in biology this spring and will make presentations next week.
The students and teachers at the honors brunch also thanked librarian Gail Ryan for ably and attentively maintaining the science collection in the library and acting as a liaison with the Science Department. Gail, who has worked at Loomis Chaffee for 20 years, is retiring after the school year.
Students honored at the event were:
Simone Hugh Sam
Min Yong Jung
Soo Yeon Jung
Tuan Anh Lam
Nguyen Thanh Le
Ji Hyun Lee
Ji Hwan Seung