Student Excellence and Teacher of the Year Celebrated

Loomis Chaffee recognized students for their academic and extracurricular achievements and for their contributions to the school and greater community at an all-school awards convocation on Tuesday, May 24, in the Olcott Center.  

The assembly opened with the induction of 37 seniors into the Cum Laude Society – a century-old fellowship of scholars that recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools.  

Associate Head of School Webb Trenchard then awarded Founders Prizes to 14 members of the junior class. Recipients were chosen by the faculty in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and significant contributions to the Loomis community.  

Webb then presented awards to outstanding juniors and seniors in each department and special awards for excellence in other areas of school life, including journalism, community service, and the creation and support of an inclusive school community.  

A ceremonial “Passing of the Gavel” followed the student awards presentations, with senior Evan Caulfield, outgoing Student Council president, passing the leadership role to junior Kirsten Lees, the newly elected president for the 2022–23 school year. In brief remarks, Kirsten encouraged her fellow Pelicans to “make a lasting impact” on their community and support one another in the process.  

Evan then announced the Student Council’s selection of history teacher Reem Aweida-Parsons as the 2022 Teacher of the Year. The Student Council chooses a recipient each year based on nominating essays from students. 

Evan read several comments students made in their nomination of Reem. One student wrote that Reem is an “energetic and engaging teacher who cares about you as both a student and a human being.” Another student wrote that Reem has changed how they view education “both inside and outside the classroom. She always makes me smile and knows how to make learning fun regardless of whether you are having a good day or a bad one.”     

Connect to a complete listing of the 2022 awards presented at the assembly.  


2022 All-School Awards: seniors

2022 All-School Awards: juniors