A special assembly was held Friday, May 16, 2014 in which Book Awards and other certificates of achievement were given to underclass students.
These awards recognize outstanding academic performance, positive school citizenship and exemplary community service. Book Awards are usually sponsored by a specific college or alumni of the college. They specify the qualities that the recipient must demonstrate (e.g. member of the National Honor Society, in the top 5% of the class) and school counselors, working with the recommendations of teachers, select students who meet the criteria.
Recipients of book awards frequently become eligible for merit scholarships if they are accepted and choose to attend the college. Books are chosen by the donors. They often are written by an alumnus of the college, but may also be a classic of literature, a book of contemporary thought, or a book that reflects the philosophy or mission of the school. Some certificate recipients may also be eligible for merit scholarship.
American Math Competition Award
Physics Olympiad Award
This is awarded to top scorers of the Physics Olympiad.
Clarkson University Achievement Award
Clarkson University Leadership Award
The Clarkson University Award program annually recognizes juniors who demonstrate strong leadership qualities, positively impact their high school and local community, and have a proven academic record. The Achievement Award is $36,000 ($9,000 per year); the Leadership Award is $44,000 ($11,000 per year) to recipients who attend Clarkson University. The common themes among recipients are strong academics, community service, a variety of extra-curricular activities, and strong leadership ability. Clarkson believes that past high school success is a strong indicator of future success in college.
College of the Atlantic Book Award
The College of the Atlantic Book Award goes to a sophomore or junior, a community minded citizen who is a passionate steward of change in our social, economic, and/or environmental systems, and seems to intuitively grasp the interconnections among these areas. The recipient has challenged him/herself academically and made strides to be a positive and contributing school citizen.
College of the Holy Cross Book Award
The College of the Holy Cross Book Award goes to a junior who is in high class standing, has a sincere concern for others, and demonstrates a responsible attitude in all endeavors. Recipients present exceptional academic achievement within a rigorous college preparatory program.
Dartmouth Book Award
The Dartmouth Book Award goes to a junior who displays the following qualities: intellectually vibrant (within the top 10% of the class and considered a candidate for entrance to a college of the highest caliber), generous of spirit (committed to serving others, open and accepting of others, and respected by both followers and leaders in her community), sound in decision making (takes educated risks in multiple facets of life and readily visualizes short, medium, and long range consequences).
Elmira College Award
The Elmira College Key Award is sponsored by the Elmira Alumni Association and has been awarded to outstanding students since 1935. An award of merit, the Key Award goes to a junior with a GPA of 90 or above who has demonstrated school and community leadership. The Key carries a value of $40,000 ($10,000 per year) for those recipients who choose to enroll at Elmira.
Phi Beta Kappa Association of Maine Academic Achievement Award
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an academic honor society with the mission of “fostering and recognizing excellence.” It is the oldest, and considered the most prestigious liberal arts and sciences honor society in the United States. The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Maine annually bestows an award to a member of the junior class at John Bapst Memorial High School who is going on to higher education and who has demonstrated intellectual curiosity and achievement in and beyond the classroom. With the book and certificate, the Association recognizes intellectual achievement and distinction among secondary students in Maine and thereby seeks to foster a greater commitment to the study of liberal arts.
Regis College Book Award
The Regis College Book Award goes to a junior who displays outstanding academic promise, demonstrates strong ability in written and oral communication skills and demonstrates formal or informal leadership in the school community.
The Rennselaer Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, engineering, and technology. The Medal is awarded to promising secondary school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science and have contributed to their high schools through service and/or extracurricular activities. They must demonstrate potential for success in a challenging academic environment. The Medal is accompanied with a $15,000 annual scholarship for those students who choose to enroll in Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute. The official medal is awarded to enrolling medalists during Honors Convocation of their freshman year at Rennselaer, and an open house is hosted for all medal recipients in the fall of their junior year.
Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal and Scholarship Award
G. Owen Leaden
The RIT Computing Medal goes to a junior in a rigorous college preparatory program who shows an interest or aptitude in a computer related field, including multimedia, computer graphics, software development or hardware construction, or the use of computing in other areas such as business, science, math, art, design, film, animation or photography. . Students must have strong GPA’s and serve as leaders in some aspect of their school community. Students receiving the Medal are eligible for a $28,000 RIT Computing Medal Scholarship ($7,000 per year).
Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award
The RIT Computing Medal goes to a junior in a rigorous college preparatory program who demonstrates outstanding achievement, innovative thought, creativity, or entrepreneurship. Students selected to receive the Award are eligible for a $28,000 RIT Innovation and Creativity Scholarship ($7,000 per year).
The Student Sage Scholarship at Russell Sage College
The Student Sage Scholarship goes to a junior who embodies the Russell Sage College motto: “To Be, To Know, To Do.” Recipients are guaranteed a merit scholarship of $5,000-$15,000 per year toward Russell Sage College or Sage College of Albany starting in the fall of 2015
Saint Anselm College Book Award
The Saint Anselm College Book Award goes to an outstanding junior who exercises a capacity for academic achievement and exceptional leadership qualities in the areas of civic engagement and social responsibility. The recipient must possess strong character and embody the values inherent in the Benedictine tradition. Award recipients are eligible for special scholarship consideration.
The Saint Michael’s College Book Award
The Saint Michael’s College Book Award recipient must be a member of the National Honor Society who demonstrates sustained and sincere commitment to service and community. The recipient is eligible for scholarships up to $25,000 per year and will be invited to a Book Award winner ceremony and recognition day during senior year of high school.
St. Thomas University Book Award
Canada’s only exclusively liberal arts college annually honors a junior student who is a leader in the liberal arts and exhibits an appreciation for the humanities and social sciences. The award includes a prize book, and a trip to Canada to visit St. Thomas. Honorees are guaranteed a $1500 scholarship should they choose to attend St. Thomas.
Society of Women Engineers Math and Engineering Award
The Society of Women Engineers Math and Engineering Award goes to a high school junior who has demonstrated outstanding performance and interest in science and mathematics. Recipients are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Maine.
Springfield College Book Award
The Springfield College Book Award is given to a high school junior whose personal values and aspirations closely align with the mission of Springfield College: to educate students in mind, spirit, and body for leadership in service to humanity. Recipients should demonstrate a record of service to their high school and community.
U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award
The U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award goes to a male and female junior who are exemplary school citizens and role models for other students. They exhibit personal traits of courage, poise, self-confidence and leadership. The recipients do not have to be the most outstanding athletes, but they have exhibited this unique combination of qualities while performing at a high level in all pursuits.
U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award
The Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award goes to a high school junior who is an exemplary school citizen and a role model for other students. The recipient is a leader among peers and has a GPA at or near the top of the class.
The U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence
The U. S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence goes to the male and female juniors who have been committed to the music program at their school, shown enough talent to be a “first chair’ or similar position, and been capable of performing as soloists. They are recognized as outstanding performers and outstanding young citizens. The award is presented in recognition of diligence, dedication, and musical excellence as a high school performer.
Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award
The Wells College 21st Century Leadership ward goes to a junior who has demonstrated the spirit, integrity, and intellectual qualities of strong leaders and scholars. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 90. They are granted a $40,000 scholarship for four years of study at Wells.
Williams College Book Award
The Williams College Book Award is given to a student in the top of the class in recognition of his/her academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and proven leadership. As in all years, the book is a Webster New Collegiate Dictionary, custom bound with the Williams insignia.