Graduation 2020 Honors

Episcopal School of Acadiana Graduation
August 1, 2020
 
Seniors who have attended ESA every year since Pre-Kindergarten 3:
 
Isabelle Berthelot
Katy Broussard
Divya Kasarla
Ethan Littlefield
Keegan Riley
Madison Stelly
Makayla Vallery
 
 
 
Legacy graduates:
 
The Class of 2020 has five legacy graduates, and these additions to the alumni body will bring the total number of ESA legacy graduates to 25.
 
Katherine Kaufman, daughter of Henry Kaufman ‘89
Oliver Nickel, son of Stephen Nickel ‘91
Jacques Plauché, son of George Plauché ‘87
Collin Pooler, son of Mandi Guillotte Pooler and Brent Pooler both ‘92
Madison Stelly, daughter of Brenda Ahrabi Stelly ’85
 
 
Senior Academic and Special Awards
    
Year-End Honor Roll:

Anna Claire Rader
Ryan Rhoades
Jackson Spoon
Makayla Vallery
 
 
Year-end Headmaster’s List:

To be named to the Year-end Headmaster’s List, a student must earn at least an A- average (3.67) for the year and earn a final grade of at least a B in every course attempted.
 
Will Bako
Kat Kaufman
Isabelle Berthelot
Hannah Kitakule
Ellie Bollich
Averie Lajaunie
Ben Bordes
Charlotte Leavitt
Katy Broussard
Ethan Littlefield
Caitlin Chen
McKenna Miller
Michael dela Rosa
Rylie Miniex
Braxton English
Emily Minvielle
Stella Falterman
Piper Naudin
Leah Gerard
Oliver Nickel
Vern Guidry
Emily Olivier
Harper Gunn
Jessi Olivier
Evan Haik
Collin Pooler
Matthew Hebert
Ruthie Reaux
Riley Hulin
Robert Rhymes
Sarah Humble
Keegan Riley
Ana Huval
Christiaan Thibodeaux
Divya Kasarla
Amaryllis Wiltz
 
National Honor Society
 
These are ESA’s Honor Graduates who maintained a grade point average of at least 3.50 and, in the opinion of the faculty, have exhibited leadership, strength of character, and service to the community.
Will Bako
Divya Kasarla
Isabelle Berthelot
Kate Kaufman
Ellie Bollich
Hannah Kitakule
Ben Bordes
Will Lemoine
Katy Broussard
McKenna Miller
Caitlin Chen
Rylie Miniex
Michael dela Rosa
Emily Minvielle
Braxton English
Piper Naudin
Stella Falterman
Oliver Nickel
Leah Gerard
Collin Pooler
Harper Gunn
Ruthie Reaux
Matthew Hebert
Robert Rhymes
Riley Hulin
Keegan Riley
Sarah Humble
Amaryllis Wiltz
 
Cum Laude Society
 
Founded in 1906 to recognize exceptional scholastic achievement in secondary schools, it is modeled after the Phi Beta Kappa Society that recognizes academic excellence at the college level. A student must have above a 4.00 GPA to be considered for induction and membership cannot exceed 20% of a graduating class. The members of the Class of 2020 inducted to The Cum Laude Society are:
 
Michael dela Rosa
Kate Kaufman
Hannah Kitakule
Emily Minvielle
Ruthie Reaux
Robert Rhymes
Keegan Riley
Amaryllis Wiltz

National Merit® Scholarship Program

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Each September, about 50,000 seniors who earned the highest scores on the PSAT country are notified of their advancement in the program. About 34,000 of these students receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. 16,000 are named National Merit Semi-finalists. We are very pleased to announce that following member of the Class of 2020 was named a National Merit Semi-finalist:

Anna Claire Rader

The highest recognition offered by the National Merit Scholarship is that of National Merit Finalist. There were two in Class of 2020.

Michael dela Rosa and Hannah Kitakule
 
Departmental Awards
 
Earlier this year, the recipients of the 2020 Department Awards were announced. Each year, academic departments at ESA are given the opportunity to recognize the outstanding performance and contributions of members of the graduating class through department awards. Unlike course awards that recognize exceptional performance in one course, departmental awards recognize exceptional performance in multiple courses over a student’s four years in the upper school. They symbolize the department’s appreciation for an extraordinary body of work in the discipline and the student’s passion for the subject.
 
Yearbook Award……………………………..………….………. Isabelle Berthelot
Performing Arts Award……….…………………………….… Harper Gunn, Emily Minvielle, Jessi Olivier
Visual Arts Award………………………………………….……. Isabelle Berthelot, Madi Stelly
Literature Award…………………………………………….….. Isabelle Berthelot
Mathematics Award ………………………………….………. Hannah Kitakule
Science Award………………………………….………………... Hannah Kitakule
Social Studies Award ………………………………..……….. Will Bako
Cecile Garbouchian Award …………………….…………. Michael dela Rosa
 
2020 Shriner’s Patriotism Award
 
This award recognizes two seniors for outstanding school and classroom citizenship.
Each year, the American Patriotism Award is presented to a young man and a young woman who exhibit the highest level of loyalty to ESA and who, at all times, conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the outstanding qualities of good citizenship, love for God and for fellow man, and love for freedom and for our country.  Winners of the Patriotism Award are chosen by a vote of the faculty, and winners receive a framed certificate and an engraved bronze medal.
    
Stella Falterman and Lawrence Bourgeois
 
Bishop & Mrs. Henton Award
 
This award is named in honor of The Right Reverent Willis R. Henton, first Bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, Chaplain Emeritus of Episcopal School of Acadiana, and his wife, Martha – friendly souls who made it their lives’ vocation to love their fellow man. The Bishop and Mrs. Henton Award is presented at graduation to a member of the senior class who exemplifies the fundamental virtues of care, love, and service to the ESA family and the greater community as did the Bishop and Mrs. Henton.
 
Rylie Miniex
 
Faculty Award
 
Faculty Awards are not given annually and provide an opportunity for the teachers and staff of the Episcopal School of Acadiana to express our collective appreciation for the student’s outstanding contributions to the life of our school.  But the awards serve a second purpose, perhaps more important than the first.  In recognizing students in front of family and friends at this graduation ceremony, the faculty places the student before you, as the embodiment of values that define our life as members of the ESA family.  This year, I will use the recipient’s own words to elucidate those values.  
 
Leah Gerard
Michael dela Rosa
 
2020 Tom Olverson Award
 
The Tom Olverson Award is awarded at commencement to a member of the graduating class by a vote of the faculty. Named for Thomas P. Olverson, the first Assistant Headmaster of ESA, the award is given to a student who has a strong commitment to academics. This specifically does not mean a student who excels in achievement by being on the Honor Roll or Headmaster’s List consistently. Rather, the award recognizes a student who works hard at taking advantage of the opportunity available at ESA and makes an awardable effort. The award recognizes a senior who exemplifies the same passion for learning, love of the institution, and genuine desire to maximize the opportunities offered at ESA as Mr. Olverson did while serving here. 
 
Will Bako
 
2020 Bishop’s Medal
 
At commencement each year, Episcopal School of Acadiana recognizes the graduating senior who has earned the highest cumulative GPA with the Bishop’s Medal.
 
Hannah Kitakule
 
2020 Headmaster’s Award
 
The Headmaster’s Award is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the school; who takes responsibility for the community or some aspect of community life; and who voluntarily, with care and concern, gives consistently, effectively and positively to help build the community. The closest synonym is probably leadership. The award also includes the criterion of strong academic leadership.
 
Emily Minvielle
 
Class of 2020
 
Will Bako
Isabelle Berthelot
Ellie Bollich
Ben Bordes
Lawrence Bourgeois
Katy Broussard
Caitlin Chen
Andrew Daly
Michael dela Rosa
Braxton English
Stella Falterman
Leah Gerard
Eliza Gothreaux
Vern Guidry
Harper Gunn
Evan Haik
Matthew Hebert
Riley Hulin
Sarah Humble
Ana Huval
Divya Kasarla
Kate Kaufman
Hannah Kitakule
Averie Lajaunie
Charlotte Leavitt
Zoë LeBoeuf
Will Lemoine
Ethan Littlefield
Angelica Llopis
McKenna Miller
Rylie Miniex
Emily Minvielle
Piper Naudin
Oliver Nickel
Emily Olivier
Jessi Olivier
Jack Osborne
Jacques Plauché
Collin Pooler
Anna Claire Rader
Ruthie Reaux
Ryan Rhoades
Robert Rhymes
Keegan Riley
Henry Shuffler
Jackson Spoon
Madi Stelly
Christiaan Thibodeaux
Makayla Vallery
Amaryllis Wiltz
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