Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:1-10
There was an excitement and sound of chatter when the Boston Trinity Academy students and staff gathered together in the Auditorium for the Awards Chapel. Headmaster Tim Belk welcomed everyone, saying that our latin motto "Via, Veritas, Vita" reflects our desire to be a school that represents and follows Jesus and His will for our lives because Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It also commits to our three-pronged approach embedded into our educational philosophy which is the integration of faith, learning and service. It was a beautiful ceremony to commemorate and honor the BTA scholars who have excelled this year.
Mrs. Sarah Raux, representative from the Boston Trinity Board of Trustees, added here welcome, offering congratulations to each prize winner. Prize Day is important to the Board, Mr. Bradley said, because the goal of the school's founders was to create a school not only based on faith in Christ, but also a place of diversity and academic rigor.
The academic awards were bestowed upon students by Mr. Kris Loper, Academic Dean:
The Marie Crandall World Language Award – Middle School recipient, Alina Graham '28; 9th-10th grades, Emma Hurst '26 ; 11th-12th grades Spanish, Eli Jakubiak '24
Visual Arts – MS, Anna Rickey Keltner '27; 9th-10th grades, Therese Franks '25; 11th-12th grades, Cole Friedrich '23
Science – MS, Ava Becker '27; 9th-10th, Adam Friedrich '25; 11th-12th, Sophia Comiso '24
English – MS, Asher Clark '27; 9th-10th, Savannah Booker '25; 11th-12th, Luke Hodge '23
Math – MS Tiffany Comiso '27; 9th-10th, Ailish Dujardin '25; 11th-12th, Daniel Shi '24
History – MS, Asher Clark '27; Humanities US - 9th-10th, Therese Franks '25; US, 11th-12th, Evan Tao '23
Bible – MS,Mary Pierce '27; for the most outstanding Senior Symposium project, senior Gaelyn Grant.
Mr. Geoff Hicks was chosen by her peers to receive the Katie Wiens Excellence in Teaching Award, and the eleventh Alumni Recognition Award went to Toni Oloko ('13).
Major Awards were presented next. The Middle School Performing Arts Award recipient was Austin Mooneyham '27; The Board of Trustees MS Personal Achievement Award went to Jason Wang '27; Tiffany Comiso '27 received the Rebekah Guerra Citizenship Award; Male Athlete of the Year was Wellbi Perez-Valera '24 and Female Athlete of the Year, Amber Stubblebine '24. Ellie Peltz '23 received the Upper School Performing Arts Award; Eric Xiao '23 was chosen for the Board of Trustees Award, and Chloe Verrengia '23 got the Upper School Frank Guerra Citizenship Award.
The annual Awards Chapel concluded with the presentation of the four Junior Book Prizes. The Brandeis Book Prize was awarded to Emanuel Wieczorek; the Gordon College Faithful Leadership Prize to Keziah Belk; the Harvard Book Prize to Daliya Smith; and the Dr. Michael Chen Leadership and Social Justice Book Prize to Abigail Hill.
Congratulations to all of our outstanding students for jobs well done, and especially to this year's prize winners.