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Rectory's 9th-Grade Graduation

Class of 2020

Photo Grid of Rectory School's Class of 2020

Rectory School closed out a unique 2019-2020 school year celebrating the Class of 2020 with a virtual Commencement Ceremony. Graduates were celebrated for their positivity, resourcefulness, kindness, perseverance, athleticism, and academic achievements. The Rectory School Class of 2020 will go down in the history of the School, not only for their triumph over the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic but for their continued success in living the tenets of the Rectory School Creed of Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, and Compassion--even at a distance.

2020 Graduation Award Recipients

The Mabel B. Bigelow Memorial Cup

Named in honor of the School’s co-founder, this cup is awarded to a female member of the graduating class who displays outstanding excellence in character and who has shown great interest in and has contributed toward the welfare of the School.

Mary-Aliya Turay, Rogers, CT

Isabella Wei, Recipient of the Mabel B. Bigelow Memorial Cup 2019.

The Father Bigelow Memorial Cup

Presented to that male student in the graduating class who best exemplifies those human characteristics Father Bigelow sought to cultivate in all students. These characteristics are best articulated by John Bigelow’s “Prayer for Rectory,” which reads, “To work well, to play well; to think clearly, to speak truth; to win without pride, to lose without rancor; to have courage, and to be kind. This is a goal for the greatest. It is a goal that the least may reach. To teach this is the whole purpose of schools; To know this is the whole meaning of life.”

Justin Medeiros, Douglas, MA

Samir McElroy, Recipient of the Father Bigelow Memorial Cup 2019

The Mr. and Mrs. John Character Cup

Donated in 1952 in honor of Mr. & Mrs. John Bigelow, this cup is intended for a member of the graduating class who has made great progress in all areas of school life and who has displayed the kindness, compassion, and spirit which is exemplified in the “Rectory child.”

James D'Alleva-Bochain, Pomfret Center, CT

Misaki Yokoyama, Recipient of the Mr. & Mrs. John Character Cup 2019

The Thomas B. Harrison Cup

Presented for outstanding sportsmanship and consideration for others, not only on the playing field but in all areas of school life.

Annabelle Biondi, Cranston, RI

Emma Hayden, Recipient of the Thomas B. Harrison Cup 2019

The Alexander C. Vasiloff Memorial Award

Presented to that Rectory student who best exemplifies those eclectic characteristics which Mr. Vasiloff lovingly brought to his community. They include interest in history, science and mathematics, arts, and literature.

Yufei "Fiona" Jiang, China

Sasha Becker, Recipient of the Alexander C. Vasiloff Memorial Award 2019

The John Frazar Austin Cup

Given by John Frazar Austin, a member of the class of 1949, this cup is awarded annually to a student who best exemplifies the “fighting spirit” which will not permit him/her to quit, whether in sports, studies, or in striving for general improvement.

Bingrong "Bob" Dong, China

Maybank Burgdorf, Recipient of the John Frazar AustinCup 2019

John Bloodworth Mobley, Jr. Class of 1991 Cup

Given by his parents, the Mobley Cup is awarded to the proctor who, while wholeheartedly embracing all of the responsibilities associated with the proctor position, best represents the characteristics by which John is recalled here; specifically, tolerance toward, support of, and enthusiasm for his/her peers throughout his/her career in the School.

Ximena Gutierrez Pinto, Mexico

Olivia Chima, Recipient of the John Bloodworth Mobley, Jr. '91 Cup 2019

The Adam B. Silver Scholar-Athlete Cup

Established in honor of Adam, class of 1982, by his parents, this cup is given to that student who demonstrated not only spirit, energy, inquisitiveness, and vigor in the classroom, but determination and commitment on the athletic fields.

Aria Adams, Arlington, WA

Gabe Fitzgerald, Recipient of the Adam B. Silver Scholar-Athlete Cup 2019

The John and Millie Green Cup

Presented to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has brought an uplifting spirit and a sense of joy to the school community. 

Brianna Lucero, Bronx, NY

Chris Kim, Recipient of the John and Millie Green Cup 2019

The Goodridge-Barber Academic Cup

Presented to Father Bigelow over forty years ago by a gentleman who said he was tired of seeing the most handsome cups at graduation exercises everywhere go to the best athletes, rather than the best scholars. He was determined that Rectory would have a truly splendid looking cup to present to its top student. This cup is presented to the student with the highest academic average in the graduating class.

Yufei "Fiona" Jiang, China

Albert Dai, Recipient of the Goodrich-Barber Academic Cup 2019

The Charles Rockwell Cup

Donated by Mr. Charles Rockwell, the father of three Rectory graduates: Charles Jr., 1928; Henry, 1930; and Paul, 1935. The Rockwell Cup is awarded to “that person in the graduating class who has done the most for Rectory.”

Yoon Seo "Eric" Han, Korea

Natalie Perkins, Recipient of the Charles Rockwell Cup 2019

2020 9th-Grade Academic Awards

Academic Honors
Academic average of 95-100

  • Miles Burrello, Ashford, CT
  • Kerui "Sam" Chen, China
  • Jiyun "Jason" Cheng, China
  • Bingrong "Bob" Dong, China
  • Letian "Teddy" Fang, China
  • Samantha Rose Fieldman, Highland Park, IL
  • Jeongwon "Lucia" Han, Korea
  • Seoyeun "Jennifer" Han, Korea 
  • Hyeon "Justin" Kang, Korea

Effort Honors
Effort average of 1-1.4

  • Brianna Lucero, Bronx, NY
  • Mary-Aliya Turay, Rogers, CT
  • Yefei "Kimi" Weng, China

Effort and Academic Honors
Academic average of 95-100 and Effort average of 1-1.4

  • Aria Adams, Arlington, WA
  • Aitana Cerdeira Gonzalez, Mexico
  • Xiaoping "Kyle" Chen, China
  • James D'Alleva-Bochain, Pomfret Center, CT
  • Ximena Gutierrez Pinto, Mexico
  • Yoon Seo "Eric" Han, Korea
  • Yufei "Fiona" Jiang, China
  • Taehyung Kim, Korea
  • Justin Medeiros, Douglas, MA
  • Adam Tillinghast, Killingly, CT

Photography Award

  • Inaki Ramos Casir

Art Award

  • Yufei "Fiona" Jiang, China 

Digital Arts Award

  • Taehyung Kim, Korea

Guitar Award

  • Zhifan "Jeff" Wang, China

Chorus Award

  • Mary-Aliya Turay, Rogers, CT

Five-Year Award

  • HaoWen "Tony" Chen, China
  • Justin Medeiros, Douglas, MA
  • Adam Tillinghast, Killingly, CT
  • Mary-Aliya Turay, Rogers, CT

Music Award

  • Seoyeun "Jennifer" Han, Korea  

Drama Award

  • Adam Tillinghast, Killingly, CT

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Lewis Prize for Greatest Gain in Language Skills

  • Zhen "Jim" Ren, China

Leroy Anderson Foreign Language Award for Spanish

  • Adam Tillinghast, Killingly, CT

Leroy Anderson Foreign Language Award for Computer Science

  • Xiaoping "Kyle" Chen, China

Ninth-Grade English Prize

  • Jeongwon "Lucia" Han, Korea

Townshend Science Award

  • James D'Alleva-Bochain, Pomfret Center, CT

Roure History Award

  • James D'Alleva-Bochain, Pomfret Center, CT

Jackman Math Award

  • Bingrong "Bob" Dong, China

Best All-Around Athlete

  • Male: Ryder Andersen, Jamestown, RI
  • Female: Wenxi "Grace" Zheng, China

The Ricci Prize

  • Justin Fermin, New York, NY

Class of 2020 Matriculation

  • Avon Old Farms School
  • Blair Academy
  • Brooks School
  • Concord Academy
  • Cranbrook Schools
  • Culver Academies
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Dublin School
  • Episcopal High School VA
  • Georgetown Preparatory School
  • Gunnery School 
  • Hill School
  • Hotchkiss School
  • Kent School
  • Lawrenceville School
  • Loomis Chaffee School
  • Mercersburg Academy
  • Moses Brown School
Wordart of Rectory's Class of 2020 Matriculation
  • Northfield Mount Hermon School
  • Pomfret School
  • Proctor Academy
  • St. Andrew’s School RI
  • St. George’s School
  • St. Mark’s School
  • St. Paul’s School
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
  • Suffield Academy
  • Tabor Academy
  • Tilton School
  • Vermont Academy
  • Westminster School
  • Westover School
  • Westtown School
  • White Mountain School
  • Woodstock Academy